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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?

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!

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.

’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.

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.

Weleski Knows Pittsburgh Office Movers

 

Office movers in empty store

Look at the list of businesses in Pittsburgh, and you’ll see a wide range of industries at work. Steel, construction, retail, food and beverage, energy, chemicals, computers, financial services, and pharmaceuticals are just a few industries located throughout Pittsburgh and its ten-county region. They include many well-known, national names as well as thousands of local and regional companies. All of these businesses depended on professional office movers.

As one of Pittsburgh’s very first office movers, we’ve been a partner to the local business community for more than 100 years. We routinely provide moving and storage services for many of the national names as well as for hundreds of local businesses. They come to us for our experience and the professionalism we bring to help them operate efficiently and profitably.

Businesses make money when they are productive, and they lose money when they aren’t. That’s why we emphasize planning on every office relocation. The move plan is how we save, and make, money for our clients. A well-thought-out move plan provides the best guarantee that a business will maximize its productivity during a move. Our plan specifies exactly what actions are to be performed, who performs them, and a schedule for their completion. It literally is the single most important part of any office relocation. For some office moves, depending on the size and complexity, we may recommend embedding our project manager on site.

Our company provides all the tools and facilities to orchestrate office moves of any size. As standard procedure, we protect everything to prevent damage. This includes pad and/or shrink wrapping for furnishings, as well as cardboard and other protections for doors, doorways, floors, and elevators.

We provide commercial warehouse space for short- or longer-term storage. For some projects, we receive furnishings, fixtures and equipment at our warehouse and provide scheduled deliveries to the business. We provide a heated, clean facility with advanced security systems, optional rack storage, and in-rack fire suppression (sprinklers). Our warehouse includes multiple  docks for cross-docking to facilitate swift transfer of goods between carriers.

As a member of BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association), Weleski Transfer stays abreast of changes that affect commercial property owners and managers. We are committed to bringing a well-informed perspective and knowledge of the industry to our commercial clients. We also provide records management services, including storage and retrieval, archiving, and certified destruction of documents.

Our office movers worked hard to earn the trust of commercial clients throughout the Pittsburgh area. We welcome the chance to provide a proposal for your office move. Click here to get your office relocation plan.

Top 5 Holiday Highlights in Pittsburgh

They say there’s no place like home for the holidays. That’s especially true if your home happens to be Pittsburgh. In late November, the city becomes all aglitter with holiday festivity. There is so much to do and see that it’s tough to choose, but here are our five favorite holiday highlights.

1. Lights! On the Friday before Thanksgiving, downtown Pittsburgh is the place to be. The city ushers in the holiday season with “Light Up Night.” There are tree lightings, carriage rides, tasty foods, music, even fireworks. Your family will feel the early warmth of Christmas glow—maybe even catch a glimpse of that chubby old elf in the red suit. It’s a wonderful event for kids of all ages—including grandma and grandpa.

2. Downtown, check out the goings-on at PPG Place, adjacent to Market Square. Lace up a pair of skates and take a spin on the expanded and renovated MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink. The rink surrounds a spectacular 32-foot Christmas tree and buzzes with activity through February.

3. PPG Place is also home to Wintergarden, a magnificent atrium. During the holidays it showcases the creative fancies of local bakers in a regional gingerbread-house competition. Yum! When you see the model trains “choo-chooing” around the track, you may feel just like a kid again.

4. Do you love a parade? You’re in luck!  NBC TV affiliate WPXI sponsors an annual holiday parade on the last Saturday in November.  You’ll see approximately 80 different acts come down the street. Besides big floats and inflatables, you’ll enjoy the brassy rhythms and showmanship of the area’s top marching bands. A celebrity or two is usually on hand to add a dash of star power—past participants include Christina Aguilera, Alex Trebek, and Pat Sajak, to name but a few.

5. Since 1999, Pittsburgh has had the distinction and honor to present the only authorized replica in the world of the famous Nativity scene that stands outside St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The Pittsburgh Crèche features 20 figurines in a large scale setting that measures 64 ft. wide by 36 ft. deep and 42 ft. high. This unique attraction offers inspiration and a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. It stays on display from late November through January 8 (Feast of Epiphany).

While Christmas is a special season here in Pittsburgh, you’ll find wonderful events and attractions year round. If you’re new to the area or planning to move here, you may enjoy this post on Pittsburgh’s Top “Don’t Miss” Attractions.