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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.

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.

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.

If Santa were a Cleveland Mover

Santa transporting goods in his sleigh like a Cleveland mover

It’s the season of jingle bells and mistletoe, candy canes and tinsel. And, of course, the jolly old dude with a white beard in a red suit. I’ve often thought if moving companies had a mascot, Santa would certainly be Weleski movers’. I mean, if you could take all the moving companies in Cleveland, add all the moving companies in Ohio, then add all the local moving companies in every city, hamlet, and village across the country, they couldn’t begin to accomplish what good old Kris Kringle can in one night every year.

For starters, just take Cleveland, Ohio movers like those from Weleski Transfer Cleveland. They would need an army of elves to deliver toys to every child in the city. There are about 388,000 people (based on the most recent U.S. Census) in the Cleveland city limits. Of these, about seven percent are under five years old. If we consider just half of these (the older half), it equates to about 13,580 kiddos. Add those who are five to ten years old, that’s another 25,000 or so. Conservatively, the guy with the belly that shakes like jelly has to hand deliver gifts for close to 40,000 children in this one city alone.

Santa flying his sleigh over Ohio before delivering like a Cleveland moverNow, if Santa were one of our Cleveland movers, a few of our requirements might cramp his magical style. He couldn’t go breaking and entering into homes through the chimneys.  He would have to use the doors, like any sane professional does. Nor would he transport his goods with reindeer and sleigh. He would employ a variety of moving vans and trailers and dollies. And he wouldn’t be parking his equipment on people’s roofs.

Instead of wrapping paper, goods would be cushioned with bubble wrap and packed safely in cardboard cartons. Children would never receive damaged toys! As for the milk and cookies, he can take them to-go; no stopping and dawdling. Dispatch is on the phone, and little Tommy is about to wake up early. Better get a move on to get those presents in place before he gets up. If not, mom and dad have a lot of explaining to do!

Of course, Santa could never be a Cleveland mover, any more than Weleski and other Cleveland movers could ever be Santa. But, for one night a year, it sure would be fun to have Santa’s delivery abilities as a PSO (Professional Sleigh Operator). Think of the fuel it would save!

I wonder what reindeer run on?

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.

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.

Professional Movers vs. Renting a Moving Truck

Professional Moving Truck in front of a House

We all want to be wise consumers, try to save a dollar when we can. For this reason, it’s tempting to rent a moving truck rather than hire professional movers. I understand that—I’ve even helped people in such situations with professional packing supplies and services. (I don’t begrudge anyone trying to save money. In this day and age, every dollar counts!)

If you are thinking about doing your own hauling, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Availability. When moving day gets here, will the truck rental place have a truck available for you? Especially during the summer months, when moving is at its peak, truck rental companies cannot keep up with the demand. Even a “guaranteed” reservation is often no guarantee that a truck will be available when you need it. True, Weleski is subject to the same seasonal demands for equipment. However, when we commit to your move, we serve you as promised. We’ve built our reputation on being reliable and responsive.

Hidden Costs. As someone once said, “the large type giveth and the small type taketh away.” That boldly advertised truck price is a grabber. Be sure to factor in all the related expenses for mileage, seasonal price fluctuations, long-distance and one-way premiums. Then add in an unknown amount for the unexpected, such as a tire blowout or radiator leak. On the other hand, with Weleski professional movers the guaranteed price for service covers everything, with no surprises. If something unexpected happens in transit, we take care of it.

Damaged Goods. When you pack and load your own shipment, you are responsible for the safety of your goods. If items break or are damaged, you’re on the hook. With professional movers, you get experience and best practices for packing and loading. Plus, every shipment Weleski handles is covered by full value protection (unless you say otherwise). FVP guarantees you receive the replacement value of any item in the event of loss or damage.

Your Safety. I was once driving through Florida on I-75 behind a car pulling a popular brand of rented trailer.  Apparently the load inside was unsecured, causing the trailer and car to swerve wildly. Traffic behind slowed in anticipation of a jack-knife and rollover. Fortunately, the driver slowed down and pulled over before a catastrophe occurred. This is but one example of the dangers you can avoid with a professional mover in charge.

Faulty Equipment. Vicious price competition in the truck rental space encourages less-than-ethical operators to cut costs, even on essential vehicle maintenance. Be aware the truck you rent is driven by a different driver on every move—and is only as reliable as the company you get it from. Speaking for Weleski, we are diligent in maintaining our equipment for reliability and safety. The lives of our people and the motoring public depend on it.

I remember seeing a cartoon that illustrated a backhoe beside a roadside stand with a sign: “Fred’s Croissants and Fill Dirt.” In an attempt to be everywhere, truck rental places are often an appendage to some other concern, such as a convenience store or self-storage business. Weleski Transfer, on the other hand, is a full-service moving and storage company with a single focus on helping customers go new places.

True, a professional move on paper is typically more than the cost of a rental truck. But add everything up, and I think you’ll see the many advantages of our professional moving service give you an undeniable value. You can save yourself a lot of hassle and uncertainty—and even come out dollars ahead. Get a free moving quote to see what we can offer you.

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.

Is it cool to move sometime other than summer?

Everyone knows some things naturally go hand in hand. Thanksgiving and parades. Baseball and hot dogs. Coffee and donuts. But you may not realize that “moving” and “summer” have been joined at the hip for as long as anyone can remember. The main reason: Families prefer moving when the kids are out of school to avoid a disruption in their studies.

So, come late May and early June, it’s “Katy, bar the door!” In fact, the summer recess from school pretty accurately defines what our industry calls the “moving season.” Most household moves occur during this time. As a result, the key resources used for moving (namely skilled workers and moving vans) are stretched a little thin. Which translates to longer waits for service and/or restrictions on scheduling. Plus, that old law of supply-and-demand places a premium on the cost of services.

Moving During Fall

All of this means you can come out dollars and days ahead if you plan to make your move sometime other than during the summer season. There are other advantages, too. Consider the difference between moving in the dog days of summer when the thermometer is breaking into the 90s and the relative humidity is causing every creature that breathes to break into a sweat. No fun! Now, imagine the cool, crisp days of October and November or March and April. Sure, your moving crew may have to deal with a chill in the air. But they are a hardy bunch and they know how to dress for the weather. They actually work much more efficiently (and comfortably) in cooler air than they do in sweltering air.

But it’s not just moving companies that experience summer congestion. You may find more housing choices available to you during the off season. And roads are less crowded during days when school is in session — and mom or dad isn’t driving all over creation to shuttle the kids between softball practice, dance lessons, and swimming.

It may not be possible for you to dictate when you can move. If an opportunity for a job promotion arises, for example, you may be at the mercy of forces beyond your control. But if you have the latitude to choose which month you will move, consider going before or after the summer season. You may find those months to be the coolest times of all.

We handle moves all year long but if this has inspired you to move during the cooler months, go ahead and contact us to schedule your move this Fall!