Your Must-Have Checklist for Moving to San Francisco
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Your Must-Have Checklist for Moving to San Francisco

Your Must-Have Checklist for Moving to San Francisco 

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First of all, if you’re moving to San Francisco be sure to wear flowers in your hair! 

You have to wonder how many times singer Scott McKenzie heard that line before. His 1967 hit “San Francisco” was not only successful but is long regarded as the unofficial “anthem” of the 1960s and the embodiment of counterculture and the Summer of Love. 

Now that you appreciate the culture, music, and history of the Golden Gate City you’re going to appreciate arriving for the first time all the more so. 

Whether you’re moving from a neighboring city or state or you’re moving cross country, you’ll want to make sure that you have your ducks in a row before you go and know what to expect when you get there. 

Here we’ll break down the main things to keep in mind during your move:

1. Budget In Advance

Always make sure you have enough money and resources before moving. If you have any friends in San Francisco it would be wise to get in touch with them to help with the moving process. 

Even if they can’t help you with a major project, like moving furniture, simply taking you out to lunch or providing a trip to the airport can be a lifesaver. 

2. Find a Reliable Moving Company 

The most important thing to keep in mind during any move is how you’re going to get your belongings from point A to point B. Something to consider is how narrow the streets are in San Francisco before moving. 

Consider getting a local moving company if you live within a certain distance of the city. Some of the best brands to consider are Safeway Moving, Interstate Moving & Relocation Group, JK Moving, and UPack. 

If you’re willing to do the move yourself, you can also rent a U-Haul truck and load it yourself or with friends, or hire some local help.

3. Inform Your VIPS That You’re Leaving

In addition to putting in your two weeks notice at work and letting your friends and family know where you’re going, you’re going to want to inform your landlord too. 

That way you can settle the rest of your rent or set up a payment plan if you’re tight on money. 

It’s also a good idea to call your utility companies and have a planned shutoff period for your services. Inquire about setting up services at your new place, unless you’re considering switching companies, and let your insurance company know you’re moving so they can adjust policies if needed.

4. Make Provisions for Your Car 

Some people sell their car for cash when they move. But you may find it more advantageous to either have it shipped with a third party company, or plan ahead with enough gas and personal items to make it a proper road trip.

The best website for planning road trips based on gas prices is GasBuddy

Some of the best car shipping companies are Ship Your Car, National Auto Shipping, and Auto Transport Depot.

5. Find a Reliable Local Plumber (Before You Run Into Problems!)

Plan ahead to have 24/7 plumbers and general repair services if your new living situation doesn’t cover maintenance. One important thing to consider before you move anywhere is making sure you have someone to call if anything breaks. 

This is very important when it involves bathroom amenities like the toilet, shower, or bathroom sink. Some good recommendations for San Francisco plumbers in the East Bay Area include ARS Rescue Rooter, who advertise themselves as 24/7 plumbers ready for emergencies. 

Enjoy the Trip!

Finally, whether you’re flying or driving, try to turn your trip to “Frisco” into a once-in-a-lifetime experience with some planned sightseeing stops along the way.

Remember that Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Oracle Park are along the way if you’re driving. Lastly, try to listen to that old 1967 classic if possible to get into the proper mood for this amazing life change. 

Making a move is a big decision, but with enough foresight and accounting for what you’ll need in your new location, you should be able to make a smooth transition from your current house or apartment to your new home.

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