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 heavy items for shipping

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    You probably own some pretty heavy items. A piece of furniture in your home, perhaps, or maybe a machine you use at work. So when the time comes to move, you’ll most likely have to pack heavy items for shipping regardless of whether you are relocating your home or your business. And if you’re not relying on moving companies Marysville WA for packing services, you’ll need to learn how to properly do this yourself. Some things may be obvious; others less so. But since packing and shipping heavy items can be tricky and lead to damage, you’ll want all the tips you can get.

    Why is it important to properly pack heavy items for shipping?

    Whenever you’re moving, putting things in storage, or sending things somewhere for other reasons, there’s a risk that something will be damaged. That risk is significantly higher when your belongings are fragile or when they’re heavy because those are harder to move safely. Additionally, heavy items pose a risk for the heavy equipment movers handling them – if they’re not prepared for how heavy a box is, they might get injured lifting it. Heavy items may also receive a harsher treatment as it is sometimes impossible to lift them.

    Instead, movers and shippers will push them, pull them, and use other techniques to move them. Finally, heavy items may require multiple people to handle them and are more likely to be dropped multiple times. All this increases the chances of them being damaged in the process. You can combat that risk by packing and preparing heavy items properly before shipping.

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    Heavy things are more likely to get dropped and therefore broken.

    The right way to pack heavy items for shipping

    The exact process of packing something heavy for shipping will depend on what exactly it is. Packing furniture is different from packing industrial equipment; preparing a vehicle for shipping is different from preparing for shipping a piano. But there are certain guidelines that you can apply to just about anything heavy that you need to prepare for transport.

    Use the right packing supplies

    When you’re packing heavy items for shipping, it is vital to use high-quality moving boxes Seattle. Even if you’re on a budget, this is something you shouldn’t skimp on. Because heavy items typically go through multiple hands, might not be possible to lift, and are more likely to be dropped, you need to pack them using something sturdy and durable that can withstand rough treatment. Enforced moving boxes, containers or crates will provide the kind of protection your heavy items require. Even if they might cost more than regular moving boxes, they are a good investment. Cheap, second-hand, or low-quality packing supplies could lead to damage to your items. It’ll be far more expensive to fix that damage than to prevent it.

    Boxes used to pack heavy items for shipping.
    Only use high-quality supplies for heavy items.

    Do what you can to make the items lighter

    Sometimes, what you’re shipping is simply heavy and there’s nothing you can do about it. But there are cases in which it is possible to make your heavy items at least somewhat lighter. If you’re shipping something that has parts, for example, try dismantling it. You might be able to pack and ship individual parts more easily. If you’re sending some type of furniture with drawers, cabinets or other types of household storage, make sure to empty it of your belongings so as not to add unnecessary weight. Whatever you can do to make the items easier to move and ship is a good idea.

    Don’t overload the boxes

    A good rule of thumb is to pack heavy things in small boxes. If you fill a large box with heavy items, it’s very easy to make it impossible to lift even with the help of professional movers and packers Seattle. Of course, if your heavy items are also big, you’ll have to use appropriately sized boxes. But make sure you’re not overloading the boxes. Even sturdy boxes have their limits. If you fill them too much, they might not hold during transport. And of course, the fuller the box, the heavier it is and the harder it is to lift. Typically, you’d want to keep boxes under 50lbs. Moving and shipping companies that handle heavy items might allow boxes of up to 150lbs in weight. More than that is generally considered freight shipping.

    Pack carefully

    Packing is an important step in the shipping process because it is a way to protect and prepare your items for transportation. So here’s how you should pack your heavy items:

    1. use sturdy, durable containers and high-quality supplies
    2. prepare your containers by padding them with cushioning material
    3. clean and if possible, dismantle your heavy items before placing them in the container
    4. fill the remaining space with cushioning material and ensure that nothing inside the container can move too much
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    Use packing peanuts or other cushioning material to fill the empty space in the box.

    Label everything clearly

    You will almost certainly not be the only person handling the heavy items you’re shipping. So it’s important to let others know that the container you’re shipping holds heavy items. You will do this by labeling the box. You can buy pre-made labels, make some yourself, or simply write on the outside of the box. Make sure the letters are big and legible and write on multiple sides of the box. Weight isn’t the only thing you should inform people of either: make note if the items inside are fragile, need to be handled with care, or need to be kept in a certain position.

    Take care of yourself when you pack heavy items for shipping

    It is important to remember that your belongings aren’t the only important thing here. You must also think about yourself and the people helping you ship your items, whether they are professionals or friends and family. Your health and well-being are paramount. So, do what you can to prevent injuries as you pack heavy items for shipping: get help from someone with handling your belongings, learn the proper lifting techniques, and warn your moving and shipping company about the weight of the shipment. That way both you and your belongings can come out the other end safe and sound.

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