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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 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.
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 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 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 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.
If you’re not familiar with the area, finding the best neighborhood in Cleveland can be challenging. Whether you want to live in a quiet community surrounded by nature or an up-and-coming urban hotspot, this guide will help you find the right Cleveland neighborhood to meet your needs.
For an affordable urban community with a little bit of edge, buy yourself a fixer-upper in the up-and-coming Detroit Shoreway and enjoy the cultural richness of the Gordon Square Arts District. The median home value in Detroit Shoreway is only $77,800, perfect for young people, entrepreneurs, and starving artists.
Tremont is an urban community known for its popular monthly Walkabout at local galleries, restaurants, and bars. Located on the fringes of downtown, Tremont is populated with creative types who live in contemporary condos or historic brick buildings and run charming local businesses. The median home value in Tremont is a highly affordable $96,700.
The gorgeous Shaker Heights is a picture of 1920s opulence, with its nearly Gatsby-like tree-lined estates and storybook homes. Its colonial houses are built to last and typically occupied by doctors, professors, and CEOs. The median home value in Shaker Heights is relatively affordable at $228,000.
This lovely historic burg located 20 miles east of downtown Cleveland is known for having the best schools in the Cleveland area. Its historic village square will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to 19th-century New England. With its communal vibe and frequent family-friendly events, Chagrin Falls is a great place to raise young children. The median home value in Chagrin Falls is around $281,800.
This suburb of Cleveland located about nine miles west of downtown along the shore of Lake Erie is known for its great schools and low crime rate. This lakeside community can best be described as “upscale,” with plenty of high class restaurants, wine bars, and affluent residents. Houses in Rocky River range in value from around $215,000 to up to $1.5 million.
If you want to know more about Cleveland’s best neighborhoods, just ask us, your local Cleveland moving company. If you’ve already decided on a neighborhood, request a free moving quote from Weleski Transfer so we can help you take the next step.
Name an affordable city where people are proud to be there and have access to some of the best public services, best cultural experiences, and best healthcare in the country. Your answer should be Cleveland, and here are the top 10 reasons why.
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold
In terms of weather, Cleveland is the classic midwest city. The Cleveland climate consists of four complete seasons with warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. The only trait out of the ordinary is the amount of snowfall. Cleveland receives nearly twice as many inches of snow per year as the U.S. average.
A Nationally Ranked Hospital
The Cleveland Clinic, a hospital with a patient-first focus, was recently ranked second in the country by U.S. News & World Report. It’s rated as the best hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery.
Cleveland cuisine is defined by delicious sandwiches packed with corned beef and crispy pierogies. And you can’t really call yourself a Clevelander until you’ve tried a Polish Boy from a food truck. And there are, of course, more modern and experimental restaurants in Cleveland.
Quality Museums and Libraries
The Cleveland Public Library is rated 5 stars by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service for a good reason. With a collection of over 3 million print materials and a technology center that provides free access to iPads and a 3D printer, you can learn practically anything without spending a dime. The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens are also 100% free.
Ohio might not be the most glamorous state in the U.S., but that’s what traveling is for, and Cleveland is surrounded by destinations like New York, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toronto.
Newcomers to Cleveland are often blown away by the warm welcome they receive immediately after moving. If you want to live in a place where you can say hello to everyone you pass without drawing funny looks and make friends just about anywhere, Cleveland is the place for you.
For its size and the quality of life it offers, Cleveland is exceptionally affordable. The overall cost of living is only about 79 percent of the U.S. average, and the biggest factor is housing, which is a whopping 72 percent less expensive than average.
Job Growth & Potential
Have you ever wished you could be the first to notice and appreciate something great, before it became popular? Younger people are moving to Cleveland because of its affordability, job growth, and cultural experiences, meaning it’s on track to become the next big thing.
Now that you know how great Cleveland is, how would you like to move here? Weleski Transfer is your local moving company, and we can help you take the next step. Request your free moving quote today!
If you’re moving to Cleveland, what are you looking forward to doing most? Probably unpacking and recovering from the stress of moving. But what about after that? Whether you’re a history buff, a night owl, a foodie, or all of the above, there are endless fun things to do in Cleveland. Here are the Cleveland activities and sights that you’ll want to visit first to get acquainted with your new city.
Need to stock up on groceries? The West Side Market, Cleveland’s publicly owned market, dates all the way back to 1840. The iconic yellow brick market house, adorned with a 137-foot clock tower, is occupied by over 100 vendors selling meats and dairy, fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, baked goods, prepared foods, and even flowers and candy from around the world.
While you’re out, why not pick up some books to enjoy in your favorite reading nook in your new home? The Cleveland Public Library, built around 150 years ago, is an architectural marvel. Its stunning cathedral ceilings, historic murals, and staggering collection of books will take your breath away. But don’t be fooled by its age; its lower level, called TechCentral, gives patrons free access to iPads, a 3-D printer, a vinyl cutter, and a heat press. There is only a small fee for materials.
Since its opening in 1916, the Cleveland Museum of Art has been free and open to the public. It exhibits art from all over the world as well as a number of special events, performances, and lectures. Its museum film program is one of the oldest in the United States. Thousands of people every year attend its twice-weekly screenings of independent and international films.
For nearly a century, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has made the world of scientific discovery accessible to the curious. The museum offers exhibits featuring the famous 3.2 million-year-old skeleton named Lucy, the heroic sled dog Balto, a piece of the moon from the Apollo 12 mission, and much more.
Complete your museum circuit at a classic Cleveland destination: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock Hall is composed of six levels in total, from zero to five, featuring frequently changing exhibits honoring some of the most famous figures in rock music and interactive activities for visitors.
The Velvet Tango Room is a renowned jazz and blues lounge with a 1920s speakeasy feel. With a jazz trio playing live music softly in the background on weekends, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed night time get together with the friends you’ve made in your new city.
Craft beer lovers will feel right at home at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. Opened by two Irish brothers with limited brewing experience in the 1980s, Great Lakes has become an integral part of the Cleveland community with its award-winning beers and its commitment to community service and environmental sustainability.
Looking for dinner and a show? The Music Box Supper Club is both a Cleveland restaurant and music venue, hosting popular local and nationally touring musicians playing a variety of genres nearly every night of the week. Enjoy a burger and fries only feet away from Rufus Wainwright or Aimee Mann.
Out of all of Cleveland’s many parks, the Rocky River Reservation is one of the most beautiful and beloved by visitors. See if you can spot native wildlife, like the white-tailed deer, among the massive shale cliffs and the willow, sycamore, and cottonwood trees.
When the weather is nice, stop by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and learn what a bontebok or a fossa is. Maybe you’ll discover your new favorite animal!
Are you still planning your move to Cleveland? Learn more about Weleski Transfer’s moving services and how we can make it easier for you to live in this great city. Contact us to learn more about your local Cleveland movers, or about our Cleveland storage options.
Whether 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.
An office move is even more difficult than a home move. Every minute that normal business operations are interrupted by packing and transporting office furniture, money and opportunities go out the window. Whether you work for a large company or work for yourself at home, these tips will help you prepare, stay organized, and stay in business.
Two Months Before Moving
Make an online calendar pointing out important dates and mapping the entire move on a timeline. If you have employees, share it with them. The more people who know the ins and outs of what’s going on and when, the better. Share important dates with your suppliers and movers, too.
If the office is outside your home, notify your property manager that you plan to move and follow their move-out procedures.
If you’re in a company with multiple departments, delegate to department heads. Give them the responsibility of communicating important information to their employees and taking care of any special requirements.
Get excited! Moving means renewal and change for business. New location, new opportunities. Share your vision for the new location with your employees, partners, and customers.
Take inventory of supplies, furniture, electronics, and everything else that’s going with you.
Everything that’s being left behind can be donated or sold.
One Month Before Moving
Documents older than seven years can be shredded or put into storage.
Order new stationary and other office supplies featuring your new address.
Call utility companies and give them your moving date.
Let neighbors know that moving trucks might be temporarily blocking the street.
Back up important files digitally on a cloud server.
Notify customers that you’re moving and give them your new contact information.
During and After Moving
Update social media profiles and online directories like Google My Business with your new contact information.
Make sure nothing is missing according to your inventory list.
Instead of arranging everything exactly like it was in the old office, switch it up and breathe some new life into the décor.
We understand how much work and careful planning goes into an office move. Contact Weleski today for more information or to request an estimate.
Sometimes, you have to move when you have to move. Your lease is up right before Christmas, or there’s a serious problem with your current house right before the New Year, or you’ve decided to pack up and go and can’t wait until spring. While moving during the off-season is more difficult, it can be done. Here’s how to do it without significantly disrupting your life and your enjoyment of the holidays.
If you have the luxury of extra time before the holidays to do important things like gift shopping, decorating, and planning, do it now. Don’t let anyone judge you for thinking about Christmas before Thanksgiving! Once your gifts are already bought and wrapped, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief.
Pack Your Decorations Last
You don’t have to sacrifice your enjoyment of the season. Leaving up your holiday decorations will cheer you and help you stay in the moment when you’re stressing out about your impending move. On that note, only use decorations that are easy to put up and disassemble.
Use your move as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Unload nice items that you’re not attached to by giving them as gifts. Most people won’t care that the items are second-hand as long as they’re in good condition and given thoughtfully.
Give Yourself Permission to Say “Sorry, I Can’t”
If you explain your predicament to your family and friends, they will understand if you can’t accept every party invitation, cook a meal for every potluck, or spend a ton of money on every gift. Give the gift of whatever time you can spare, and if you sometimes have to prioritize your move over having fun, there will always be another year.
Contact us today to get an estimate and schedule your move. We’re here to help you!
Yes, it’s true that putting up decorations right before packing up and moving creates more work. If you’re still trying to sell your old house, this too is a reason to keep the walls bare. And, after you’ve just moved into a new home, taking time out of unpacking to decorate for Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind. However, aren’t the holidays all about taking time to slow down and enjoy the little things like cold weather, good food, and time with friends and family?
This doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing situation. Here’s a list of subtle, low-effort decorations that will put you in the holiday spirit without breaking your back once you have to take them down, pack them up, and put them back up in a new home.
1. A Wreath for the Door
A simple wreath featuring faux evergreen, cedar, or even magnolia, olive tree, or berry arrangements is ridiculously easy to install and remove. You can hang it using command strips or a special wreath hanger that clips to the top of your door. When it comes time to move, just take it down, pad it carefully, and pack it away with your other decorations.
2. Projector Lights
These mini projectors that cast LED lights all over your house were designed to save time and labor, and they can create an incredible variety of effects to your personal tastes, from twinkling stars, to gently falling snow, to twirling snowflakes. Best of all, if you’re worried about what potential sellers will think of your decorating tastes, you can simply switch it off. All you need to do to install a projector is stick it in your front lawn and connect it to a power source. Packing it up and taking it to your new home is as easy as packing up any small household electronics.
3. Alternatives to a Christmas Tree
Putting up and taking down a Christmas Tree can be too labor-intensive even for people who plan on staying put in their houses. Instead, try any one of these Christmas tree alternatives. Some of them can be made with objects already in your home that you’re planning to take with you to the new house, like your books. Some can be made and decorated by your kids, like a chalkboard tree.
4. Wrapping Paper
You can easily pull off these leftover wrapping paper DIYs with the remnants of last Christmas. Line your shelves with white and red, or fill your empty photo frames with squares of paper bearing Santa and holiday tidings. When it’s time to pack, all you have to do is take it down and recycle it, and you can easily do it over again in your new home.
Need more ideas about how to organize your move without missing out on the holidays? We’ve moved thousands of families at all times of the year, so just ask!
Nothing beats a sturdy, easy-to-stack box for safely moving your belongings. But where do you get moving boxes? Sadly, it often seems like the supply of quality cardboard boxes has suddenly run out the closer you get to your moving date. Don’t resort to throwing your valuables into garbage bags – plan ahead and use these tips to ensure that you have all the clean and durable boxes you need.
Ask Your Friends and Coworkers
Before you start driving around the neighborhood and diving in dumpsters, the first thing you should do is put out a notice on social media that you’re moving and need supplies. The wider you can cast your social net, the better. The average American moves once every five years. Chances that a friend (or a friend of a friend) just finished unpacking and has boxes to spare are high.
If you work in an office, ask if you can take home empty printer paper boxes. Offer to take the packaging from your coworkers’ Amazon shipments off their hands. Maybe they’ll appreciate you saving them a trip to the recycling bin.
Check Online Listings
There’s a good chance that somebody on Freecycle or Craigslist is offering all the free boxes you need in your area. All you have to do is look for a listing. Don’t see anything right now? Post your own listing advertising your need with a contact phone number. Wait a week or so for the calls or texts to roll in. All you have to do is pick them up.
Stop By a Recycling Center
You should ask for permission first, but it’s unlikely that anybody will mind if you take whatever whole boxes you can find from the stacks of cardboard at your local recycling center. After all, reusing materials again and again is even more effective at reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment than recycling!
Visit Area Businesses
The best quality boxes will come from businesses that deal with shipments of dry, clean goods in a variety of sizes. Try an office supply store, a bookstore, or a pharmacy. You may have more luck at local businesses than at chain stores. You’ll get even luckier if you can figure out how often those stores receive shipments. This is where your network of friends can come in handy. Ask around and one of them might be able to alert you to a recent influx of usable boxes.
Do you need help on your quest for boxes? Just ask us and we’ll give you more detailed information about where to get moving boxes and how to get all the moving supplies you need.
Moving is already stressful. Adding frustrated or bored kids who are trying to cope with change can be a recipe for disaster, but it doesn’t have to be this way. By helping your kids view moving with a positive attitude, they’ll not only have an easier time, but their high spirits and abundant energy can help make moving more fun and pleasant for you, too.
Talk to Them about Moving
Kids have their own concerns, fears, and questions about moving to a new place. It’s hard for anybody to accept something in which they have no choice or leave behind the familiar, and children are no exception.
Giving them something to look forward to in the new location can ease the transition. Sign them up for a class where they can practice their favorite hobby. Show them pictures of local parks and attractions and promise to take them there once you’re settled in. Get them excited about decorating their new bedroom. The adjustment will take time, but helping them look forward to moving will make a difference.
Turn Packing into a Game
Are you familiar with the “going on a picnic” game? If not, read the rules of the game. You can easily adapt them to packing boxes. For older kids, challenge them to remember everything that’s going into a box and repeat it back to you before they can add something else. Younger kids who have more trouble with remembering long lists can simply name an item that begins with the first letter of their name.
Task your kids with organizing all the items in the house by category. For younger kids, challenge them to find and stack all of their clothing, toys, and books in a pile. Older kids can organize in more detail, separating types and seasons of clothes and grouping things of similar weight and size together.
Let your kids decorate the boxes and create elaborate labels using stickers, markers, and crayons. You’ll get a smile on your face with every box you pick up and move as you admire their creative handiwork, and the back of your moving truck will look like an art gallery.
Make the Car Ride Fly By
Music and car games will sustain your kids for an hour or two, but once boredom sets in you’ll have to endure a never-ending chorus of “Are we there yet?” Making the back seat comfortable with pillows and blankets and loading it with snacks will help keep the crankiness level low.
With audio books, children will be able to follow longer stories above their reading level, and they won’t get car sick from reading paper books.
Bring sleeping masks and ear plugs along for light sleepers (beware of the choking hazard for younger kids). If you’re lucky enough, your kids might pass part of the time by napping.
Help Kids Settle In
Give them some independence about how their bedroom is organized. This will make unpacking and putting things away more fun and will motivate them to keep the room neater. With some guidance, let them decide how to decorate their room.
On the first night at the new house, bring everyone’s mattress into the living room or another communal area so the whole family can “camp” together. This will make it easier for your children to tolerate new sounds at night.
Let the kids get creative with the leftover boxes. They can make rocket ships, castles, masks, and even decorations for their rooms out of cardboard.
Over the last 50 years, Weleski has moved thousands of families with kids. If you have a question about how make moving fun for kids, just ask us!