3 Tips for Moving in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — Moving is often a stressful undertaking, but when it comes to moving in San Francisco, the level of stress can be amplified. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case: with proactive preparation, you can facilitate a smooth and efficient San Francisco move. Here are some preparatory measures to keep in mind:
1. Verify parking. As any Bay Area resident knows, parking in San Francisco can be challenging, to say the least. If you live in a busy area, make it a point to reserve one or more parking spaces in front of your home or apartment building for the day of your move. The process is fairly simple: just call the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and ask for a parking permit. To ensure your space doesn’t get booked by someone else, call to reserve at least two weeks in advance. Keep in mind that parking permits are valid from 8am to 5pm, so you’ll want to be all moved out by the end of that time frame.
2. Reserve an elevator. With the many high-rise buildings in the city, a move in San Francisco often involves as much vertical transit as horizontal. Dealing with elevators during a move can be time-consuming, especially if you have to share them with other tenants. Fortunately, if your building has multiple elevators, you may be able to reserve one for your move—just inquire with your building manager. Keep in mind that elevator transit can considerably extend your moving time frame, so you’ll want to be proactive about having your things packed and ready to go.
3. Don’t forget to make reservations at your new location. In the course of reserving parking and an elevator at your current residence, make sure you remember to reserve them at your new one, if needed. You shouldn’t have any issue reserving two different parking spots on the same day—again, just make sure you do this well in advance.