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

Prepare pets for a cross-country move with ease

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Provided that you don’t have kids, pets are probably your most worthy asset. They are, in essence, the most valuable piece of cargo you will be bringing with you on your cross-country move. With that said, you want to ensure that they are comfortable during the trip. And while you are all set with Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage, when it comes to your pet, certain arrangements need to take place. So, here are some tips that will help you prepare pets for a cross-country move with great ease.

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Make sure that you prepare pets for a cross-country move properly, as it will make the relocation easier for them.

Make sure that the regulations allow for your pet

This is important even when you are moving to another building, yet another country. You need to ensure that your pet will be welcomed there, and not treated as a nuisance. Of course, if you are moving to another house, this will be less of a concern. Still, if you are preparing some exotic pets for a cross-country move, you want to ensure that the state will allow for them. You can check with your international shipping companies Seattle whether they know what the rules might be, or simply go to the state’s website, and inform yourself on the matter.

Pay a visit to the vet in order to prepare pets for a cross-country move

Make sure that you stop by the vet, and do a check-up in order to ensure your furry best friends are ready for the upcoming trip. Also, see to it that all of the pets’ vaccinations are up to date. In addition, whilst you are at the vet, get all of your pets’ documentation and records. You can use this opportunity to find out a bit more about the sedation. While most veterinarians don’t recommend sedating pets for travel purposes, each pet has individual needs. So, it would be best that you get an expert opinion and a consultation. Speak with the vet if they can recommend a colleague in the city to which you are moving to, so that your pets can get the best care from the start.

Prepare enough food for the road

Having a sizeable stock of your pets’ food and snacks for the road is a good idea. Namely, some brands are harder to find in different parts of the country. You might have to deal with some adjusting to new foods while traveling and during the initial period in the new home. For this reason, it would be best that you bring their favorites. This ought to help them make that transition faster and easier. In addition, treating them with their favorite snacks during the road will make the trip that much easier on them. Prepare for this aspect of your relocation by packing meal size portions of dry food in small bags for the road trip, and have some snacks at the ready.

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Don’t risk having a hungry pet whilst on the road.

Be mindful of the healthcare on the go

You never know what the upcoming road may present you with. For this reason, it is always smart to be prepared even for the worst-case scenarios. So, apart from preparing a first aid kid for yourself, it would be wise to set up one for your pets as well. Stock it with gauze, cotton wool, rubbing alcohol, Benadryl for allergies, tweezers for tick removal, and some disposable gloves. If it so happens that your pet has needed certain medication in the past for a problem that is likely to revisit, make sure to have ready stock, as well as a prescription at hand. You also want to be prepared with some phone numbers of emergency clinics along the routes you will be taking, just in case.

Equipt your pets with nametags, chips, and have a leash for each

It may surprise you to find out that many pets get lost while traveling. To circumvent this unfortunate event for yourself, use a harness or collar and leash whenever you take your pets out of the car. A name tag and a microchip are your best chance of having your pet returned in case you lose track of them.

Map out your trip in accordance with your pets’ needs

While you, as an adult human being, may be able to withstand many hours without the need to pee, walk or eat, your pets are not as fortunate. You need to take this into consideration when planning out your trip. It is safe to assume that your little pal will need a break every 3-4 hours. If you are able, try to find pet-friendly hotels along the way. Your pet will find it easier to relax, play, and unwind from the stress of travel. However, if this is not a commodity you can afford for whatever reason, make sure that you make those stops nonetheless. Even if it’s just by the side of the road, your pet has its needs, and you want to make sure it is comfortable. Just try not to lose sight of it.

Practice before the big day

If this is your pets’ first time traveling, it might be smart to practice car travel before you hit the road. Remember that the main reason for your pet traveling by car until now was going to the vet. This is especially true if you have cats. And, going to the vet is the pet’s most feared and loathed event. So, putting them in the car will make them super stressed and anxious. It would be smart that you cross that bridge prior to the moving day, and have a few laid back drives beforehand. Allow your pet to get used to car travel without the end result being that scary vet.

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Cats are particularly scared of car rides. Make sure to minimize their stress before the moving day.

Get a hold of a good carrier

Proven that you haven’t already done this, now is the right time to invest in a good, sturdy, and comfortable carrier. It is an essential part of pet preparation for a cross country move. Ensure that it fits securely in your car. Ideally, you want to situate it where your pet can see you. Pad it with a familiar blanket in order to help your pet alleviate some nervousness.

It is also worth mentioning that your pets ought to remain in their carriers whenever the vehicle is in motion. A roaming pet can not only distract the driver, but it is also more prone to injury in case of a collision. The back seat is probably the safest place for your pet. And, whilst on the subject of safety, you never want to leave your pet alone in the car. Temperatures rise more quickly than you think, posing a serious hazard to your pets.

As you can see, there are a number of this you have to do in order to prepare pets for a cross-country move. Still, they are all important for your pets’ wellbeing, and, that is all that matters.

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