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

Long-distance move with your pet – how to organize it?

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Often times, a pet is a human’s best friend. That’s why moving with pets requires you to be extra careful and prepared for everything. Not only do you have to plan out the move well, but you also need to prepare your furry friend for this upcoming change. After all, relocating is a life-changing event for the pet as well. So, if you’re planning a long-distance move from Seattle with your pet and you’re not sure how to execute it, we’re here to help. We’ll give you some useful tips which will help you organize your relocation. You and your pet will be settled into your new home in no time and with no issues. Here’s what to do.

Prepare your pet for the long-distance move

With every relocation, there comes a lot of planning and thinking ahead. Well, you’re not the only one who needs to be prepared when you’re moving interstate from Washington with your pet. In this situation, you need to think about your little friend and make sure the relocation doesn’t come as a huge shock to them.

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To make sure your pet stays calm and collected during relocation, you’ll need to prepare them for the process.

How do you do that? Simple – just do everything you can to prepare your pet for this change. Don’t worry, we’ll give you some pointers.

Introduce them to the pet-carrier

If you’re about to move long-distance with your pet, you have to think about transportation. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to place your pet in a pet-carrier and get them to your new home. Unfortunately, many pets aren’t in love with the idea of being constricted to a small space like that. That is why it’s important to introduce your pet to the pet-carrier in advance.

We recommend getting the pet-carrier a few weeks before the move. Set it up in your home and turn it into an inviting bed for your pet. If it’s needed, you could even leave some treats inside to lure your furry friend into the carrier. This will help your pet get used to spending time in the pet-carrier and they won’t feel as scared and confused when moving day arrives. 

Get your pet used to all the boxes

If you’re a cat owner or the owner of any skittish pet, you need to be extra careful. When the relocation is around the corner, you can expect your home to become a mess. This means that there will be a lot of boxes everywhere, chaos and probably a lot of people going through your home. Well, this can be very stressful for your afraid animal.

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To make moving long-distance with your pet a little bit easier for both you and the pets, get them used to the clutter.

So, we suggest starting with all the preparations in advance. Get the cardboard boxes a few weeks before moving day and set them up in your home. This way, your pet will have time to get familiar with them and the chaos won’t come as such a shock.

And if you’re planning on hiring packing services Seattle, we suggest keeping your pet away from all the unfamiliar people on packing day. This is a good step to take if your pet isn’t great with people it doesn’t know. Once the professional packers are done, you can bring the pet back from the pet-sitter.

Hire a moving company to make moving with pets easier

People always look for ways to make their relocation easier and smoother. Well, the full-proof way of doing that is hiring a moving company Seattle. By hiring professional movers, you will have fewer things to stress out about. This means you’ll have more time to focus on your pet and give them attention and affection. The important thing when you’re moving long-distance with pets is that you don’t neglect them.

So, if you hire a moving company, the pros will take care of the hard work, while you spend quality time with your pet. Don’t forget about them during this stressful time.

Hire a pet-sitter – keep your pet away from the moving chaos

Now, we all know that moving day is chaotic and stressful. However, that’s something that your pet can’t expect. That’s why the best way to make sure your pet stays calm on moving day is to hire a pet-sitter. You never know how your pet is going to react to new and overwhelming situations. So, the best thing to do is to avoid stressing your pet out if it’s not necessary.

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Make sure your pet is taken care of in a quieter, calmer place on moving day.

Making sure your pet is safe and away from all the moving mess is a great way to save everyone’s nerves. Of course, you don’t have to pay a stranger to watch your pet if you’re not comfortable with that. You could just as easily ask a friend or a family member to look after your animals for the day. Whatever works best for you.

Transfer your pet’s veterinary records

Other than making sure you’re mentally ready for your long-distance move with your pet, you need to think about some paperwork. You’re probably planning a trip to your doctor’s office to get your medical records and transfer them to your new town. Well, you should be doing the same thing with your pet’s veterinary records. Go to the vet and get the files so you can transfer them to the new vet.

Stay patient

Something that is crucial for surviving a long-distance move with your pet is patience. You need to stay cool, calm and collected if you want everything to run smoothly. That’s why you need to be mentally prepared for any issues that could come up while moving with pets.

This includes your pet being moody or scared. Have patience and understand that this is a stressful time for your pet as well. Remember, you’re not the only one trying to cope with moving stress. So, try to focus on the end result and being settled into your new home soon. We hope everything goes well, good luck!

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