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 prepare a motorcycle for international transport

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Owning a motorcycle is a popular dream for most people to have. However, this dream also comes with a lot of obligations and potential obstacles, one of which being the challenge of relocating your motorbike. It’s simple enough when we’re talking about a local move down the street or to the next town. But the same can’t be said for cross-country or overseas moves. The objective is clear in those situations – you’ll need to find a different way to get your motorcycle to your new address. Finding and hiring a team of reputable international movers in Seattle would be the obvious choice. After all, they have the resources necessary to handle it all. But before you can leave things in their capable hands, you’ll need to learn how to prepare a motorcycle for international transport.

Start by cleaning your bike from top to bottom

Before you start worrying about gas tank levels and good mechanical condition, you should start with something simple. So, when you’re preparing to ship your bike to another country, start by washing it thoroughly. You’ll want to do this shortly before moving day even if it seems pretty clean, especially if you’ve ridden it recently. Dirt and other particles can make the loading process more difficult, which can lead to unexpected damage during transport.

During transportation, dirt, tiny rocks or other sharp objects might dislodge and scratch your motorcycle. And if you’re also going to be using storage for an extended period of time during relocation, dirt can encourage rust on the metalwork of your bike. Therefore, you need to make sure it’s clean before you do anything else!

A bike you should clean in order to prepare a motorcycle for international transport.
Clean your motorcycle before loading it up and shipping it across the world.

Separate any and all removable parts from your bike before you ship it

Anything you’re shipping overseas needs to be secure for your preferred team of movers in Seattle WA to handle. To ensure that your bike fits this description, you’ll need to remove any loose parts that you have on it. During transportation, things like pieces of vinyl, GPS systems, toll tags, and whatever else you keep in storage compartments or saddlebags can come off. And they can potentially injure someone or damage your bike and other items. To keep everyone safe, remove them before shipping. While you’re at it, make sure to doublecheck that all other custom parts you’ve added and cannot remove are attached properly.

Guide on how to prepare a motorcycle for international transport

Whenever you need to prepare a motorcycle for international transport or self-storage in Seattle, you need to be certain that your bike is in good condition. Otherwise, you risk serious damage to the vehicle. So what do you need to do?

Motorcycle in the desert.
If you want to ride your bike again, you should make sure it’s in good enough condition to survive a long-distance trip.

Adjust fuel levels to prepare a motorcycle for international transport

Fuel is, as you surely know, highly flammable. For this reason, it is also very dangerous to transport in large quantities and especially over long distances. For this reason, you’ll need to drain your tank before shipping your bike internationally. When you’re shipping a motorcycle domestically, you only need to drain the tank to about 1/4 or 1/3. But for overseas transportation, even that can be too much. Don’t try to skip this step either! Your movers will refuse to move the bike if you don’t follow these safety recommendations.

Inflate your tires for safety

Tires are a big part of the suspension system on a motorcycle. Since yours is about to take a long trip that will probably involve a lot of moving and tumbling around, you don’t want to risk them not being at their best. So make sure to fully inflate your tires before shipping a motorcycle internationally. This will significantly reduce the risk of something going wrong during transport and damaging your bike.

Resolve any leaks if possible (document otherwise)

Before you ship your bike to another country, it is imperative to test whether everything is alright with it for three reasons:

  1. if there’s something wrong with your bike, this can cause flammable or toxic liquids to leak out and potentially damage equipment or harm movers
  2. transportation can exacerbate damage to your vehicle if movers are not aware in advance of the special handling necessary to prevent that
  3. if you don’t check for damage before shipping your bike and you receive it in imperfect condition, you won’t know what happened before moving and what happened during transport

You should do your best to fix any issues that you find. You’ll have to do it eventually and sooner is always better. However, you may also encounter some issues you can’t fix in time for the move. If you do, make note of them and inform your movers about them too! As experts on shipping and transport, they’ll know how to handle your bike with the extra care it needs.

Handlebars on a motorbike.
Your motorcycle should be in good shape before you ship it overseas.

Remember to accurately document the condition of the bike

It is vital to take note of the condition your bike is in before you ship it overseas. That way, you’ll know if anything goes wrong during transport. When things like that happen, you may be eligible for compensation. However, that’s only if you can prove that the damage occurred during the shipping.

Take photos of your bike from multiple angles. Include close-ups of any scratches or dents you find. If you can, take your bike for a checkup with a licensed mechanic and have them issue a documented report of its condition. This will both help you look over the bike yourself after it arrives at your new address and give you better chances of compensation in case something goes wrong.

Don’t skimp on insurance for your motorcycle!

The truth is that no matter how well you prepare a motorcycle for international transport, setbacks can still occur. Whether it’s due to bad handling, issues during transportation, or something unplanned and extraordinary – it happens. Either way, you have to be ready for things to go wrong.

To minimize losses in worst-case scenarios, you should invest in a good insurance package for your motorcycle. It may seem like a waste of money if everything ends up going smoothly. But all it takes is one mistake and when that happens, you’ll be glad you got insurance. So don’t skimp on this – it’ll pay off in the long run!

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