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Here’s what you need to know about moving in San Francisco

Last Updated : February 28, 2024 2:07 PM by Hannah Lucas


San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Whether you’re transitioning into San Francisco, moving away from the city, or simply relocating within its vibrant neighborhoods, congratulations! You’re now a player in one of the most dynamic real estate scenes in the United States. Perhaps you’ve finally secured a new residence in San Francisco, or maybe you’re bidding farewell to the city’s hustle and bustle. Regardless, from the decision to move to the search for a new home, exhaustion is likely setting in. Here’s the good news: Navigating the moving process in San Francisco can be made easy. Begin by selecting a trusted local moving company, and the rest will fall into place. Here are some ways an experienced local mover can assist you:


Moving in San Francisco Requires Parking Permits

San Francisco is renowned for its challenging parking situations and costly parking permits. As you plan your move, remember to include approximately $320 for a parking permit for the moving truck. Your chosen San Francisco moving company can offer advice on whether a permit is necessary and assist with the application process. Alternatively, you can proactively explore San Francisco’s parking permit portal here. Keep in mind that whether or not you opt for a permit, arranging parking for the moving truck is your responsibility, as are any potential parking fines on moving day.

Loading the truck on a steep hill

Loading the truck on a steep hill

We are Familiar with The Famous San Francisco Hills

Our specialized moving trucks and experienced movers are adept at navigating the challenging terrain of San Francisco’s steep hills. With years of expertise, we skillfully maneuver through narrow streets and steep inclines to ensure your belongings are transported safely and efficiently. Trust our team to handle the unique challenges of San Francisco’s hilly landscape, providing you with a smooth and stress-free moving experience.

Packing and Organization is Key

Having your home packed for you by a professional moving company is one of life’s most delicious luxuries. But even if you’re going it alone, your moving company still can help with the packing. Along with professional tips, special boxes will be provided by your moving company for dishes and garments. They can even take apart furniture and put it back together in your new home–often at no additional cost to you. In addition, many moving companies can help you identify and store items that don’t have a place to go in your new home.

Take the San Francisco Traffic into Consideration

Under the Golden Gate Bridge

Unfortunately, the traffic in the Bay Area has become a nearly 24-hour phenomenon. Still, there are times when congestion is lighter then others. If you are moving locally, driving times can add significantly to the cost of your move. Make sure to consult with your moving company about traffic conditions. Ask for their advice on best times to schedule your move.

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