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

Packing tips for moving in a hurry

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Moving on short notice is no one’s ideal situation. But sometimes, you don’t really have a choice. So if you just found out that you have days to prepare for your relocation, don’t panic. Call Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage to help you make this process easier and faster, and then get to work immediately. Even so, you will probably need to rush through most of the moving checklist. The part you’re probably most worried about, though, is packing. There’s good reason to be worried – packing is usually the most time-consuming task when moving. But don’t worry: with our packing tips for moving in a hurry, you’ll get it all done with time to spare!

Packing tips for moving in a hurry that get you started

The hardest part is usually just getting started. Once you’re doing something, momentum will usually keep you going. But first, you need to kick yourself into gear. And when you’re packing for a move in a hurry, you want to do that fast. There is absolutely no time to waste with packing on short notice. So don’t procrastinate – as soon as you know you’re moving soon, start preparing for it.

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There’s no time to waste – start packing now!

Make a rough plan

A good plan or a comprehensive checklist always helps when you’re moving. There’s a lot to keep track of and it’s just easier when you have it written down. Unfortunately, you won’t have time to make a detailed plan if you’re moving on short notice. But you can make a rough draft.

Start with making the big decisions first – decide if you’ll be using moving services and hire a good moving company if you will, get Newcastle storage if you plan on using it, make arrangements for pets and children if you have them. You may want to look up moving checklists online and use one of them as a template. When it comes to packing specifically, room by room is your best bet at a quick solution. Start with the kitchen or the living room, where you’ll have the most work to do and then move through the house.

Gather the supplies

There’s no packing without packing supplies. So collect all the boxes and large containers you have lying around the house first. Then try getting boxes from your friends, family, and neighbors. Ask at local businesses if they have any to spare as well. Finally, supplement what you have by purchasing the remaining supplies from your movers. You’ll also need some sturdy tape and markers for labeling. If you don’t have time to get any cushioning materials, towels, blankets, and sheets that you already have will work just fine.

Packing tips for moving in a hurry that keep you going

Once you get started, things tend to move faster from there. But you might still sometimes catch yourself feeling overwhelmed and wanting to just give up. At times like these, it’s important to remember two things: you don’t have to do this alone and you don’t really have time to freak out anyway.

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Once you get going, don’t stop!

Get help

Packing is hard enough when you’re not on a strict deadline. When you are, you’ll definitely struggle to do it alone. So don’t! Get some help and things will go much easier and much faster. Most residential movers offer packing services which can be the perfect solution to all your problems. If your movers are busy and can’t help or if you can’t afford professional packers, at least call some friends and family that you can rely on. You can keep each other going and maybe even make the process fun!

Don’t think, just pack

This is not the time to second-guess yourself and overthink things. So don’t get stuck on questioning if you’re doing things right or wondering how to proceed. Once you start, just keep going. Momentum will keep you going and before you know it, you’ll be done!

Overall most important packing tips for moving in a hurry

Every little bit helps when you’re packing on a tight schedule, but there are some things you’ll want to remember above all else.

Get rid of things

Decluttering is an important part of the moving process anyway. When you’re packing for a move in a hurry, it can be a life-safer. You probably won’t have time to hold any sales or find people who can take things off your hands, so donating is your best option. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill take a wide variety of things and can do so on short notice. Get rid of as much as you can – clothes, old furniture, appliances you can replace. That way, you’ll have less to pack.

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Things like plants and food are not worth moving – give them away instead.

Pack now, sort later

Normally, you’ll want to plan what goes in which box, which box to pack first or last, how to label things to find them easily later… But if you’re packing in a hurry, none of that matters much. So don’t think too hard about it: what’s important is that you pack everything and get it shipped to your new address.

You can worry about sorting through things later when you have more time for unpacking. This is not to say that you should just shove everything into boxes – you’ll still want to be careful with fragile items, take care not to overfill boxes, and use at least a rudimentary labeling system. But other than that, don’t think too much about the organization at this point.

Don’t panic!

By far the most important of the packing tips for moving in a hurry anyone can give you is this: whatever you do, do not panic. Unfortunately, this is also the hardest instruction to follow. But panic will get you nowhere. It’ll just eat up your time and make it harder to do things. So take a few deep breaths to calm down before you begin. Let yourself worry for a bit. Then let it go. You have more important things to do.

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