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-term storage maintenance tips

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    Storing your items long-term bears many issues. If you thought that renting a locker and stuffing it with your items is going to be enough to preserve those items in good shape, think again. Even though a storage unit is the safest place to keep your items, if you do not maintain it properly, a lot of your items will go to waste after a while. To prevent this, take look at these professional long-term storage tips prepared for you by Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage. Apply these to your yearly storage maintenance routine and your items will be in good shape for a long time.

    This is something that you will have to do at least once a year

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    You must maintain your storage regularly

    A storage unit is the safest place to store your excess items. Still, some people have enough storage space at home, which may be a little more convenient as far as maintenance is concerned at least. Still, no matter whether you are renting space at Newcastle storage or you are storing your stuff in your backyard shed, yearly maintenance is something that you will need to do. Here is how it all should look like.

    Long term storage maintenance plan

    • Get your items out of the storage and take a look
    • Identify items to get rid of and call heavy equipment movers to remove it
    • Make a list of items you hold in storage
    • Check the packaging and replace what is needed
    • Deal with moisture issues and general maintenance
    • Clean and disinfect every item and space itself
    • Deal with pests issues by sealing all possible entrances and setting traps
    • Rearrange items so they take less space
    • Check the locks and make sure that security is high

    The worst thing about long-term storage maintenance? Getting your items out

    When you are dealing with yearly storage maintenance, the first thing that you will need to do is to get your items out of the storage. This might seem a little bit too much, but if you are going to do this properly it is a necessary step. As you are doing long-term self-storage maintenance you will need to deal with storage space itself and you cannot approach everything properly if your space is loaded. Therefore, get your items out of the storage. One thing that you have to keep in mind though. Make sure that you follow the weather forecast when doing this. You need to be absolutely positive that the weather is going to be nice.

    If rain catches you unprepared, with all your items out in the open, you will suffer some damage. Of course, if you are using PortaBox Storage they can put wherever you want so you can place it somewhere where it is easy to shelter your items from the rain as you getting them out.

    Get rid of the junk and items you no longer need

    Now that your items are out, take a good look. Identify items that you no longer need, or items that are deteriorated from being in storage for so long without maintenance, and get rid of them. Of course, how you will do it depends on the number of items you have to remove, their size, and weight. So you can either do it on your own or call heavy-lift movers to help you out.

    It is good to know what items are in storage, so make a list

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    It is good to have a list of items you hold in storage, so make one

    It is easier to track your items and their condition when you know that they are in storage. You might be surprised, but most people do not have a clue what they hold in their storage. And that is how items are forgotten and left to the test of time. If you want to avoid this, make a detailed list of your items before you put them back in.

    Replace damaged packaging

    While you are logging your items, pay attention to the state of the packaging. Can you see any dump cardboard boxes or ripped wrappings? If you do, make sure that you replace those. The packaging is your last line of defense. If everything else fails packaging will be the thing that will protect your items. So make sure that it is in perfect condition.

    Do the repairs and deal with moisture

    Once you deal with your items, get inside storage, and take a good look at the state of it. Of course, the extent of problems that you might encounter depends on the type of storage you are using. If you are using weatherproof portable storage there is not much you should or could do. On the other hand, if you are using your basement as storage, you will have a lot of work ahead of you. Mostly it will roll around identifying and dealing with moisture issues. As you probably already know, moisture is your items’ number one enemy in storage. So you need to deal with it properly when you are doing your long-term storage maintenance.

    Clean and disinfect your storage and items

    After you finish with repairs, clean your storage space thoroughly. Remove the dust, spider webs, dirt from the floor, wipe the dust off the walls, and clean the shelves. After everything is clean, use an appropriate sanitizing product to disinfect the space. Finally, do the same with your items. Clean and disinfect them all before you place them back inside.

    Set rodent bait traps

    Naturally, before you start loading your storage you need to deal with possible pest threat. Of course, after cleaning and disinfecting the space, you will not see any rats or mice strolling around. But once you lock the doors and leave they will come. So make sure that you place rat bait stations around your storage to prevent this from happening.

    Arrange your items properly to maximize the newly gained space

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    Rearrange your items to gain more space

    Now that everything is ready, you can start putting your items back inside. Naturally, as you removed some of the items you will have more free space inside. Still, if you want to maximize the free space you will need to be careful about how you arrange your items.

    Check the locks and surveillance system

    Finally, make sure that your storage is unbreakable. Of course, building an unbreakable fortress that will safeguard your items is not an easy thing. But still, make sure that the lock is good, and that your CCTV is working.

    Yearly storage maintenance is boring but necessary

    That is all you have to do about long-term storage maintenance. It is not an easy thing to do. And it might take you a whole day. But if you want to keep your items in good condition it is something that you will need to do on a  yearly basis.

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