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 mirrors when moving

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    Packing for a move is always a challenge. You have to gather the supplies, wrap, and protect every individual thing, make sure all boxes are sealed… There’s just a lot to keep in mind. But it all becomes so much more difficult when you’re packing fragile and easily breakable things like mirrors. This is why china, glassware, art, and mirrors are among the most difficult things to pack and move, especially when you’re moving long-distance. Sometimes, these things end up damaged even when you have the help of the best moving companies Seattle because no one can predict or guarantee anything when it comes to moving. But properly packing mirrors when moving will minimize the chances of something happening to them.

    Why are the right techniques for packing mirrors when moving important to know?

    One of your big concerns when moving will probably be how to get your belongings safely from your old home to the new one. Hiring one of the best shipping companies Seattle has for your relocation will certainly help. But even with the help of professionals, unpredictable things can happen. So your best bet is to be prepared for the worst. This means packing your belongings properly so they have a layer of protection even if something goes wrong.

    Broken mirror - a consequence of not packing mirrors when moving properly.
    If you don’t pack fragile items properly, they’ll break.

    This is especially important when it comes to fragile things like mirrors. Not only are they significantly easier to damage than most other items but they can also be dangerous if broken. Sharp pieces of glass spilling out of moving boxes is a nightmare for you and your movers. Your other belongings can be scratched and more importantly, someone could end up injured. So packing your mirrors in a way that minimizes the chances of this happening is very important.

    5 steps to packing mirrors when moving

    Whether you are moving your mirrors into a new home or into one of our storage units Lynnwood, they will need to be transported there. And any time you’re transporting mirrors, you should pack them in a way that protects them from damage. Here’s how to do that:

    Step 1: Prepare your supplies

    The first step to packing mirrors for a relocation is preparing all the packing supplies you will need. For every mirror you’re packing, you’ll need to prepare:

    • a mirror box
    • some thick carboard
    • packing paper and bubble pack
    • moving blankets
    • packing and masking tape
    • a permanent marker

    You can get these from your movers or look for them in hardware stores and online. Collect all your supplies before you start packing your mirrors. Set them up in a designated packing area, somewhere you can comfortably put everything you need including the mirrors (keep the size of your largest mirror in mind when deciding on where you’re going to be packing it). Finally, you’ll need to prepare the mirror box before using it. Mirror boxes are highly customizable and consist of four separate pieces of cardboard that you can interlock into a variety of sizes. Put the pieces together into two halves of a box, each consisting of two cardboard parts.

    Step 2: Tape an X over the mirror surface

    Before wrapping and boxing the mirror, use masking tape to create an X or grid pattern on the surface. A top-to-bottom and a left-to-right cross is not enough; tape from one corner to the opposite to create an X or do several vertical and horizontal lines of tape to make a grid for larger mirrors. Not only will this lower the chances of the mirror breaking but it’ll also keep broken pieces in place on the off chance that something does go wrong.

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    Take every precaution to ensure that your mirror is moved safely.

    Step 3: Wrap the mirror

    Before you put the mirror in the box, you still need to wrap it. Put it on a large piece of packing paper which you will then wrap around it and secure with tape. Then do the same with bubble wrap. For additional protection, you can tape a large piece of cardboard to one or both sides of the mirror before wrapping it.

    Step 4: Put the mirror in the box

    Finally, it’s time to box the wrapped mirror. Slide your bundled up mirror into one half of the box and adjust its size if necessary. Then, add the second part of the box and interlock the parts to complete the box. You may need to use additional padding and cushioning in case the box is still too big. Bubble wrap or packing paper is the best when packing mirrors. You should avoid packing peanuts in this case as they move around too much and will expose parts of the mirror in transit. Finally, secure the box closed with tape.

    Step 5: Label the box

    Before you pat yourself on the back and call your mission a success, check that everything is in order by lightly shaking the box. If nothing is moving around in it, secure it with enough tape to ensure it won’t open by accident. Finally, you must keep in mind that you’re not the only one who’s going to be handling the box. And while you may know what’s inside, others won’t. So you have to warn them that this box needs to be handled with care. Use a dark marker or other forms of labeling to write FRAGILE or HANDLE WITH CARE (or both) on the outside of the box. Make sure the lettering is large and legible.

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    Mark the mirror box clearly as fragile.

    You can use the techniques for packing mirrors when moving for other things too

    If you’re into antique collecting or selling, you might have other things similar to mirrors that you need to pack. Knowing the right ways for packing mirrors when moving can, therefore, be useful for other items too. You can use this same technique for framed paintings or photographs, for example. If you have furniture pieces with mirrors, some of these tips will come in handy. And any other glass panels can be packed in similar ways. So keep these steps in mind when packing for a move even if you don’t have a lot of mirrors!

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