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. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

OUR ACTIONS FOR COVID-19

All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • 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 all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

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 are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re 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 packing children’s toys when moving

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    Moving to a new place is definitely not easy, especially if you are relocating with your kids. They are always running around your home and getting their stuff out of the boxes. Besides packing your belongings, packing children’s toys when moving needs special preparation. Whether you have a toddler or school-age children, we certainly know that they have tons of stuffed animals, dolls, and toys. Do you agree? Just like any other belongings, toys can get damaged during the moving process. Additionally, it is quite difficult to organize and sort them out. Don’t panic right away! With the help of some of the best movers Seattle has you will learn new tricks that will make this packing process easier. Stick around and read the tips that our experts prepared for you.

    Go over your children’s toys and donate what they don’t need

    Children feel like they always need new toys, even though they spend most of their time playing with just one. Do not waste your time trying to pack toys that they don’t use. If your children don’t use the toys they used when younger, get rid of them. There are so many children out there that will need them, so include donations in this process. You will make someone happy and save money on packing boxes and materials. If you want to save them temporarily, you can rent one of the Seattle storage units and store them. You never know if you will have another child in the future or give it to someone close to you. When you pick the ones you need, then we can go with packing. Investing in quality packing material should be on your list.

    Getting ready for packing children toys when moving
    Packing children’s toys when moving requires a lot of time and organization.

    Disassemble large toys into small parts

    If your children own large toys such as rocking chairs, tents, jumpers, and dollhouses, you need to disassemble them. Wooden toys are usually quite delicate so you need to properly disassemble them. This will prevent these toys from getting damaged during the transport. Make sure to pack all parts of the toy in the same box, so you don’t lose them. That is why we always point out that labeling is essential when packing. If you think that you cannot do this alone, contact one of the local movers Seattle has for help. You need to prepare cardboard boxes, markers, and bubble rolls to protect fragile ones. If you keep their original boxes, that is even better, since you can easily pack them to their right place. If not, try to find similar size boxes that will perfectly fit them.

    Before packing children’s toys when moving, disinfect and clean everything

    You don’t have to spend too much time on this, but cleaning your toys is recommendable. If you have a baby or a toddler, it is likely that they will want their toys as soon as you unpack. If you want a fresh start in your new home, then this is not a bad idea at all. Rubber and plastic toys can be washed with soap and water. Others can be disinfected with cleaning wipes. This is something you should do especially if you keep a lot of them in the basement or garage. The worst thing you can do is simply toss them in boxes if they are already dusty or dirty. There are some toys that you didn’t use for ages, so prepare them properly before packing.

    A little girl playing with a toy in her room
    Starting fresh means creating a cozy and warm space for your children with their favorite toys.

    Packing soft toys and action figures

    Stuffed animals, dolls, and soft toys are quite easy to pack. They will not break and you do not have to worry about them at all. However, before putting them in boxes, make sure to protect them from moisture, insects, or dust. You can simply put them in a plastic bag before placing them in cardboard boxes. With the right moving services Seattle you will make sure that your children’s favorite toys arrive at your destination safely. On the other hand, if you have action figures, and those small toys that can get lost or damaged, wrap them separately. It is recommended that you wrap each doll or toy in bubble wrap or packing paper and put it into their corresponding box.

    Packing fragile toys with care

    When we talk about fragile toys we think of toys that work on batteries, radio-controlled toys, and cars. You need to carefully wrap them in bubble wrap and separate them from other ones. Do not forget to label them with ‘fragile’ label to make sure you know what is inside. Make sure to talk to the movers, if you are using their services about the content of boxes. If you have ones that you especially care about, let them know and they will definitely pay more attention to them. Do not rush this process and try to pack all toys in one day. You will end up losing or damaging toys, so make sure to take your time. Packing children’s toys when moving is a process that requires planning and time.

    A boy playing with toys in his room
    Make sure to carefully wrap your children’s favorite toys without damaging them.

    Involve your children in the packing process

    Don’t forget to involve your children as much as you can in this process. Try to make this a fun and exciting time, and they can actually help you out. Prepare children moving checklist and you can give them a task to sort out their favorite toys or put them in boxes. Packing children’s toys when moving can be an interesting adventure for them since it is something that will enjoy. Do not let them feel the relocation stress that you might experience and create a calm environment for them. Your children will love this and they will spend hours on this, without disrupting the rest of the moving process. You may focus on more important things while keeping them busy in the meantime.

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