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Unlike in a climate-controlled storage unit, items stored in your garage, while safe from rain and snow, are exposed to the extreme heat and cold of summer and winter. Whether you plan to store items in your garage for a season or year-round, here’s how to make sure your belongings can withstand heat and humidity as well as freezing temperatures.

Storing a Car

While your car is designed to withstand hot and cold temperatures, you shouldn’t store it long-term without giving it a thorough cleaning, inside and out. Even water drops or salt from the air can do damage to your car’s paint job if you don’t give it a thorough wash and wipe. Vacuum the inside too, or else you’ll run the risk of attracting pests with old food crumbs.

It’s also recommended to change your oil, put in a clean air filter, remove your battery to prevent corrosion, top off your coolant, and keep your gas tank full (and add a fuel stabilizer) when storing your car long-term.

Storing Tools

Make sure your gardening tools and home repair tools are dry and free of dirt to prevent rusting before putting them into long-term storage. Store them in a clean and dry tool box or mount them on the wall. Empty your lawn mower’s gas tank to avoid gumming up the carburetor.

Storing Outdoor Toys and Entertainment

Keep bicycles clean and dry to prevent rusting, and ideally mount them on the wall to keep them away from moisture. Deflate inflatable pools and toys and store them in dry boxes off the floor. Cover hot tubs or other large items that could get dirty with a spa cover or tarp.

If you’re not sure whether an item can be safely stored in your garage or should go into climate-controlled storage, just ask us.

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Even inside a clean, dry place like your garage, items in storage can still be damaged by high heat and humidity. Your best bet for avoiding the adverse effects of extreme weather is to put your items in climate-controlled storage, and Weleski Transfer offers both long- and short-term climate-controlled storage options at our Pittsburgh storage facility.

If this isn’t an option for you, or if you simply want to protect belongings going into storage in your hot garage, follow these tips to keep them safe from damage.

Don’t risk the heat with these items.

These heat-sensitive items will be better off stored in a climate-controlled storage unit or a room in your home. Placing them in the garage or shed will expose them to high temperatures and humidity put them at risk for irreversible damage.

  • Electronics
  • Photographs
  • Newspapers or documents
  • Plastic items
  • DVDs or CDs
  • Records or cassettes
  • Baseball cards or other paper collectibles
  • Artwork
  • Leather or wood furniture
These items are safe from summer temperatures.
  • Cars
  • Tools
  • Outdoor toys and entertainment

Want to learn more about how to safely store items in your garage long-term? Not sure whether an item can safely go in the garage or should go into climate-controlled storage? Just ask us.

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Whether you’re retiring from full-time work or simply want to spend less on housing, moving from a big house or apartment to a smaller one is a highly efficient way to save more money every month. By downsizing your home you’ll not only be paying less for your mortgage or rent; you may discover that, with limited space, you spend less overall on household items. Follow these downsizing tips to reap the benefits of more efficient living.

Make an Inventory of Your Belongings

A detailed inventory of everything you own will not only give you some perspective on just how much stuff you have that you probably won’t need – it will also come in handy for filing an insurance claim in case of theft or damage, and for packing and keeping track of your stuff during your move. Use a spreadsheet to document your items with an accompanying description and inventory number, then take a photo and label it with the item’s inventory number. You can keep everything handy in your Dropbox or Google Drive. Your insurance company might also provide a free inventory tool.

Decide What You Can Live Without

Decluttering is a vital step when moving from a large home to a smaller one. Now that you have a detailed personal inventory, you can easily categorize items by belongings you must have, things you could stand to give away or sell, and items that can easily be replaced if necessary after you move to your new home. Determine the room dimensions of your new house or apartment and take your measurements into consideration when deciding which furniture to keep.

Organize While Moving, Not After

In order to ensure that you can keep your new space clutter-free, everything you own should have a place where it can be stored or put out of the way as soon as you unpack it from its moving box. Move your largest furniture first to get a better idea of where small items are supposed to go. If you realize that something you brought with you doesn’t have a space in your new place, now is the time to save yourself a headache and get rid of it.

For more tips about how to manage a move from a larger home to a smaller one, contact us. We’ve been in this business for decades and have learned a thing or two about downsizing your home.

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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.

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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.

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If 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)

Need some help filing taxes this year? Check out these free tax preparation services in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Find tax assistance near me.

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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

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!

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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.

Detroit Shoreway

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

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.

Shaker Heights

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.

Chagrin Falls

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.

Rocky River

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.

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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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Delicious Food

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Great Place for the Arts

Cleveland’s theater district, Playhouse Square, is the second largest in the world behind Broadway, and the Cleveland Orchestra is among the top five orchestras in the world.

  1. Local Pride

With a football (FirstEnergy Stadium), baseball (Progressive Field), and basketball stadium (Quicken Loans Arena) downtown, locals take both major league and minor league Cleveland sports seriously. You’ll find the enthusiasm infectious.

  1. Convenient Location

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.

  1. Friendly People

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.

  1. Affordability

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.

  1. 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!

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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.

1. West Side Market

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.

2. Cleveland Public Library

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.

3. The Cleveland Museum of Art

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.

4. Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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.

5. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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.

6. Velvet Tango Room

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.

7. Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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.

8. Music Box Supper Club

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.

9. Rocky River Reservation

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.

10. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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.

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