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 disassemble a piano for transport

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    Moving is complicated enough without having to relocate items that are as heavy and as precious as a piano. So you can only imagine how much time, strength, and energy it takes in order to relocate a piano from point A to point B. Such an endeavor almost always entails the use of the best moving companies Seattle has to offer. We here at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage firmly believe that relocation should be a joyous event. That is why it will be our pleasure to share with you some tips and tricks that will make it easy to disassemble a piano for transport.

    A sheet of music on a piano.
    If you love your valuable piano, then you ought to ensure it gets the best attention during relocation.

    Even though it would be good to have reliable Eastside Seattle movers to aid you in this endeavor, it’s safe to say that all you need is some equipment and an extra set of hands. With our guide and some basic tools at your disposal, you will be able to safely disassemble your precious piano, ensuring its complete safety during your upcoming move.

    How to disassemble a piano for transport like a pro

    In the perfect scenario where finances weren’t an issue, you would avoid all the trouble that piano relocation brings with itself by hiring the best piano movers Seattle has to offer. But what happens when that isn’t a possibility? Then you need to do as good of a job as possible by yourself. The good news is that there are a couple of steps you can take in order to dismantle your piano for relocation. Just remember the steps in great detail – you’ll need that knowledge once you try to reassemble your piano upon arrival.

    Start by removing a piano lid

    If you are standing in front of your piano, baffled as to where to start disassembling, then let us help you out – start by removing the piano lid. When doing that, you will want to locate the screws that are holding the lid in place. Gently and carefully remove them by using a screwdriver. What you ought to do now is put all screws in a bag that will be clearly labeled (we will leave the exact label up to you). The point is not to lose any of these small pieces that are rather easily lost.

    Once the lid is detached, you will want to wrap it in a moving blanket so as to protect it during transport. If you are waiting for your Seattle movers to arrive, then they will be the ones to load it onto the moving truck. In case you have opted for a DIY move, then this task is up to you. Just make sure you have a clear path between your door and the moving truck. The last thing you need is to make a stop halfway in order to clear the clutter.

    The next step is removing a piano lyre

    A pile of screws to protect when you disassembe a piano for transport.
    Just imagine how easy it will be to lose sight of a few screws during relocation.

    In case you aren’t familiar with it, the piano lyre is that part that sits underneath the piano and connects to the pedals. That is why the next step in disassembling a piano for transport is removing the piano lyre. To detach the lyre from the piano, you can feel free to use a screwdriver. Once the piano lyre is detached, wrapped, and protected, all that’s left to do is place the screws in another bag. We can’t tell you how important it is to be careful with the small parts (such as screws and bolts) during your upcoming local, long-distance, or interstate move from Washington.

    The final step is removing the pedals

    Once you remove the piano lid and lyre, you will only have one other thing to do – remove the pedals. Pianos typically have three pedals, so you don’t have a huge job ahead. What you ought to do is remove each pedal and pack it separately. You definitely don’t want to pack all the pedals together, as they might damage one another during transport. If you do put them all together, don’t be surprised if you see a few scratches here and there when unpacking.

    Extra tips to remember when disassembling a piano for transport

    A group of people fist bumping.
    Having help from friends when relocating a piano will certainly make everything easier.

    Preparing musical instruments for relocation is a job of great magnitude. There are plenty of small pieces to take care of and a lot of precautionary measures to remember. To do the best job when it comes to moving or storing your musical instrument, we have gathered a few extra tips that you should remember:

    • Take pictures while disassembling your piano. This way, you will have a much easier time connecting the dots and putting your instrument together after the relocation.
    • Measure the hallways and the doorways. You are obviously not going to have a great time if your piano can’t fit through the door. The last thing you need is to find out that your instrument can’t fit through the door while already carrying it. We don’t need to tell you how many moving injuries you would be risking this way. And staying safe while moving is the most important thing.
    • Use specialized moving equipment. You definitely won’t be able to fit a heavy piano by yourself or with the help of your friends. Rent furniture sliders, moving straps, and dollies to help you get your piano from its designated place in the house to the moving truck.

    We won’t lie to you – it won’t be the easiest job to disassemble a piano for transport. However, we have no doubt that you can do it. You just have to be careful and follow the steps we have listed here. Soon enough, you will be playing your favorite tunes in your new house.

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