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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.

Packing? Why Not Make it a Party?

So, you’re moving and you’ve decided to shoulder some of the work yourself, namely the task of getting things boxed up and ready to load onto the truck. Depending on how much you have, packing can be daunting. However, as the old saying goes, “many hands make light work.”  You might have enough people power in your own family to get the job done without stressing out. But you could also use the occasion to bring together good friends. You can enjoy the time together, share memories, and get a lot of busy work done in the process.

Pipacking party for movingck a day and time that works for everybody. A day or two before the truck is scheduled to arrive is ideal. You could even begin a week or two before your moving out day, with books, some tableware, clothing, linens—things you won’t need day-to-day until you get to your new home.

Have the packing supplies on hand when your guests arrive. Brown craft paper, clear packing tape, bubble wrap, foam peanuts, and cardboard cartons. Old newspaper can also come in handy, but beware—the ink may rub off and can smudge or stain.  You can also purchase packing supplies from your local moving company. You may also find used cartons at your favorite grocery. Most stores have a bin for recycling cardboard; just ask the manager.

Before work begins, decide exactly what you want to accomplish. Establish a convenient work area, with plenty of room. A big table works well. So does a wide open floor space, such as in the living room. You might turn on some music to establish a pleasant background.  As you work, mark the contents on the outside of cartons; it will make placing and unpacking things at your new home much easier.

Of course, a party isn’t a party without munchies and drinks. You might wish to finish off some food in your fridge or freezer, since you can’t take it with you (movers are not allowed to transport foods that can spoil). Or you might order in—sub sandwiches or pizza, for instance. If you start your gathering mid-morning or mid-afternoon, your guests will probably have eaten before they arrive. You can work up an appetite together and take a well-deserved break for lunch or dinner.  If you want to nibble while you work, consider foods that aren’t messy, such as raw veggies, pretzels, and finger sandwiches. In any case, have fun and enjoy your time together.

When you’re ready to start planning your move, contact Weleski Transfer of the Pittsburgh/Tarentum area for you free moving quote today!

The Semester is coming to an End: Time to Move Out

Moving Tips to make Moving out Simple

The semester is finally over! Now all that’s left to do is rock your final paper, exams, and projects and move out of your college dorm or apartment. All of these things can create tons of stress, but moving doesn’t have to. By following these few steps, your move will be the easiest part of these last few weeks, providing more time to study and celebrate with friends.

  • Everyone’s schedule gets crazy. Don’t let something fall through the cracks Moving Out of College - Moving Tips
    • These last few weeks of the semester, professors pile on the papers, projects, and exams. If that isn’t enough to make you want to pull your hair out, adding work and socializing time on top of that surely will. By making a list or schedule of all the obligations you have, you will be less likely to forget something.
  • Clean the monster also known as your room
    • Organization is key here. Packing will go by so much quicker if your room is organized prior to trying to pack. Don’t worry about the heavy duty cleaning like mopping and vacuuming just yet, save that for the last few days.
  • Do you need extra storage?
    • You have a lot of stuff packed into a ridiculously small room. What are you going to do with all of it for the summer or until you land your big kid job? If taking it all back home isn’t the best option for you, the use of an additional storage company may be in your best interest. When packing for a storage unit, here are a few things to keep in mind:
      1. Using large, clearly labeled boxes will make moving in and out of the storage unit easy. Boxes with handles are even better!
      2. Wrap delicate things like picture frames and mirrors in bubble wrap to avoid that nasty seven years bad luck.
      3. If you are storing a fridge, make sure to defrost, clean, and dry the inside before shutting it in a storage unit for a few weeks or months. No one likes mold and mildew.
  • Let’s start packing!
    • It is never too early to start packing! The task may seem overwhelming, but don’t fret! Spreading the packing process out over a few weeks will eliminate an innumerable amount of stress. Packing can be turned into three phases: the non-essentials, the bedroom, and the food/kitchen
      • Phase 1- Non-essentials: These are the items like heavy winter clothing that you know you won’t need during the last few weeks of school. Once these items are out of your room, it will seem a lot bigger
      • Phase 2- The bedroom: the bulk of your packing can be found in your room. The good news is, you can divide your room into sections and pack one section every day or so. This makes labeling your boxes simpler and less time consuming.
      • Phase 3- The food/kitchen: We all try to eat as much of our food as possible before having to move out, but that doesn’t always happen. If you find any non-perishable food items, give them to your local or university food pantry. Cleaning and giving back all rolled into one!
  • It’s finally here: the last 24 hours
    • Night before: By this time, everything should be packed except the things needed to get ready in the morning (clothes, medicines, phone charger, etc.) Make sure to have a checklist of the moving out procedures and any other things that need to be done tomorrow.
    • Morning of: These few hours can be summed up into 4 steps:
      1. Get ready
      2. Pack your car
      3. Rock your finals
      4. Head off to your next adventure: Summer 2014