Bay Area Movers Tips for Those Moving to San Francisco
Moving long distance to any new city is a thrill, with learning everything there is to know about your new home, including the people, the places, the weather, and the culture. San Francisco is probably a little more exciting than the average city, because it has some exceptional weather, diverse culture, outstanding food and entertainment, and beautiful natural scenery and it can be great fun learning all about what makes San Francisco such a desirable place to live. Here are some of the things you’ll encounter in the city, which you might not find in any other city in America.
Things that make San Francisco special
You rarely need a car when travelling around San Francisco, mostly because there are two public transportation systems, MUNI and BART, although the two systems do not connect to each other. It’s good to keep in mind that the posted schedules for the transportation systems are not to be understood as ironclad times, but are more in the way of suggestions. There seem to be more Uber vehicles than non-uber vehicles as well, so you always have the option to hail a ride-share service. If you’re going to live in San Francisco WITH a car make sure you’ll have somewhere to park it regularly as parking can be expensive and hard to come by unless you have a dedicated space or lot. Once you leave San Francisco you may want a car… It is great fun to explore Northern California and all it has to offer, and for that you will almost certainly need access to a car to travel and experience the many opportunities for wine-tasting, camping, hiking, and skiing.
The city’s famous hills may look picturesque on television and movie screens, but they can be a bit difficult to navigate when you’re actually walking them. As Bay Area residential movers in the Bay Area we’ve driven some very exciting streets in San Francisco. What might look like a short walk across town could take you up an uncommonly steep incline which could turn a short, casual stroll into an exhausting climb and could have you breathing hard long before you reach your destination. Thankfully it’s usually breezy and cool in the city.
If you’re looking to rent an apartment in San Francisco, it’s much more affordable to look outside the downtown area, unless you have an unlimited budget. Monthly rentals in excess of $2,000 per month are commonplace. Despite the Bay Area’s reputation for extremely high rentals, you can find a relatively reasonably priced place in nearby Oakland or Berkeley just across the San Francisco Bay from the city. This would be a 10 or 15-minute ride on public transportation to the heart of downtown San Francisco, which should be workable for most people.
Hailing a cab can be very difficult in the city. Your best bet is to call a ride-share like Uber or Lyft. With the high cost to live in San Francisco many residents make use of their down time and their cars to make a little extra cash driving for these ride-share services. There are also many bus lines to make use of but your wait could be longer if you don’t plan ahead.
Make sure to carry cash when you’re exploring the city, there are a large number of vendors, and some restaurants, coffee shops, and other places which may not accept debit or credit cards. This means you might want to do your banking with a company that has a downtown presence, or which at least has some ATM’s in the area.
Bay Area Moving Companies are Here When You’re Ready to Move
When you’re ready to move to San Francisco, call the best Bay Area moving and storage company, Magic Moving, to get a free estimate on the cost of your move. Our rates are very affordable, and our service is second to none. You won’t find a better moving company anywhere around. Contact your Bay Area residential movers at Magic Moving, and leave all the details of your move to us.