Top 10 Life Hacks to Make Moving Easy!

Moving day can get to everyone’s nerves as this needs intense planning, packing, and storing. Golan’s Moving and Storage offers you some advice on how to make your move a bit more easy and fun!

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Golan’s is the leader of the pack

Why Golan’s moving and storage company is a leader of packing and moving in Chicago
President Harry S Truman once joked, “If I’d known how much packing I’d have to do, I’d have run again.” No doubt his dislike for packing is echoed by countless generations who followed him, including Seal who said, “Packing is my pet hate,” and Stefanie Powers who proclaimed, “Packing is always a nightmare.”

Fortunately, that’s not the case for Chicagoans who’ve hired Golan’s Moving and Storage. Since 1990, we have made an art of movingmeticulously packing dishes, glassware, artwork, lamps, computers, flat screen TVs and other fragile objects.
Because we believe the best packed jobs move at maximum efficiency and arrive in pristine condition, our expert crews are trained to pack and unpack select belongings or your entire home or office.

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Gear up for moving by watching HGTV

Gear up for moving by watching popular TV shows for homebuyers and homeowners
Home & Garden Television, more commonly called HGTV, has something for everyone—especially those who are looking to buy, sell or fix up their new or old home. In fact, the format of House Hunters has proved so popular, it’s inspired spinoffs such as House Hunters International, Island Hunters, Houseboat Hunters, House Hunters: RV, and Tiny House Hunters among other related shows.

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Golan’s Helps Customers with Spring Cleaning

Golan’s encourages its customers to be green with a special spring cleaning offer. From now through May 15, 2015, it’s Chicago movers will pick up unwanted cell phones, printers, cartridges, scanners, hard drives and old light bulbs of customers who have used Golan’s in the past year and deliver these items to the City of Chicago Computer Recycling Facility—for free!

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Home on the ranch

It seems even the rich and famous long for the seclusion and tranquility of ranch life. As English actor, comedian and screenwriter Nick Frost says, “I would be happy living on a massive ranch in Montana and not seeing anyone except my friends and family.”

Actor Dennis Quaid admits, “I have a ranch in Montana, but it’s not a real working ranch. I’ve always liked the outdoors. I come from Texas. My grandfather was a farmer; that’s as close as I come.”

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Heading to Home & Hearth

Home & hearth go together like R&R; buying & selling, and packing & moving. In other words, if you must relocate and are putting your home on the market, expect to receive about $1,500 more because fireplaces are what buyers want.

As Olympic gold medalist Magdalena Neuner puts it, “For me, there’s nothing better than curling up in my favorite blanket on a cloudy or rainy day and just knit. Especially in front of the fireplace.”

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Home is Where the Tax Breaks Are

Buying a home, making home improvements, doing business out of the home or moving for business may make tax time less taxing—especially if you’re able to partially write off eligible expenses.


Purchasing a home, townhouse or condo has its perks. To take advantage of potential tax breaks, you’ll need Form 1040, Schedule A and most likely an accountant to help you properly access your mortgage interest and any points you paid to receive or refinance a loan.

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Moving the Bed, Bath, Beyond

Bedrooms and bathrooms contain a variety of furnishings, often including some of your most personal items, so it’s important to know how to ready these rooms for a big move.


Tips for packing and moving bedroom furnishings

Once you remove and wash your bed linens, place in clean crates or trunks lined with plain paper tissue. Do not use newsprint as a liner. Pillows and lightweight blankets may be put into furniture drawers. Nothing else should be left in drawers—especially liquids, breakables or dangerous objects–since movers must be able to carry these dressers.

When it comes to disassembling beds, professional moving companies such as Golan’s Movers will do the job as well as wrap all components, package all hardware, and reassemble beds at the new destination. For an extra fee, Golan’s will also wrap mattresses and box springs with shrink wrap for same day moves or mattress cartons for long distance moves.

While you can place costume jewelry into boxes for the move, all valuable jewelry (be it pricey due to monetary value or priceless due to sentimental value) should be moved personally by you. No doubt, you’ll also pack your intimate garments and other small clothing articles yourself. Suitcases, bags, boxes or trunks will do. For a small fee, the Golan’s team will move clothing on hangers from the closets directly to wardrobes furnished by Golan’s so clothing will reach the new destination clean and wrinkle-free.


Tips for packing and moving bathroom furnishings

If you’re bringing toiletries to your new home, seal the corks and stoppers of perfume bottles with masking tape before wrapping separately in paper and placing upright in boxes for transport. While the Golan’s moving team will remove all mirrors not fastened to the walls, they will not reinstall the mirrors on walls at the new residence. For storage or long distance moving, mirrors must be crated for safe handling.

When you’re ready to relocate, Golan’s Moving and Storage will transport your bed and bath beyond your expectations. Once you’re settled in your new place, you can sleep soundly knowing your prized possessions have been safely moved to your new home.

Moving everything but the kitchen sink

How to pack and move kitchen appliances

Packing up bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms are pretty simple compared to the kitchen which ranges from large ranges to tiny eatable possessions otherwise known as food.


If you’re bringing a lot of unopened canned items, pack them upright in small, sturdy cartons. But make sure each container weighs no more than 50 pounds. Perishable foods should either be tossed or eaten during a last supper celebration at the old place since they cannot be transported to your new address.


When it comes to dishes, glassware and utensils, there are a few rules to follow. First, wrap all fragile objects individually in paper. This includes crystal glasses, china sets, and other delicate objects such as breakable butter dishes, ceramic candlesticks and more.

Large plates should be placed on the bottom of containers while smaller plates rest on top—provided each dish is separated by pads of paper or cardboard. Remember to leave a little room at the top of the box. To further protect your dishes, add a layer of bubble-wrap across the container before sealing it up.

Fine silver typically has its own storage case. If so, use that. If not, wrap each piece in cloth before packing into small containers such as shoeboxes. Everyday utensils require less pampering but equal care. That is, put heavy pieces on the bottom of a box. Cover with a sheet of cardboard or bubble-wrap so you can rest lighter utensils on top. Toasters, mixers, and other kitchen gadgets may be put back into their original boxes for the move. If you no longer have those, use containers similar in shape and size.


If you’re transporting a refrigerator or freezer, they must be emptied and completely defrosted one or two days prior to the move. The pieces must be properly dried and aired to eliminate bad odors so remember to keep the doors open during the airing-out process. It’s also necessary that motors are bolted by checking with your service representative before the move. If your appliance has glass shelves, trays, crispers, pans and other removable parts, they should be taken out and packed separately.

Stoves set for travel must also be disconnected prior to pickup. A service representative can shut off and cap the gas lines on gas ovens while loose coils, griddles, and other removable parts on electric ranges must be dissembled and packed separately.

While gas, water, and electric connections cannot be touched by a moving company for liability purposes, Golan’s Moving and Storage will safely transport appliances after they are properly disconnected by an official appliance service representative.