Mr. Nakamura comes into the office lounge. He notices Didier, who works in the department next door.
Hi, Didier. I heard the news. You’re being transferred to our Osaka branch, right?
Hi, Mr. Nakamura. Yes, I am. It came out of the blue and took me by surprise.
I guess you’ll be quite busy preparing to move.
Honestly, I don’t know where to start.
That's understandable. I guess this is the first time you’ve had to move house in Japan, right? The first thing you need to do is contact the management company of your current apartment. To cancel your contract, you often need to give 1 month’s notice before moving out.
Oh no, I’d better call quickly, then!
Oh, and you should arrange a mover as soon as possible. March and April are peak months for people being transferred in Japan, and if you don’t take action soon, you may find that everywhere is fully booked.
Okay. I’ll get onto it as soon as possible.
At the same time as this, you should start looking for a new place to live. And you need to be extra efficient if you are moving far away.
I’m actually thinking of popping down to Osaka next weekend to look for a place. In the meantime, I’ll browse through some real estate websites and find a few potential places so that I can look around and apply all in the same weekend. A Japanese friend will go with me, so I should be alright.
Well, that should help things.
Mr. Nakamura and Didier continue talking over coffee.
Once I’ve decided on a new place to live and a moving date, what should I do next?
You need to apply for utilities like electricity, gas, water, telephone, and Internet. You should cancel your current utilities and then reapply for your new apartment. You can do both online, so it’s easy. And you might want to apply at the post office to have mail forwarded to your new address. Once you notify the post office that you have moved, they will forward mail sent to your old address to your new address for up to a year.
That would be a great help.
Next, you need to notify your current and future city offices that you are moving. Submit a “Notification of Moving Out” at the counter of your current city office. Then, take the “Certificate of Moving Out” you receive on this occasion to the counter of the city office where you are moving to and submit a “Notification of Moving In”.
Do I have to submit both of these on the day I move?
No. You can submit the Notification of Moving Out from 14 days before you move. Likewise, you can submit the Notification of Moving In within 14 days of having moved. Don’t forget to take your Residence Card with you, as the city office staff will need to write your new address on the reverse.
You also have to tell many other places your change of address. For instance, your bank, credit card company, cell phone provider, and NHK if you have a TV.
I think I’ve got a good idea now about what I need to do. But maybe I should’ve taken some notes.
No need. You can find a list of what you need to do before and after moving on mover company websites, etc. Just search for “moving checklist” on the Internet.
That’s handy! Thanks for all the great advice.
I hope it helps. It’ll probably take a little time for you to settle down, but Osaka is a great place. The people there are friendly and there are many delicious things to eat.
Really! I’m quite looking forward to going now!
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