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

Guidelines for cleaning your new home

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    An inevitable part of the relocation process is getting your new home in tip-top shape. Cleaning your new home can seem like a lot of work and you might dread the moment. However, there is a way to make this process much more manageable. Once your moving company Washington of choice relocates your items, you may want to start with the process immediately. In this article, we are going to provide you with some simple guidelines that will make the cleaning process a lot easier.

    How to go about cleaning your new home properly?

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    A clean home requires quite a bit of work.

    A cleaning process can be much more efficient if you:

    • Acquire necessary supplies ahead of time
    • Clean top-to-bottom
    • Prioritize
    • Leave floors for last

    There are some other things that you can do to make the entire endeavor even simpler. For example, you can opt to rent one of our Newcastle storage units and have your belongings transferred there until you are done with the cleaning. This will allow for a greater degree of freedom throughout the cleaning process, making it a lot smoother. Furthermore, you will not have to worry about any accidental damage to your belongings. Just remember to clean them as well before you bring them inside your new home.

    Step 1: Obtaining cleaning supplies

    Before you can start cleaning, you are going to need the necessary supplies. To make the most of the process, you may want to inspect your new home thoroughly, writing down the surfaces that are present. While you can utilize universal cleaning solutions, it is usually much better if you purchase specialized supplies. Not only will they make the work easier and more efficient, but they will also provide better protection for the surfaces. And if you are planning on creating a dedicated piano room, for example, you may want to work on the acoustics of the room before your piano movers Seattle bring in the instrument. While you are cleaning, you will get a lot of ideas on what you can do with the home. You may want to have a way of writing them down for later use. 

    Step 2: Always go “top-to-bottom”

    Alright, let’s get into the “meat and potatoes” of the cleaning process. The first thing you will want to do is start from the top and proceed to the bottom. By this, we mean that you start cleaning any features that are close to the ceiling first. There are two reasons for doing this. First, these features do not get cleaned often and might require the most attention. It is best to tackle them while you’re fresh and ready. Second, they are going to “shed” dust and dirt while you are cleaning them. Therefore, if you’ve already cleaned the floors, you will have to do it again. Don’t make this mistake, it is a very time-consuming one.

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    Having the necessary supplies is not enough, you need a system.

    Do this with every room in your home before moving on. If you have ceiling fan blades, you might want to minimize the dust scatter by covering each blade with something like a pillowcase. Then you simply wipe away from the center, with the pillowcase serving as a containment unit. Most of the dust will be inside the case, allowing for easy disposal.

    Step 3: Prioritize

    Once you finish cleaning the upper fixtures, you are going to need to decide on what to clean first. There are numerous options here but we advise that you start with the fridge.

    Cleaning the fridge

    The fridge will not have any food in it, which will make the sanitizing process last no more than 20 minutes. You will start by removing all the drawers and shelves and clean them individually. Feel free to use soap and warm water for these, they don’t really need any specialized solutions. Of course, if you want to make extra sure that everything is super clean, you can get some specialty chemicals for the process.

    The next thing is cleaning the inside of the fridge, for which you can use a simple 50/50 vinegar/water solution. Again, you can use a specialized cleaning agent instead. If the fridge is particularly “gunked”, you may need to leave the solution on the surfaces while you do some other chores. And if the gunk is particularly hard to remove, simply boil some water and apply it to the offending area.

    Cleaning the kitchen

    The kitchen is the next natural step, as you are already inside it once you finish with the fridge. You might want to start with the appliances such as the oven, microwave, dishwasher, etc., and follow that up with cleaning the countertops. The cabinets come last. Make sure that you clean the cabinets both from the inside and the outside and take special note of the handles. Don’t clean the floors just yet. Alternatively, you can use self storage Seattle units to store your kitchen appliances while you renovate and/or clean your entire kitchen.

    Cleaning the bathroom

    a clean bathroom
    The bathroom may require several “cleaning passes” to get right.

    Next up, you will want to clean the bathrooms to the best of your ability. Now, fully making a bathroom “spotless” is going to take much more than a simple rub-over. But for now, simply focus on scrubbing everything clean and applying an antibacterial spray. Replace the seats in lieu of cleaning them, of course. Don’t forget to clean the easy-to-miss fixtures such as light switches, door handles, and the toilet paper holder.

    After you are done with the bathroom, you can then prioritize the rooms as you see fit. Just remember to clean from top to down.

    Last step of cleaning your new home: Floors

    Once everything else is clean to your satisfaction, it is time to do some work on the floors. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove most of the dust and debris before you proceed to mop the floors. If you have any carpets, a steam cleaner is the best solution. It may even be worth your while to enlist professional services if you don’t own one.

    And that is more or less the ideal way of cleaning your new home. While every home is unique, of course, if you apply these guidelines you will have a much easier time of it. Good luck!

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