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

Essential packing materials when moving from North Bend

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    There is a reason why the staple image of every relocation is the one containing packed boxes. Simply put, you cannot move without packing your belongings. However, you are surely not going to shove them all in plastic bags and go on your way. That is if you care about their safety during transportation. It is with that in mind that we come forth with the list of essential packing materials when moving that will help you pack for your North Bend relocation.

    Essential packing materials when moving

    Note that if at any moment feel like the packing process is simply too much for you, you can always ask your movers North Bend WA to help with the process. Not only will they take care of all the tasks, but you can also count on them for quality packing materials. That aside, if you are ready to take on this quest head-on, let’s get straight to it.

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    Proper packing includes more than just boxes.

    Moving boxes

    Well, isn’t this a shocker? All jokes aside, you cannot have a proper relocation without quality moving boxes. They are the bread and butter of every item transportation and are your best way of ensuring their safety. With that in mind, you should make sure that you acquire some that will give you peace of mind. Now, there is a number of ways you can go about your pick:

    • Getting moving boxes Seattle from a professional moving company. This is probably the safest option, but the most expensive one as well. Plenty of moving companies offer the same essential packing materials when moving their clients. To put it simply, you get what you pay for, and that is peace of mind.
    • You can rent plastic boxes. This is a great way to be mindful of the environment and transport your belongings in a safe manner. Plastic boxes are recyclable, simple to pack, and easy to stack. Just make sure to research a bit about the companies renting them.
    • Visit your local grocery and clothing stores, as well as warehouses. These businesses receive shipments on a daily basis and most certainly have more boxes than they need. You can ask them if they have some to spare and thus go with the cheapest option. The only thing you need to be mindful of is that the boxes need to be damage and odor-free. There really is no reason to get them if they will harm your goods.

    Cushioning materials

    Now that you have the most essential packing material that will literally hold your goods, it is time to think about some additional protection. As you can imagine, those plates will not look after themselves during transportation. Nor will the glasses, lamps, figurines, and anything else prone to breakage.

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    Some of the essential packing materials include cushioning materials.

    It is with that in mind that you ought to consider getting some cushioning materials. Their role is to fill the remaining space in the boxes, thus preventing any unwanted movement and shifting during transportation. Here is what you need:

    • Some plain old newspaper or packing paper. Simple yet highly effective. Easy to crumble, great to isolate.
    • Packing peanuts. They serve the same purpose as the packing paper but are gentler to your items. Use them for belongings that are truly delicate and require such treatment.
    • Sheets of bubble paper. Irreplaceable packing material when you have some oddly shaped yet fragile belongings involved in the moving picture. You will be able to wrap every part of the item, ensuring its entire safety.

    Packing tape

    Yes, packing tape deserves a paragraph of its own, as it is that important. Mind you, the simple tape will not do the job here. When speaking of essential packing materials when moving, one cannot circumvent the proper packing tape that is strong, durable, and reliable. You can pack your boxes all you want, stuff them with bubble paper and packing peanuts – if you don’t close them correctly, all was in vain. Just imagine the horror of the box that holds your fine china getting opened during transportation, and all of those precious items falling out. Chills, really. So, be smart about this, pay a bit extra for the tape, and enjoy your belongings being whole that much longer.

    Labeling materials

    Lastly, when all is packed and prepared for the road, there is one last thing to do with one last essential packing material – the one that serves the purpose of labeling. Now, there are multiple ways in which you can label your boxes. Color coding, numbers, whole lists written on the sides, anything you find that works for you – works. Just make sure that you don’t miss out on this step.

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    Labeling is the essence of a stress-free unpacking process.

    At the very least, you should make sure to label the boxes that contain fragile items. This will let the Washington movers know which packages require extra attention when being handled. Still, that is not the only upside of labeling boxes. Writing which box belongs in what room will allow you to handle the unpacking process that much faster and with greater ease.

    What it comes down to

    As you can see, there really are not that much of the essential packing materials you need when moving. Boxes, cushioning materials, packing tape, and some labeling materials. Of course, you can always add on to the list, but these are not to be excluded. Make sure to get them on time, so as to not leave the search for them for the last moment. After all, you will have plenty on your plate as it is. And, remember, if you find yourself struggling and getting too stressed out, simply let your moving company take care of the packing process as well, and enjoy your relocation to the fullest.

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