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. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

OUR ACTIONS FOR COVID-19

All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • 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 all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

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 are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re 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 environmentally safe pest control products to pest-proof your storage in Seattle

    Once you’ve done a thorough cleaning, you can proceed to the final step of  pest-proofing your storage unit in Seattle. Read the labels on your pest control products and apply them as necessary. Make sure that you wear appropriate gloves and protection while you are applying products. Also, be sure to keep the door open so the fresh air can circulate while you are spraying. 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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