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 moving abroad with kids

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    Deciding to move abroad is a big step regardless of the circumstances. The process, however, becomes all the more difficult when you have kids moving with you. No matter your age, living abroad has many benefits. But keep in mind that children may have a different outlook on things. Losing their friends and the usual habits may obscure the positive sides of a move. Moving abroad with kids will be so much simpler with international movers Seattle. Making sure that your move is successful will take a lot of preparation. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the age of your kids. This will play a significant role in how they accept the move, and the organization. When it comes to toddlers, things are fairly simple. They will hardly notice the difference if you maintain their regular routine.

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    Kids usually have a hard time accepting the move, so do your best to support them

    Children who are starting school will surely have plenty of questions. But when it comes to adapting to changes and making new friends, they usually do quite well. Teenagers, however, will have a harder time adapting to changes and making friendships. With kids of this age, it is imperative to show them the positive sides of the move.

    Furthermore, assure them that they will be able to keep in touch with their old friends. If they are close to graduating high school, it may be wise to postpone the move for a year or two. Your movers Bainbridge Island will take care of the packing, leaving you enough time to dedicate to your children. No matter their age, there are steps you can take both before and after the move to ensure a smooth transition. So let’s look into that!

    Before moving abroad with kids, consider the following

    The amount of effort you need to put into the relocation process is directly proportional to your children’s age. Your goal is to make the whole experience positive, and this will be greatly affected by your attitude during the process.

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    With strong family bonds and mutual support, moving abroad will be a breeze

    Consider the education options available

    There is nothing more important than your children’s education. So, before you start packing, you need to pick a place where your young ones will continue their education. Finding a good international school is just as important as finding the best movers Seattle has to offer. Another important thing is the language in which the classes are held.

    If you have younger kids, who have a higher capability of learning a new language, then it is a good choice to opt for the language of the country you moved in. If, however, your move is temporary, or you have older kids, try to find a school that holds classes in your native tongue and follows a similar curriculum as your children’s current school. Either way, it’s always good to seek advice from other parents who have also immigrated to your country of choice.

    Get your kids involved in the process of moving abroad

    You may think that it would be easier to plan the entire move without discussing it with your children. Or perhaps not even telling them about it at all until the last phases of the preparation. But the fact is, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Undoubtedly one of the best ways to help your kids overcome moving anxiety is including them in the moving process.

    There are so many things you can do to strengthen your family bonds. Introduce your younger kids to the concept by reading picture books which explain the benefits of moving. Older, more mature kids, can help with research. Pick your movers together or learn about the country you are moving to. Whenever you have the chance, let them participate in making decisions. This will boost their confidence and morale immensely.

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    Allowing your children to properly say goodbye to their friends will give them a healthy sense of closure.

    Support them and help them say goodbye

    Regardless if your move is permanent or just temporary, allow your kids to properly say goodbye to the people they care for before you leave. This single act will greatly help them accept the fact that you are leaving your home country. In turn, the whole process will be easier for them, and they will accept the whole move with a bit more ease. A good idea is to throw a farewell party and encourage your children to share some mementos with their friends, such as pictures, friendship bracelets, or photo album.

    Once you arrive in your new country, encourage your kids and help them adapt

    Even though moving to a new country brings a lot of changes with it, you should still try and maintain continuity. Try and keep as many decor items from your old home, especially from the kids’ room. This will make their new living space feel all the more familiar. To make the trip a bit easier, there are ways to keep your kids occupied while moving. Waiting for your trusted movers to transfer all of your items to the new home may take too much time. So, during the trip, allow them to take a stuffed animal or a toy with them. Allowing them to have an instant sense of home can greatly boost their morale and help them through the journey.

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    Teamwork makes the families come together! Always be supportive of your kids.

    As far as adapting to your new surroundings goes, give it your best to be strong and enduring not just for yourself, but for your young ones too. If your move is temporary, or strictly because of work reasons, you may try and resist adapting. If you push yourself to absorb the local culture, language, and heritage, your kids will be encouraged to do the same. It goes without saying that kids are very susceptible and easily mimick the actions of their parents. So, always lead by example. Even though the challenges of moving abroad with kids are many, if you keep your head up high, and be a positive and supportive parent, everything will be just fine.

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