How to Get a Moving Quote

getting a moving quote from an in-home estimateSomething we routinely offer customers is a free quote for moving services. This is pretty common in the moving industry—and it should be. Making a move isn’t an easy, one-size-fits-all purchase. Your move is uniquely yours; it may be similar to others, but it’s not identical. So you, and every customer, should get a detailed quote for services before you decide on a mover. You should know exactly what to expect and how much it will cost.

The cost for moving depends mainly on the weight of a shipment and the distance it travels. So, we need to know what items you will be moving, where you are moving from (origin), and where you are moving to (destination).  We also need to know when you plan to move, since moving costs normally fluctuate with seasonal demand. For example, resources (trucks and crews) are in greater demand during the summer and costs are generally higher as a result.

To prepare an accurate moving quote, movers needs accurate information. Weleski helps you get an idea of cost with an online form that captures the essential information. We use this to provide a “nonbinding” estimate. This is what we think the move will cost, but it is not a guarantee. In order to give you a guaranteed, or “binding” estimate, we will need to walk through your home and see everything you wish to move.

Insist on getting a written, in-home estimate from three different movers. If you are moving out of Pittsburgh or the surrounding area, we are glad to provide this service and to have the opportunity for you to ask us any questions you may have about your move. If you are moving from another state into Pennsylvania, we can also arrange to provide an in-home estimate through our Atlas agency network.

If a mover insists they can give you an accurate estimate without performing the in-home walk-through, run! Chances are you will get an inflated estimate, way more than you should have to pay.  By the same token, beware of any mover who provides a “low-ball” estimate.  It’s a sad fact our industry has more than its share of unscrupulous operators. Some will use the low, low price ruse to hook a customer, then pile on additional charges and hold goods for ransom until paid.  Don’t let yourself become a victim.

Whether Weleski is ultimately your choice for moving, we are glad to have the chance to give you a moving quote. We consider it a cost of doing business, well worth it for the chance to serve you as our customer. Please call us (1-888-224-3330) or use our online form to request a free moving quote today.

Pennsylvania Moving Migration

map of North America showing moving migration patternsIt’s not quite on the scale of the Israelites fleeing Egypt. But an Exodus is taking place. Movers in Pennsylvania (and moving companies in Pittsburgh, such as Weleski) are seeing it firsthand. More people are moving out of the Keystone State than moving in.

Last year, Atlas Van Lines customers made 77,705 moves between states and provinces. To help us wrap our heads around the question of “where are people going?” Atlas annually organizes the migration numbers, illustrates them, and publishes an analysis. It tells an interesting story about people’s wanderings across the U.S. and Canada.

As for 2015, Atlas counted 3,196 household goods moves out of Pennsylvania. But the van line handled only 2,256 moves into the state.

This marks three straight years for Pennsylvania as an outbound state. That is, more than 55% of moves (either originating in or destined for Pennsylvania) went out of the state. What’s more, each year of the last ten shows more people going than coming. Generally, the relative difference has been moderate; our status was considered “balanced” from 2006 to 2012.  history of Pennsylvania moves

If you study the map, you’ll see some interesting patterns. It appears our outbound status is part of a larger outbound swath that stretches across most of Canada and our nation’s midsection. There are pockets of inbound activity, namely in the northwest, northeast, and south central regions.  As you would expect, migration across much of the U.S. is considered “balanced.”

It’s tempting to speculate about the reasons people have for moving out of a region or into a region. Occasionally, an event will assert itself on human migration (natural disasters, such as Katrina, can be big enough to skew the data).  However, most movements of people are the result of ebbs and flows we movers are all too familiar with. People wish to pursue economic opportunity, such as a new job or promotion. They want to be closer to family and loved ones. Or they seek a more agreeable climate.

The Moving Migration Patterns infographic can be found here, and the full case analysis here.

If you are moving to or from Pennsylvania or the Pittsburgh area, your reasons are your own. If you are looking for a Pennsylvania moving company to help you, consider Weleski. We help families move, regardless of their reasons. Our Pittsburgh movers have been helping folks make their best moves for over 50 years. Give us a call at 1-888-224-3330 or click here for a free moving quote.

Face Piles of Files – Record Management

weleski-pittsburgh-document-storageFrom accounting to marketing, from sales to human resources, record-keeping comes with a lot of paper baggage. Even in this so-called digital age. Checks, invoices, reports, contracts, etc. all add up to hundreds (if not thousands) of pounds. After a while, you have a scattered Rubik’s cube of cartons cluttering your workspace and stretching your storage. (Did you know a cubic foot of computer printouts weighs about 24 pounds?)

Turning a new leaf on the calendar is a good time for a checkup of your record retention program. If you’re like most business people, the thought of document management (or anything to do with filing outside a day at the spa) sends you running for the aspirin. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  To paraphrase a super group from the 60s, you can “face piles of files with smiles.”  We are also experts in record storage and management. We make it easy for you.

First, your records are safe. Our secure document storage facility here in Pittsburgh provides you climate controls to maintain the integrity and usability of your records, with safeguards against fire, smoke, and intrusion. And we accommodate all kinds of records, from magnetic media to discs and drives to films and X-rays.

If you do not already have a records management system in place, we can help you establish one. With our experience, we can provide you pointers on what businesses typically require as for length of storage and accessibility. We’ve included a sample of retention guidelines in this post, courtesy of the SBA. (However, you will need to verify your own retention preferences with professional counsel).

Our records management service agreements typically include pickup of materials at your location. We’ll barcode everything and scan it upon entry into storage with the date received, description of the records, and their location in our warehouse. When you request access to specific records, our system enables us to efficiently locate the records you want for delivery to your location. weleski-pittsburgh-records-management

At intervals you designate, we will shred and destroy dated documents and provide you with a certificate of destruction—legal proof of when and how we destroyed the documents.

Once we get a system established for your company, it’s easy to monitor the whereabouts of your documents. It’s a cost-affordable cure for the headache of having to catalog, organize, store and manage records yourself. What would be a huge chore for you is easy for us. So let us take a load off your shoulders (or out of your office) with an easy, time-and-money-saving service for records management right here in Pittsburgh.