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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.

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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 prepare your grandparents for relocation

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    Senior relocation can be a very difficult and challenging process. Whether you are moving your loved one across the country or into an assisted living community, you will want to make sure they are ready for it. To prepare your grandparents for relocation, you will also want to ensure that you have the best movers assisting you. Let’s say that you are moving from Washington. In that case, you will want to enlist the best moving company Washington has to offer. You will also want to take care of some of your grandparents’ items, engage in clear communication, and create an extensive moving plan. Don’t worry if this sounds overwhelming, we are here to help you out!

    How to prepare your grandparents for relocation?

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    The most important thing is to have a plan.

    While relocation is, certainly, quite a complicated endeavor, the following tips will help you manage it more effectively:

    • Engage in clear communication
    • Give your grandparents as many choices as possible
    • Create a moving plan
    • Enlist help from relatives
    • Sort through and organize your grandparents’ belongings
    • Clean and repair as necessary
    • Make extensive plans for the moving day

    Another thing you may want to consider is what to do if your grandparents’ new home can not accommodate all their items. In this case, you may want to search for a storage solution. At Hansen Bros., we offer affordable and convenient portabox storage Seattle solutions, ensuring that you always have the best option in front of you. But for now, let’s take a look into these tips in a bit more detail.

    Communication is very important

    Your grandparents are most likely heavily emotionally invested in their current home. This means that there will be some apprehension and sadness involved in the relocation. A simple conversation about it can be quite tough, in fact. What you need to do is communicate the reasons for relocation clearly and give your grandparents enough time to process them. They may need to grieve the change and talking about the positive aspects of the relocation is critically important.

    Try not to lose your calm, however, as their arguments might even sound silly to you. Understand that they are going through a rough time and try to empathize with them. The more you talk about the relocation, the easier it is going to be for them to accept it.

    Prepare your grandparents for relocation by giving them as many choices as possible

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    Choices are important.

    The most frequent cause of distress for seniors, when faced with relocation, is the perceived loss of control. That is why you need to make sure that they are given as many choices as possible in the matter. For example, you may want to allow them to choose which items to leave and which items to take with them. Or you may allow them to choose the moving company. The more choices they have in the matter, the easier it will be for them to cope.

    Create an effective plan

    Going through a relocation can be an extremely challenging and complicated process. It always helps to have a visual of what your loved ones will be getting into. Sort out the details first, such as how many square feet is the new home, which rooms need to be furnished, etc. You may even want to plot the whole floor plan on graph paper, providing your grandparents with a clear picture of what their new home will look like, complete with furniture. And if things need to be reshuffled around once the relocation is over, you can count on Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage to help you out. We offer affordable in-home moving services so you need not worry about a thing.

    Get some relatives to help

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    Everything is easier with the whole family around.

    Relocations are a lot of work, even if you hire a moving company to help you out. While your Seattle movers can do all of the work for you, it is usually much better to do some of it on your own. And for that, you are going to need some assistance. Encourage some of your family members to take a few days off work to help you with your grandparents’ relocation.

    Everyone can participate, even the younger members including children. The important thing is not that they will be doing a lot of work around the house, what is important is to surround your grandparents with supportive and encouraging loved ones. Having more of the family around will help with the emotional stress of moving.

    Sort through all the stuff

    Chances are that your grandparents’ relocation will involve downsizing. That is why you need to make sure to categorize all their belongings into keepsakes, items to be sold/donated, and items to throw out. Don’t mindlessly pack everything as it will both increase the relocation cost and create clutter at the new home. Honor any emotional attachments your grandparents might have but make sure that they are not bringing anything useless with them. Also, keep in mind that you are not relocating simple items, you are relocating memories. Pare down what you can but don’t force your seniors to relinquish valuable sentimental items.

    Clean and repair

    After all other work is done, you will still need to make sure that the old home is clean and well-repaired. Whether you are planning on selling your home, renting, or passing it to another relative, you will want to make sure that the home is in good shape. Take some time to clean and repair after all the items are in their respective boxes, and you will have a much easier time down the proverbial road.

    Prepare your grandparents for relocation by creating an extensive plan for the moving day

    Unless you are planning on “shelling” a large amount of money for a full-service relocation, you will want to create an extensive plan for the moving day. Consider your options carefully and make arrangements accordingly. In case of long-distance relocations, you may want to save on the relocation costs by performing a DIY relocation (which needs considerable time to plan) and having your grandparents fly to their new home. Alternatively, you can prepare your grandparents for relocation by taking most of the work upon your (and other family members’) shoulders.

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