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 make moving for work easier on your family

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    Sometimes, the decision to move is something that someone will impose on us for different reasons. One of those reasons might be a work-related relocation where you have to move to another city or even state to pursue a job opportunity. That situation itself is hard enough, not to mention when you have a family with small children. Your primary concern should be finding ways to make moving for work easier on your family. With all the moving preparations you have to undertake, paying close attention to your family will be challenging but not impossible. We will help you with some tips you can hopefully use to your advantage. Keep reading to get some additional insight into what you can do to ease the moving process on your family.

    Start by talking about the move

    One of the first things you should do is have a conversation with your kids. Relocation is a stressful event for both adults and children. Talking about it will help with accepting and embracing the upcoming change. There is no right or wrong time to have a big family meeting and discuss moving. However, some might suggest that you talk to your family as soon as you have confirmation about the new job position. It’s important that you not spring such news without prior indications. A family should be able to discuss major life changes together and come to shared decisions.

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    A family meal can be an excellent time to talk about your upcoming relocation

    Because this is a massive change for everyone, opting for professional assistance from a moving company Washington is definitely a rational step to follow. That way, you will guarantee that the moving process will take its due course the right way. Subsequently, you will have enough time to spend with your family. Use this time to talk some more and help your kids get acquainted with the entire moving process. Knowing what to expect can ease up the situation and make the transition a little bit less stressful.

    Stability and unity are something you want to emphasize

    While discussing the relocation, you should always emphasize that you will go through this as a family. Small children can react to the change with disbelief and fear of the unknown. It is your job as a parent to make sure that everyone feels safe and secure during the whole process. One of the best things you can do is leave all the heavy lifting to local movers Seattle and explain to your family that professionals are handling everything from start to finish. That could help preserve the sense of stability and security, even when the living conditions are going to change.

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    Make moving for work easier on your family by working as a team.

    Relocating for work is a hard decision to make, but it is, in most cases, one that will benefit your family. At least financially. Weigh in all the pros and cons of making such a decision. Also, think hard about your short-term and long-term goals. It could happen that your family members don’t understand your reasons right away, but be honest and lay all the cards on the table. Honesty should always prevail, especially when talking to children. The more gaps you leave for them, the more their imagination will have room to roam. So, laying down all the facts will help them embrace the bigger picture.

    Make moving for work easier on your family by preserving the memories

    An inevitable aspect of moving is getting rid of some of your possessions and belongings. If you are moving for work to another city, chances are you are not taking your whole household with you. If this is the case, it is essential to mention that your youngest family members get attached to things. Most probably, they will be reluctant to let go. An excellent option would be to book Seattle storage and put some of your belongings there for safekeeping until you are ready to transfer everything. Explain to your kids that all your items are safe and secure in the self storage unit.

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    Preserve all your old photos and keep them in a separate box, close to you

    Consider decluttering before moving and preparing your belongings for storage. Make sure you keep all the photos and family memorabilia in a separate box. Take the box with you and keep it close. Your children might want to look at some old pictures of your house, friends, and neighborhood.

    Visit your new place of residence even before you move

    If you are looking for more effective ways to make moving for work less stressful for your family, you should try visiting your future home. Kids are visual beings and can understand things better if they see them. Consequently, if you organize a visit to the new city, your new home, or even your new workplace, you will have better chances of avoiding moving stress. A good option would be to visit the new school as well and talk with the teachers. Getting to know the new surrounding and the new community will prove to be beneficial. There is no doubt about it.

    Let your family express their emotions about the relocation

    Even if you manage to prepare everything before moving day promptly and successfully, you and your family might still have mixed emotions. When moving day comes and goes, you could be left feeling a little anxious about the whole change. Do not panic because many people deal with post-move anxiety and successfully deal with it. Talk to your family. Seek out professional counsel if you deem it necessary. Remember that relocating is never easy on anyone.

    Hopefully, some of these tips have made you think about some other methods you could use to eliminate the stress that builds up when relocating. Surely, you will do everything in your power to make moving for work easier on your family. It is going to be challenging but the experience is also going to be rewarding. Have this in mind while you get closer to your moving date.

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