Post: Wednesday July 10, 2013 Author : plazahomes
It takes a lot of work for foreigners to move to Tokyo, find a house, and get settled.
Such process involves selecting a property, area orientation, arranging a mover, all sorts of registrations, and necessary changes of all kinds. On top of that, you need to find a school and to process enrollment if you have a child. There are so many things to do and is quite time consuming.
PLAZA HOMES helps through such processes with those of you who are new to Tokyo, including guiding you to different areas in Tokyo, showing different types of properties available, selecting appropriate properties depending on the time of your stay, explaining Japanese business customs, etc. on “Guide to Renting Property” page of our website.
What are Expat Apartments (Houses)?
They are properties that meet certain requirements that many foreign expats wish to have in order to live comfortably.
■ The property is not too small; ceilings are not too low; floor plan is spacious, etc.
■ The property is not too old; facilities such as A/C, water heater, etc. are easy to operate.
- ■ Home appliances such as a refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, etc. are installed. *Depends on the property
- ■ Height of the kitchen counter and sink is appropriate, and not too low.
- ■ The floor plan is designed in compliance with Western life style; the living, dining and master bedroom are
- spacious. When there are more than 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms are included. *Depends on the property.
- ■ The management office or the front desk offers English bilingual services. *Depends on the property.
In the past, expat properties referred to luxurious properties geared towards Westerners only. More recently developed luxurious properties are not limited to foreign expats, but gearing towards the Japanese market as well. Consequently, these properties targeting both markets integrate good aspects from both genres. Such properties are comfortable for foreign expats as well. In addition, they also provide highly functional facilities that are the big advantages of Japanese luxurious properties.
A bathroom heater and dryer combo system, Japanese style bathroom with an automatic bathtub control system, a tank-less toilet, heated toilet seats, washlet toilet, etc.
Although English instructions may not be available for some of the facilities, equipment and garbage disposal methods, the real estate agent (if they provide English bilingual services) will explain when you move in.
Normally, long-term rental propreties are not furnished. (no furniture, curtains, home appliances). You can consider the following 4 options:
- Bring your own furniture
You can rent furniture for about a month while you’re waiting for the furniture to arrive.
Note: It is not recommended to bring home appliances due to voltage differences.
- Renting furniture during your stay
You can rent necessary furniture from a furniture leasing company.
- The landlord of the property rents furniture.
The landlord may rent necessary furniture for the tenant from a furniture leasing company so that the tenant will rent the property furnished (Furniture will be included in the rent.).
- Buying your own furniture
You can sell unnecessary furniture when you leave Japan. However if you can’t find anyone to sell, it will cost you to dispose of the furniture.
Normally, expat families start searching for a property approximately 6 weeks prior to the move. They often view 10 to 15 properties on average before deciding on one.
PLAZA HOMES lists many properties with photos and descriptions by the areas that are popular among expat families, as well as by the characteristics and specifications.
Apartments & Houses in Central Tokyo & Suburbs
Our support is not limited to finding a property, but we support our customers holistically from providing orientation services, arranging a mover, arranging rental furniture, and more depending on our customers’ needs.
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