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 maintain friendships after moving

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    Relocation is a chance at a fresh start. You’re starting over in a new home, a new job, and with new people. Making friends in your new neighborhood is very important and even crucial to your settling in. But that doesn’t mean you can or should just forget about all the people you know now as soon as you hire the best movers in Seattle and start preparing for a move. In fact, it is very beneficial to nurture those relationships too, even if they are long-distance. In this day and age, it is not that hard to maintain friendships after moving. We are more connected than we’ve ever been thanks to the Internet. You just need to put a bit of time and effort into it and you can easily keep all your old friends even as you make new ones.

    Maintain friendships after moving by staying in touch

    Even if you’re not staying local, it’s not hard to stay in touch with your old friends these days. Writing letters and sending postcards may be a dying art but we’re just getting better and faster at texting, emailing, and chatting. So even if you’re looking for shipping companies in Seattle to move your home overseas, you can still talk to all your old friends as much as you want

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    Stay in touch with friends through texts and emails.

    Text about your day

    Immediately after the move, your life will change. Sometimes, it will change pretty drastically. Keep your friends up-to-date with what is happening on your end – this gives you both a reason to text them often and an idea for what to tell them. Even after you’ve settled into your new home and neighborhood, odds are that you and your friends will be living different lives after you move away. Telling each other about your day is a good way to stay in touch and stay involved in each other’s lives. There is no shortage of apps that you can chat on if you don’t like texting – WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Slack, and Discord are just a few among the most popular ones.

    Use video calls to reconnect

    Texting is not quite the same as seeing someone in person. But when you’re missing your friends more than usual and have a bit more time to dedicate to your relationship, video calls are a good way to see each other even when you’re living far apart. Give them a tour of your new home or show off your new backyard. Even if you don’t have much to talk about, just seeing each other again will be good for your relationship.

    Maintain friendships after moving by visiting

    Sometimes, moving companies Redmond WA are hired to help people move no further than a few streets away. If you are also only moving locally, then you can easily maintain friendships after relocation in person too.

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    Visit some of your favorite places in the area together with your friends.

    Have an occasional get-together

    If you no longer live in the same neighborhood as your friends, random coffee dates or unplanned sleepovers may not happen quite as often anymore. But you can still get together every once in a while. Plan to have a meal together once a week, for example. You can invite your friends over for dinner one weekend. They’ll return the favor with a backyard BBQ the following week. Or you can all go out for brunch together somewhere halfway if no one wants to cook! It may take a bit more planning, but it’ll be worth it in the end.

    Visit local attractions together

    You probably share many interests and hobbies with your friends. You can use this to plan and organize fun outings together. If you’re moving locally, you’ll probably still live in the same town as your friends (or at the very least very close by). Check out some local attractions that could be fun for both you and your friends. You can go to museums or parks together, see the local zoo, or take a hike at the reservation. Why not enjoy your hometown in addition to each other’s company?

    Maintain friendships after moving by doing things together

    Regardless of whether you are moving locally or somewhere very far away, you and your friends can (and should) continue to do things together in order to maintain a relationship after one of you moves away. These activities can be something you do in person. Or they can be virtual. Either way, they’ll help you stay in touch.

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    Reconnect with friends by planning a road trip together.

    Go on holidays together

    If you don’t get to see your friends very often, planning a vacation together can be the annual or bi-annual activity dedicated to maintaining your friendship. Take a road trip with your old friend, rent a cabin in the woods so you don’t have to worry about anything else, or go somewhere you’ve both always wanted to go. If you both have families, you can also plan a fun joint family holiday somewhere.

    Connect through an organized activity

    Something that works both for in-person and virtual friendship is to agree on an activity you both enjoy and then do it together. You can watch shows and movies at the same time using apps and add-ons even if you’re miles apart. Or you can read a different book each month and then have your own book club. If you are into arts and crafts, you can send each other little handmade gifts. Even just preparing the same meal while you’re on a video call can be a bonding experience. There is no shortage of things to do together!

    Most importantly, work on your long-distance relationships but accept that some of them won’t survive

    These days, it is easier than ever to maintain friendships after moving even when moving long-distance. But that doesn’t mean all of your friendship will survive the separation. You should be prepared for the inevitability of some of your relationships cooling off or fizzling out entirely. That is not to say you shouldn’t do your best to stay friends with the people from your old neighborhood. In fact, you’ll need to put effort into maintaining the friendships that matter to you because it will definitely be harder to keep up with everyone when you’re no longer seeing them every day. But you should make peace with saying goodbye too.

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