Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

OUR ACTIONS FOR COVID-19

All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • Please use disinfectant/cleaner to wipe down commonly touched surfaces, objects, door handles, etc. at your residence.
  • Please make a sink, hand soap, and paper towels available to your outside salesperson and moving crew for handwashing during their time within your home.
  • Please keep all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

The team at Hansen Bros. is proud to continue offering our wide range of services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. Whether you are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re here to make the process seamless & safe for you, just as we’ve done for well over a century!

~Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage  

Challenges of packing fragile items for storage

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    It goes without saying that packing any type of item is not an easy feat. You have to make sure that whatever you’re packing is fully protected, and that risk of damage is completely removed. This becomes an even bigger challenge when dealing with fragile items. Safety becomes an even bigger focal point in this case, as the items in question are especially delicate. Although packing fragile items for storage may seem daunting, we assure you that it isn’t as bad as it seems. Our team of movers and packers Seattle has years of experience in the field and is more than happy to share their secrets with you. In this text, we will take a look at some of the common challenges of packing breakable items. In addition, we’ll go over the most effective ways to overcome said challenges. With our help, you’ll pack like a pro in no time!

    Time is of the essence, but don’t rush the process!

    One of the most common mistakes people make is a miscalculation of how much time they need to pack everything. At first, it may seem like packing your fragile items for storage won’t take longer than one afternoon. Perhaps one day, worst-case scenario. This mentality often makes people leave the packing process for the very last day before they have to take everything to Newcastle storage. But once they get a better look at just how much work there is, panic sets in.

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    Fragile items require a lot of care and attention!

    All fragile items need extra attention when packing, to ensure that they’re perfectly safe and that nothing is overlooked. If you rush the process, you may miss important details, and end up doing a sloppy job. To counter this, we advise making a detailed packing checklist and starting as early as possible. This way, you will ensure that everything is packed to perfection and that nothing is overlooked.

    The success of packing fragile items for storage depends on your choice of materials

    Even if you plan everything out, success isn’t a guarantee unless you have quality packing materials for the job. For example, you may spend quite some time carefully stacking your fine china in a box, making sure to wrap every plate individually. But, this won’t be of much use if the box you used rips open the moment you lift it up. With that said, your choice of packing materials is just as important as your choice of a storage unit. Even though your items will sit in a storage unit, you still need to maximize their safety. With quality packing supplies, you can protect your items from dirt, debris, and other external factors. To ensure your items are perfectly safe, you will need:

    • Strong and durable moving boxes Seattle offers for sale.
    • Specialized frame boxes with corrugated supports, if you have mirrors or paintings.
    • Packing peanuts or styrofoam blocks for added cushioning.
    • Cling wrap or stretch tape.
    • Durable packing tape for sealing boxes.

    Once you arm yourself with a good arsenal of packing supplies, the safety of your fragile items is guaranteed. However, you can’t be stingy when it comes to quality. Even if you have good materials, you need to make sure you have enough of them for your items. If you run out of boxes in the middle of your operation, packing fragile items for storage may become troublesome.

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    A good choice of packing materials is very important

    You can easily overcome this challenge by having a surplus of packing supplies. Even if you don’t use up all of your materials, you’ll surely find an alternative use for them. Alternatively, you can just recycle excess packaging supplies. This is certainly a much better option than making pesky resupply trips to the store.

    Safely packing fragile items is important, but don’t overdo it!

    When it comes to fragile items, one of their biggest enemies is pressure. Sometimes, even the smallest amount of pressure is more than enough to chip, dent, or shatter certain delicate items.  The best way to prevent this is to wrap your items in protective materials, thus keeping them safe. But, did you know your items are vulnerable to pressure even when they’re packed?

    Packing too many items in one box, or wrapping them too tightly produces a lot of pressure which constricts the item. Because of this, Washington movers advise always leaving a bit of wiggle room in your boxes. In addition, when wrapping your breakables for storage, try not to overdo it. There is a big difference between packing a box tight, and dangerously super tight. When you leave a bit of breathing room for both your packing materials as well as your items, nothing can go wrong!

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    Simplify packing fragile items for storage with handy labels!

    Finding specific items in a storage unit doesn’t have to be a challenge with proper labeling

    You’ve finally finished packing. All of your items are safely tucked away in self storage Seattle, and you don’t have to worry about their safety. At this point, you might think everything is fine. And, you’d be absolutely right. Until the time comes to retrieve something from your storage unit. You know what you need, but you’re not entirely sure where you put it down.

    If you find yourself in this situation, get ready to spend quite some time digging through random boxes. To work around this problem, make sure to label every single box once you finish packing fragile items for storage. For starters, mark every box as fragile, to alert anyone else who may handle your boxes. Then, write down a brief description of the box’s contents. This way, you’ll remain organized at all times, and navigating through your storage unit will be a piece of cake!

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