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

Moving without disrupting your neighbors

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    Usually, when you think about moving, your thoughts go toward lifting, carrying, labeling cardboard boxes, etc. But some of you also realize that the act of moving might greatly inconvenience your neighbors, as well. While you might have the assistance of one of the top local movers Seattle has to offer, who will conduct the relocation in a manner that minimizes disruption, you might want to make sure that your neighbors are fine with the whole thing. The first thing to do is, of course, to talk with them. Or post a large memo in case you are living in a big building and can’t spare the time to talk to all of them. There are a few more things you will want to do to be capable of moving without disrupting your neighbors, which will be covered in this article.

    Moving without disrupting your neighbors 101

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    If you take some time to transport a few boxes, the moving day is going to be a lot easier.

    If you want to minimize the disruption to your neighbors due to you moving house, here’s what you may want to do:

    • Talk to your neighbors before the move
    • Choose a suitable timeframe
    • Give plenty of notice
    • Make some plans in advance
    • Clean up after

    If you are living in a large building, it can be very difficult to manage all these things together. In that case, you might simply have to realize that you can’t perform a perfect move. Someone is bound to be upset and you simply can’t please everyone. What you can do, however, is rent a portable self storage Seattle unit and load it up, one item at a time. That way, your relocation will be faster and much less disruptive. Most people won’t even know you moved.

    To know how to be moving without disrupting your neighbors, simply talk to them!

    Different people have different lives. More news at 11. Jokes aside, to really negate any disruption in your neighbors’ lives, you will want to know how they are living them. Talk to some of them, see what time they go to work, when do they sleep, that sort of thing. Ideally, you will go through with the relocation at a time when your neighbors aren’t even around. Your Washington movers can be very flexible with the time and the date, provided you book early enough. And that means that you will need to talk to your neighbors sooner rather than later.

    While it is possible to change the relocation time and date, it is usually quite costly. Therefore, you will want to have your neighbors’ input before you contact your movers and sign any documents. And if so happens that the neighbors changed their lives in the meantime, it is on them and you are “clean”. If possible, reschedule the relocation to suit everyone. But keep your own interests in mind first and foremost.

    Choosing the best time to move

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    Having to go through numerous trips back and forth can really “jam” the elevator.

    Usually, moving companies like to start long distance relocations in the morning. It allows them to account for any unforeseen circumstances and still have the time to finish the job. Depending on the household, the process of moving all the items inside the truck can be either very short or quite long. If your movers don’t have a long walk to the moving truck and have an easily accessible elevator, you can be sure they will finish all the work in a couple of hours. But if they need to create contraptions to lower a furniture piece through the window, or walk a dozen flights of stairs with a piano in hand, things get much more complicated.

    Needless to say, the amount of disruption is proportionate to how complicated the move is. Normally, the only thing that is going to be problematic is elevator usage. Since your movers will need to use the entirety of the elevator for a couple of hours straight, this can be a real problem for the neighbors. Not to mention that it may be louder than normal, some people are extremely sensitive to that.

    Informing your neighbors

    And that is why you need to make sure that your neighbors know that disruption is going to occur. No matter how you put it unless your neighbors are at home, your relocation will disrupt them one way or another. Some people might be completely fine with it but others might take great offense. And you want to avoid that if you can. Ideally, you will tell each neighbor in person that you will be moving. But more commonly, you will write a note and leave it in a prominent position where everyone can see it.

    Do note that this disruption will be happening at both the beginning and the end of your relocation. After your items go through shipping and transport, they may need to go up the stairs as well! This means that you might want to notify your new neighbors about your arrival, too.

    Advance planning is essential to moving without disrupting your neighbors

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    Everything starts with a good planning process

    Every good venture begins with a solid plan. Whether you need to notify, book, or organize, having a plan makes everything easier. Take some time to figure out everything that you will need to accomplish, and put it on “paper”. These days, you will most likely type in your phone but to each its own. After that, you can start formulating a plan of action, talk things through with your movers, neighbors, and family members. From that, a plan is going to start shaping up. Before you know it, you will have everything set and ready to go.

    Always clean up the moving day leftovers

    The last thing that usually infuriates neighbors is when they have to deal with the post-move cleanup. The fact of the matter is that relocations do have some leftovers, despite the best intentions of both you and your movers. That is why you might want to hold off on packing a small broom and perhaps a mop. Once your movers finish bringing your belongings to the truck, check if you need to do some cleaning. Your neighbors are definitely going to appreciate you taking your time to clean after yourself.

    And that is what moving without disrupting your neighbors is all about. People’s perceptions. Even if you make the loudest ruckus on the face of the earth, if you’ve explained it enough and got consent from your neighbors, it’s alright.

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