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. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. has been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

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As an essential industry business, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. Moving and Storage

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and moving crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and moving crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with work gloves to be worn during the moving process and disinfected both during their work and between customers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with appropriate masks (when available) to be worn during the moving process, as circumstances require.
  • Hansen Bros. is limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.
  • Hansen Bros. is offering Virtual Estimate Appointments! For more information, please visit our Virtual Estimate Appointment page or ask about this terrific option when speaking with one of our professional relocation consultants.

Steps We’re Asking Customers To Take Prior To Our Arrival At Your Residence:

  • Please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing.
  • 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 residence and office windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and less potential containment of germs.

We are all in this together.  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 or your business will be moving down the street, across the country, or around the world, we are here to make the process seamless & safe for you just as we’ve done for well over a century.

~Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage

Disassembling furniture for a move: tips & tricks

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There are many obstacles that come with moving house and you’ll need to be on your A-game if you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. Even packing, which is a huge part of relocating, has its challenges. It’s not only a matter of putting things into moving boxes Seattle – what about bulky furniture? There are certain furniture items that will require a little more time and effort when you’re packing. So, we’re here to give you some advice for disassembling furniture for a move and make this hurdle a little bit easier to get over.

Start by downsizing your furniture

Whenever you’re getting ready to pack, you should start by decluttering your home. It doesn’t matter if you’re packing for a move of for self-storage Seattle, you should get rid of the things you don’t need anymore. This will make the packing process easier and quicker.

The same goes for preparing your furniture for the move. Look around your home and decide if you really need to take all the furniture with you. Maybe you have certain items that should be replaced by newer versions, furniture that’s falling apart or not useful anymore. In that case, there are a few things you could do.

A living room before disassembling furniture for a move
Look around your home and see if there are any furniture items you could leave behind.
  • Give the furniture away. Your friends, family members, or even neighbors might appreciate getting some of the furniture items you don’t need anymore.
  • Sell the furniture you don’t need. By getting rid of unnecessary furniture, you’re reducing moving costs anyway. But if you’d like to also earn a few extra bucks, you can simply seel the furniture you’re not taking with you.
  • Throw it out. If the furniture can’t be used anymore, it might be time to throw it away.
  • Leave it in the house. If you don’t feel like wasting your time and energy on getting rid of the furniture, you can leave it for the people who are moving into the house after you. What all this means is you’ll have less furniture to disassemble before moving.

Not all furniture needs disassembling

If you’re worried about disassembling furniture for relocation, we have some great news! Not all of the furniture will need to be disassembled! But, in order to figure out which furniture pieces can stay in one piece, you’ll need to do some measuring. You should measure all the doors and hallways to see if the furniture can fit through. Of course, you should measure the furniture as well.

After this, you’ll see that even some bulkier items could fit without being disassembled. Other than that, there are some smaller pieces of furniture which you won’t need to disassemble. Keep in mind that some furniture or parts of furniture cannot be disassembled. So, if you see that you can’t take something apart, don’t force it – you might end up breaking something.

Ask for help with dismantling furniture

Disassembling your furniture before the move can be something that takes quite a bit of time and energy. That’s why we would advise you to get some help. Everything is easier when you have some assistance, after all.

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Asking your friends for help when you are disassembling furniture for a move is one of the best things you could do.

So, gather your friends or ask your family members to come around and ask them for help. If they give you a hand, the job will be done much quicker and easier. 

Hire professionals to help

Asking your friends and family for help is always a great idea. However, if you want, you can even get some professionals to give you a hand. If you’re hiring residential movers, they will probably offer you their furniture assembling and disassembling services. This way, you’ll know for sure that nothing will go wrong and that your furniture won’t get ruined in the process. Not only can the pros disassemble furniture for moving, but they can even put it all back together once you’re in your new home.

Use instruction manuals

When it comes to the actual disassembling of furniture for the relocation, you should look for your instruction manuals. If your furniture comes from IKEA or a similar store, you can find the instructions that come with the furniture and put them to use. Just like you managed to assemble the furniture on your own, you’ll be able to take it apart and prepare it for the truck. If your instructions don’t say anything about disassembly, you can simply follow the instructions for assembling in the reverse order. You can do it!

Get the right tools for disassembling furniture for a move

Tools disassembling furniture for a move
In order to be able to disassemble furniture, you will need the proper tools.

When it comes to the practical side of disassembling furniture for moving, you have to use the right tools. Here’s a quick run-down of the tools you need for this project.

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Wrench
  • Lineman’s pliers

Additional tips for disassembling furniture for a move

  • Pay attention to all the pieces after disassembling – don’t lose anything!
  • Don’t mix parts of different furniture items – keep all the pieces in separate bags.
  • Use ziplock bags to pack up all the smaller bits like nuts and bolts.
  • Make sure you have enough space around you for maneuvering.
  • Be careful and try not to hurt yourself in the process.
  • Don’t rush, take your time. Also, packing last-minute is pretty stressful, so start preparing on time.
  • If you’re using boxes to pack up some furniture pieces, use sturdy boxes.

Follow this simple guide and disassembling furniture for a move won’t be as difficult as you might think. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re struggling and just take your time.

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