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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.

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!

’Tis the Season for Trade Shows, Too

November is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, the busiest buying time for stores and online merchants. It’s also a busy time for trade shows. You’ll find an array of events around Pittsburgh where vendors of all stripes converge to display and sell their goods. And you may see Weleski Transfer trucks and personnel helping with tradeshow logistics, moving boxes of merchandise and displays in and out of the exhibit venues.Family shopping at Christmas Trade Show

The Pittsburgh Toy, Comic and Childhood Collectibles Show (Steel City Con) takes place December 9 to 11 at the Monroeville Convention Center. It’s billed as the largest toy show in the U.S. with over 500 dealers. You’ll find antique, classic, and vintage toys; games and  trading cards; and film and television memorabilia. This event also features several celebrities—this year you’ll see some faces from AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Art and craft shows are popular this time of year. They allow smaller entrepreneurs and home-based businesses a chance to market themselves in aggregate. The Handmade Arcade is a free event on December 3 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It features more than 150 exhibitors and is recognized by BuzzFeed as one of the world’s top 35 Indie Craft Fairs.

Another sizable craft fair takes place here in Tarentum, home of Weleski Transfer. The Holiday Gift Giving and Craft Expo starts on Black Friday (November 25 to 27) and spans four weeks. A portion of the receipts benefits the Pittsburgh Food Bank. You can find it at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. Downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square is a family-favorite venue this time of year. The People’s Gas Holiday Market provides a European-themed shopping experience with vendors in Alpine-style booths. It runs from November 18 through December 23.

A week after the New Year rings in, you can catch one of the area’s bigger trade shows of the year at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The Original Pittsburgh RV Show attracts about 30,000 people over eight days (January 7 to 15). In addition to manufacturers and sellers of motor homes, trailers, and campers, the show features about a hundred vendors of all kinds for recreation, home improvement, and business services. It’s followed a week later by the World of Wheels (January 20 to 22), a custom car show expected to draw over 20,000 auto enthusiasts.

Many smaller exhibitors, such as ma and pa entrepreneurs, often handle their own trade show services. However, Weleski Transfer is always available to provide assistance as needed. Look to our trade show experts for specialized transportation; helping load and unload exhibits, displays, and merchandise; handling setup and take-down of trade show displays; and planning your trade show logistics to ensure exhibitors get the bottom-line benefits of efficiency.

Questions about trade show services? Contact Weleski for answers.

Join the Weleski Team – Work with Moving Companies!

Are you a veteran in the moving industry? Or, are you looking for chance to start working while learning valuable moving tips — but unsure how to get started?

Part of the team from Weleski's Pittsburgh moving company

Ladies from Weleski’s Pittsburgh Office

Weleski Transfer, one of the most respected Pittsburgh moving companies, may have a career opportunity for you. Right now we’re looking to fill several positions at our Tarentum, Johnstown, and Cleveland locations.

Household Moving Team

If you are at least 18 and can lift and carry 100 pounds independently, you may be able to join us as a moving team member.  Responsibilities include packing, loading, transporting and unloading household goods. If you are substance-free with a good background, we invite you to apply. We are filling these positions at all three locations.

Sales Professional

If you are enthusiastic with a professional appearance and positive attitude, you may find fulfillment in sales with Weleski.  Primary responsibilities are meeting with customers and providing estimates for moving services. You’ll need a valid driver’s license. Experience in the moving industry is helpful, but not essential. If you have the right professional demeanor and willingness to learn, we will help you succeed. We currently have sales openings in both Tarentum and Cleveland.

Mechanical Technician

If you are an experienced mechanical technician, we’d like to talk to you about an opportunity in our Tarentum operations. We are looking for someone skilled in heavy duty diesel, light truck and automotive mechanical systems. We offer daylight hours and a competitive hourly wage. If you have a CDL “A”, Emissions & State Inspection License, or you are willing to obtain these credentials upon hiring, we urge you to apply.

Driver

If you have at least one year of experience as a CDL Driver (Class A or Class B) and a clean driving record,

Moving company team volunteering

Weleski Teammates Volunteering

we would like to talk to you about local driving opportunities at all three of our locations (Tarentum, Johnstown, and Cleveland). We have full-time and part-time openings for local and long-distance household goods drivers. Click here to apply.
Weleski Transfer has been a Pittsburgh moving company since 1909. Our team moves families, not furniture. As an Agent of Atlas Van Lines, we are part of a network of professional moving companies across the U.S. and Canada with global connections to help people go new places® anywhere in the world. Join our team to learn valuable moving tips that you can share and to work with a trusted moving company!

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.

Why Local Movers Love Fall

Fall is arguably the most beautiful season of the year in Pittsburgh. Nights are cooler, crisper. Skies are clear, days are dry.  Pittsburgh skyline during fallAutumn breezes whisper of harvest as they tickle withering cornstalks. Trees erupt in a brilliant array or reds, oranges and magentas mixing in wild splendor. With the rivers reflecting changing leaves, the nearby parks becoming colorful getaways, and the neighborhoods coming to life with festivals; everyone has something to enjoy in autumn. Local movers feel the same way. They just love the fall.

Local moving companies can’t wait for fall. The house movers know that the Steel City will have perfect weather that’s not too hot and not too cold. They also look forward to the well deserved break from the busy season. Don’t think that fall makes local moving in Pittsburgh that much better? Here’s why our local movers would disagree:

Ideal Home Moving Weather

While most people count down the days until they can drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte, local movers count down to fall weather. The comfort index is way up from just a month or two ago. Local moving now is invigorating, not exhausting. Find one person who enjoys schlepping their boxes as the temperature climbs through the 80s and the air feels like a warm, wet towel swaddling your entire body. Trust us, you won’t. That’s why, given the choice, home movers choose October rather than August to relocate.

The “Off-Season” Advantage

Most families schedule their moves during the summer months, when school is out of session. Moving is a lot easier for kids if they can complete the school term, rather than having to uproot mid-term and enroll in another school. Consequently, the moving and storage industry gets extremely busy from May to September. Residential movers are in high demand— so high that it is difficult for any household to move as quickly as they would like. However, once schools are back in session, the demand eases up. And the expected time between booking a move and getting into your new home is much shorter. We call it the “off-season.”

No Season Like Fall

While the demand for moving services is still down, Pittsburgh in the spring and winter isn’t as friendly to local movers. Moving in the winter can come with the challenges of colder or inclement weather, not to mention ice. Moving in  the spring is tricky because of the changing temperatures and storms. Our professional packers and home movers are fully equipped to deliver excellent service regardless of the conditions outside. But moving is always easier on everyone when the weather is mild.

Do you agree with our movers? Are you planning to move within the Pittsburgh area? Weleski is ready to help. Get started on your fall move now with an instant quote for our local moving services.

Discover Pittsburgh With Long Distance Movers

You just got a new job and had to worry about moving out of state. Then, you sorted through the long distance moving companies and found some cross country movers you could trust. Now you just have to worry about your family. What are you going to do once you get to Pittsburgh? How are you going to acquaint your kids with their new hometown? Trust the long distance movers of Weleski Transfer to help!

The Weleski family has been helping families adjust to their new homes for four generations. Over the years, we’ve worked with many families moving long-distance to the Pittsburgh area. Below are the top attractions that our team enjoys sharing with new members of the community:    Tigers that the long distance movers love visiting at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Wild Animals. Your brood is likely to simply go ape at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. It’s big—sprawling over 77 acres—and features about 4000 species of animals in their natural habitats. In September 2016, for the second time, Parents Magazine ranked this the fourth best zoo for kids in the country.  Hours vary by season, so check out the website to plan a visit to this awesome attraction.

Interactive Museums.  People love Pittsburgh, but kids especially love Pittsburgh for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. It’s an interactive wonderland and imagination igniter for kids of all ages—including you, Dad!  It’s located on the north side of the city in the Allegheny Center neighborhood, and it’s open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

Amazing Views. The Duquesne Incline is an engineering marvel that takes you up the side of Mt. Washington. When you reach the observation deck, you’ll see a fabulous panorama of the city and its three rivers. Is it the most beautiful view in America? You decide. The ride operates from early morning to after midnight every day.  You’ll find it on the southern bank near the three-river confluence.

Water Adventures. With three rivers, Pittsburgh is famous for river fun. Which includes enchanting river boat cruises. The view of the city from the river is unforgettable. Choose from several kid-themed packages—the pirate voyage dinner cruise is a favorite. Embark on your family river adventure at Historic Station Square, on the southern shore of the Monongahela River.

Pittsburgh Tours. Just Ducky Tours gives you an exciting excursion over land and water. You’ll enjoy a fully narrated tour through the city in a WWII amphibious vehicle.  Your adventure starts at Station Square with departures every 90 minutes from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm, April through November.

This is by no means a complete list of things to do in Pittsburgh. If you’d like more suggestions, call our long distance movers. Start budgeting for your post-move adventure today by getting a free online quote!

Pennsylvania Movers

It’s no wonder why people move to Pennsylvania. The state has always been a magnet for dreamers and doers. Its the birthplace of the republic, proudly nicknamed the “Keystone State” for its central location in the geographic arc of the 13 original states. Inside the hallowed walls of the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia (aka Independence Hall), founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and, a little more than a decade later, affixed their names to the Constitution.

Panorama of Philadelphia skyline, Pennsylvania Movers on Ben Franklin Bridge

Officially, the state is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, underscoring the authority of its people in self-governance. As of July 1, 2015, the U.S. Census estimated Pennsylvania’s population at 12.8 million. Philadelphia is the largest city, with about 1.57 million people. Pittsburgh is the second largest city, with a little over 300,000 people. Weleski Transfer began operations in Pittsburgh more than 100 years ago. Today, our Pennsylvania movers provide moving and storage services throughout Pennsylvania from two locations. Our headquarters is situated in Tarentum, about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. We also maintain a full-service business in Johnstown, about 60 miles east-southeast of Tarentum.

Weleski’s Pennsylvania movers offer a local advantage for moving in and around the greater Pittsburgh and Johnstown areas. Our Pittsburgh movers regularly serve families moving in and out of the big city and smaller communities in this region. Some of their names are: Kittanning, Creighton, Brackenridge, and Edgecliff. As an Atlas agent, we operate with a 100-mile radius of quality service. This includes Morgantown in West Virginia and Youngstown and Canton in Ohio. While we primarily serve families moving in and out of western Pennsylvania, our location and size enables us to provide service regionally—across the Pennsylvania Commonwealth as well as eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.

If you’re contemplating a move to the Pittsburgh area or any of the locations I’ve outlined above, our local movers are ready to help you achieve a smooth transition to your new home. Give us a call (724-224-3330) or get a free quote for our moving service.

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.

We earned “it” again. (And for the first time).

“It” is the “award of awards” in our business—the Milt Hill Quality Award. In November, Atlas recognized our Pittsburgh movers again (fourteen years straight) for an outstanding commitment to quality.  It was also the first time our Cleveland moving company location received the award. (Were it not for the volume threshold, which applies to each Atlas location individually, our Cleveland movers would already be multiple award winners).

The Milt Hill Award examines our business performance from every angle. It looks at how well we use technology. Whether our people wear uniforms. The certifications and background checks of employees.

Both Weleski locations exceeded the standard for every measure. But our scores in four areas are most telling:Milt-Hill-Award

1. Customer Satisfaction. Upon the completion of each move, the customer is asked to rate their satisfaction (from 1 to 5) with the services they received from the Atlas agents involved in booking, packing, and hauling. The Atlas standard is 4.10. We earned 4.57 (Pittsburgh) and 4.40 (Cleveland).

2. Hauling Claims Ratio. This number represents the amount of dollars paid in claims as a percent of revenue. (The lower the number, the better.) The Atlas standard is 3.50. We scored 1.31 (Pittsburgh) and 2.46 (Cleveland). These figures attest to our extraordinary care in handling customers’ goods. They also support the strong financial performance for our company.

3. Professional Van Operator Rating. This may be the single most difficult metric to achieve, simply because customers are much more likely to send in a survey when they have a complaint. (Completing and returning surveys is strictly voluntary.)  The Atlas standard is 4.50. We earned a 4.61 (Pittsburgh) and a perfect 5.00 (Cleveland).

4. Would You Use Weleski Again?  This is perhaps the most telling statistic of all. The standard is 90 percent “yes.” We scored 90.78 in Pittsburgh and 100 in Cleveland—another perfect score!

As mentioned in a 2014 post, we see this award as a priority because it measures all the things that go into creating a great customer experience. Now that we’ve broken the ice with the first win for our Cleveland operations, we fully intend to keep our string of Milt Hill Quality awards uninterrupted at both locations. It’s a reason to believe that wherever you’re coming from or going to, you’ll get excellent service with Weleski on your next move.

When you’re ready to move with an award-winning group of dedicated professionals, contact us or get a free moving quote today!