If you are about to move to San Francisco, chances are you’re looking forward to it. San Francisco is an amazing place to live as it really offers something for everyone. Many people move to the area as it promises great jobs and even greater opportunities. However, you need to be prepared to move to the city as you could feel a little overwhelmed by it. The good news is that in this article Nick from California Movers – a licensed San Francisco mover, will tell you what to expect and how to make your move much easier on yourself.
Be Prepared to Spend More Money
San Francisco is considered to be the second most expensive place to live in the country. In fact, you will need a salary of at least $120,000 if you are to live comfortably here. However, if you are lucky enough to be able to afford a home in this part of the world then you should not have too much trouble affording those daily essentials.
Food and clothing do tend to be more expensive in San Francisco, but you can always find cheaper places to shop. If you want to save money on food try not to eat out too often as it can get very expensive. The good news is there are apps that can help you get free food that would have otherwise been discarded.
The Streets are Steep
San Francisco is known for its very steep streets. The streets are so steep because they are located on the side of a mountain. Some of the streets are so steep that you need to take extra care when you’re driving along. You can expect to see streets that have a 37% and 41% gradient, making navigating them pretty interesting.
Please note, if you plan to walk everywhere, you should make sure you have comfortable shoes on. You cannot walk to work in heels or in work shoes. Make your way to work in walking shoes and change your footwear once you’re at work. This is what a lot of the locals do as it makes it easier on their feet.
Don’t forget that the temperature at the top of the street can be quite different from that at the lower end of the street. This means you might need a light coat with you.
Be as Green as you Can
San Francisco is proudly known as the greenest city in the country. This is something that might take a bit of getting used to. For example, when you go grocery shopping you will need to take your own bags with you. This is because you will not be provided with any, so make sure you have at least one bag with you at all times.
When it comes to disposing of trash you’ll need to make sure you separate it into the correct waste bin. In addition to this, you’ll also need to learn how to conserve water as using too much is considered very bad. Don’t worry though, if you’re careful you will find yourself getting used to being very green.
It’s Very Busy
San Francisco is a very busy place to be. It doesn’t matter where you go or when you go there, chances are you won’t be alone. This can take some getting used to if you’re moving from a smaller, quieter part of the country. However, it also means that there’s a real potential to make a lot of friends.
If you’re not a lover of crowds, try to go places during the early morning when there are fewer people around. You will find yourself getting used to the crowds after a while and you could even start to feel more at ease. Don’t worry too much if you’re finding the transition hard, it will take time.
It’s Not the Warmest City
While many people expect California to be warm, for the most part, it is. However, San Francisco is not the warmest place to live. This is because it’s close to the ocean and it can get a little cold at times. What this means is you should not expect to wear cool summer clothes all the time. In fact, you could feel a little cold when the fog sets in. Be prepared for those cooler days as there will be many of them.