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

Downsides of storing food long-term

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    Have some old cans of food in your storage and you are thinking about getting rid of them? This is a common issue when there are no longer any labels on them and you do not know their expiration date. Storing food products for an extended period of time is not something that people recommend doing. Even with modern food production technology, there aren’t many products that can survive in storage for longer than 5 years. And there is no point in keeping expired food in your storage. Moreover, if someone, for whatever reason consumes it, the least you can hope for is food poisoning. But as we already said there are some types of food that can survive longer. Still, there are many downsides of storing food long-term and Hansen Bros Moving & Storage will show you what they are.

    List of food items that can be stored long-term

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    There aren’t many food items that can be stored long-term

    If you are preparing for a doomsday surely you are thinking about gathering a supply of food that can survive for an extended period of time. Of course, the first thing everyone thinks about is cans. But canned food usually cannot survive longer than 5 years. So you are probably thinking about using Newcastle storage to store something else. Here are the types of food that can be stored long-term.

    • White rice
    • Whole wheat grains
    • Dried corn
    • Sugar
    • Salt
    • Honey
    • Powdered milk
    • Bouillon products
    • Instant coffee
    • Cocoa powder
    • Tea
    • Baking soda

    As you can see the selection is not that tasty. However, if doomsday comes, it will be more than enough.

    It is not easy to find the perfect storage for food

    Unfortunately, there are many downsides to storing food long-term. Especially these types of food. Most of these products are especially sensitive and it is difficult to provide them with perfect conditions so they can survive for that long.  And to provide them with perfect conditions you will have to pass a few obstacles.  However, the first thing that you need to do is to find a storage facility that can offer the conditions that you require. Unfortunately, finding a proper storage facility is not that simple anymore.  There are many storage facilities that advertise as premium quality but in reality, they are quite the opposite.

    Naturally, when you are storing old clothes or something similar, there are things that you can ignore. However, when you are storing food long term, you need to find a perfect place. Therefore you will have to work much harder to find a place that can safeguard your food properly. Moreover, you will have to visit every storage facility that you consider and check the conditions in person. Our suggestion is to check movers Bellevue WA and see what they have to offer. Moving companies that offer storage services usually provide better conditions than regular storage companies.

    Things to watch out for when choosing a food storage

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    Moisture is your number one enemy

    As we mentioned above, to make sure that the storage facility has suitable conditions you will have to do some footwork. For the most part, you will have to visit every storage facility to check conditions in person. But what you should look for? What to pay attention to?  Here are the things to watch out for when storing food:

    • Humidity
    • Temperature
    • Pests
    • Cleanliness

    Use portable storage if you need quick access to your food

    There is one solution that you might find interesting before you go on a storage hunt. Have you thought about renting a portable storage Seattle? A storage company will deliver a pod to your front lawn, you can load it up, and keep your food at your sight at all times. And in the case of a sudden alien attack, you will have quick access to it. Moreover, they are providing your food with clean and dry conditions and they are pest-free. What more can you ask.

    However, if you live in an apartment building or you just do not have a front lawn, you cannot use it as emergency food storage and have quick access to it. But you can use this option if you do not want to deal with transporting your food to the storage. Simply load the pod in front of your home and the storage company will carry it to their facility.

    Use climate-controlled storage units so you have control over humidity and temperature

    If you are going with a traditional storage facility the first and most important thing is to find climate-controlled storage units.  These units provide you with temperature and humidity control, which is perfect for storing food long-term. Moreover, they are usually, moisture and pest-free so you do not have to worry about those.

    Moisture is your number one enemy

    Nevertheless, the most important thing that will worry you when storing food long-term is moisture. Nearly every storage facility has issues with it. And to find a perfect place you will have to visit more than a few companies. When you enter inside, take a look at the walls and search for traces of mold, chipped-off paint, of obvious wet spots. If you can’t see any concentrate on your nose. If there is moisture in the room, you should be able to smell it.

    There are many downsides of storing food long-term and dealing with pests is one of them

    You also need to make sure that your storage is pest-free. Naturally, every facility of such type has rodent issues. The only question are they doing something about it or not. Talk to the manager and see what they have to say about this. Also, look for rodent bait stations that should be deployed around the facility.

    Find a clean place for your food

    Finally, if you are storing food you want to make sure that the place is clean. Of course, you do not have to run a lab test to see if the floors are properly sanitized. Still, you should be able to understand conditions merely by relying on your eyesight. So, as you can see – there are many downsides of storing food long-term. So make sure that you have good reasons for doing this.

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