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Tips for a Cool Summer Move

When the days grow longer and warmer, more people are on the move. School is out, mom and/or dad have vacation time coming, and so summer seems the most convenient (or least inconvenient) time to relocate. With over a hundred years of providing moving services in Pittsburgh, Weleski Transfer has learned a few things to help you have a seamless summer move.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a cool summer move.Weleski Transfer Ready for Summer Moving.

  • Be the early bird. Making a summer move is sort of like going swimming at the local pool; those who show up first get the best pick of chairs and umbrellas. Scheduling moves can get a little complicated in the summer, and wait times are typically longer. The best advice: schedule now. Our move schedulers plan weeks in advance, juggling resources and people to accommodate every customer as best as possible. Your business is important to us, and we want to help you move when you expect—so contact us as soon as you can.
  • Move it? Sell it! The more a shipment weighs, the more it costs to transport. So, instead of moving that two-hundred-pound solid wood picnic table your uncle gave you when he moved a few years back, why not turn it into cash? Summer is the best time to hold a yard or moving sale and unload all those things you’ve been accumulating but not longer need. Saturdays and Sundays in late May and early June are prime time. After the sale, you can donate leftovers to charity, give them away to friends and neighbors, or save them for a “moving sale sequel” on a subsequent weekend.
  • Don’t sweat it. Anyone who works at moving companies in Pittsburgh will tell you, summer days can get quite warm here. Daytime highs often reach into the nineties during July and August. During very warm weather, moving crews will prefer to load in the morning hours, before the full heat of the day. If your moving-related tasks require work outside or in spaces without air conditioning, avoid the hottest times of the day and drink plenty of water to keep from overheating and dehydration.
  • Protect your pets. Warm weather can be hazardous for animals, especially cats and dogs. It may be okay to put them in the yard while the movers are working, but make sure they have a way to get out of the sun and access to plenty of water. A sick pet will make everyone’s move miserable.
  • Make friends in the new hood. A summer move often means plenty of time in your new home before school starts. Take the opportunity to help your kids find things to do and to make new friends. Local neighborhood associations and social networks such as Nextdoor.com can be good resources for meeting families in your area. Check with the local parks department or recreation leagues about sports and other youth activities.

Are you planning to relocate this summer? Contact Weleski Transfer to get a cost and discuss scheduling. Our Pittsburgh movers will help you experience a cool move.

Finding the Right Neighborhood

When you undertake a move to a different city or town, you’ll be settling into a new neighborhood. Every neighborhood has its own character, a unique mix of homes and businesses, green spaces and recreational facilities, churches, and schools. Neighborhoods are as different as the people who comprise them. So how do you find a neighborhood you will be comfortable in? A place where you will feel more than a passing kinship with your neighbors?

Here are a few resources you may find useful as you go about finding your perfect fit.

Finding the right neighborhood with Weleski

Your real estate agent. In general, realtors who have earned the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation are more knowledgeable than agents who have not. Talk to your agent about your expectations for property values, schools, walkability, noise and light pollution, safety—any and all quality-of-living aspects that are important to you.

Online resources. Several websites compile information on neighborhoods precisely to let people know whether they might want to locate there.

  • Area Vibes lists statistics on livability, amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, and housing.
  • You can talk to residents and those with firsthand knowledge of a city’s neighborhoods via the discussion boards at www.city-data.com.
  • Neighborhood Scout offers a subscription service that lets you explore neighborhoods by zip code.
  • You can see how amenable an area is for walking, biking, and public transit via a score (0: worst to 100: best). For a map and table of cities (pop. 200,000 and above) where these scores are published, go here.
  • Where are the best schools located?Just enter a zip code and see for yourself at GreatSchools.org.
  • Atlas Van Lines provides quality-of-life research on many cities in the U.S. and Canada with city guides. You can view these here  (U.S. City Guides) and here (Canada City Guides).
  • You can see a fairly extensive set of data for areas by zip code at bestplaces.net. In addition to typical census-type information, the site also aggregates data on the cost of living, healthcare, and climate.
  • Google Maps provides photo views by address as well as a tool for locating nearby dining, lodging, and transportation resources.
  • Personal Visit. The best way to see what a neighborhood is like is to drive or walk around in it.

If you are planning a visit to the Pittsburgh or Cleveland areas, let us know. There are lots of great neighborhoods in both cities. Our Weleski storage and warehouse movers have been in and out of every local neighborhood many times. Tell us about your expectations and our furniture movers will recommend some areas you may like to consider.

Moving Q&A

Our furniture movers get a lot of questions from customers about what to expect with Atlas moving them. These usually come from families who are about to move for the first time. Here are answers to a few of the more common questions we hear.

How much does it cost to move?Questions and answers for moving

The answer depends on how much your shipment weighs and how far it travels. To give a detailed price quote, we visit your home and see exactly what items you will be moving. We’ll also talk about preparing and packing your things for shipment, what the cost would be for us to do it and what you can do yourself to save money. Weleski has been helping families move for over 100 years. We use our experience to not only make moving easy for you but to help you make it less expensive for yourself. By the way, we also provide quick, ballpark moving estimates here.

How long does it take to move?

Generally, smaller shipments move more quickly than big shipments do. Our warehouse movers at Weleski storage can usually move smaller shipments, those weighing less than 5,000 pounds (such as 2-bedroom apartments or small houses), across the country in ten days or less. Larger moves can take longer, simply because there are more preparation and handling involved. Equipment availability can also be a factor during the busiest moving months (when school is out of session). Moving also requires planning; four weeks typically provides ample time. Here’s a four-week checklist you may find helpful.

Are there things I shouldn’t move? Things I can’t move?

Yes. Now is the best time to let them go of items you no longer need, so they can be of use to someone else. Consider selling them and using the money to offset other expenses. You might like to donate things to charity or give them away to friends. Or, you may simply recycle them. (Nobody really wants that broken wall clock or that collection of empty wine bottles—you could make them vanish at the curb with a post under “free stuff” on Craigslist.)

As for things you can’t move, our furniture movers have a list of “non-allowables,” things they are unable to move or can move only under special circumstances. And there are certain things, like valuables and personal items, that should be moved. Here’s a page that explains all of this in detail.

What happens if something becomes damaged during moving?

Our warehouse movers take extreme care in preparing, handling, and transporting household goods. Still, we encourage every customer to take advantage of Full Value Protection. It’s affordable coverage that provides repair or replacement (market value) of any item that is lost or damaged while in our care. Such events are the exception, rather than the rule; in any case, Full Value Protection provides peace of mind that is relatively inexpensive.

Do you have a question about moving? Just ask us—we’ll get you the answer.

Fret-Free Commercial Storage

If you are searching for “commercial storage near me” or “industrial storage in my area,” you’ve landed on the right page. Weleski Transfer manages 350,000 square feet of secure warehouse storage for businesses in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas.

If you were to look inside our warehouses, you would see bright, clean, and well-organized space for office furniture, hospital and medical equipment, electronic machinery, and furnishings, fixtures, and equipment of all kinds. You’d wee rows and rows of storage vaults on racks, accessible via forklifts.

Forklift loader ready for industrial or commercial storage.

Storage is often integral to commercial or industrial relocation. We routinely provide storage for companies when they expand or downsize. Depending on your project, you may schedule pickups and deliveries of goods for a coordinated flow of materials. We provide inside placement at your location, unpacking and crate removal, and installation of office furnishings.

As a standard procedure, we log each shipment in a digital database as it comes in. Then, we note its location in our warehouse precisely for efficient retrieval. When items leave our warehouse, we log them out. Our database is a real-time record of the goods you have with us, whether in our warehouse or on our trucks.

A Few of Our Storage Options and Services:

  • On Site & Off Site Storage. In addition to providing secure storage in our warehouses, we can enhance materials management at the job site. Ask us about our mobile storage options, including containers and low-profile trailers.
  • Climate controlled storage. When you must keep temperature-sensitive goods safe from extremes of heat and cold.
  • Self-Storage. If you require frequent and/or unscheduled access to your inventory, talk to us about self-storage options.
  • Custom Crating and Packing. For large or high-value commercial items, including fine art and collectibles, our custom crating service ensures proper protection during storage and transit.
  • Record Retention and Document Shredding. Our record-retention service offers a secure archive for your business documents and media of all kinds. We also provide scheduled, verified destruction of your records if you wish.
  • Specialized Transportation Services (STG). We specialize in pad-wrapped transportation for delivery of electronics, fine art, trade shows, etc.
  • Inventory Control and Management. You can use our warehouses for distribution of your goods to commercial or retail locations in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland area.
  • Turn Key Handling, Storage, Delivery. Keep your goods safe, door-to-door or dock-to-dock. Contact Weleski today and see how easy it is to turn the key for worry-free commercial storage.

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!

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!