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

How to cope with moving into a smaller home

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    With today’s housing market, the need to downsize is becoming more and more apparent. Finding a new and better place to live usually means that you will have to make some concessions where your living space is in question. To cope with moving into a smaller home, you will have to do much more than simply select a good moving company Washington to relocate your belongings. The most important thing is to mentally prepare, of course, but there are a few other ways that you can make the coping process easier. In this article, we will be teaching you how to make the most out of your relocation into a smaller home.

    4 tricks you can use to cope with moving into a smaller home

    Small living room.
    A minimalistic lifestyle can help you adapt faster.

    While we’re not saying that coping with downsizing is easy, there are things that you can do to make it more bearable. With that in mind, you will want to :

    • Mentally prepare for living in a smaller place
    • Declutter
    • Utilize all the storage options available
    • Measure before moving

    Of course, adopting a “minimalistic” lifestyle will greatly help in the whole endeavor. Or you can simply rent one of the self storage Seattle options and retain most of your belongings. What we’re saying is that there are paths that you can take, it is not all black and white. Still, the whole process can be quite challenging and there will be hurdles on the way. That is why the most important thing is to mentally prepare for the ordeal.

    Mental preparation

    Moving into a smaller space can play nasty tricks with our minds. While this may differ from person to person, it is an inevitable part of the process and you need a way to handle it. The best way to prepare is to try and focus on the positives of living in a smaller space. There will be less to clean, and the expenses will be considerably reduced. This translates into you having more time and more money. Time and money that you can invest in fun things.

    And if you’re worried about not being able to have a place for all of your items, there’s always the option of renting a storage unit. If you’re moving to Lynnwood, for example, there will be numerous storage units Lynnwood WA has on offer that you can utilize. By choosing a convenient location, one that is right next to your home, you will be able to have easy access to all your stuff. Which will make the whole transition much easier.

    But you don’t want to be carrying just about everything with you. Another very important process that you will want to go through is decluttering. By going through it, it will become much easier to adapt to a smaller living space, as you will have fewer items to worry about.

    Decluttering

    Recent studies show that spending money on experiences (instead of items) will make you happier. This serves to show us that we don’t really need many items in our possession, it’s the experiences that matter. Furthermore, there’s something called “hedonistic adaptation”. What this means is that the more time we spend with our belongings, the more used to them we get. And they no longer bring us the same joy as they once had. It is a much better idea to spend our money on actual experiences such as dining out, going on an adventure or a vacation, that sort of thing. Doing these things also promotes social interaction which is heavily linked to happiness, as well.

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    Before you relocate, make sure to declutter first.

    With all of that in mind, you may realize that you simply don’t need quite a few of the items you currently have in your home. Not carrying everything with you will help prevent cluttering your new home, as well as reduce the overall relocation cost. However, the process might be quite difficult for some people. Luckily, there are a few decluttering methods that you can utilize.

    Standard method

    The standard decluttering method involves categorizing your belongings into one of three “piles”. There’s the “keep” pile, the “maybe” pile, and the “get rid of” pile. Basically, you go through every item in your household and categorize it into one of these piles. Have the whole idea of removing as many items as possible constantly in your mind. Once you finish the process, you will need to make some hard decisions on the “maybe” pile and that’s about it. Make sure to involve everyone from your household in this process.

    KonMari decluttering method

    This method is based on a very simple principle, which is joy. What you will do is gather all your belongings and go through one item at a time, asking yourself the following question: “Does it spark joy?”. The KonMari decluttering method is incredibly simple, which makes it perfect for people that don’t have much time to spend on decluttering. However, this simple question can be incredibly hard to answer, especially if nostalgia comes into play. But it is undeniably effective and you will soon be able to get rid of a lot of your items.

    Self storage options

    A large bedroom
    If you can’t fit your large bed inside your new home, consider a storage option.

    Another thing that you can do is figure out the storage capacity of your new home beforehand. If you find it insufficient (and you most likely will), there are two options in front of you. First, you can rent a storage unit for the remainder of your belongings. Second, you can always build more storage inside your new home. Some of the best ideas for adding storage capacity are:

    • Hanging racks and baskets
    • Under-the-bed storage
    • Furniture with built-in storage (ottomans, for example)
    • Additional shelving

    Between these, and a few classic storage bins, you will be able to fit in many more items than originally estimated.

    Measure twice, “cut once”, and cope with moving into a smaller home a lot easier

    The last thing you will want to do is find a way to adapt your furniture to the rooms with smaller dimensions. Sometimes, this may not be possible and you will need to purchase different furniture pieces. But before you do so, you may want to make sure that it is absolutely necessary. Therefore, grab your measuring tape and measure everything! This will help you avoid property damage while moving, as well. And it will help cope with moving into a smaller home, too. You will have a lot to do and the busy mind copes easier.

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