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What Can Pittsburgh Movers Do For Me?

If you’re contemplating a move to or from Pittsburgh, you may have asked yourself what a local Pittsburgh moving company might do to make it simple for you. Good question! No doubt there are as many answers as there are local moving companies. Here’s how our Pittsburgh movers answer.

Your first task, naturally, is to ascertain the cost and timing for your move. The cost part is pretty straightforward—all reputable Pittsburgh movers will provide an estimate in writing based on a walk-through of your home.

Landscape of the city where Pittsburgh movers work and live.

In general terms, the cost for moving is a factor of weight and distance. Other factors can enter in, such as costs for packing or crating special items, unhooking and disassembling things, unusual access challenges (long carries and lots of stairs, for example.) So it’s important that all these things be taken into consideration from the start. An advantage of working with an experienced Pittsburgh mover like Weleski is economy; we waste no effort, and we advise you on how you can save money in the process of moving.

If you have a mind to do your own packing, we can help as much or as little as you may need. Our customer service representative will advise you on which materials you’ll need and in what quantities. We can also steer you away from inferior materials—like “cheapo” packing tape that will only aggravate and waste your time.

As for timing, we emphasize planning. Four to six weeks gives you ample time in which to attend to the details. Courtesy of Atlas Van Lines, here’s a typical move checklist based on a four-week timetable. Sometimes, a change in employment or a family situation comes with little advance notice. In those cases, it helps to have a Pittsburgh mover like Weleski with the resources and experience to act swiftly.

You’ll also want the peace of mind knowing your things are protected while in the care of your local mover. We routinely provide Full Value Protection on our long-distance moves. In the event something unforeseen happens and an item is damaged, we repair or replace it. Of course, you have the option to decline this coverage, but we strongly recommend you accept it. It’s relatively inexpensive.

Ultimately, the answer to all that our Pittsburgh movers can do for you depends on what you need. With more than 50 years in this business, we understand the importance of listening. When you’re ready to discuss moving, get in touch and we’ll answer.

Finding a Mover “Near Me”

Every move begins with the decision to move. Once you’ve crossed that threshold, you have to formulate a plan. Will you move yourself—or enlist the help of a local professional mover?  If you decide on the latter course, how can you locate the right mover near you?

It’s an important decision. There are many movers out there. I recommend a process I call REST to find capable local movers and storage professionals. (I always love using acronyms for finding local businesses & deals near me.)

Research local movers.Two local movers I found near me that helped move my family.

Start by doing an internet search for “local moving companies” or “moving companies near me” or “local storage facilities near me.” If you are researching movers in another market, such as one you will be moving to, search for “movers in Cleveland” or “moving companies in Pittsburgh,” for example. Spend a little time sifting through the search results. Based on your preliminary findings, do a search for moving companies by name and see what pops up.  Check to see if a company carries the ProMover designation, is rated by the Better Business Bureau, and is active in the community, such as supporting local charitable causes. (For example, Weleski helps local food banks through participation in Move for Hunger and they volunteered with a toy donation for Mount Saint Peter Parish.)

Get moving quotes.

Many movers offer the convenience of a free online quote. You can start with an estimate to get an idea of cost, but be advised that you will need an in-person visit from a representative or a video walk-through in order to provide an accurate assessment of cost. If a local mover does not offer this, you should scratch the company off your list. Beware of low-ball prices—often a signal that the mover will cut corners or operate unethically. The in-home estimate is a chance to form an impression about the mover’s professionalism. Go over every detail of the mover’s proposal and ask any questions you have about the service, especially your scheduling expectations.

Find customer reviews.

If you like what you see, ask the mover for the names of three customers they have moved within the last 60 days. Then, search for reviews online about their experience – sometimes you can even message them to get more details. Did the mover meet their expectations? Would they use the mover again? Would they recommend the mover to family members and friends? Were they pleased with the value they received based on the cost of service? Would they do anything differently the next time they move?

Move with the best.

Once you’ve assessed your local moving and storage companies to your satisfaction, you’re ready to flip the switch and sign the agreement. Then, follow the advice of your professional mover to proceed on schedule and make sure you are completely ready when moving day arrives. You can REST easy knowing you have chosen a professional local mover who will see the job through to your satisfaction.

If you want to know what our Weleski movers can do for you, give us a call. We’ll be happy to explain our moving process & walk you through the steps of REST!

Moving Companies With Home Court Advantage

Make an online search for moving companies, and you’ll see a lot of names come up on your screen. Which one is right for you? The answer depends on what you’re looking for.Skyline of Pittsburgh focused on Heinz Field

All moving companies have what you might call a “home court advantage” in terms of service area. That is, their location enables them to serve nearby customers most efficiently. Weleski is headquartered in Tarentum, Pennsylvania, 20 miles from the heart of Pittsburgh. We also have full-service moving and storage locations in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Cleveland, Ohio. So we are positioned to provide excellent customer service not only to the Pittsburgh metro area, but to the entire western half of Pennsylvania and to the northern and eastern regions of Ohio.

Our Home Court Advantage

Here are the advantages we give our customers over other Cleveland and Pittsburgh moving companies.

Awarded Quality

At Weleski, we strive for service that delights, so quality is our prime motivator. It’s the reason for the referrals and recommendations we get from customers. It’s the reason for our long-running (15 consecutive years) achievement of the Milt Hill Quality Award — the highest honor for an Atlas Agent. You could say service excellence is non-negotiable. Quality is the very basis of our family business that spans four generations. So, we believe it is the first thing any family should look for when looking for Pittsburgh or Cleveland moving companies.

ProMover® Certification

That said, how do you know if particular moving companies will indeed deliver the quality you expect? For starters, look to see that the moving company carries the ProMover® designation. This mark signifies that the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) itself vouches for the company. AMSA is the industry’s largest professional association, and it administers the program to protect consumers from disreputable moving companies—of which, unfortunately, there are quite a few.

Trusted Movers

Another way you can tell about the quality of moving companies is through their representatives. Are they professional in their communications by phone and email? When you meet the representative for an in-home estimate of our moving services, you have the chance to ask questions about the company. You can learn a lot about the quality of a company through its employees. Our movers strive for personal and professional excellence. We are proud to say the quality of our service is reflected in the quality of our employees.

You’ll see lots of Ohio and Pennsylvania moving companies. I recommend you choose one that has reliable industry credentials, a proven history of quality, references from delighted customers, unquestionable professionalism, and services in your neighborhood.

Contact Weleski Transfer to find out how we can deliver a quality, home court advantage for your move.

Weleski Home Moving Service

I was driving the Interstate the other day when I saw an oversize load traveling in the opposite direction. A convoy was moving an entire house intact — it was quite a production. “Well,” I thought “that’s one way to handle the packing.”

Moving Everything but the Kitchen Sink

I’m going to tell you about a slightly different home moving service, look one where everything moves except the house.movers and family in front of moving van

Over the years, our company has provided this home moving service according to one simple principle:  Make it easy for the customer to feel at home.

That’s why the first word in “home moving service” is “home.” It sums up the feeling we want you to have. We want you to feel at home with the entire moving process. And it is a process. Not a rigid process, but a flexible one that fits your family as comfortably as your favorite slippers.

Home Moving is Stressful

I’ve read lots of moving websites and blogs. I’m struck by how many tend to overlook or make light of the emotional component of moving. But emotions are very real. Moving is stressful for all kinds of reasons. You’re leaving a place that has been your family’s home, a place with good friends and fond memories. Love, celebrations, feelings of belonging. Now, you’re going someplace new, and you’re not sure what to expect. You have about a zillion things to do before moving day—on top of your usual day-to-day responsibilities.

You may be one of the few who take such adventures in stride, with more confidence than a stage full of Presidential candidates.  Good for you!  But, most of us are wary, if not fearful, of the new, the unseen, the unknown. And moving is all of that.

So, we, as professional movers, approach home moving service with sensitivity to your feelings. Our first job, before we touch a single piece of furniture, is to provide guidance. We’ll let you know exactly what to expect, when to expect it, and what you can do to make your move easy for you.

The Weleski Home Moving Team

Everyone has a secret to their process, a special sauce, so to speak. Ours is people. Sincere, hard-working folks who know how to make you feel at home with moving. They’ve helped hundreds and hundreds of families of all sizes make good, happy moves. They are ready to help you. One of our team members will be glad to talk to you and help you get started with an in-home estimate. All you have to do is ask. Or, get a free, no-obligation online quote!

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.

Top Pittsburgh Movers

Moving to Pittsburgh? Moving from Pittsburgh? You may be glad to know Weleski is considered a premier company among Pittsburgh movers. We’ve been in the moving business since 1909. We provide a complete range of local and long-distance moving services from our headquarters in Tarentum. It’s an ideal location for a Pittsburgh moving company such as ours, putting us in position to provide excellent service to Pittsburgh and surrounding communities.

Ifpittsburgh-skyline you are new to this part of the country, the city of Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh area have long attracted people seeking a better life and a good place to work and raise a family. History abounds here, largely influenced by the juncture of two rivers, the Allegheny and Monongahela, to form the Ohio River. These waterways were essential to the early settlement and remain vital to industry and trade here and well beyond.

People who move to Pittsburgh find it to be extremely accommodating. There’s a lot to like—from beautifully varied rural topography to smart urban development. Earlier this year, Metropolis magazine named Pittsburgh as one of the world’s “most livable cities,” largely for its commitment to preservation and urban renewal. Much of Pittsburgh’s livability in this regard owes to a legacy of foundations that support the can-do spirit of residents who take great pride in their city and in their neighborhoods. There’s a lot more to be said for Pittsburgh—if you have a specific question about what to expect if you move to our city, feel free to leave a message on our contact page.

You’re likely not surprised that Weleski Transfer, as a Pittsburgh moving company, would be gung-ho about Pittsburgh. But our standing among Pittsburgh movers does not depend solely on moving people into this area. We move families from Pittsburgh to locations all over the U.S., cross-border into Canada, and overseas to virtually any location in the world.

As an Atlas Van Lines Agent, we are backed by the resources of the second largest moving company in the country and its network of quality Agents. Known as the mover who can help you “go new places,” this applies whether you are moving to Pittsburgh, or moving from Pittsburgh. When you consider moving to Pittsburgh, give us a call at 1-888-224-3330 or click here to have us prepare an estimate for moving services. There is no charge for this service.

Moving Tips — Avoiding Rogue Movers (Part 2)

Trustworthy Movers

As I wrote in my previous post, I hope I can save you from getting scammed by a rogue mover. If you aren’t careful, your move can turn into a nightmare. Here are more safeguards you should know before you hire a mover.

Before a reputable mover quotes you a price, he will come to your home and see exactly what you plan to move. Shipping costs are based on size and weight, and walking through your home is the only way to accurately assess costs and give you a fair price. Reject any mover who wants to give you a firm price, sight unseen, whether over the phone or internet.

I recommend getting estimates from three different companies. Ask the representative before he or she comes to your home if their company will be doing the move themselves. If they plan to subcontract your move to another company, scratch them off your list.

When the representative comes to perform the estimate, it’s your chance to ask questions. How do they determine price? How much insurance is included? What is their policy on hiring? Do they check the background of the people who work for them?

Find out about the company. What is its official business name? Does it do business under any other names? Ask how long the company has been in business and where it is located. Ask for names of two or three customers and then call those customers and ask them if they would use the mover again.

Get the contact information phone number, website address, and an email address you can direct questions to. Most representatives carry a mobile phone and are glad to provide their personal contact information. It’s good salesmanship.

Also get the mover’s DOT and MC license numbers. Later, go online to SaferSys.org and verify the mover meets the legal requirements for license and insurance.

Here are a few other pointers:

  • Never hire a mover who gives you a quote based on cubic feet.
  • Never sign blank paperwork, or paperwork that hasn’t been fully explained.
  • Read the document, understand it, and don’t worry about inconveniencing the representative with questions. It’s their job to answer your questions.
  • If a representative can’t explain things to your satisfaction, or if they seem evasive, scratch that company off your list.

And remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Especially when it comes to low, low prices.

Moving Tips — Avoiding Rogue Movers

They’re out there. And they can make your life miserable.

Avoiding Rogue Movers

I’m talking about rogue movers— moving companies that look legitimate on the surface but in reality are about as ruthless as a tiger shark on an empty stomach. Such companies may hold your goods for ransom, refuse to make good on losses they are responsible for, even disappear with your things like the proverbial thief in the night.

The professional moving and storage industry has gone to great lengths to educate and protect consumers from getting scammed by such operators. But P. T. Barnum must have been right, because I continue to read and hear horror stories about unsuspecting consumers being victimized.

This is the first in what I plan to be a series of blog entries designed to help you avoid getting scammed. (Here is where I could say, simply, make sure you hire Weleski. While I believe that is a good idea, I don’t want to presume you will—so I will continue my entry in hopes of making you a better informed consumer and earning your business.)

I’ll get to some specifics in a moment, but first I want to share the single most important idea you can use to keep from becoming a victim yourself. This idea applies not just to moving, but to practically every product or service you will ever buy. Here it is: “If the price seems to good to be true, then it probably is not true.” If you get a low-ball price, expect trouble.

Before you hire a mover, perform a background check on the company. Ask them for references. Call those people and ask whether they were satisfied with their moving experience. Check with the Better Business Bureau. Do the mover’s customers have unresolved complaints? Check with your state’s moving association. Make sure the company is a member in good standing. (Here’s a list of such associations, compiled by the US DOT.)

I think one of the best safeguards is the ProMover credential administered by The American Moving & Storage Association. Movers who carry the ProMover designation have passed a background check and are bound by the AMSA’s Code of Ethics. (As you may guess, Weleski carries the ProMover credential.)

Before you hire a mover, be sure you aren’t dealing with a broker. A broker is simply a middle-man who buys and resells the actual moving services to you. Such a scenario is filled with danger, because enforceable consumer protections are poor or lacking. When you deal with a real mover, you have extensive protections. And, by law, your mover is required to provide you a copy of them. (FYI, here’s a link to  this information, courtesy of Atlas Van Lines.)

Keep in mind that good companies are proud of their good reputation. They answer the phone with the name of their company. And they are proud to display their name on their offices, trucks, and uniforms.  If you see no identity except, perhaps, a magnetic sign on the truck, beware.