Why You Should Hire Professional Fine Art Movers

Why is it important to hire professional movers to handle your fine art? Unless you have professional experience packing and shipping art, you’re leaving it at risk for damage that will degrade its value or even destroy it, and you may even damage your home in the process. It’s just as risky to hire movers without any fine art moving experience. Here’s why you should leave your valuable collection in the hands of our professional fine art movers in Pittsburgh or Cleveland.Room of sculptures fine art movers

We use the best packing materials.

Take the guesswork out of packing canvases or sculptures to prevent scratches or breaks. The fine art movers at Weleski Transfer will use the packing material best suited to the job to ensure your art is secured in transit or will be safe in storage, even if the piece you’re transporting is large or irregularly shaped.

We can handle large and heavy pieces.

Professional art movers are properly equipped to handle a sculpture or other large and heavy art installation during the move and during transit, without damaging the art or your home. We’ve moved all kinds of higher value objects you wouldn’t trust in the hands of amateurs.

Your move comes with protection.

Ask your professional fine art mover about valuation options and what kind of coverage is included in your moving estimate. Your items will also be documented in a moving inventory that will help prevent anything from getting lost on its way to your new home.

Protect the value of your collection by avoiding “rogue movers,” whose unethical practices include holding your goods hostage. Weleski Transfer is a ProMover®, certified by American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) for our quality and dependability.

Request a free moving estimate from fine art movers in Pittsburgh or Cleveland today, or contact us if you have any other questions about moving fine art.

4 Tips for Moving with Cats and Dogs

Puppy and cat playing on lawn

Pets seem to realize something is going on once we start packing. They may already be aware that change is afoot. Use these tips to keep your cat or dog calm during a long-distance move and help them adjust to their new environment.

1. Do your research and make a plan.

Does your new neighborhood have a dog park? Have you figured out where you’ll take your cat for veterinary appointments? When you keep the needs of every family member in mind before moving, you’ll have less to stress about when you get there. Make sure your new house is already pet-proof, and if you plan to let your dog out in the yard, ensure the fence is high and sturdy enough to keep your pup secure.

2. Get them used to moving.

Make sure your cat is acquainted with and comfortable with their pet carrier by starting a couple of weeks in advance. Leave it out in the open and place treats and something familiar-smelling inside (like a blanket or article of clothing), allowing them to go in and out freely with the door open. Once they’re not wary of going in and out, close the door while they’re inside and immediately offer them a treat. Practice going longer and longer in the carrier and extending the time between treats.

If your dog isn’t comfortable traveling in the car, you can put them at ease using a similar method. Offer something they enjoy every time they get inside with you, whether that’s a treat or a play session. Once they can sit comfortably in the car while it’s in park, try taking them on short rides and offering upbeat praise. Once you’ve stopped the car and can do so safely, offer them another reward.

3. Tire them out.

On moving day, engage in a long play session with your cat or dog until they’re about ready to take a nap. As long as they’re comfortable in the car, they may sleep most of the way! Make sure you’ve taken your dog for a walk to relieve themselves, and that your cat has used the litter box one last time.

4. Introduce them to their new home.

Once all potential exits are closed off and it’s safe to let your cat out of its carrier or your dog of its leash, allow them to explore at their leisure. Don’t panic if your cat becomes scarce for a day or two—they most likely haven’t escaped but have found their preferred hiding spot until they can acclimate to their new surroundings. For a puppy or kitten, you may want to confine them to one small room of the house, like the bathroom, until they get their bearings. Follow your normal routine, feeding your pets the same food at the usual times and allowing your dog their scheduled bathroom breaks. Before you know it, they’ll feel right at home.

Have more questions about how to move pets? Ask us!

Use the Marie Kondo Method to Declutter Before Moving

Jeans stacked vertically using the KonMari folding methodHave you read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, or learned about the KonMari method by watching the Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Netflix series? Even if you haven’t experienced the magic yourself, your friends and relatives have probably been sharing pictures left and right of their perfectly folded clothes standing vertically in their dresser drawers.

Here are some cleaning and organizing tips from Marie Kondo that you can use to lighten the load before your move, and then keep everything organized when you move into your new home.

How to Tidy Up Before You Move

  • Pile it up. Marie Kondo recommends sorting items by category rather than by room. Start by gathering every item of clothing in your home, from your closet to your bathroom floor, and creating a pile. Do the same for books, papers, miscellaneous items, and mementos.
  • “Does this spark joy?” This might not be the first question you ask yourself while holding a pair of your socks, but it’s a useful one for paring down your possessions. Hold each article of clothing, every book you own, and every photograph you’ve kept over the years and ask yourself if it makes you feel happy.
  • Say thank you and let it go. If it doesn’t, it’s time to toss it or give it away. Obvious exceptions are necessary household items like tools and cookware (although those might spark joy for you, too!). You can skip this step, but it can help to thank your belongings for their service before letting them go, especially when saying goodbye to mementos that were once important to you.

How to Tidy Up After You Move

  • Use the filing method to fold clothes. Marie Kondo’s folding method is the best way to see all your clothing at a glance, without having to upheave neatly stacked garments to find the perfect pants. Follow the folding method to learn how to make your clothes stand upright on their own, and then stack them vertically in drawers like documents in a filing cabinet.
  • Avoid re-cluttering. Before buying something new, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If it doesn’t, and it’s not an absolutely necessary item, put it back. The fewer new items you add to your home, the more successful you’ll be at keeping everything tidy.

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.

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.

How to Help Kids Adjust to a New School

Child in classroom drawing with pencilJust as you would need some time to adjust to a new workplace with unfamiliar rules and coworkers, some kids need a little extra help to get used to their new school after moving. As a parent, you can act as a facilitator to help your child form the relationships he or she needs to feel comfortable in the classroom. Here’s how.

Meet the Teacher

If you have the opportunity to visit or tour your child’s school before the year starts, use it. This is your chance to meet the teachers and staff your child will be spending most of their day with. Get to know them on a first-name basis and tell them all about your child’s personality, their likes and dislikes, and whether they’re outgoing or shy. Getting to know the teacher will make it easier for them to communicate with you if your child is having trouble adjusting to school, and you can work together as a team to make his or her transition as easy as possible.

Stick to the List

Nothing keeps anxiety at bay like preparing, and helping teachers out with classroom supplies will strengthen that relationship. Follow the school supply list exactly as written and make sure your child packs his or her backpack with everything they’ll need for their first day, including supplies meant for the entire classroom to share like boxes of tissues.

Make a Play Date

Talk to your child every day after school to get the details on which kids they’re hanging out with. Once you have names, introduce yourself to parents and set up the first play date as soon as possible to help jumpstart those budding friendships.

Weleski has moved thousands of families with school-aged kids, so if you have questions about how to help your child adjust after moving, ask us!

Spring Cleaning: How to Declutter Your Home Before Moving

Here are some tips for organizing the items in your home for spring cleaning.It’s well-known that spring is the perfect time for giving your home a top-to-bottom clean. Once the cold, short days of winter are over, people everywhere are practically waking up from hibernation. If you’re going to be moving to a new home in the late spring or summer, use this springtime energy to your advantage. The fewer belongings you have, the less time you’ll have to spend packing, moving, and unpacking. Start decluttering your home using these guidelines:

Don’t Start What You Can’t Finish

Once you get your spring cleaning momentum going, you may be tempted to dart throughout your house and organize everything in your path, but try to contain your energy to one room or specific project at a time to prevent burnout and half-finished projects. Spend up to three hours tackling a project before taking a break.

Try the Four Box Method

Set up four boxes in the center of each room you declutter and mark one “trash,” mark another “sell/give away,” another “storage,” and the last one “put away.” The first two boxes are self-explanatory – put items in them that you intend to throw in the trash, donate, or sell. You can sell items online, in a garage sale, or at a consignment shop. For seasonal items you don’t need at the moment but don’t want to get rid of, like heavy winter coats, place them in the “storage” box. Items that just need to be put away in their proper place go in the “put away” box.

KonMari It

Marie Kondo is famous for her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which instructs readers in a decluttering method that’s proven to simplify people’s lives and sometimes prevent them from ever having to repeat the process again. These are the highlights of her tried and true KonMari method:

  • Sort items by category rather than by room, starting with clothes, moving on to documents and books, and even going through mementos and photographs that are usually held onto without a second thought. For instance, while parsing through your clothing, grab every item of clothing from every room in your house and place it in one pile on the floor. You may be surprised by just how much clothing you own!
  • Consider each item individually and ask yourself the question “Does this give me joy?” If it doesn’t, throw it in your “sell/give away” or “trash” box. Exceptions should be made for items you might not be particularly excited about but can’t throw away, like work uniforms or legal documents.
  • Eventually, the idea is to only be left with items that have a proper place in your house where they can be put away. That way, tidying up will only take minutes as you put things back in their place, rather than hours spent decluttering. If you add items to your house, ensure that they have a proper home or get rid of other items to make room.

Donation Drop-Off Centers in Cleveland

Here are some places in Cleveland to drop off household item and used clothing donations.

Donation Drop-Off Centers in Pittsburgh

These are some places in Pittsburgh to drop off your household item and used clothing donations.

Once you’re done decluttering for your move, it’s time to find your moving boxes and packing supplies. Check out our moving blog or contact Weleski for tips.

How to Deduct Moving Expenses from Your Taxes

How to deduct moving expenses from your taxesIf you were required to move at least 50 miles away for work within the last tax year, you may be eligible to deduct any moving expenses not paid by your employer. That includes the cost of moving and storing your belongings as well as travel expenses. Due to 2018 tax reform, this is the last year you’ll be able to use this moving expense deduction, so be sure to take advantage of it if you meet the qualifications.

How to Qualify for Moving Expenses Deduction

In order to deduct your moving expenses from your taxes, you must meet the time and distance tests.

  • Time: Have you worked as a full-time employee in the area you moved to for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrived in the area? If the answer is yes, you may qualify for the moving expenses deduction.

You still qualify if you’ve worked for more than one employer in the 39 weeks. However, if you’re self-employed in the area you’ve moved to, you must have worked a total of 78 weeks during the first 24 months after arriving, whether you were self-employed for the entire time or worked for multiple employers.

  • Distance: Is the distance from your old home to your new workplace at least 50 miles greater than the distance between your old home and old workplace? If the answer is yes, and you meet the time test above, you can deduct your moving expenses from your 2017 taxes.

Confused? Here’s an example: If you lived in Pittsburgh and then moved to Cleveland (about 140 miles away) to be closer to your job, worked at your Cleveland employer for 24 weeks, and then became self-employed in Cleveland for 54 weeks, you are qualified.

Here’s some good news—if you’re married, only you or your spouse needs to meet the distance and time tests. You may also qualify for an exemption to the distance and time test in the case of job loss, disability, or involuntary separation. You don’t have to meet the time or distance test if you are a member of the Armed Forces and moved due to a military order and permanent change of station.

Which moving expenses can you deduct from your 2017 taxes? Deductible expenses include:

  • DIY moving trucks or pods
  • Professional moving company services
  • Cost of hiring moving help (e.g. paying someone to load your truck)
  • Packing supplies
  • Moving insurance
  • Storage for a maximum of 30 days
  • Cost of gas and oil if you travel by car
  • Any travel expenses aside from meals for each member of your household (one trip each)

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How to Move Fine Art and Sculptures

Canvas painting of a woman with art suppliesWhether its value is monetary or sentimental, it’s normal to be paranoid about having to move art. The unusual shapes, weight, and fragility of paintings and sculptures make safely packing them a special challenge. Follow these guidelines to keep them safe and protect their value.

How to Move Paintings and Drawings

  • For expensive and large artwork, consider a custom-built crate. The crate can be built around the painting on-site and then disassembled when it reaches its new home.
  • Do not use cling wrap, which can create mold. If you want to wrap the artwork to prevent scratching, use a blanket, silicone release paper, unprinted newspaper, or plain brown paper.
  • Avoid packing multiple paintings in one box or crate, even without frames. They may scratch against each other in transit and damage the paint or canvas.
  • For glass-covered artwork, create an X with masking tape over the glass to prevent it from shattering in case of cracks.
  • If your artwork must go into storage, make sure it’s climate-controlled to prevent damage to the paint.
  • Stick large red FRAGILE labels all over the crate or box.

How to Move Sculptures

  • Fill in crevices with foam padding before wrapping the sculpture in a generous layer of bubble wrap.
  • Place foam padding or packing peanuts inside the box on all sides of the sculpture to prevent any movement.
  • Sculptures should be packaged individually to prevent breakage from friction or banging together in the truck.
  • Mark the box as fragile and indicate which side of the sculpture’s box should be facing up with large, red labels on all sides.

When in doubt, call in the experts. At Weleski, we’ve moved every kind of item you can imagine and will treat your valuable artwork with the utmost care. Contact us with questions or to request an estimate today.