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

Eco-friendly storage tips and guide

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It is no secret that the human race is leaving a big carbon footprint on our planet. As a matter of fact, that cat has left the bag about two decades ago. However, that is not to say that we cannot lower our influence on the environment and even make it better. One of the ways to do it is learning about the eco-friendly storage tips, and further using them in practice. So, let’s see what you can do to be a tad more green.

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Being green will be easy with these eco-friendly storage tips.

Eco-friendly storage tips can save you some money

While going green where you can is great from the moral point of view, that does not have to exclude the favorable financial aspect of following the eco-friendly storage advice. As recycling is an essential part of every eco-friendly action, here are some things you can do to make your storage more environment-friendly:

  • Use the boxes you already have when storing your goods. This can include leftover boxes from your relocation, but also shoe boxes, or those big packages you have left from big appliances. They are great for storing bulky items you won’t be using any time soon.
  • Instead of using bubble sheets to protect your items whilst in storage, rather opt for your old blankets. They will be perfect for wrapping your belongings and keeping them safe during their stay.
  • Utilize all that spam mail, newspapers, and pamphlets to your advantage, and fill and cover your glass items with them. Not only will this save you the money you would otherwise spend on packing paper, but it will also lessen the amount of garbage you have. Neat!

Mind you, these are just some of the ideas you can utilize when trying to turn your self-storage in Seattle green. Use them as inspiration, and feel free to add your own solutions. The goal here is to avoid buying materials, and thus saving money, whilst being eco-friendly.

Make sure that you rent a storage unit with good insulation

When looking for a storage unit for renting, you want to pay close attention to the quality of insulation they offer. When the cold winters arrive, you will have to use more electricity in order to keep the temperature optimal. After all, cold and mold are some of the main reasons behind damaged goods in storage units.

So, in order to avoid this rather unfavorable outcome, make sure that you rent a unit with good insulation built it. This will also allow you to keep your peace of mind during the hot summer periods. Since the insulation will prevent the heat from seeping inside the unit, it will keep your belongings safe, and your bills lower. Lastly, it will also ensure your carbon print is minimal.

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Good insulation has multiple benefits to it, one of them being a smaller energy consumption.

Use energy-efficient light bulbs instead of regular ones

One of the small yet great ways to turn your storage unit into an eco-friendly one is to get new LED light bulbs. Ever since they were introduced to the market, these light bulbs had one major downside – the light they emitted was rather bright, sharp, and white. The users were loud and clear about this flaw, and the manufacturers had to produce something that is more eye-pleasing. Thanks to them, today we have dimmed LED light bulbs that are not only great for your storage unit but which can also be used in your household. The advantages of using LED light bulbs are numerous, and you should really consider switching all of your lamps to this alternative.

Try not to use too many appliances in your storage unit

Depending on the nature of the items you are storing, you will have to consider several types of storage units. If you are storing anything that needs to be charged or maintained regularly, we would advise you to reconsider. Not only will this cost you a lot of time, but the energy consumption will also be great.

If you plan on storing any gardening tools and machines, you want to make sure you empty their oil and gasoline tanks. Apart from being very flammable, and thus hazardous, they also have fumes that are not good for the environment. All other chemicals will fall under these same rules. Make sure to dispose of them through reliable companies that know the proper ways of addressing this task.

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Storing a lawnmower is not the best idea for a green storage unit.

Avoid plastic containers

Instead of using plastic containers, or even cardboard boxes, it would be best that you opt for biodegradable boxes. They are an essential part of eco-friendly storage tips because, after a certain while, you can recycle them. And nothing is as green as that. What’s also great about biodegradable boxes is that their production does not pollute the environment as much as the production of plastic ones.

Still, you have to make sure you use sturdier boxes if you plan on leaving them in the storage unit for a longer period of time. Having that they are degradable, they will lose their dexterity over time, and possibly snap and break. So, as a precautionary measure, it is wise to use stronger moving boxes when packing items for storage units.

Eco-friendly storage tips are easy to employ

As you can see, these eco-friendly storage tips are not that hard to implement. You don’t have to use them all at once, but rather turn your unit green gradually. Also, make sure that you consult with your moving company Washington for any additional advice. Being that they are experts in the business, they will surely have plenty of useful information to share.

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