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 merge two households into one

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    There are many reasons for combining two Shoreline households into one. They might be based on marriages, or professionals moving in together to increase productivity. Regardless of the reason, there is one fact you need to understand from the very start. In theory, it is easy to merge two households into one, it may even sound romantic to a degree. But in practice, it can be quite a difficult undertaking that involves a lot of planning and compromise. In this situation, finding good movers Shoreline WA is the least of your problems. The biggest issue is dealing with a lot of furniture and finding matching tastes. When it comes to the relationship of people involved in the merge, this can be a big test. Luckily, Hansen Bros are here to assist you! With a bit of compromise and our help, you will combine your households like absolute professionals!

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    Merging your households needs to be thoroughly communicated

    To successfully merge two households into one, communicate and plan together

    Merging households can happen in different ways. You both might be moving into a new space together, or one of you may be leaving their home to join the other. No matter the situation, communication and planning are key if you want to succeed. During this process, only one thing matters. And that is to organize your home space both as individuals, and a couple.

    Does your home require a secluded home office or a large walk-in closet? Should the basement be converted into a game room with a big flat-screen TV? Before you contact movers North Bend WA, go through your home and plan everything room by room. Go through your home and draw the available space, including the room measurements and the current colors of it. If you aren’t good at drawing, there are home design apps to help you.

    Try to pick the best of both worlds for your new home

    One thing to keep in mind is that there will be a lot of back and forth arguments during your merging process. And one of the easiest arguments to have in this situation considers your furniture and decorations. The best advice in this situation is to avoid conflict, and maintain your perspective and wits at all times. Items are not people and they aren’t something you should lose sleep about.

    In most cases, they don’t even have any sentimental value. So be prepared, and don’t be afraid to purge your items. With that said, go over your joint inventory, observe and discuss. Take a detailed look at your furniture pieces, artwork, and other key items from each home. For bigger items, grab your tape measure and your house plan, and see what can fit where.

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    Always be ready to communicate and compromise for best results

    As you go along and pick out your favorite pieces together, you’ll see a pattern emerging in terms of tastes and ideas. Only then can you start brainstorming further in terms of how those pieces could fit into your new home. Then, you can give the best movers Seattle can offer a call, and set your moving plans into motion.

    As we said before, if you want to merge two households into one, you need to compromise at all times. So, if you can’t agree on a particular piece of furniture, the optimal solution would be to get rid of it altogether and invest in a new piece that you’ll both enjoy. A piece you’ve chosen together will quickly become the focal point of the room in every sense of the word. And since you picked it together, you’ll appreciate it much more!

    Establish boundaries and choose the items you absolutely can’t go without

    There are always items that carry a lot of personal value. These are the items you simply cannot discard under any circumstances. And they can be literally anything, from family heirlooms and collectibles to shoes and handbags. And although they aren’t technically furniture, one might still see them as necessities of life.

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    Find the style that matches your shared tastes and start decorating!

    To overcome this obstacle, it is a good idea to agree on a few items that each of you can claim as “untouchable”, and immune to getting thrown out. All other items can be discarded or, if you still have use of them, placed in a top-quality secure storage Seattle unit. Setting these types of boundaries will help with other compromises you have to make. And trust us, you will have to reach compromises quite frequently. By doing this, you both win, and your treasured items can remain safely in your home for both to enjoy.

    Merge your households with ease by removing the duplicates

    By now, you’ve realized that you’ll have to make many choices in your attempt to merge households. One such choice boils down to the same or similar items you’re both bringing to the mix. When that happens, you need to decide which of the duplicates will remain, based on the condition the items are in.

    Will you keep your full-size blender or their compact handheld chopper? Is it better to keep your modest coffee maker or their state-of-the-art espresso machine? Come to an agreement that you don’t need duplicate items, and choose the one that works for you both. You can collect all of your spare items and donate them to a charity near you. Giving up your beloved sofa becomes a bit easier if you know that someone who really needs it will love and appreciate it just as much.

    Combine your tastes for decor into one successful solution

    Once you narrow down the items you want in your home, you can start putting them together into one coherent system. If you really want to merge two households into one, start by choosing the mood of the room. How do you want to make the people in the room feel? Relaxed? Happy? Excitable?

    Once you make this decision, grab a paintbrush and spruce up your home before your reliable interstate movers arrive with your items. The furniture you’ve chosen should match the overall setting and tone you want for the home. So for example, the blue couch you picked would be a great fit into a minimal house design. Ultimately, the final decision should be a joint one, and if you function well as a couple, you will soon have a beautiful space that reflects you both as individuals, and as a team.

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