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 pest-proof a storage unit in Seattle

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Storage units safeguard your property for shorter or longer amounts of time. This is the primary purpose of a storage unit. Whether you opt for in-house storage solutions or a professional self-storage Seattle facility – you need to make sure that it can keep your belongings safe. And that includes being prepared for issues such as mold, pests, temperature control, etc. Unfortunately, some people make the mistake of storing items that tend to attract pests. As one of the more destructive elements for items in storage, you need to understand how to pest-proof your storage unit in Seattle properly. And before you do that, you need to know a little bit about the subject.

It is important to pest-proof your storage unit in Seattle regularly

Like every big city in the world, Seattle has its own portion of pests. Some of them are a threat to your items, others can even be a danger to your health. That is why it is important to pest-proof your self-storage in Seattle properly. If you are moving and you wish to store your items short term, it would be wise to hire professional exterminators before your moving company Washington delivers your items.

That way you can be sure that your stuff does not get infested in some unknown storage facility. But even if you are not moving and you are renting your storage unit for years. Taking care of pests is the thing that you need to take care of regularly. Of course, hiring professionals is the best and easiest way to do it. However, some people would rather invest effort than money. If you are thinking the same, roll up your sleeves and get ready to do some work.

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It is important to pest-proof your space regularly

Learn about Seattle pests so you can pest-proof your storage unit

If you decided to pest-proof your storage in Seattle on your own, the first thing you should do is to learn about your enemy. That way you will be able to prepare much better. Every pest has its own way in which you should approach it. Unfortunately, for you, Seattle has many kinds of pests. So you will have to do a lot of research.  Here are the things that you can expect to find in your search:

  • Rats are your primary target when you are pest-proofing your storage unit in Seattle. Besides destroying your items, they can also carry different diseases.
  • Mice are not so ugly to look at like rats. But they essentially create the same problems.
  • Termites are one of the biggest threats to your wooden items and furniture.
  • Carpenter Ants, like termites, like to chop your wood.
  • Fleas are nasty little insects that can carry diseases and bite. On top of that, they are really hard to get rid of.
  • Spiders are not really a threat to your items, but they can make your stay inside your storage unit a very unpleasant experience.
  • Stinging Flying Insects are probably the biggest threat to your safety. Wasps, bees, hornets. It is never nice to see them up close.
  • Bedbugs also bite and can carry different diseases.

Create a pest-proofing strategy before you begin

After you learn about your targets you need to make a strategy. And that mostly depends on your storage unit. How many items you have. Do you want to deal with some specific problems you identified? Maybe you want to quickly pest-proof your space before your commercial movers unload your items. Or you are doing the scheduled pest extermination. Whatever is the case, you need to prepare a plan if you want to be efficient and quick.

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Create a strategy before you begin

To pest-proof your storage in Seattle properly you need to prepare a few things.

  • Make a list of pest control products that you need to acquire.
  • Face mask to protect yourself from inhaling something that you do not want to.
  • Gloves will keep you from touching dirt, rodent feces, dead bugs, etc
  • Old clothes to keep your clean clothes safe
  • Plastic bags for trash
  • Cardboard boxes could be handy if you wish to rearrange something
  • Cleaning cloths for sweeping dust of the shelves and items
  • Bucket for water

Pest-proofing a storage unit in Seattle is hard. Find help

If you prepared all the things that you need, there is one more thing to worry about. Finding help. If you want to do this properly you will need to get all your stuff out of the storage and put it back in when you are done. And that is not easy for a single person. Especially if you have some large and difficult to handle items. So find a helper. If you are currently moving, your Seattle residential movers will be in charge of your items.

Make sure that you shut all pest entrances

You have learned in the section above that you will need to clear your storage in order to pest-proof it properly. One of your goals is to shut all the entrances that pests can use to enter your unit. And you can do this only if you get all your items out. Of course, make sure that you start early in the morning because this is not going to be a quick job. Also, watch out for the weather. You do not want to get caught by the rain while your stuff are laying around in the open.

When you get your items out, make an inspection around the space. And find the places where the enemy could crawl in and shut them. If you are renting a storage unit, ask the facility management to handle this.

Sanitize your storage space

After all, entrances are shut you should sanitize the space thoroughly. Make sure that you clean every corner. That corner could easily be a hideout for some insect eggs. Clean the floors and wipe the walls and ceiling.

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Before you pest-proof a storage unit in Seattle you need to clean and sanitize it

Use appropriate pest control products to pest-proof your storage in Seattle

If you clean everything you are ready to pest-proof a storage unit in Seattle. Read the labels on your pest control products and apply them as necessary. Make sure that you wear a face mask while you are doing it. Also, keep the door open so the fresh air could come in while you are spraying around. And make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly after you finish. And that is it. You can return your items inside, and come back in a few months to do it again.

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