What You Need to Know About Moving to Sacramento
Sacramento is growing. An affordable city with a wide range of job opportunities, California’s capital is proving to be an attractive destination for more people every year. Relocating to a new city can be both exciting and challenging. But whether you’re moving to your first condo in Midtown or a five-bedroom family home in Natomas, finding a moving company you can trust is the first step for a successful transition. Here’s some more advice to help you with your move to Sacramento.
Parking is at a premium in many Sacramento neighborhoods, such as Midtown and East Sacramento. You’ll need to apply for a parking permit if your new home doesn’t have off-street parking. Depending on your new address, you may also need a temporary parking permit for your moving truck, and you might need to inform your new condo association about the logistics of your move.
Sacramento schools begin the academic year during the last week of August and end the second week of June. Many families will want to move between those dates. However, moving during the extreme heat of summer brings particular challenges.
While summer is a popular time for moving, you’ll have to contend with Sacramento’s heat. Summertime temperatures are typically over 90 degrees, but days over 110 aren’t unheard of. If you’re moving goods from a different climate, be aware that wood can crack when transported from a humid area of the country to the dry, hot conditions of Sacramento.
You’ll want the lights on and the internet working as soon as you move in. In Sacramento, water, sewer and trash collection are managed through the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities. Contact Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to set up your electricity. For gas hook-up, contact Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). This website can help you decide which cable and internet plan is best for your household.
Sacramento storage considerations
Sactown’s high summer temperatures mean that items placed in storage need to be able to withstand the heat. Self-storage facilities vary in how much climate control they offer. Fluctuations in temperature can affect furniture joints, upholstery and even mattresses. Older memory foam mattresses absorb more sweat, which means if they’re stored in very hot temperatures, the bacteria trapped inside the mattress will multiply, causing odors.
Donate unused items
Moving is a natural time to assess whether you really need all of your stuff. Here’s a partial list of organizations in Sacramento that regularly accept donations:Read moreRead less