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

Guide to decluttering before Christmas shopping

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    Decluttering has many benefits. It makes your house tidier and cleaner, It has a positive effect on your mental health as it reduces anxiety. And it can make you more productive. And if you’re planning on hiring Washington movers for an upcoming relocation soon, it’ll also make packing and moving much easier. However, people don’t really like to part with their belongings. Instead, most of us only declutter on rare special occasions – typically once a year during spring cleaning or when downsizing. But decluttering before Christmas shopping is something you should definitely consider. The whole motto of the season is out with the old, in with the new. Why not apply that to your possessions as well?

    What to throw away and what to keep when decluttering before Christmas shopping

    Christmas gifts.
    Decluttering before Christmas shopping will free up space for your gifts.

    One of the reasons people avoid decluttering is because they don’t want to get rid of things they’re attached to or might need later on. But if that’s your only fear, then you don’t need to worry. Decluttering is not about indiscriminately throwing things away. It’s about getting rid of the things you don’t need. If there’s something you will need in the future or something that has sentimental value, then there’s no reason to throw it away. Before Christmas comes knocking on your door, consider looking at some of these belongings in your home:

    • children’s toys (they’re likely to receive new ones for holidays)
    • seasonal clothing (putting summer clothes away and getting winter clothes sorted is the perfect time to clean out your wardrobe)
    • holiday decorations (some of your older winter holiday decorations may not be worth packing away after Christmas)
    • kitchen and pantry (you’ll most likely be buying and making a lot of food for the holidays so get rid of old things you won’t eat before they expire)
    • gifts (if you get something you have no use for, there is no shame in giving it away to someone else)

    How to decide if an item is worth keeping?

    Since you’re not just throwing everything away, you need to decide about each item individually – is it worth keeping or not? Ask yourself:

    1. Is it something you use regularly? Have you used it in the last year? If not, you don’t really need it.
    2. Are you attached to it? Does it have sentimental value? If it does, then it’s worth keeping.
    3. Is it something that you can sell? If you can get some extra cash, it’s worth selling.
    4. Would somebody else make better use of it? If they would, then giving it away can be your good deed for the holidays.
    5. Have you replaced or upgraded it? If it’s outdated, then there’s no point in keeping it.

    In case you’re moving before or after the holidays, another good question to ask yourself is whether you are willing to pay for movers Bainbridge Island to move the item in question. If it’s not worth the money and effort needed for packing and moving it, then get rid of it!

    A step-by-step guide to decluttering before Christmas shopping

    Decluttering is not very hard and it can be quite cathartic once you start. But it will seem overwhelming at first. Here’s the best way for you to make it happen:

    Start with a strategy (or at least a goal)

    A wardrobe looking tidy after decluttering before Christmas shopping.
    Setting a goal for decluttering will help you achieve the tidy, organized home you want.

    Even though decluttering doesn’t seem like a huge task, it’s always best to start with a plan. You’ll feel better if you know what you’re doing and aren’t just winging it. Think about how you’re going to declutter – are you starting with a certain type of item like clothing? Or will you pick certain rooms to declutter instead? How much time do you want to put into this? If you don’t want to plan things out, at least set a goal. You can decide how many things to get rid of how many rooms to declutter. If you don’t, you might just end up keeping everything anyway.

    Take some basic inventory

    It might seem silly to take inventory of things you’re getting rid of. But you’ll need to know that you’re keeping enough things you need, how many moving boxes Seattle to get for the items you’re storing or giving away, how much you can earn from selling still useable belongings, etc. For this reason, a basic rudimentary inventory can come in handy.

    Use the three boxes method

    What will you do with the items you’re getting rid of? The most popular method for decluttering is to divide the things you’re getting rid of into three categories:

    1. Items that you’re selling – useable belongings that others would be willing to pay for and are worth the effort of selling.
    2. Belongings that you’re giving away – useable belongings that wouldn’t earn much should be donated to charity or given to friends.
    3. Things that you’re throwing away – belongings that are just not of use anymore.

    Set up a box for each of these categories. Then, as you go through your possessions, put them in the appropriate boxes. It’s an easy, clean, and organized way to declutter.

    Go room by room

    A cluttered kitchen.
    Start with the most cluttered room you want to clean – the kitchen or the living room.

    Just like when you’re packing for a move, there needs to be a way for you to stay organized and stay on track when decluttering. Going room by room is the best way to do this. It’s a very simple tactic: declutter one room and only move on to the next when you’re done. This breaks down decluttering into smaller, more manageable tasks.

    Stay on course

    It is really easy to get distracted while decluttering. You pull up one photo album and the next thing you know, it’s five hours later and you haven’t done anything. While it’s alright to take an unplanned trip down memory lane once or twice, you can’t let it happen very often. If you expect that to happen a lot, find a way to stay on track while decluttering – set an alarm so you have a schedule or work with someone who’s going to keep you focused.

    If making decisions about your belongings is what’s slowing you down, consider renting self storage in Seattle and adding a fourth box to the three-box method. That way, you can put things away for a while and come back to them later. You’ll still be decluttering your home while not having to part with your things permanently.

    Why is decluttering before Christmas shopping a good idea?

    There’s really no bad time for decluttering. Decluttering has many benefits – it keeps your home cleaner, makes it easier to stay organized, helps combat anxiety, improves your mental health, and increases productivity among other things. So it’s a good idea to declutter periodically no matter what. But decluttering before Christmas shopping can be especially useful. It’ll give you a better overview of what you have and what you need. It’ll also free up space for all the new things you’ll get or buy for the holidays. And that’s just going to make your winter holiday season less stressful and more enjoyable!

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