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 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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