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 protect furniture when moving

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    Stripped down to its essence, the process of moving boils down to transporting your goods from point A to point B. It goes without saying that this action ought to be of a successful outcome, and as such does not produce any damage to your belongings. With that in mind, your best bet is to hire a professional moving company Washington. People with experience and the know-how will make sure it is all taken care of in the most adequate, smooth, and safest way. However, if you plan on doing this on your own, you will probably want to know what are the ways in which you can protect furniture when moving. And, Hansen Bros will be happy to share some valuable advice on the subject.

    The best way to protect furniture when moving

    Regardless of whether your cross country movers Seattle handle the move, or you decide to take care of it yourself, one thing you will have to make sure to have is packing supplies. That is, unless you hire your movers to take care of the packing as well.

    Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage trucks in front of our main office.
    If at any point you feel overwhelmed by the process, see that you reach out to moving professionals for assistance.

    Still, we will address this as if you are on your own. While you will often hear that you won’t need more than some cardboard boxes, packing tape, and moving blankets, we are here to say these will not be enough. Namely, investing in a few more supplies will ensure your move to a new home is finalized safely and securely. So, see that you head to your local hardware shop, or search the Internet in order to find:

    • Sheets of bubble wrap and plastic stretch wrap
    • Sofa and mattress covers as well as furniture sliders
    • Sealable plastic bags and corrugated cardboard sheets

    Properly prepare the furniture pieces for packing

    Before you start packing anything, you ought to take ample time to thoroughly clean and dust your furniture. Dust and other debris have a tendency of scratching hard surfaces during the moving process. Cleaning the furniture prior to your move will also ensure you don’t drag any unnecessary grime into your new home. You should also take some time to remove any knobs, casters, or pulls from your furniture. See that you take the drawers out of dressers and desks. You can use them to pack other items. Apart from lightening up heavy furniture, this will give you extra storage space.

    Disassemble furniture pieces

    Believe it or not, one of the best ways to protect furniture when moving is to dismantle it beforehand. While this does seem counterintuitive, it actually prevents a great deal of damage. When your furniture has fewer things ”sticking out” and is brought down to simple shapes, it becomes much easier for transportation and handling. So, see that you, if possible, dismantle your furniture completely. Remove the legs from couches and tables and take bed frames completely apart. Don’t forget to remove the cushions from your sofa as well.

    A gray couch with a blue, a gray and a red pillow on it in a well-lit room
    Better to take the piece apart yourself in a proper way, than to allow it to get taken apart incorrectly and virtually violently during transportation.

    To put it simply, if a piece of furniture can be safely dismantled, do no restrain from doing so. And here are some tips on the matter:

    • Follow the owner’s manual in order to dismantle the piece correctly. If you have misplaced it, just look it up on the Internet.
    • Use sealable plastic bags to collect the screws and other small hardware for each piece of furniture. Once collected, label the bag and tape it securely to the item it corresponds with.
    • If a certain item has a lot of pieces, use masking tape and a marker to note where each of the pieces goes.
    • Don’t risk stripping the screws, and make sure to go easy with the drill when dismantling and reassembling.

    Proper dismantling of your furniture is valuable knowledge. Not solely for the act of relocation. If you plan on using storage units Lynnwood WA, know that leaving your pieces there is best when they are disassembled as well.

    Wrap the furniture correctly

    bubble wrap, a pair of scissors and a ducktape
    If you want to protect furniture when moving, don’t forget the bubble wrap.

    Your two best friends for this task are bubble wrap and plastic sheeting. The former is great for protecting delicate wood pieces. The latter is best used for protecting upholstered furniture. If you are in a pinch, consider using old blankets or packing blankets, as they too can get the job done. You also ought to know that using corrugated cardboard sheets in between wooden pieces is good practice.

    You must have a placement plan

    Lastly, all of the previous tips will be in vain should you load your furniture into the truck incorrectly. You ought to start by creating a wall of boxes across the backend of the truck. See that these boxes are of similar, if not the same size, sealed and tightly packed to prevent slipping. This section belongs to your heaviest boxes (the ones not containing fragile items), as it will bring added stability. Then go your square furniture pieces, like dressers or desks. Place them directly against your box wall. Make sure to use packing blankets or corrugated cardboard between pieces. If you plan on placing any boxes on top of the dressers, see that they are lightweight and tightly packed to prevent slippage. Mattresses are next. Place them on top of a blanket on the floor. This will protect your mattress from dirt, especially if you haven’t wrapped it.

    Your upholstered items will require some additional care. Use a piece of rope to secure them to the hooks in the truck. Be smart and careful when choosing which items will be packed around them. Lastly, do not forget to take care when unloading the truck. The path to each room should be clearly marked for the movers. Remember that the less time spent in the correct spot to put down your heavy furniture makes it less likely for the pieces to be damaged.

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