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 storing outdoor furniture

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    There comes a time in any persons’ life to rearrange stuff in their home. As the seasons change, so do our lives and we have to make sure we are ready for these small annual changes. Are you planning to move or doing some rearranging before the winter? Then it’s time to put some stuff in storage. Outdoor furniture is great for enjoying warm summer days. However, we’ve only just said goodbye to summertime. Therefore, you should start preparing for a change that will come sooner than you think. Those lovely patio chairs and coffee tables will have to wait out the cold winter. You should make sure to store those pieces carefully. After all, you’ll need them again someday. We at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage know how to do it right. If you need Guidelines for storing outdoor furniture, you’ve come to the right place. We can help.

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    As the last day of summer is passing by, you should start thinking about storing outdoor furniture.

    Take good care of your furniture

    First of all, you should know that you should take care of your furniture all year long. Do you live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of rain? That doesn’t mean that you should neglect your patio set. Sun can damage any material if it’s exposed for too long. Therefore, even if you don’t get long winters, it’s important to be careful. Don’t leave your furniture out in the open. Move them beneath the trees in your yard or beneath or on a terrace.

    On the other hand, big changes like relocations may require you to pay special attention to every piece of furniture you own. Of course, this includes outdoor furniture. Movers and packers Seattle can be of some help to you if such is the case. Depending on your situation, you might want to try different methods of protecting your outdoor furniture from damage.

    Storing outdoor furniture is easier if you keep it in top condition all year long

    Of course, if you live in a place that has long and hard winter, that’s another story. Heavy rain can pose a problem. Snow showers even more so. However, even moisture can damage your outdoor furniture beyond repair. It’s important to prevent this. If you notice any signs of damage, you should try to fix it before it gets worse. In case you put your outdoor furniture that already has some signs of damage to Seattle storage, it might get worse.

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    Professional service providers guarantee the safety of your belongings. However, before storing outdoor furniture, you should make sure it’s in top condition.

    Most people rent storage units for a couple of months. That’s a lot of time. Even if you decide to opt for temperature-controlled storage conditions, you should still make sure your furniture is in top condition. Professional companies usually offer some kind of valuation coverage. Of course, it’s good to get coverage for your belongings. However, you should also do all you can to prevent any potential damage beforehand.

    Take some extra steps to protect your outdoor furniture

    The main thing you should pay attention to is the material your furniture is built of. Wicker and wood outdoor furniture require some kind of moisture protection. Furthermore, wicker is a lot harder to keep clean. Dirt can so easily get into those tight spaces. Before you even think about putting on wooden furniture, buy some water repellant sprays and put them to good use. Furthermore, give wicker furniture a thorough cleaning.

    If your furniture is metal, you should pay attention to any traces of rust. There are some rust-neutralizing primers you can use to make your metal pieces shine like new. Plastic furniture is much more forgiving when it comes to dirt and water damage. However, it too has its weakness. Plastic furniture is hardly durable. You need to pay special attention when storing it. Make sure everything stays in place and don’t rush the process.

    Do everything by the book when storing outdoor furniture

    There are a number of things you should do in order to prepare your outdoor furniture for storage. Apart from learning how to maintain your patio furniture properly, storage requires extra preparation. If you want to do it right, you shouldn’t skip the following:

    • getting the supplies like covers, boxes, and wrappers
    • doing an inventory 
    • thoroughly cleaning each piece individually
    • disassembling larger pieces 
    • packing everything carefully

    Of course, it goes without saying that it’s important to ask around for local movers Seattle. You’ll need someone to help you transport your furniture. A lot of moving companies also offer storage services. You should do research and get in touch with the ones near you.

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    If you want your furniture to be as new when you take it out of storage, you need to put in some effort. However, your service provider can also help with a lot of the heavy lifting.

    Furthermore, you can count on the movers to do most of the heavy lifting for you. They can help you disassemble everything so that it fits into your storage unit. Some moving companies also offer packing services. You can hire them and save yourself the trouble. Most notably, moving companies can provide useful insight when it comes to storing furniture. They know best what kind of preparation your belongings need before they enter the storage unit.

    Winter is coming, but you’re ready for it

    Now that you know how to go about storing outdoor furniture, you’re all set. Winter won’t catch you off guard. With your furniture safely put to storage, you can enjoy the winter holidays indoors with your friends and family. However, you should also remember to bring inside any plants and decorations that can be damaged by strong wind and rain. Make sure not to forget anything and find room in your home for items such as garden gnomes and potted plants. If you have enough space in your attic or your basement, you don’t even need storage units for your furniture.

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