Finding a place to live in the Bay Area can be a bit of a challenge. This region is notorious for its high cost of living, and the competition for nice housing can be steep. If you manage to secure a great place to call home, a celebration is certainly in order! With that said, you still have to deal with the task of moving all of your things into the new place before you can truly kick back and appreciate your accomplishment.


In this post, we would like to discuss some of the challenges that you may face when moving in the Bay Area. Of course, we aren’t trying to scare you with this post, we just want to make sure you are ready for the various issues that may pop up. By being prepared, you should be able to avoid many potential problems, and hopefully your move will run smoothly from start to finish.


If your move is coming up and you need to partner with a trusted and reliable professional moving company, contact Got2Move right away. We have been serving customers in and around San Francisco since 2006 and would love to help make your move an easy one!

1. Think Parking

For starters, one of the key planning points you will want to deal with is the issue of parking. As you already know, parking is frequently a challenge in the Bay Area especially in hilly streets of San Francisco, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Piedmont, Los Altos and some other areas. That is certainly true if you are using a large moving truck. Significant time can be lost while searching for parking, so do your best to plan ahead and avoid this problem.


One of the best options here is a temporary no parking sign. This is exactly as it sounds – a sign which indicates that no parking will be allowed in a given spot on a specified date and time. These signs can be acquired for moving purposes, but you will need to apply with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (assuming you are moving within the city). In all other areas, please, contact your local Police department to get right references through non-emergency telephone number.



As soon as you know when you will be moving, send in an application so you can secure this permit. At least five business days in advance will be required in most cases, but more is better. And yes, you will have to pay for the permit, but simply think of that as part of the cost of completing the move. Without a permit, it may be nearly impossible to park a truck in some of the areas in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2. Be Prepared – Start Packing Today!

It’s never too early to start packing your things. Once you know that you will be moving, start thinking about how you are going to get everything packed up and ready to go. It’s often surprising to people how long it takes to get ready to move, and just how many things they own. You don’t want to find yourself in a position where moving day is fast approaching, and you are scrambling to get everything ready. Start by packing up things you don’t use often and make sure you have plenty of supplies on hand, such as boxes, tape, etc. However, if you decide to hire Bay Area packers and movers, read our article ‘9 Red Flags Hiring Movers’ first and collect a quote from Got2Move.

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3. Think Twice About Going the DIY Route

Of course, it is possible to skip the step of hiring a moving company, instead opting to do the work yourself. This is particularly appealing if you aren’t moving far, as it seems like you’ll be able to move your stuff just a few blocks without much trouble. Unfortunately, that task is a little more difficult than it might seem at first, and you may end up in over your head.



For one thing, lifting some of your heavy possessions may be a task that you aren’t quite ready to handle. Do you have enough friends willing and able to help out with the heavy lifting? Do you know how to position things in the moving truck to make sure they aren’t damaged in transit? Can you negotiate the potentially narrow staircases you’ll have to deal with along the way?


Professional Bay Area movers can handle all of those questions, as they do this kind of work each and every day. Moving everything by your own is simply a much bigger project than most people understand – at least at first. Don’t make the mistake of getting part way into the move before you realize you should have hired someone to help.


4. That Bay Area Traffic

Even if you’ve only been in the Bay Area for a short period of time, you already know about the traffic. During certain times of the day, it can be hard to get just about anywhere around the Bay Area. Depending on where you are moving to and from, the traffic could play a big role in how the day plays out.


It goes without saying that there is nothing you can do to change the traffic patterns in the Bay Area. They are what they are, and you can’t do anything about that. However, what you can do is plan your move in a way that will minimize the impact of rush hour traffic. For example, you can hire extra movers in an attempt to get the bulk of the work done during the middle of the day, when traffic should be lighter.


Remember, your movers are real people, and they will get hungry and thirsty along the way. In the morning, when they are getting started, ask what they would like for lunch. If you go out to pick them up some lunch and something to drink, they’ll appreciate the gesture and they won’t have to stop as long to eat. Your movers are going to be working hard to help you get this done, so supplying them with a tasty lunch is a good way to say thanks.


Moving in the Bay Area is not impossible. It comes with its challenges, sure, but those challenges can be overcome with a little bit of planning and plenty of patience. For help from an experienced team, contact Got2Move today for more information on our services. We are here for you!