Robbie O’Keeffe still remembers that one move, five years ago, that involved moving someone into a two-bedroom house in the middle of the curviest part of Lombard Street.
“It started as a three man job and then it ended up with seven of us,” says the owner of Big Leprechaun Moving & Storage. “It was probably the worst job I’ve ever done”
Jacob Sanderson recalls one particularly bad job during Pride Weekend. The co-owner of In and Out Movers says it was a relatively simple job that involved moving someone half a mile, in the Mission District. Needless to say, the typical 10-minute drive took them an hour, thanks to the detours, traffic and pedestrians.
Moving in and out of various neighborhoods in San Francisco can be challenging for so many reasons: lack of parking, steep roads, no elevator, tight turns, narrow roads. The list goes on.
Wolfgang Matt, vice president at One Big Man & One Big Truck Moving Company, says the crew jokes that moves on and off Telegraph Hill are “leg days” due to the amount of climbing up and down stairs and steep streets.
Sanderson adds that in addition to all of the climbing, navigating a 24 to 26-foot box truck around the streets of San Francisco can be a challenge. They’ve had to slowly back the large truck down a one-way street before.
There’s one hill in Potrero Hill he says they reserve only with experienced drivers given how curvy and steep it is.
“You can’t send an unexperienced driver down those hills … It is more curvy and treacherous than Lombard Street. Most people don’t even know about that street,” he says.
Determining how many men they will need for a job often means factoring in whether they will need traffic control, Matt says, adding when they move anyone from around the ballpark, they always have a flagman.
Jobs that normally take two to three hours can end up taking 10 to 12 hours (in extreme cases).
O’Keeffe said the job on Lombard involved one man staying with the double-parked truck at the top of the street (to avoid the $600 parking ticket), and several men walking furniture down to the middle of the block.
“Moving in San Francisco is not easy, for anybody,” O’Keeffe says.
Source : sfgate.com