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 get your security deposit back after moving out

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    A security deposit is an integral part of the renting process, at least in Seattle. Almost every landlord is going to request one before they sign the lease. Normally, you move out of the apartment and get your security deposit back, if everything is in order. However, this is where it gets tricky if everything is in order. What you need to do is understand what that means and act accordingly. You don’t want to be in a situation where you have to pay for self storage Seattle, for example, and not have any money to do so. In this article, we are going to show you what you can do to ensure that you get your security deposit back without any issues.

    Seven tips to get your security deposit back after you move out

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    Planning a relocation is easier if you know you will be getting your deposit back.

    To be perfectly honest, you need to start worrying about the security deposit well before you actually move out. Once you do, you simply don’t have as many options as you might like. Therefore, here’s what you will want to do prior to moving out:

    1. Carefully read the lease before moving out
    2. Make note of any existing damages
    3. Notify your landlord on time
    4. Do minor repairs
    5. Clean the premises
    6. Research your rights
    7. Return the keys

    The best way to get your deposit back is to make sure that your landlord can’t hold it due to one reason or another. If you play your cards right, that will not be an option. You will be free to hire one of the best movers in Seattle and plan your relocation. Let’s see how to do that.

    Reading the lease

    The rental lease will have all the information about how many days of notice you need to provide to the landlord, or about the circumstances in which they can withhold your security deposit. The document will also stipulate whether a move-out inspection is required, and its terms. Lastly, there may be other clauses in there that you might want to be aware of. You don’t want to hire one of the local movers Seattle has on offer and not have enough money to pay them at the end of the move. Therefore, re-read the lease and make sure that both you and the landlord are abiding by the rules of the contract. 

    Document existing damages

    In most homes, there will be some existing damage that was there when you moved in. What you want to do is to document that damage so it can’t be used against you. While most landlords are perfectly aware of the apartment’s condition, some might genuinely not be. Ideally, you will send these photos and documents to your landlord as soon as you’ve moved in. Otherwise, they can feign ignorance and demand compensation for the repairs. Obviously, this is a worst-case situation but you might be surprised at how common it is.

    If you haven’t made any documentation about these damages, at least talk to your landlord and explain the situation. Most of the time that will be enough.

    Notify your landlord on time to get your security deposit back

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    Having an amicable relationship with your landlord makes things easier.

    Most lease terminations require tenants to provide a 30 days notice to the landlord. However, these vary from state to state so you might want to read what it says in the lease. Either way, giving even more notice to your landlord is a lot more preferable. It will show goodwill on your part and make your landlord more amiable toward future requests. Most of the time, you will get your security deposit back sooner that way.

    Do note that if you fail to give proper notice, you might be required to pay an entire month’s worth of rent, as well as wait a long time to get the deposit. It is in your best interest to abide by the rules for this one.

    Do a few minor repairs

    The fact of the matter is that, after living in a home for some time, you will damage at least something. Now, these repairs might be minor and not require much time, effort, or finances, but they will count against your security deposit. Most likely, if your landlord needs to repair these things on their own, it is going to cost much more.

    Therefore, what you want to do is to repair as much as you can before you move out. Once the landlord-approved inspection is over, make repair arrangements. Talk to your landlord about how to proceed, as they may have access to experienced professionals. But for the most part, if you can repair something, do it. It is going to be much cheaper than opting for special services afterward. Most commonly, you are going to be required to paint a room back to its original color at the very least.

    Clean the place before moving out

    One of the ways that landlords love to “short” their tenants on their security deposit is by hiring cleaning services. The fact of the matter is that, in most cases, you need to leave the place in a clean condition. And that means that you want to scrub it as thoroughly as possible. That will avoid any complications that might arise.

    You have rights – Get to know them

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    Learn what your rights are and you will have no issues.

    Every state has its own version of renters’ rights. What you need to do is familiarize yourself with those rights, and know about your legal options. There are times when you will be dealing with an unreasonable landlord, after all. Even if you do everything “by the book”, they might not want to return your security deposit. But if you know your rights, you can easily create a lawsuit and get the deposit that way.

     Return the keys in a convenient manner

    The last thing you need to do before moving out is to return the keys. If you have lost any of the keys, you will want to notify the landlord as soon as you can. Locks may need to be replaced and that might influence the security deposit. To earn some more goodwill and get your security deposit back, ask your landlord about how they want the keys delivered to them, in-person, via mail, or in any other way.

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