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

Post-move paperwork you need to handle

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The moving process is a lot more complicated than it might seem at first. There is a reason why there are moving companies across the land that have been doing their business for a century while there are much more springing up each year. It is an industry built to help millions of Americans that move each year relocate their lives as simply as possible… However, even with all of that help, it is not an easy job. Even if you have movers do all the bits possible (packing, moving, car transport, etc.) you still need to do one bit after all of the moves are seeming done. After the moving day occurred, your things are unpacked and you know to live in your new home… You need to deal with your post-move paperwork.

Luckily, we are here to help you sort all of this out. So, don’t worry, let’s go step by step!

New address – new mail

Many sitcoms used this premise. Our main characters get mail in their mailbox, but it is not theirs! Rather, it is the mail of their current apartment’s previous occupant! Yup, it actually happens quite a lot, and it is a shame since it is not that much hassle to change your mailing address.

We didn’t want to start with anything too difficult, therefore, this is the best example of how to save yourself a lot of trouble with a solution that will only take you a nice walk and a couple of minutes. So, what to do after your Everett movers move you to your new home?

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Remember about your mail!

Prior to being all settled in with everything unpacked, when you go out for a bite to eat or visit to the park with  family or friends, drop into your local postal office, go in and ask for the change of address request form. It will only take you two to three minutes to fill and file it. After that, voila, all your future mail will be mailed to your new place.

This particular piece of post-move paperwork can save you trouble and sometimes embarrassment that can occur when your mail starts arriving at your previous house/apartment, to strangers.

More post-move paperwork? Bills and utilities…

The general rule of thumb – you don’t want to be paying for utilities in a place you do not live in or own. Therefore, post-move paperwork must include informing utility providers that your local movers have relocated you to your new address.

In order to avoid paying for electricity for a place you no longer live in, be sure to disconnect utilities on the day you are moving. When you move to your new home, make arrangements to take over cable, electricity and other utilities to your new address.

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It might seem that there are piles of paperwork, but you can handle it!

Drivers license and voting registration

It does not matter if you used automobile shipping or driven there yourself – if you moved to another state, you need to take three steps:

  • Registration. As part of your post-move paperwork in your new state of living, you need to make sure that you update your driver’s license registration.
  • Insurance. Furthermore, the insurance policy can change state-to-state. You should check out exactly what changed.
  • Drivers license. Finally, be sure that you actually transfer the driver’s license itself. They are not actually universal.

Protecting your belongings against loss or damage

The process of moving belongings, regardless of the skill of the movers, can sometimes cause damage. So, it’s best to protect your investments and free yourself from concerns. The best first step is to speak with your homeowners insurance company about their coverage of your belongings and then speak with your moving provider about valuation coverage for your local or interstate moving.

As an category of post-move paperwork, be sure to review all of your items upon their delivery. Ideally, prior to the move you took the time to document the general condition of your possessions with a photograph, or at least written description and checklist. Review your bill of lading. Is there anything missing or has anything been damaged? Contact your moving company immediately should this be the case. Speed is of the essence. Do this even if you only have basic insurance provided by the licensed moving company.

If that is done, let’s talk about life and other insurances. All of those have to have your right address, and you might even get in trouble if you do not report your move. While sometimes a call is enough, in most cases you will have to have a face-to-face meeting. Things like your current address and personal documentation will be required.

College, school, etc.

This one is, unfortunately, not as simple as some of our previous examples. Colleges you maybe attending or schools your kids attend typically require a lot of documentation and post-move paperwork to be updated and delivered. It might even be somewhat expensive to get all of the documentation you require. Therefore, be sure to deal with this as soon as possible.

With this particular case of post-move paperwork, we suggest starting early. As in before you actually move. Schools should answer any questions posed over their contact phone. Be sure that they list all the documentation you need for yourself or your children and that you hoard it before the move itself.

Medical files

In every document, it is important to read the fine print and understand exactly what is being said. Maybe this is true most of all in the prescription of medication. However, what we are asking in this part of post-move paperwork is for you to collect documents that experts need – medical records.

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Don’t forget your medical files!

Go to your doctor and dentist and pick up the copies of your records. Especially the prescriptions. After that, present them to your new doctor.

Write a review for your movers

You should, finally, be able to say that you completed all of your post-move paperwork. However, there is one more thing that you could, but don’t have to, do. Why not leave a review for your movers? If they worked hard to make your move a success, consider rewarding them for their efforts by posting a positive online review for other possible customers to see..

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