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 dishes when moving

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You’ll have a lot to do in the months leading up to your relocation. From researching moving companies Seattle to transferring utilities to packing all your belongings, you’ll have to learn how to do a lot of things you don’t normally need to know about. How to pack dishes will be one of them. It’s not something that you really do every day, is it? You use your dishes at home so there’s hardly ever reason to pack them or move them en masse. On top of that, dishes are fragile and incredibly easy to break. Moving them can, therefore, cause a lot of damage. This is why properly packing dishes when moving is important. The packing materials and techniques you use will be all the protection your dishes get. So don’t wing it – do it right!

Supplies you’ll need for packing dishes when moving

You can’t pack anything if you don’t have the supplies for it. And when you’re packing fragile things like dishes, proper supplies are even more important. Regardless of whether you are packing your dishware because you’re moving or because you’re considering using storage units Lynnwood to save space, you need to protect your dishes from outside elements and damage during transport. In order to do that, you have to use high-quality materials like:

  • sturdy moving boxes (size medium)
  • special boxes made specifically for dishes, bottles, and glasses
  • packing paper (or newspaper if you’re not packing valuable china)
  • some type of cushioning material (bubble plastic, blankets, towels, rags)
  • durable packing tape
  • markers and labels
Two people packing dishes when moving
You’ll need the right supplies if you want to pack your dishes well enough to protect them from damage.

Do you really need special boxes for glassware?

No packing material is in itself very expensive. But the costs add up quickly. If you’re looking to save money, you might try to avoid spending on special materials like dish boxes. It is certainly possible to pack your dishes in regular boxes only. However, there’s a reason shipping companies Seattle use special boxes: they offer more protection. So the question is what you will prioritize – is it more important to you to avoid damage or save money?

General tips for packing dishes when moving

Different types of dishes require different techniques for packing. But there are some guidelines that apply to the task of packing dishes:

  1. gather all your packing materials in advance;
  2. set up a packing station somewhere in the kitchen where you’ll have enough space to do what you need to;
  3. set aside enough time for packing all your dishes – you don’t want to break them in your rush before the move even starts;
  4. fill your boxes to the top and use plenty of cushioning material so there’s a little movement inside the box as possible;
  5. but don’t overfill your boxes because they’ll be too heavy to carry;
  6. reinforce boxes with tape if you’re worried about weight;
  7. put the sturdiest dishes to the bottom and the most fragile ones on top.

A step-by-step guide to packing dishes when moving

In order to properly pack dishes for moving, you’ll need to take into consideration the different types of dishware. Plates are arguably the easiest to pack as they’re flat and comparatively sturdy while stemware tends to be the trickiest because it’s oddly shaped and very fragile. There are specific packing techniques for each type of dish.

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Each dish requires individual attention.

Prepare the boxes to start with

Before you even start packing things, you need to prepare the boxes you’re going to be putting the packed dishes in. First, tape the bottom of the box closed. Use enough tape to be sure that it won’t come open. If necessary, reinforce the entire bottom and the corners. Then line the box with cushioning material such as bubble pack, fabric or even several layers of crumpled packing paper. Line the bottom and walls of the box both.

Packing plates and bowls

Bowls and plates are pretty easy to pack although they do take some time. Put each individual dish (face down if it’s a plate; face up if it’s a bowl) in the center of paper sheet cut to size. Then pull the corners up and around the dish, crumpling them together at the center. Secure with tape if necessary. Stack plates and bowls on top of each other in order from biggest to smallest. Pack in a lined moving box or a dish box.

Packing cups, mugs, and glasses

When packing drinkware, you’ll want to use the roll and tuck wrapping method. Put your cup, mug or glass in one corner of a sheet of packing paper on its side. Then draw the corner up and over the side of it before rolling the item towards the opposite corner of the paper to wrap it. Finally, tuck the excess paper around the bottom and into the opening at the top. Repeat the process for the more fragile pieces. Add a wad of crumpled paper into the cup, mug or glass for extra protection.

Packing stemware

Stemware is a particular type of fragile drinkware that comes with a thin stem at the bottom. This is the most breakable part of it. You’ll want to use every trick in the book to protect it from damage. Always use crumpled paper in the bowl of the glass and wrap it in multiple layers of packing paper. Crumple extra paper around the stem too.

Wine glasses.
Stemmed glasses are especially fragile.

Packing pots and pans

Pots and pans are not as fragile as glassware but they still need to be wrapped. Use packing paper to protect the surface from scratches. If you recently bought kitchenware, you might still have the original packaging that you can use. If not, regular moving boxes should do just fine – pots and pans are not nearly as easy to damage as glassware or china.

Label the boxes when you’re done

You should always label your boxes so you and your movers know what’s in them, what needs to be unloaded and unpacked first, and which box belongs in which room. But when you’re packing dishes for moving, labeling is even more important. You’ll need to label each box as fragile in large capital letters. Make sure they are legible too and put the label on every side of the box. You should also point out which side of the box should go up. This will ensure that the boxes containing your fragile dishes are moved with care and reduce the risk of damage.

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