Top tips when moving to San Francisco

The Bay Area, and San Francisco in particular, is a top destination for many relocating Americans. People flock to the metro area to experience a relaxed atmosphere, temperate weather and one of the best housing markets in the United States.

People are always moving into the homes for sale in San Francisco, and if you have recently purchased a property in the region, here are a few tips for you after move-in day is over.

One of the first things many people do upon moving into a home is redecorate the interior and exterior. Arguably, the most common redecorating method is painting - a splash of color can wash away any dull hues or stains.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Bob Buckter, known as "Dr. Color," is a house painter and graduate of San Francisco State University. He has been painting houses in the greater Bay Area since 1978, and he commented on the current and past state of affairs in San Francisco.

"The original paint color schemes were fairly drab and made sense for 1880, but do not make sense today," he told the news source. "I look at myself as a contemporary colorist. I'm not going to put something up that does not make sense for 2012."

He went on the explain that the current popular colors in San Francisco are sage and yellowish tones, compared with the more earthy shades that were commonplace in the 1970s.

He offered a few tips for San Francisco homeowners who are repainting the exteriors of their properties. First, it's best to choose a color a few shades darker than the original base - this will limit the possibility of color dampening or lightening. Additionally, Buckter suggested comparing your house with others in the neighborhood and trying to pick a shade that fits with the community's theme without disrupting the local visual aesthetics. San Francisco is known for its sometimes eccentric color schemes, so make sure to thoroughly evaluate your street or block.

Avoid the worst traffic
The streets of San Francisco can sometimes be tough to navigate, and when moving in, the last thing you want is to get stuck behind a red light on a narrow one-way street. The major Interstates 80 and 280 provide quick service to downtown neighborhoods, and sometimes you can avoid commuter snarls by taking State Route 101, which runs all the way south to San Jose. Make sure to monitor all traffic reports on the day of your move to make the most efficient choice when traveling.