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Top 10 Reasons to Move to Cleveland

Here are the top 10 reasons to move to Cleveland Ohio.Name an affordable city where people are proud to be there and have access to some of the best public services, best cultural experiences, and best healthcare in the country. Your answer should be Cleveland, and here are the top 10 reasons why.

 

  1. Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

In terms of weather, Cleveland is the classic midwest city. The Cleveland climate consists of four complete seasons with warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. The only trait out of the ordinary is the amount of snowfall. Cleveland receives nearly twice as many inches of snow per year as the U.S. average.

 

  1. A Nationally Ranked Hospital

The Cleveland Clinic, a hospital with a patient-first focus, was recently ranked second in the country by U.S. News & World Report. It’s rated as the best hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery.

 

  1. Delicious Food

Cleveland cuisine is defined by delicious sandwiches packed with corned beef and crispy pierogies. And you can’t really call yourself a Clevelander until you’ve tried a Polish Boy from a food truck. And there are, of course, more modern and experimental restaurants in Cleveland.

 

  1. Quality Museums and Libraries

The Cleveland Public Library is rated 5 stars by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service for a good reason. With a collection of over 3 million print materials and a technology center that provides free access to iPads and a 3D printer, you can learn practically anything without spending a dime. The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens are also 100% free.

 

  1. Great Place for the Arts

Cleveland’s theater district, Playhouse Square, is the second largest in the world behind Broadway, and the Cleveland Orchestra is among the top five orchestras in the world.

 

  1. Local Pride

With a football (FirstEnergy Stadium), baseball (Progressive Field), and basketball stadium (Quicken Loans Arena) downtown, locals take both major league and minor league Cleveland sports seriously. You’ll find the enthusiasm infectious.

 

  1. Convenient Location

Ohio might not be the most glamorous state in the U.S., but that’s what traveling is for, and Cleveland is surrounded by destinations like New York, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toronto.

 

  1. Friendly People

Newcomers to Cleveland are often blown away by the warm welcome they receive immediately after moving. If you want to live in a place where you can say hello to everyone you pass without drawing funny looks and make friends just about anywhere, Cleveland is the place for you.

 

  1. Affordability

For its size and the quality of life it offers, Cleveland is exceptionally affordable. The overall cost of living is only about 79 percent of the U.S. average, and the biggest factor is housing, which is a whopping 72 percent less expensive than average.

 

  1. Job Growth & Potential

Have you ever wished you could be the first to notice and appreciate something great, before it became popular? Younger people are moving to Cleveland because of its affordability, job growth, and cultural experiences, meaning it’s on track to become the next big thing.

Now that you know how great Cleveland is, how would you like to move here? Weleski Transfer is your local moving company, and we can help you take the next step. Request your free moving quote today!

10 Cleveland Attractions to See After Moving

The West Side Market is one of many Cleveland attractions to see after moving.If you’re moving to Cleveland, what are you looking forward to doing most? Probably unpacking and recovering from the stress of moving. But what about after that? Whether you’re a history buff, a night owl, a foodie, or all of the above, there are endless fun things to do in Cleveland. Here are the Cleveland activities and sights that you’ll want to visit first to get acquainted with your new city.

1. West Side Market

Need to stock up on groceries? The West Side Market, Cleveland’s publicly owned market, dates all the way back to 1840. The iconic yellow brick market house, adorned with a 137-foot clock tower, is occupied by over 100 vendors selling meats and dairy, fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, and even flowers and candy from around the world.

2. Cleveland Public Library

While you’re out, why not pick up some books to enjoy in your favorite reading nook in your new home? The Cleveland Public Library, built around 150 years ago, is an architectural marvel. Its stunning cathedral ceilings, historic murals, and staggering collection of books will take your breath away. But don’t be fooled by its age; its lower level, called TechCentral, gives patrons free access to iPads, a 3-D printer, a vinyl cutter, and a heat press. There is only a small fee for materials.

3. The Cleveland Museum of Art

Since its opening in 1916, the Cleveland Museum of Art has been free and open to the public. It exhibits art from all over the world as well as a number of special events, performances, and lectures. Its museum film program is one of the oldest in the United States. Thousands of people every year attend its twice-weekly screenings of independent and international films.

4. Cleveland Museum of Natural History

For nearly a century, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has made the world of scientific discovery accessible to the curious. The museum offers exhibits featuring the famous 3.2 million-year-old skeleton named Lucy, the heroic sled dog Balto, a piece of the moon from the Apollo 12 mission, and much more.

5. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Complete your museum circuit at a classic Cleveland destination: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock Hall is composed of six levels in total, from zero to five, featuring frequently changing exhibits honoring some of the most famous figures in rock music and interactive activities for visitors.

6. Velvet Tango Room

The Velvet Tango Room is a renowned jazz and blues lounge with a 1920s speakeasy feel. With a jazz trio playing live music softly in the background on weekends, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed night time get together with the friends you’ve made in your new city.

7. Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Craft beer lovers will feel right at home at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. Opened by two Irish brothers with limited brewing experience in the 1980s, Great Lakes has become an integral part of the Cleveland community with its award-winning beers and its commitment to community service and environmental sustainability.

8. Music Box Supper Club

Looking for dinner and a show? The Music Box Supper Club is both a Cleveland restaurant and music venue, hosting popular local and nationally touring musicians playing a variety of genres nearly every night of the week. Enjoy a burger and fries only feet away from Rufus Wainwright or Aimee Mann.

9. Rocky River Reservation

Out of all of Cleveland’s many parks, the Rocky River Reservation is one of the most beautiful and beloved by visitors. See if you can spot native wildlife, like the white-tailed deer, among the massive shale cliffs and the willow, sycamore, and cottonwood trees.

10. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When the weather is nice, stop by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and learn what a bontebok or a fossa is. Maybe you’ll discover your new favorite animal!

Are you still planning your move to Cleveland? Learn more about Weleski Transfer’s moving services and how we can make it easier for you to live in this great city. Contact us to learn more about your local Cleveland movers, or about our Cleveland storage options.

Our Cleveland Movers’ Resolution

We’re at that place on the calendar where we can tell 2016, “So long!” (Some are not even willing to look back at the past year.)

As our local Cleveland movers look to the days ahead, we rededicate ourselves to earning your business. We resolve to be your preferred choice of Cleveland, Ohio moving companies with service that makes you feel special. Because we believe you are.Local Cleveland movers in kitchen

As an Atlas Van Lines Agent, we measure every aspect of our service to you so we stay focused on improvement. We see the most important metric as your satisfaction. How you rate our service is our ultimate measure of success. When your move is complete, we’ll ask you to answer this question: Would you choose Weleski the next time you move?

Accurate Moving Quotes

We know a lot goes into earning your “yes.” For one, we start with an accurate estimate of what services you will need and what they will cost. Our Cleveland movers bring a great deal of experience, and they are expert at assessing exactly what is needed for your move. When we give you an estimate, you can count on its accuracy.

Professional Packing

How we handle claims is an important measure of our service. Every moving company in Cleveland, Ohio has its own process for claims. We take pride in keeping claims low with great care for handling your goods. We follow best practices for packing things and securing them for safe transport in the van. In rare instances where damage does occur, we have a simple, proven process for resolving claims quickly to your satisfaction.

Clean Storage

You may never see the inside of our warehouse. But we are firm believers in good housekeeping as a precondition of good service. This is another aspect we measure—making sure our facilities are clean, organized, and efficient. When your goods are in our care, whether on the truck or on steel racks in our warehouse, they are secure and protected.

Cutting-edge Equipment

We bring the same penchant for organization and cleanliness to equipment. Weleski Cleveland movers maintain trucks for safety and efficiency, reflecting our professionals’ pride and commitment to your service. In your home, you’ll notice we take care to protect the surfaces of your house as we work. When we you move into your new home, same thing. And we don’t leave the rubbish and discards for you to deal with—we recycle materials for you.

Those who say new year’s resolutions are made to be broken couldn’t be more wrong. Our Cleveland movers know that improvement takes effort. Our livelihoods depend on it. We resolve to make this effort every day and on every move to earn the privilege of serving you again. Contact us today to learn how we’ll be moving Cleveland in 2017!

If Santa were a Cleveland Mover

Santa transporting goods in his sleigh like a Cleveland mover

It’s the season of jingle bells and mistletoe, candy canes and tinsel. And, of course, the jolly old dude with a white beard in a red suit. I’ve often thought if moving companies had a mascot, Santa would certainly be Weleski movers’. I mean, if you could take all the moving companies in Cleveland, add all the moving companies in Ohio, then add all the local moving companies in every city, hamlet, and village across the country, they couldn’t begin to accomplish what good old Kris Kringle can in one night every year.

For starters, just take Cleveland, Ohio movers like those from Weleski Transfer Cleveland. They would need an army of elves to deliver toys to every child in the city. There are about 388,000 people (based on the most recent U.S. Census) in the Cleveland city limits. Of these, about seven percent are under five years old. If we consider just half of these (the older half), it equates to about 13,580 kiddos. Add those who are five to ten years old, that’s another 25,000 or so. Conservatively, the guy with the belly that shakes like jelly has to hand deliver gifts for close to 40,000 children in this one city alone.

Santa flying his sleigh over Ohio before delivering like a Cleveland moverNow, if Santa were one of our Cleveland movers, a few of our requirements might cramp his magical style. He couldn’t go breaking and entering into homes through the chimneys.  He would have to use the doors, like any sane professional does. Nor would he transport his goods with reindeer and sleigh. He would employ a variety of moving vans and trailers and dollies. And he wouldn’t be parking his equipment on people’s roofs.

Instead of wrapping paper, goods would be cushioned with bubble wrap and packed safely in cardboard cartons. Children would never receive damaged toys! As for the milk and cookies, he can take them to-go; no stopping and dawdling. Dispatch is on the phone, and little Tommy is about to wake up early. Better get a move on to get those presents in place before he gets up. If not, mom and dad have a lot of explaining to do!

Of course, Santa could never be a Cleveland mover, any more than Weleski and other Cleveland movers could ever be Santa. But, for one night a year, it sure would be fun to have Santa’s delivery abilities as a PSO (Professional Sleigh Operator). Think of the fuel it would save!

I wonder what reindeer run on?

’Tis the Season that Moves the Weleski Movers

As Weleski movers and our families welcome this “most wonderful time of the year,” we can’t help but think about those in our community who are struggling: the dad who’s company is downsizing; the family that’s behind on rent when the car engine goes out; the family torn by domestic violence. How will they experience the joy and peace of Christmas? Our movers help share the holiday spirit by volunteering for local charities. Two of our programs this holiday season are Angel Tree & Adopt a Family.

Angel TreeWeleski mover volunteering for Angel Tree

One way we help is through Angel Tree, a project of the Saint Anthony Guild at Mount Saint Peter Parish in New Kensington. Andrea Scalise, a Weleski employee and the guild president, explains that families who qualify for assistance write down their children’s clothing sizes and wishes for toys. With donations from parishioners, guild members purchase the items. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, the local K-Mart extends a special discount to the guild and allows its members to shop before the store opens to the public. Weleski Transfer provides a truck and movers to transport the many items to Mount St. Peter Church for distribution to the families. This year,  we handled quite a haul—enough clothing and gifts to delight 113 children. (Angel Tree also yielded groceries in the form of gift cards at Giant Eagle—helping set tables and stock pantries for 35 families.)

Adopt a Family

For the third year, employees at Weleski movers (including sister companies Weleski Truck Repair and Weleski Self Storage) are grateful participants in “Adopt a Family.” This project is administered by Alle-Kiski HOPE Center, a local non-profit that serves families affected by domestic violence. The center reaches out to those it has helped during the year and writes down things they could use. This year, we’ve adopted two families: one, a mother with two daughters and a son; the other, a mother with three sons. We posted their wish lists in our office and our employees are signing up to donate the requested items. For confidentiality, the center does not reveal the names of recipients; we label the gifts with numbers that indicate who gets to unwrap them.

Although we don’t see the faces of our beneficiaries, we can imagine what they look like. Just imagine your own joy of a Christmas past, the excitement you felt at receiving that longed-for gift. After all, every gift is an expression of love. What could be more fitting this time of year?

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.

Cleveland: A Great Place to Work and Play

Cleveland has come a long way over the last few decades to become a world class destination for living, buy working, and visiting. One of the most recent feathers in its fedora is being chosen as host city for the 2016 Republican Convention. There will be drama!

You’ve heard of LeBron James, star of the Cleveland Cavaliers. And you know the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland (home to that famous, sparkling white glove worn by the “King of Pop”). These are but two of the attractions galore you’ll find in this community on the shore of Lake Erie.

Take the Cleveland Aquarium, for example. It has over 5,000 awesome creatures in freshwater and salt-water tanks. You can “get jiggy” with the critters if you’ve a mind… stroke a stingray or swim with sharks. Not for the faint of heart! Cleveland, Ohio skyline

If you’re into art, check out the Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s one of the finest in North America, and admission to the permanent collection is free. A recent $350 million renovation makes it a must-see on your list of attractions. Another must-see: the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, especially if you like dinosaurs.

When someone sang that it’s happening at the zoo, I’m pretty sure they were referring to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. It’s huge, and hugely fun. It’s also home to one of the larger collections of monkeys and apes in the country.

Cleveland has no shortage of gastronomic delights, from restaurants spanning every genre to wineries to breweries, including the Hofbräuhaus where you can eat, drink, dance, and release your inner German. If you’re wanting to do your own cooking, check out over 100 food vendors in the West Side Market. You’ll be amazed at the quality and variety of foods.

If your musical tastes tend toward the classical, you might like to know the Cleveland Orchestra is considered by some to be the best in the world. And the antique ambience of Severance Hall makes for a magical musical venue. You’ll be transported.

We’ve only scratched the surface of what you can see and do here. With so much activity, people are coming and going all the time. The same is true for people moving in and out. Which is why Weleski Cleveland movers maintains a full-service branch location just outside Cleveland in Brooklyn, Ohio. When you plan a move to Cleveland or Northern Ohio, contact us!