Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Gather Information Early When Preparing to Move Homes

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Gather Information Early When Preparing to Move Homes

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With a shortage of drivers hindering people's plans to move house during the busy spring season, experts advise acting early and utilizing such convenient services as those that compare price estimates on the internet.

Many people begin living on their own in spring, for reasons such as entering the labor force, changing jobs or attending a new school. Reasonably priced services aimed at people who live alone and have few possessions have proliferated in recent years.

In January 2017, Tokyo-based Nippon Express Co. launched a service for people living alone, starting at 15,000 yen excluding tax and additional charges. Customers assemble their belongings in a 1-by-1-by-1.5-meter space at their house, after which Nippon Express employees will pack them into special boxes and deliver them to the desired location.

"The service is very popular, as customers find it similar to a home-delivery service," a company spokesperson said.

Tokyo-based Yamato Home Convenience Co. launched a similar service for people living alone, starting at 11,000 yen excluding tax. It also operates a rental business for furniture and electrical home appliances. The rental goods arrive three days after making the reservation at the earliest, and can be used on a monthly basis. For example, four used home electrical appliances, including a refrigerator and washing machine, can be rented for one year for 53,000, yen excluding tax.

Amid the diversification of lifestyles, these companies provide a wide range of services. One offered by Osaka-based Art Corporation, in which female staffers pack up and deliver clothing, has been well received by women.

In another service geared toward people aged 60 and older, employees visit customers' homes before they move and offer such advice as how to dispose of mementos and how to decorate the rooms of new homes.

Moving fees are decided based on a number of factors, including package volume, transport distance and whether customers choose optional services. However, fees rise during the spring moving season from March to April compared to other times.

People planning to move are advised to book a company as early as possible, as securing a reservation becomes difficult. …

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