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 keep kids occupied while moving

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If you thought moving was hectic when you did it alone, then you’re in for quite a ride now. Moving with kids can easily turn into a nightmare. Even the best-behaved children struggle under the stress of moving. This can make them irritable and cranky and overall put them in a bad mood. All that on top of the stress, confusion, and loss they’ll be experiencing at changing homes! Not to mention, you’ll need to worry about keeping them safe during the moving process. In short, there’ll be a lot to keep in mind when moving with children. And it’ll be a lot easier to deal with if you know how to keep kids occupied while moving. Occupied kids are entertained and out of the way, simultaneously safe and not causing you any problems with moving. So here’s how to get there!

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Keep your kids entertained and safe at the same time!

Why should you keep kids occupied while moving?

When you were preparing for a move, you probably didn’t really think too closely about what do with the kids. But as a parent, we’re sure you know: sometimes it’s hard to do adult things when you have children to take care of at the same time.  And no matter how understanding your Seattle movers are, they certainly won’t appreciate your little angels tripping them up every step of the way while they’re carrying heavy boxes and huge pieces of furniture. Besides, that can be quite dangerous. If you let your kids run around the house on moving day, they could get injured, you or your movers could get injured and your home or belongings could get damaged. So it’s best to find a way to keep your kids out of the way somehow.

Which ages should you worry about most?

All kids are affected by moving. Regardless of whether they’re old enough to understand what is happening or not, children will respond to change. They will also certainly pick up on your stress. So you mustn’t forget to pay special attention to them during the process, prepare them for relocation and take care of their physical, mental and emotional needs before, during and after the move. But some are easier to distract than others. You can, for example, usually count on teenagers to be mature enough to stay out of the way and amuse themselves or maybe even help out. Infants are also, perhaps surprisingly, easy to keep distracted during the move even though they need a lot more supervision than older children. It’s really the children in the age range of 2-12 that you should worry about most.

Get someone else to keep kids occupied while moving

A great way to keep your children occupied during relocation is to have someone else do it for you. This is a great option if you have young children like infants and toddlers who need constant supervision. You will need to focus on your residential movers so you’ll probably have a harder time doing that yourself. Having a trusted friend or relative come over on moving day and take care of kids is a great alternative. If you’d prefer not to bother your friends and family, you can also hire a babysitter instead. Either way, your kids will be distracted and occupied but safe at the same time.

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Ask someone to help you watch your kids during the move.

Prepare a safe room or area of the house

A good way to keep your children away from the chaos of moving is to make sure they are physically separate. So pick a room, pack it early and get your boxes out of there. Then you can put your kids’ favorite toys or something they use to have fun in that room and ask them to stay there. Most kids will stay occupied enough for long enough for you to deal with the moving. Just check up on them regularly to see how they’re doing!

Use what you have to keep kids occupied while moving

There’s no need to bother with getting fancy in the middle of moving. Kids have a lot of interests and they’re usually not difficult to occupy, at least for some time. All you need to do is pick something they already have – a favorite book or comic, some games or apps and you’re all set!

Books

Not all kids are into reading and even those who like reading aren’t into it at all ages. But if you have a child who’s an avid reader, then you’re in luck! Books are very good at keeping kids occupied. Save a few favorites while packing and leave them behind for your kids’ enjoyment during the move!

Cards and board games

Cards and board games are a great way to keep multiple people occupied for quite a while. If you have multiple children or you plan on having someone taking care of your only child, then cards or board games might be a good idea to keep everyone engaged and occupied. So when you’re taking all the boxes with stuff you don’t use often to your storage unit, leave a few board games or card decks behind!

Music

Who doesn’t like to listen to music? Regardless of their age, your kids surely have some favorite tunes. You can easily keep them entertained for a little bit with a nice dancy party – just make sure all the flailing doesn’t break something!

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Music can make the time pass faster!

Portable devices

We live in an age where staying entertained is luckily not that hard. The internet is a vast resource that can be an excellent source of entertainment if you know how to use it. And since you’re unlikely to commit any of your devices to shipping and transport services, instead of taking them with you, you’ll have no issues finding something to download an app to and let your kid play with. Play some cartoons or movies, let your kids read or play games or even surf the net on one of your portable devices and they’re sure to stay occupied for quite a while!

Prepare a whole kit of things to keep kids occupied while moving for the whole day

Remember that you need to keep kids occupied while moving even after you leave the house! If you’re driving to your new address, for example, your kids might get antsy after a while on the road. So you’ll want to have some way of entertaining them on the way. Portable sources of entertainment are good here: bring books, comics or magazines, arm yourself with games like I spy that you can play without tools, and charge the batteries on all your devices!

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