Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Removalists hoping for better days after slow start to post-lent

The real estate market might have been running hot for the past two years but removalists say there has been little or no impact on the number of people actually moving house.

In fact, the post-lenten surge of moving activity after Thadingyut in early October has been normal, said Ko Min Thant of Min removalists in Kyeemyindaing township.

“I can’t say I’ve had more jobs than at the same time last year after the end of Buddhist Lent but I’m hoping to see activity pick up in coming months,” he said.

He added that the majority of the moving jobs he undertakes are in Sanchaung, Kyeemyindaing and Tarmwe townships, all of which are densely populated townships with a number of mid-rise housing blocks.

The spokesperson for another moving service based in Sanchaung township said there had been a drop in the number of people moving house at the end of lent this year compared with 2010.

“Generally October is a really busy time for us but I’ve noticed a significant fall in the number of jobs this year compared with last year,” he said.

“In October last year I had so many jobs – I don’t remember exactly how many but I can tell you we were really busy. But this year I’ve only had 10 or 15 jobs to the third week of October. But I’m hopeful that we’ll receive more jobs in the coming months,” he added.

An Estate Myanmar real estate agency employee said in the fortnight since the end of Lent that activity had not surged as it had in recent years.

“Usually most Buddhists prefer to wait until the end of Lent in October before they move house. There has been no sharp rise in activity yet but it’s only two weeks since Lent ended,” said Ko Aung Kyaw Moe, a senior agent at Estate Myanmar.

Estate Myanmar offers removalist services in addition to its other real estate services. He added that it cost a minimum of K6000 to hire a moving truck, with extra charges added depending on the distance.