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 plan and prepare for moving during COVID-19

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    The appearance of coronavirus has had a massive impact not only on the USA but on the entire world. Social distancing alone brings forth plenty of challenges and restrictions many are still struggling to solve. However, while some things can be solved with different methods, or postponed until times get better, moves do not fall under those categories. To prepare for moving during COVID-19, you will have to arm yourself with patience, understanding, and nerves of steel. Luckily, you won’t be alone in this endeavor, as Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage Seattle is here to help, first and foremost with the following article, and later with anything else moving-related, you may need.

    Is moving during COVID-19 possible?

    During these unfortunate times, many have found themselves in situations of leases ending, having previously sold or purchased a home. And with an upcoming closing date, one does not really have the luxury of a flexible moving date. In this case, finding moving assistance is urgent as the situation is truly dire. Luckily, as moving is generally considered essential, and moving service providers currently operate in all states, you should not have much trouble in finding the assistance you need. Companies have adapted, and nowadays you can even find contactless self storage Seattle.

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    Be prepared to adapt to a situation that is susceptible to change on a daily basis.

    Is it recommendable?

    If you are among those who are able to postpone their relocation, we would advise you to do so, especially if you are in a high-risk group. Not being able to postpone your relocation, but being concerned about exposure leaves a few options. One of the includes moving with your own vehicle or a rental truck. However, you will have to be able to lift and carry all of your belongings, which can be quite a challenge.

    Plan and prepare for moving during COVID-19

    There come certain situations when moving is unavoidable. Sometimes you don’t have the flexibility, and sometimes you don’t have the strength, time, nor energy to take care of it all on your own. For situations like these, it is best that you work closely with your moving provider, and learn what they are doing to ensure the safest move possible. They will certainly make some points on the things you can do on your part.

    What needs to be pointed out at this stage is that health and safety are the top priorities at all times. If you are in a high-risk group, including those with pre-existing conditions (diabetes, asthma, cancer) or those who are over the age of 60, we would once again urge you to reconsider your move. If there is any chance at postponing it, or at least finding an alternate means of moving, such as using your own vehicle or renting a moving truck and moving yourself, consider those choices instead to minimize your risk.

    Making a plan

    Making a plan is important for every relocation process, even when you are not moving during COVID-19. And, this rule goes double for relocation during the pandemic. You will have to be one step ahead at all times. This includes obligations like ensuring you have the right supplies since running back and forth to the store won’t be an option. It also includes ensuring that you leave yourself enough time to pack and get ready for your moving team. Here are some important steps to follow in order to keep everything in check:

    Find and contact your moving company

    As things are hectic now more than ever, it is important that you confirm your reservation and discuss the best practices for moving day. If you need piano movers Seattle, or packing assistance, it is important to communicate this early. Moving companies are putting in lots of safeguards with the goal of protecting their clients. So, it helps tremendously to be on the same page as them in terms of what is expected.

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    Moving companies did a great job in ensuring their services are safe for all. Finding the right one will not take much of your time.

    Acquire all of your supplies in one go, if possible

    Making as few trips as possible anywhere is the rule we are all trying to follow during coronavirus. So, the same thing applies when it comes to getting your packing materials. See that you know exactly what you are going to need for your relocation. And, keep in mind that you can purchase packing materials from moving companies as well, many of which do home deliveries.

    Sanitize your home as you pack your belongings

    Moving your household is a great opportunity to clean every single thing that you have. This will ensure that your new place is spot clean. Sanitize your belongings before you place them inside the boxes.

    Finalize the packing process at least 24 hours before your movers arrive

    The coronavirus particles can last a long time or surfaces. When it comes to cardboard boxes, they can survive up to 24 hours. While your movers will be wearing gloves and masks, you still ought to think of their safety, as that is the best thing we can all do for each other. So, see that you have your boxes packed and sitting untouched at least a full day before the moving crew arrives.

    A few more things to help you prepare for moving during COVID-19

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    Make sure to have plenty of soap and sanitizers close by when moving during COVID-19
    • If you or anyone in your family is experiencing coronavirus symptoms, see that you let your movers know this. In order to keep everyone safe, we all have to practice honesty and transparency. In many cases, your movers will still work with you. However, they will also know to put additional protocols into place in order to protect their workers.
    • Have disinfection products on hand. This will aid your movers tremendously. Have your place ready with soap and paper towels by the sink, as well as hand sanitizers by the doors.
    • If you are traveling for your move, see that you plan accordingly, and book everything as early as possible. Just see that you make refundable reservations, and make them with companies that offer free cancellations.

    In order to prepare for moving during COVID-19, you will have to employ quite a bit of planning. However, no one has it easy in times like these, as everything is unpredictable, to say the least. So, see that you have plenty of patience and calmness at your side. Health is always the number one priority, while everything else falls on the far second.

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