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 find reusable packing supplies in North Bend, WA

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    From sustainable business practices to green energy to recycling, everyone is thinking about how to do their part in inspiring climate change and saving the planet. One of the best ways to do this is to avoid single-use items, especially when they’re made of plastic. Reusable grocery bags, reusable straws, reusable cups, and even reusable packing supplies – this is the future. Even if you’re not ecologically motivated, asking your movers North Bend WA for reusable materials is always a good idea. If you get reusable supplies now, you won’t have to get more next time you move or need storage. So where should you look for such packing materials?

    Why are reusable packing supplies a good idea?

    The idea with anything you can use multiple times is that it pays off more. You buy one reusable grocery bag, then you use it for hundreds of different trips to the grocery store. Not only does this make your life easier and your budget happier, but it’s also good for the environment because it creates less waste. For this reason, most Washington movers offer high-quality, reusable materials for packing. If you rely on your moving company for supplies, odds are that you will get something you can use again later on. But be careful with packing supplies you get from other sources. Quality may vary and you may not be able to reuse some of them.

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    Reusable supplies are good for the planet.

    What are reusable packing supplies?

    A lot of things count as packing supplies including all sorts of containers, tape, cushioning, and even markers. Some of them you can use again after your move, others you can’t. Among the things you can reuse or repurpose are:

    • cardboard boxes
    • plastic containers
    • plastic (and canvas) bags
    • cushioning material
    • moving tools

    How can you find reusable packing supplies in North Bend, WA?

    You should always prepare your packing materials before you actually start packing. That way you can pack in one go without having to stop every couple of hours to go get more supplies. Since packing is a pretty long process, you want to get a headstart on it pretty early on. This means thinking about gathering your packing supplies as early as a couple of months before your moving day.

    If you want to find quality moving supplies that you can use multiple times, you’re going to need to put in a bit of extra work too. You can’t just grab any boxes you find lying around. This might cost you a bit more than getting packing supplies for free. But it’ll be worth it in the end because you’ll be able to use the same supplies multiple times.

    Start gathering supplies early

    If you want to only use high-quality packing supplies that you can reuse later on, then it’s crucial to start gathering your supplies early. That way you won’t be in a rush and you’ll have your pick of materials. You can afford to spend more time looking for better supplies if you give yourself more time for packing in the first place.

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    Put supply gathering high on your moving checklist.

    Talk to your movers

    Your best source for anything moving-related is your movers. If you have any questions at all or need something for your relocation, it’s always best to start by talking to your movers. Moving companies often offer packing services and packing materials that you can get directly from them. Packing supplies you get from movers tend to be high-quality, industry-standard things that you can rely on during the move and often after it too. So when you’re looking for reusable supplies, movers are your best bet.

    Get high-quality supplies

    Cheap, second-hand, and low-quality supplies are not likely to last very long. They may carry you through your relocation without much trouble if you treat them well. But they’re unlikely to be reusable afterward. So make sure to only buy high-quality packing materials if you want to use them again.

    Treat your supplies well

    Your packing supplies are mostly there to protect your belongings from damage. But that usually means they are what gets damaged instead. It’s normal that your boxes get a bit banged up during the loading, transport, and unloading. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use them again when you put your stuff in Seattle storage or even just store things in your garage. It just means you have to treat your supplies with a bit of extra care. Don’t overfill your boxes, for example. And if you’re putting something heavy in a box, try reinforcing it in the corners with tape. That way, your supplies be sturdier and last longer.

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    Use tape to reinforce boxes and make them last longer.

    Unpack carefully

    It’s easy to get excited about unpacking and just start tearing at the boxes to get to your stuff faster. But if you want to reuse your packing supplies, that’s not the best idea. Instead, you want to unpack carefully, cut through the tape holding the boxes closed and take things out of them without jostling the supplies too much. Finally, if you’re putting your supplies temporarily away, make sure not to fold boxes too aggressively and don’t put anything too heavy on top of them.

    What to use your reusable packing supplies for

    Once you’ve completed the move, unpacked and settled in, you can start thinking about what to do with all your packing supplies. One option is to keep them for your next move or use them for storage. After all, that’s what they’re made for, right? But you can also sell reusable packing supplies so that someone else can use them for their move. However, you can also turn to DIY projects instead. Cardboard boxes make for good toys for children or pets, plastic containers can be turned into all sorts of things and with some creativity, packing peanuts can easily become an art. The only limitation is what you can come up with.

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