Why Move to Pittsburgh?

If you are contemplating a move to “The Burgh,” you might like to know what makes this city a good place to live, work, and play. So, here are some of Weleski Transfer’s top reasons why moving to Pittsburgh is a great idea. (Disclaimer: We love it here, so we may have just a smidgen of bias!)

Living in Pittsburgh. Compared to other cities, Pittsburgh’s cost of living is really affordable —about 12 percent below the national average. Housing is the biggest bargain in your market basket, with a median value between $136K and $149K (per Zillow and Forbes) for homes in the metro area. Your health is in good hands here—the metro area is home to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its network of hospitals, which are ranked no. 12 on the honor roll of best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.Moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - city in the United States. Skyline with Monongahela River.

As for personal enrichment, Pittsburgh is unmatched for educational and cultural opportunities. Our institutions for higher learning include the stellar Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University—and 20 other colleges and universities within ten miles of the city center. One travel expert counts 38 museums here. Among them are the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (be sure to check out the dinosaur exhibit), Bicycle Heaven (enjoy free admission to the world’s largest display of bicycles, including one made famous by Paul Reubens in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”), and the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for International Studies—where you can tour an array of rooms, each representing a different cultural group integral to the history and culture of Allegheny County.

And if you enjoy eating, you’ll love the diversity of Pittsburgh’s culinary scene. In terms of population, Pittsburgh ranks third nationwide for number of restaurants and sixth for number of farmer’s markets. In 2015, Zagat named Pittsburgh the best food city in the U.S. Bon Appétit!

Working in Pittsburgh. Our city grew up as an industrial powerhouse, with over 1,000 factories in operation by the 1850s. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s investments helped spur the city’s leadership in steel production and earned it the nickname “Steel City.” Although it no longer leads in steel production, the city is home to a diverse and vibrant mix of manufacturing and service sector employment in technology, financial services, healthcare and education. In 2016, Forbes ranked it as number 94 in best places for business and careers. Right now, on Indeed.com, you’ll find over 20,000 employment opportunities in Pittsburgh. We need more people!

Playing in Pittsburgh. Whether enjoying your own favorite recreation or watching the pros at play, there are endless things to do in Pittsburgh. The outdoors is beautiful and beckons the adventurous with myriad venues for hiking, biking, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing. Click here for more information about our local parks and outdoor recreation.

If you enjoy golf, Pittsburgh’s many courses will challenge and delight you, including Oakmont Country Club, rated among the 100 greatest courses in the country by Gold Digest and host for the 2016 U.S. Open, and Fox Chapel Golf Club, which ranks among Gold Digest’s second 100 greatest courses.

Of course, Pittsburgh is world famous for professional sports, being home to the Steelers (six NFL championships), the Pirates (five world series titles) and the Penguins (five Stanley Cups and current champions looking to three-peat).

Obviously, “The Burgh” has a lot to like. This list is just a start on the many reasons people move here. So I wonder: what do you like best about Pittsburgh?

How to Have a Garage Sale Before Moving

Before you pack everything up in boxes and take it to your new home, you can do yourself a big favor by getting rid of the things you no longer need. Unless you are saving an item for someone else, if you haven’t used it in the last 3-5 years, there’s a good chance you never will. A garage sale or yard sale lets you make money, and also helps you save money by reducing the weight of your shipment.

Pick a date (Saturdays are prime) and advertise. There are several ways to get the word out.

  • You can use social media networks (Nextdoor is ideal)
  • Post/distribute flyers in the neighborhood
  • Put notices out through the local newspaper, church bulletins and bulletin boards

Publish the starting time and duration (e.g., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). When you open the garage door at 8 a.m., you’ll likely see a swarm of early birds—be prepared for the rush.

If parking is limited, you might contact your neighbors a few days before your event to ask if they would park their cars in their drives to free up space on the street. If you live on a narrow street or road with no shoulder for parking, assess the capacity for parking in your yard. Designate the parking area with highly visible signs.

Long, counter-height tables are ideal for displaying things. Keep kitchen things, tools, hardware, clothing, knick-knacks, books, etc. grouped together, as in departments. If something you wish to sell isn’t fully functional, note “as is” on the price to acknowledge it may need repair. However, most folks understand that garage sale items, especially in a moving sale, are sold “as is.”Containers labeled with prices hold merchandise being sold at a garage sale

How you price items can have a big impact on your success. In this era of eBay and online shopping, it’s easy to find a market price on just about anything you wish to sell. Remember, your goal is to get rid of things, so make your prices attractive.

Be prepared to consider offers below your asking price. A common mistake is to place a sentimental value on top of a market value. Books, for example, bring only pennies on the dollar, despite the fact that the enjoyment and enlightenment they offer can be immeasurable. If you are having a hard time parting with something, think of the enjoyment it will bring to someone else. A bit of charity in your outlook will serve you well.

If you are unsure of how to price some of your things, denote them with “make offer.” For items of relatively higher value, you may attach a piece of paper for bidders to write an amount they are willing to pay along with their contact info (phone or email) so they can be notified at the close of the sale.

Be aware that garage sales can be prime hunting grounds for sticky fingers and fraudsters. It pays to have several family members and friends on hand to help “mind the store” and keep things from walking off. A Dri-Mark® counterfeit detector pen is a worthwhile expense and can save you the embarrassment of ending up with funny money in your till.

Do you have a tip from your experience with garage sales and moving sales? Leave it in a comment to this post—I know our readers would like to hear from you!