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 pack fine china for moving from Bothell

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    If you’ve decided to leave Bothell for another city, then it’s time to start preparing for the relocation. There’s a lot you need to do before your movers Bothell WA arrive to load up the moving truck. But the biggest task you’ll face is definitely packing. Packing your entire home will definitely take a while. And while there are certain things you can simply cram into a box and call packed, most of your belongings will require more care and attention than that. One of those is fine china. To pack fine china for moving, you’ll need to get the right supplies, set aside some time, and carefully handle each item. Remember: fine china and other dishware is very fragile and easily breakable. If you want to keep it safe during a move, you have to pack it properly.

    Pack fine china for moving with the help of professionals

    Packing is far from the only thing you’ll have to worry about when moving. So you’ve probably already considered hiring professional movers for your relocation. Luckily, moving companies Seattle also offer professional packing services. This means that you don’t have to worry about packing your china and dishware at all – you can, instead, pay your movers to do it for you. This is an excellent solution if you want to save money and effort. It is also a good way to ensure that your belongings are as safely packed as possible. Professional packers will work faster than you and, with their experience, will probably do a better job. The fact that you don’t have to stress over is just an added bonus.

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    Get help from professionals if you need it.

    Get the right supplies in order to pack fine china for moving properly

    When packing fragile items, it is very important to use high-quality supplies. This will be the first (and second, and third) layer of protection your belongings get from the outside world. If you use subpar materials for it, odds are that your breakables will end up damaged. You don’t want that, especially if you’re moving valuable breakables like fine china. So get your packing materials from reputable movers – they sell moving industry standard packing materials which will be more than enough to protect your breakables if used correctly. If you’re looking for packing supplies elsewhere, be sure they’re sturdy and offer good protection. You’ll need the following items:

    • moving boxes or plastic bins in a variety of sizes
    • specialty boxes for glassware
    • a lot of packing paper, both whole and shredded
    • bubble pack or other cushioning material (towels, blankets, sheets, and other fabric work as well)
    • durable tape
    • markers or labels

    Pack fine china for moving by following these steps

    If you have a lot of fine china to pack, if your china is very valuable, if you don’t have the time to dedicate to the process, or if you simply don’t want to stress over it, then professional packing really is your best option. But if you do decide to get this done on your own, here’s how to do it right:

    Step 1: Prepare your supplies

    The first thing you’ll need to do is designate a packing station, usually on a large table or something similar where you can spread things out, and gather all your supplies there. Don’t forget to get some markers or other office supplies that you can use for labeling once you’re done packing. Then cut your packing paper into sheets big enough to wrap around your individual plates, cups, glasses, and everything else you’re packing. Leave some packing paper for shredding and crumpling. Finally, line the boxes with either bubble pack or some type of fabric to increase shock absorption.

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    Get enough moving boxes for all your fine china.

    Step 2: Wrap plates individually, then stack them

    Plates are pretty easy to pack. Put a plate face down in the center of a sheet of packing paper. Then wrap the paper around it and bunch it at the center. It is very important to wrap each plate individually so that they are all protected. By separating them from each other with layers of packing paper, you’ll prevent scratches, cracks, and other damage. Once you’ve wrapped your plates well, stack them vertically on their edges in the padded carton. Your piles should be all of the same size or getting smaller as you progress.

    Step 3: Roll drinkware

    To wrap glasses, cups, mugs, and other drinkware, place it in the corner of a sheet of packing paper. Then roll it down the length of the paper to wrap it. Finally, bunch the excess paper at the bottom and tuck it into the opening at the top. Use special boxes for drinkware for maximum protection from damage. They use cardboard separators to allow you to pack each piece individually. If you’re using regular boxes, make sure to put a layer of bubble plastic or fabric between the glasses or fill the box with other cushioning material.

    Step 4: Use extra paper for bowls and cups

    When packing bowls, cups, mugs, glasses, and other things designed to contain liquids, use an extra sheet of packing paper, crumple it, and put it inside the opening of the dish. That way, you create an extra layer of cushioning inside the dish and lower the chances of it breaking.

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    Fill cups and bows will crumpled paper to protect them from damage.

    Step 5: Box everything up

    Once you’ve wrapped all your china properly, it’s time to pack it in the boxes you prepared earlier. Pack like with like – stack plates on their edges, stack drink ware stem up, top down, and turn bowls and other dishes into Russian dolls. Remember not to overfill the boxes though. China is heavier than it seems and you don’t want anyone dropping a box because it’s too heavy. Finally, use crumpled paper, bubble wrap, fabric, and other cushioning materials to fill the gaps left in the box and ensure things don’t move during transport.

    Step 6: Seal the box and label clearly

    Once you pack fine china for moving into boxes, the worst is over. All you need to do is seal the boxes with durable tape to ensure nothing spills out. Then, label the boxes as fragile. You can use stickers or write on the box. Use capital printed letters, make sure they’re big and legible. It won’t hurt to write FRAGILE on several sides of the box. Since china should not be moved inside the box, you should also label which side of the box goes up. That way movers will know how to handle the boxes properly.

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