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

Pros and cons of LTL shipping

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    LTL (Less Than Load) is a shipping method in which one truck carries multiple shipments from multiple customers. It is a method of choice for those individuals and businesses who are transporting a smaller parcel. If this sounds like your situation, you might want to consider looking into those international commercial shipping companies that offer LTL shipping. However, that is not to say that this shipping method does not come with certain disadvantages. With that in mind, it would be best that you get familiar with the pros and cons of this method, as it will help with your final decision.

    The benefits of LTL shipping

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    Every shipping method has its pros and cons depending on the needs of the client.

    As there are multiple methods of shipping, it is only logical to assume all of them have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on the needs of the customers. So, with no particular point, we decided to start by listing the pros.

    LTL offers more options than FTL

    While there are many different LTL shippers, all of them still offer many different options for their customers. Just as with best movers Seattle, apart from pickup and delivery, one can also choose from commercial and non-commercial delivery to different neighborhoods. As you now know, LTL shipping allows for door-to-door international shipping services. This method offers a plethora of different options, of which we are sure you are going to find favorites. Just make sure to be careful when looking for your shipper of choice.

    It is more cost-effective

    At this point, we will be straightforward, and say that we are well aware of how shipping your items can be an expensive choice. Not only over long distances but locally as well. With this in mind, we are confident when saying that LTL shipping is more affordable than FTL shipping, making this fact one of its biggest advantages. It really is simple math. Since you are taking up only a part of a truck with your freight as a shipper, you will also be paying for only a portion of the shipping costs. What you can deduce from this is that everyone sharing the truck will also be sharing the costs, and that works in everyone’s favor.

    LTL shipping more sustainable

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    LTL shipping is a great way to make your move greener.

    We are now more than ever living in a time where the preservation of the environment is climbing the priority ladder. And, if you are the one playing for the green team, you will be glad to know that the Less Than Load shipping method goes along with your ideals. It is by sharing the space in the truck with other shippers that you will be participating in the reduction of harmful emissions. By taking up one truck on your own that you cannot fill up, you are doing our environment a disservice.

    The downsides of LTL shipping

    While for the vast majority of people the pros of LTL method win over the cons, we will still mention the latter. After all, it is always good to be informed of all the sides of the service you are an option for. Even if these are not so common to occur, you should be in the know. In the end, it is the only way to make a sound and informed decision.

    Your items might take a longer time to arrive

    Since you will be sharing the truck with a number of people, you cannot really expect that they will arrive as quickly as if you were shipping on your own. This downside is most commonly experienced when you are moving to a different state and have sent your goods through a cross-country shipment. In LTL shipping, the shipper will have to take a number of stops for pickup and delivery. As you can imagine, this can result in your shipment getting delayed. Still, if you don’t mind waiting for your cargo a bit longer, LTL might be for you. Especially if you would appreciate saving some money along the way.

    LTL is not the safest shipping method

    When it comes to LTL shipping, you are sharing space with others who have opted for the same method. This means that the truck will make plenty of stops, opening its doors just as often. As you can imagine, this can expose you to the risk of losing the entire shipment. On the other hand, with FTL shipment, you put your freight on the trailer, secure it, and then send it off towards its destination. While it is not ideal to let others have access to your cargo, it is what happens with LTL shipping method, and there is no way around it.

    The risk of damaged goods

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    Your goods will have a long road ahead. With that in mind, the risk of damage is virtually unavoidable.

    As if the missing cargo was not bad enough, with LTL you are also risking getting your goods damaged along the way. In order to load someone else’s freight out of the truck, the shippers might have to take your freight out of the truck. This may need to happen up to a couple of times. Unlike leaving your goods in Newcastle storage where they wait for you untouched, LTL means constant movement. Still, keep in mind that your freight could suffer damage even with FTL shipping. Simply put, there is no such thing as being completely safe.

    Is LTL shipping the right option for you?

    The answer to this question is really up to you. If you are looking for a budget-friendly solution and are not opposed to waiting a bit for your goods to arrive, LTL might be your best bet. On the other hand, if you would rather avoid risking the safety of your goods even the slightest, you might want to consider alternative shipping methods. Whatever you decide, make sure to do ample research on the shippers in your area, and find out how reliable they are. After all, the bulk of it will boil down to who you are working with.

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