moving in Japan

house moving
We moved recently, and before the move we were on the hunt for a moving company. In Japan, the moving company would visit your home to view what are the items to be moved and to give a quotation. Each company would also present you with a small gift before they start to discuss details with us. Company A gave us a small 2 kg packet of rice, Company B gave a 4 bottles samples of different P&G cleaning products, Company C gave a booklet of coupons.

house moving
Eventually we chose Company B as the price was the lowest amongst the ones quoted ( not because they gave us the best gift :P) I was pretty amazed by all the details given by the moving company in Japan. First, 3 types of colored tapes for us to tape the boxes, red for breakables, yellow for things needed to be unboxed immediately and white for normal item which can wait its time for unpacking.

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When the boxes arrived in the new place, a protective sheet is laid over the floor to protect the floor since most of the flooring in Japan are wooden floors.

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The movers from the moving company would also put on a new pair of socks at the new place as not to dirty the new wooden floors.

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The most interesting part for me would be the boxes and inner linings used for packing our dishes so not to break the dishes. You just need to find the right felt protector for your dishes and pack accordingly to instructions. Very easy and not a need to wrap the dishes individually.

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Next, all the clothes that is in the closet would be transferred to their makeshift closet for the move.

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TV would be placed in the TV box.

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On the way of moving, the movers were really efficient with everything done within 3 hours from the old place to the new place, and all the electronics were wrapped with a soft cloth to prevent any scratches.

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Protector sheets were taped on the floor and walls of our new place during the move, unfortunately one piece of the protector sheet came apart during the move of the fridge and scratch our new floor. *ouch!* The sale representative then headed to our place a few days later to discuss on compensation… I think it is so tough to work as sales in Japan as the sales was like on all knees during the discussion since the scratch was on the floor and kept apologizing over the incident. Poor guy….(though I still heart pain my floor)


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. introvertnathan
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 10:09:54

    That was some serious moving! I just moved myself, but I’m too cheap to pay for movers so I hassled my friends to help me out, lol.

  2. Xuan-er
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 10:20:09

    @introvertnathan: hehe, we had too much stuff and we met with 4 moving companies and engaged the cheapest.

  3. Beauty Box
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 11:47:57

    That was some serious research you guys did! I totally understand the novelty of them coming to the house to assess how much there is to move etc. I was pretty floored by how detailed they were – on the phone and in person. But no gifts though!! A bag of rice – hilarious!! Your moving company was so thorough. I went with Heart ハート with my last move because a friend recommended them as the cheapest she could find. They were great and didn’t damage anything but they only provided boxes for us to move and paper to wrap our fragile glassware. No fancy dish transporting boxes or makeshift closet!!

  4. Xuan-er
    Aug 01, 2013 @ 17:19:52

    @Yuming: I was impressed by the details too…I am not too sure if it is cheap or expensive but then at least we were not too tired and we managed to unpack almost everything by the end of the day (Of cos, we moved from a 1DK so we don’t have too much stuff) Right now, I am in the midst of setting things up cos I just dump everything in the closets hahah…

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