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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?

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.

Why Book a Summer Move Now?

Get a Jump on Summer: Schedule Your Move Now.

As you might guess, more people move during the summer than any other season of the year. In fact, Atlas handles almost twice as many moves during the busiest moving month (July) compared to the slowest (February). There’s a good reason—families prefer to move when school is not in session so the kids won’t be disrupted in their studies. Too, the weather tends to be more agreeable for moving during warmer months. In much of the country, including Pittsburgh, long-distance movers must often battle the elements. Winter storms can make handling and transporting goods more labor-intensive, especially when ice or snow plays havoc with streets or impedes access to residences.

So, if you landed here after searching for “moving companies near me” or “cheap movers near me,” you are probably thinking about moving sometime in the next several weeks.Spring Movers are Ready Now If you want to move during the summer, don’t wait to get started. Get a free quote today and  do yourself a big favor by securing the help you need and knowing it will be available when you need it.

We emphasize planning because moving is a process that unfolds over several weeks. A lot has to happen before you can simply empty one home and occupy another.  Here are a few tips to help you get a head start on a successful move.

Shed the Excess. If you have lived in a residence for thirty, twenty, or even ten years, you’ve likely accumulated quite a few things. You may no longer need some of them—especially since the cost of moving correlates to weight. Lighten your load by selling, donating, or tossing things you no longer need. Hold a moving sale in late March or early April—before yard sales start popping up all over town like dandelions.

Sell Your Home. Real estate professionals agree that spring is the best time of year to sell a property. De-cluttering is essential to staging a home for sale. Pack up the bric-a-brac, the refrigerator magnets, and family photos. Go to school on staging a home for sale by looking at homes for sale online. Bottom line: make it possible for prospective buyers to stand in the vision of the house as theirs, not yours.

Start Packing. You can start boxing up things you know can live without until you get to your new home. These may include books, extra bedding, tableware, and other household items. Time is a luxury, and if you use it now to get as much of the packing done as you can, the final days leading up to moving day will feel much smoother.

Know Your New Neighborhood. If you know which neighborhood you will be moving into, use this time to become acquainted with its character and amenities. Scout the locations of grocery stores, schools, churches, libraries, post offices, pharmacies, parks, and public transportation. Visit the city’s website and familiarize yourself with local ordinances and policies. Will you need a permit to hold an after-moving sale? When are trash pickups scheduled for your street?

Get a Healthy Head Start. Now is a good time to ascertain referrals or recommendations and set appointments with health care providers—family doctor, dentist, eye doctor, etc. It’s also a good time for pet prep. Make sure your pet’s shots are current and you have the documentation your new vet will need.

Like I mentioned earlier, moving is a process. Planning now gives you the luxury of more time to handle all the details. We’ve helped thousands of families with the process. When you know you are going to move, get in touch and we’ll help you get a timely advantage.

Discover Pittsburgh — You’ll Like What You Find!

Are you new to the Pittsburgh area, looking for packers and movers near you, or planning a visit? Here’s good news. You have a lot to look forward to as you discover Pittsburgh and all it has to offer. This is a fabulous city. I dare say no one is better qualified to comment on life in this city than our local packers and movers at Weleski Transfer. Our family-owned and operated Pittsburgh moving company has deep roots here—and we are glad to share our love of Pittsburgh with you, especially if you are thinking of settling here.View from person discovering Pittsburgh at an outdoor restaurant

Weleski movers are from Pittsburgh themselves. They are privy to inside info about living in the Steel City. Pittsburgh moving companies know things like the best schools and the coolest attractions. They know where you can find the tastiest fish dinner during Lent, the meatiest bowl of chili on a Saturday afternoon, or the best philly cheesesteaks.

Every one of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods is different, each with its own unique social, commercial, and aesthetic vibe. While we don’t necessarily prefer one neighborhood over another, we do have a few favorite haunts. Here are some places you may want to check out as you explore the city.

Pittsburgh Restaurants

Like to eat? Okay, dumb question. We think the Thai food at Pusadee’s Garden is to die for. You’ll find it downtown in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. While you’re in that vicinity, check out Industry Public House, a pub with comfort food and craft beers. They have special pricing during social hour (Monday-Friday, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm).

We think you’ll enjoy these choice spots in the Strip District, a bit southwest of Lawrenceville along the Allegheny. Gaucho, a Latin American themed restaurant, serves wood-fired grilled steaks. Roland’s Seafood Grill is known for fresh shellfish; they also feature live entertainment. If you have a hankering to cook your own dishes in the Mexican tradition, visit Reyna Foods for fresh tamales, tortillas, and a wide selection of authentic Mexican groceries.

Pittsburgh Attractions

Of course, Pittsburgh has several big entertainment attractions. Here are a few that belong on everybody’s list: The Andy Warhol Museum (North Shore area), the Children’s Museum in the Allegheny Center neighborhood (just north of the Warhol Museum), and the Duquesne Incline which takes you up Mount Washington for a fabulous view of the city (located on the south shore of the two rivers’ confluence).

Find more information about living in Pittsburgh, check out the Pittsburgh City Guide from Atlas Van Lines. Or contact us with your questions about things to do in Pittsburgh—we’re always ready to help a fellow resident or future resident of our city!

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.

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!

’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?

Pittsburgh Movers Know Fall Fun For Kids

Moving is stressful for the whole family. Our Pittsburgh movers travel around Pennsylvania, moving families and seeing how hard it can be on kids. They recognize the importance of helping kids adapt to their new surroundings. Thankfully, fall is the perfect time for you to take the kids out.Little Pittsburgh mover in a wagon moving a pumpkin

Kids can’t wait for the excitement that comes from apple picking, pumpkin carving, and candy eating. They know that soon goblins, princesses, and witches will scour the streets asking “Trick or Treat.” Add their excitement with the nice fall weather, and you have new explorers prepared for the adventure of exploring a new home.

Our Pittsburgh movers thought you’d might like their suggestions for more fun fall outings with your family. Here are a few places our local movers recommend you visit for your family fall adventure.

McDonald, PA.

Most of the year, it’s a farm and greenhouse. But when autumn leaves begin to turn, Bedner’s hosts a festival of fun every weekend through October.  Just a half-hour’s drive southwest of Pittsburgh, it’s ideal for kids two and older. Face painting, magic shows, a corn maze, hayrides— and more “pumpkin patch” activities than you can shake a corn shock at—make this a perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Wexford, PA.

Come hungry to Soergel Orchards, because you’ll want to sample many tasty treats. Just 15 miles north of Pittsburgh, this is one of the area’s most popular weekend destinations during the fall. Enjoy smoked wings, pulled pork, and roasted sweet corn. And it just wouldn’t be fall without a hot corn dog, would it? Of course, there’s more to life than munching. You’ll find horse drawn carriage rides, a bounce house, and spin art to occupy the kids, and much more.

Portersville, PA.

About 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, Cheeseman Farm offers a “Pumpkin Festival” on weekends, with hayrides, a farm animals petting zoo, and a hay maze. If your clan enjoys the scary side of fall fun, hop on a haunted hayride to the Fright Farm. Boo! (Maybe not for your littlest youngsters).

Gibsonia, PA.

Have you ever gone “pumpkin bowling”? Here’s your chance. About twenty miles north of Pittsburgh,  Harvest Valley Farm hosts a fall festival every weekend in October.  You can hop on a hayride,  take a knife to a pumpkin, and tap your foot to live music as you sip a cup of cider.

McMurray, PA.

About 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, Simmons Farm lets you not only pick your own pumpkin, but pick your own apples. The kids will enjoy pony rides and rubber duck races, and corn mazes. They also offer an “apple sling shot” in case you don’t want to eat all the apples you picked.

These are only a few of the many fall activities for kids you’ll find around Pittsburgh. For more, check out Bits of the Burgh or call our Pittsburgh movers. And have fun!