How to Dispose of Hazardous Materials Before Moving

Cans of paint - how to dispose of hazardous materialsHazardous materials like flammable liquids, car batteries, and pesticides pose a safety hazard and a risk of damaging your belongings, so Weleski can’t move them. It’s best to make a plan for them in advance of your moving date. Follow this guide to learn how to dispose of hazardous materials properly before moving.

What Are Hazardous Materials?

Hazardous materials can’t be safely disposed of in the trash like normal waste, and should never be burned. To prevent harm to the environment or other people, they must be disposed of using specific protocols. The hazardous or flammable materials Weleski can’t transport include:

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition and loaded guns
  • Batteries
  • Charcoal, lighter fluid, and matches
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gasoline
  • Liquid bleach
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Paint and paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Propane tanks
  • Weed killer

For a full list of hazardous materials Weleski can’t transport, visit AtlasVanLines.com.

How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste in Cleveland

Household hazardous waste like pesticides, flammables, and automotive fluids are collected by Cuyahoga County city service departments. Cleveland residents can drop off hazardous waste (excluding latex paint) on the first Friday of every month at the Division of Waste Collection Garage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste in Pittsburgh

Residents of Allegheny County can drop off their household hazardous waste at their nearest collection point on specific dates. The Department of Environmental Protection lists locations, dates, and contact information for Pittsburgh hazardous waste drop-off sites on its website. Not all locations accept all kinds of items, so call ahead and ask first.

Not sure how to safely dispose of a specific item? Or, do you need to find out how to dispose of a large quantity of hazardous waste? Contact Weleski Transfer and we’ll help you find the answers.

Getting Around Cleveland

Getting around Cleveland - using the Cleveland rail systemCleveland is a compact city that’s relatively easy to navigate. The most popular modes of transportation for getting around Cleveland are on foot and via rail, trolley, and BRT. Whether you’re moving to Cleveland or just visiting, you can use this Cleveland transportation guide to learn how to navigate the city.

Getting Around Cleveland On Foot

You can easily reach Downtown Cleveland attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Progressive Field on foot. Many Cleveland hotels will provide a walking map, or you can rely on Google Maps. There are some advantages to walking in Cleveland over driving, like avoiding traffic congestion and not having to worry about parking. However, if you want to get to Cleveland suburbs like Akron, Parma, or Canton, you’ll need to rely on a car or the bus system.

Cleveland Public Transit

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides public transportation via rail, trolley, BRT, and bus. While all four only cost $2.25 per one-way ticket, they all have unique purposes and advantages. If you’ll be traveling a lot, consider buying a one-day pass for $5, a two-day pass for $10, or a four-day pass for $20 for unlimited rides on every mode of Cleveland public transit.

  • Getting Around Cleveland by Rail and Trolley

    The rail and trolley systems in Cleveland are the simplest modes of transportation for navigating the city’s center. The Cleveland rail system has four lines, including the Green Line, Blue Line, Red Line, and Waterfront Line. The Cleveland trolley’s four lines include the NineTwelve Trolley, the E-Line Trolley, the B-Line Trolley, and the C-Line Trolley.

  • Getting Around Cleveland by Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

    The HealthLine is the first BRT system in Cleveland and one of the first of its kind in the country. It’s considered to be the best example of a BRT system in the U.S. The HealthLine extends between Westlake and East Cleveland and serves Lakewood, Downtown Cleveland, and University Circle. The BRT gets crowded, but it’s ideal for a daily commute and is much faster and more convenient than driving.

  • Getting Around Cleveland by Bus

    If you wish to travel throughout the Cleveland metro area, or all the way to Akron, you’ll need to learn about the Cleveland bus system. It can be difficult for visitors to learn, with hundreds of stops throughout Cleveland and surrounding towns, but you can get the hang of it by planning your trip using the RTA’s website.

Driving in Cleveland

Cleveland was ranked by Wallet Hub as one of 2018’s worst cities to drive in for a reason. The high rate of car theft and expense of parking and vehicle maintenance make car ownership in Cleveland an unnecessary luxury for many residents. Unless you live in the suburbs, consider renting a car for a day or relying on Lyft and Uber instead.

Have questions about how to get around Cleveland? Just ask Weleski Transfer! We’ve experienced navigating Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs firsthand.

How to Get a Moving Quote

With Weleski Transfer, getting a free moving quote for your Pittsburgh move or Cleveland move is as easy as answering a few questions about your move. We’ll need to know:Woman getting a moving quote online from the comfort of her own bed.

  • How many rooms of items you’ll be moving.
  • What city you’re moving from.
  • What city you’re moving to.
  • When you’re moving.

From this information, we’ll give you an approximate idea of how much your move from the Pittsburgh area or Cleveland area will cost.

Free In-Home Estimate

Next, we’ll contact you to schedule a thorough walkthrough and ensure that our estimate is as accurate as possible based on the size and weight of your belongings. The cost of your Pittsburgh or Cleveland move will depend on the weight of your shipment and the distance of your move. Our in-home estimate will let you know how much your move will cost and why.

Find a Reputable Mover

Beware of Pittsburgh or Cleveland movers who give you an estimate that seems too low, or movers who don’t perform in-home walkthroughs to give you a more exact figure. Movers who offer “low-ball” estimates sometimes tack on additional fees at the last minute and will hold your belongings hostage in their truck until you pay. Cleveland or Pittsburgh movers who don’t walk through your home to assess how many items you’re moving are likely charging you too much.

Contact Weleski Transfer, Inc.

Your free, in-home estimate is a great opportunity to ask us questions about your move and about Weleski Transfer’s qualifications. We’ve been a local Pittsburgh moving company and a local Cleveland moving company for over 50 years, and we have the experience and skill to show it.

Contact Weleski Transfer today at 1-888-224-3330 or online to ask us questions your upcoming Cleveland or Pittsburgh move and request a free moving quote.

How to Find a Cleveland Mover

When trying to find a Cleveland mover, how do you tell the difference between a reputable moving company and a “rogue mover”? Use this guide to keep your belongings and your wallet safe from predatory moving practices.Image of Cleveland at night where you can see local movers.

Understand how the estimate process works.

Is your Cleveland mover willing to explain how your estimate was calculated? Weleski, for instance, determines your moving estimate by taking a thorough inventory of all your belongings to figure out the bulk and weight of your move. Make sure you understand your moving estimate and ensure that it’s as accurate as possible.

Don’t pay in advance.

Reputable movers don’t demand that you pay before moving day. Rogue movers who ask you to pay a large deposit in advance are putting you in a position where you may never see your belongings again. Stay in control and only pay upon delivery.

Stay local.

Make sure your moving company has a local address and phone number, and that employees answer the phone with the name of the business. Avoid companies that conduct business under a variety of names, because they may be dodging assessment by the Better Business Bureau.

Only move with a ProMover.

The ProMover program, created by the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), separates professional movers that follow ethical business practices from rogue operators pretending to be legitimate movers. Weleski Transfer, Inc. is proud to be a ProMover, as well as an AMSA board member.

Contact Weleski Transfer today to learn more about our practices that set us apart in the moving industry, and to get a free moving quote for your Cleveland move.

Benefits of Climate-Controlled Storage

Effects of extreme temperatures on wood furniture without climate-controlled storageWhen it comes to storing your valued belongings, basic self-storage sometimes isn’t enough to guarantee that your more sensitive items will be protected from the elements. Read about the benefits of climate-controlled storage below before you make your decision about whether to upgrade or keep it simple.

Storage in Pittsburgh

With average temperatures as low as 21 degrees in January, winter in Pittsburgh can be especially rough on wood furniture, whether it’s brand new or a delicate antique. Even after drying, shaping, sanding, and varnishing, there’s always a small amount of water left in wood. Cold temperatures can cause that water to freeze and permanently warp the shape of your furniture in the course of a few weeks.

With average temperatures as high as 84 degrees in July and morning humidity reaching 78%, summer is no better. Excessive heat and humidity have the power to damage wood furniture, electronics, photographs, plastics, and even fabrics in a matter of weeks. Ceramics, metals, and glass are about the only materials that can endure an entire summer damage-free without climate control.

Storage in Cleveland

The elements are just as hard on your furniture in Cleveland during the winter and summer. The average January low temperature reaches a frigid 20 degrees, and the July high typically climbs to at least 81 degrees. Average humidity can reach 80% in the morning. Humidity that high is rough on books, electronics, artwork, vinyl records, wood furniture, and even metals.

Why Use Climate-Controlled Storage?

Standard self-storage is perfectly safe for belongings you would normally keep in your shed or garage, and for items like dishes and glassware. With anything more delicate, you’re risking some damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. With climate-controlled storage, you can keep your belongings in your storage unit year-round without worrying about damage from heat, cold, or humidity.

Contact Weleski Transfer about your storage options today. If you have any remaining questions about climate-controlled storage or basic self-storage, we can answer them!

Best Cleveland Haunted Houses

Best haunted houses in ClevelandIt’s nearly October, and Cleveland is about to get spooky! Check out our list of the best haunted houses in Cleveland. We’ve included a couple of family-friendly haunted houses where kids are welcome and some that are a little too scary for kids but perfectly fun for older teens and adults.

Family-Friendly Haunted Houses in Cleveland

Haunted Hay Maze

This creepy hay maze at Pumpkin Fest in Chagrin Falls is not only family-friendly – kids under the age of 12 are admitted for free! Entry to the festival for teens and adults is only $5 per person. After enjoying the maze, stick around for plenty of other fall attractions like games, food, and arts and crafts.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point

Every year, Cedar Point transforms from a regular amusement park to a Halloween-lover’s paradise. Choose from over 24 different attractions that range from kid-friendly to truly frightening. It’s the perfect place for adults to get their Halloween thrills without giving the kids nightmares. Admission is $43 for a single day and $79 for the entire weekend.

Scariest Haunted Houses in Cleveland

Hauntville Haunted Houses

The award-winning Hauntville Haunted Houses are a 4D experience, with not only creepy visuals but creepy smells. Hauntville combines five separate experiences with themes like CellBlock 13 and Wicked Clowns in 4-D. Needless to say, all five experiences will be too intense for children, so tag along with the bravest group of adults you can find.

Factory of Terror

The Factory of Terror haunted house in Canton, Ohio is a three-time winner of the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest indoor haunted attraction. The sprawling 160,000 sq. ft. former aluminum foundry features five attractions like Industrial Nightmare and Backwoods Hollow to create a combined one-mile journey of fear.

Light Up the Living Dead

Zombies? Paintball? Light Up the Living Dead at Mapleside Farms gives you both. This immersive and scary adventure places you in a tractor-pulled hayride fighting against a hoard of zombies with a paintball gun. Become a part of the story for only $18 per participant. 100 paintballs are included in the admission price.

For more information about Cleveland’s Halloween attractions, contact your local Cleveland movers at Weleski Transfer!

Things You Should Do in Cleveland This Fall

Cleveland fall activities - children carving Halloween pumpkins and holding sparklersBetween Cleveland’s beautiful autumn leaves, its cool October climate, and its rich history and abundance of spooky attractions, it’s practically the perfect city for celebrating the fall season. Follow this list of things you should do in Cleveland this fall to enjoy this time of year to the maximum.

Spend the Night at the Renaissance Hotel

The Renaissance Hotel is not only a beautiful historic landmark in downtown Cleveland – it’s also popular for its creepy factor. Built on the site of Cleveland’s first hotel, the site is imbued with the city’s history. If you dare, book a room on the fourth floor. That’s where the staff says most of the haunted happenings take place. Don’t be shocked if you see lights and faucets turning on and off on their own!

Visit the Patterson Fruit Farm Fun Fest

From September 15th to October 28th, you can pack a lunch and bring your family along for fun fall activities at Patterson Fruit Farm. Hay stacks, treehouses, a corn maze, and a 50-foot slide await. On weekend afternoons, you can take a pony ride for $4. Admission price to the Fun Fest is $5 per person on weekdays and $8 on weekends. Children 2 years or younger are admitted for free.

Enjoy Ohio State Parks Fall Events

Take an hour or two to walk around Northeast Ohio’s state parks and take in the fall foliage, or even pitch a tent and spend the night at any one of the beautiful State Park campgrounds. Visit the Ohio State Parks website to learn more about fall activities like trick-or-treating, hayrides, pumpkin carving, and more.

See a Basketball Game

For a classic Cleveland experience, catch the first Cleveland Cavaliers game of the season taking place at Quicken Loans Arena on October 6. See when the Cavs are playing and get tickets on their website.

For more information about Cleveland fall activities, just contact Weleski Transfer, your local Cleveland moving company. We can help you find a great fall attraction for participants of any age!

Best Places Near Cleveland to Visit in Fall

Places near Cleveland to visit in fall and see fall leavesGradually cooling fall temperatures make Northeast Ohio the perfect place to see beautiful yellow, red, and deep purple fall leaves from September to November. These locations within a couple of hours of Cleveland are great to visit year-round. They’re especially beautiful when the leaves change. Check out these lovely places near Cleveland to visit in fall.

Geauga County

Geauga County is only 40 miles east of Cleveland and offers gorgeous views in October. You can enjoy them from your car using this list of scenic drives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, or on foot by walking the 2.8-mile Big Bluestem Trail in Frohring Meadows Park.

Lake Erie Islands

Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands are a lot less crowed in the fall than in the summer. Fall activities like Oktoberfest on October 10th and Adult Halloween on October 23rd and 24th make the short trip more than worth it. Kelleys Island State Park offers the most beautiful views along its miles of hiking trails.

Holmes County

About 80 miles south of Cleveland, the 75 miles of roadway along the Amish Country Byway provide unrivaled fall scenery. If you’d rather go leaf-gazing on foot or in a horse-drawn buggy, trek the 15-mile Holmes County Trail that connects Fredericksburg to Killbuck.

Mohican River

The beautiful Mohican River valley is about 90 miles southwest of Cleveland. It’s the perfect destination for outdoors enthusiasts. Enjoy the fall colors from a canoe on the Clear Fork and Mohican rivers, from a mountain bike on the 25-mile loop around the state forest, on foot along the Mohican State Park’s 2-mile Lyons Falls trail, or even at high speeds on a zipline through the trees.

Weleski Transfer is local to Cleveland, so if you have questions about other local destinations, ask us! We’ve moved people all over town in all seasons.

10 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained in Cleveland

Boy wearing a Cleveland Indians uniform leans against a fence looking bored.We all love our kids and love having them around, but some things (like packing and moving) are just easier when they’re occupied with something else. Here are ten family-friendly places in Cleveland where you can send your kids with your spouse, a family member, or a baby sitter, freeing you up to focus on moving. Best of all, they’re all inexpensive or totally free.

  1. Headlands Beach State Park

If the weather is nice, pack a bag with towels and sunscreen and send your kids to Headlands Beach State Park for the afternoon. Its mile-long natural sand beach is the longest in Ohio, giving curious kiddos plenty of room to run and explore.

  1. Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center draws over 180,000 visitors per year and offers over 2,300 programs, from planetarium experiences to nature hikes and wildlife encounters. Admission is free every day of the week.

  1. Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art has a staggering collection of classic and contemporary artwork to see, as well as family-friendly special events and arts and crafts classes. The Open Studio meets for three hours every Sunday afternoon for a free, all-ages period of imagination and creation.

  1. Cleveland Children’s Museum

Admission to the amazing and imaginative Cleveland Children’s Museum is only $12 per adult or child. The museum’s wall-to-wall interactive exhibits encourage children to climb, explore, create, and pretend, releasing their inner scientist, artist, or engineer. Outside food is allowed, so send your kids with a packed lunch.

  1. Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History isn’t just a fun place for kids – it’s a center for world-class scientific research. Your children are bound to come home a little smarter, and exhausted from looking at the museum’s collection of over five million specimens and artifacts.

  1. Edgewater State Park

The 147 acre Edgewater State Park consists of pet- and swimming-friendly beaches, a fishing pier, picnic areas, and walking and cycling trails. Kids can explore on their own or with the guidance of outdoor recreation staff. Activities include archery, boating and paddle sports, footgolf (a combination of soccer and golf), and much more.

  1. Preston’s H.O.P.E. Playground

This playground is free and open to the public, and accessible to children of all abilities. The over 60,000 square feet of playground equipment is designed to be usable for children using special equipment like crutches or wheelchairs.

  1. Memphis Kiddie Park

The Memphis Kiddie Park was founded in 1952 and has since become a Cleveland landmark of fun for kids of all ages. It costs $2.50 (the price of one ticket) for each ride, and you can save a lot of money by buying a book of 25 or even 130 tickets that never expire.

  1. Cleveland Public Library

The Cleveland Public Library is an amazing local resource. On top of a staggering collection of books for children of all ages, your kids can take part in classes and workshops to learn about computers, technology, music, and foreign languages.

  1. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is free to Cuyahoga County residents on Mondays. Along with 183 acres of exhibits, visitors can enjoy educational events and programs for children of all ages, like the Inside Tracks program that gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at animal care, behavior, and conservation.

For more tips about family entertainment in Cleveland, contact us. We’ve been in the area for decades and can offer personalized recommendations. We can also tell you about our Cleveland moving services.

Places to Eat in Cleveland While Moving

Here are some places to eat in Cleveland while moving. These local Cleveland delis and restaurants serve delicious carryout and sit-down meals.Whether you’re moving to Cleveland or moving away, you probably won’t have a lot of time for meal prep or spare cash for delivery, and you don’t want to have to transport a lot of perishable ingredients. Here are some of the best Cleveland restaurants for grabbing a quick bite without blowing your moving budget.

Barrio

Barrio is a popular local Mexican taco joint with five convenient locations, including downtown, Lakewood, Tremont, Cleveland Heights, and Willoughby. With over 30 options to customize the taco of your dreams, it’s guaranteed to hit the spot. Their full menu is online, so you can call for carry out to speed up the ordering process.

West Side Market Cafe

The West Side Market is a great place to pick up quality ingredients from local farmers and butchers, but if you don’t have time to cook, the West Side Market Cafe will use these ingredients to whip up a delicious meal for you. Stop by at any time of the day for a quality breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner that’s as good as homemade.

Superior Pho

Superior Pho lives up to its name, laying claim to the title of “best pho in Cleveland.” This hearty soup paired with a delicious banh mi with juicy pork and crispy vegetables will fuel you up for a busy day of moving. Best of all, a large bowl of pho for carry-out costs less than $10!

Nate’s Deli & Restaurant

Nate’s isn’t your typical deli with bland toast and scoops of chicken salad. While it does offer the expected deli fare like corned beef sandwiches and chicken noodle soup, Nate’s Deli & Restaurant also loads your plate with delicious Mediterranean cuisine, like gyros, spinach pie, stuffed grape leaves, and hummus made from scratch. Nearly everything on the menu costs less than $10.

Vincenza’s Pizza & Pasta

Vincenza’s Pizza & Pasta claims to serve the best New York style pizza in Cleveland, and they can back it up with several awards! It’s easy to stop by and pick up a sub, a plate of pasta, or pizza by the slice to go, but they also deliver.

Don’t see anything you like here? For more tips about the best places to go in Cleveland, contact us!