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 renting storage short-term

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    There is a multitude of reasons for wanting to rent a storage unit or container on a short-term basis. While some people are led to this choice, others go towards it willingly. The question here is whether or not renting professional short-term storage is the best decision for you. In this article, Hansen Bros Moving & Storage goes into all the pros and cons of renting storage short-term. Make the decision easier for yourself by reading the entire article.

    There are a plethora of potential scenarios behind renting storage short-term

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    There are many reasons why you might need short-term storage.

    There are many advantages to renting short-term storage, the number of which depending primarily on the reason why you need extra space to start with. For example:

    • Seeking out storage services because your new home is not ready for your movers Bellevue WA to unload your belongings is a perfectly logical cause for short-term storage rental.
    • If you are remodeling your home, it makes sense that you will need to temporarily declutter it. You certainly won’t stuff your garage or basement with the belongings. So, the practical solution would be renting storage short-term.
    • Or let’s say that you are looking to move in together with your partner. Combining two households into one can be very messy when you lack the space to put all those extra belongings aside for safekeeping. And having a self storage Seattle facility can turn things around for you here.

    Pro – using storage protects your items from bad weather and theft

    Storage protects your items in many ways. The first and most obvious way is protection from the elements. For example, if you are doing some remodeling, you might be tempted to store your items in your backyard or garage. However, plastic wrapping will hardly offer protection from bad weather conditions. In case of rain with a stronger wind, your items could easily lose protection and there will be nothing that you can do to save them. And nobody wants to end up losing part of their household inventory to rain. On the other hand, renting storage short-term offers the protection your belongings need until you finish with the remodeling.

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    Storage protects your items from harsh weather conditions

    Keeping your items in a place that is not secure brings the risk of theft as well. Another thing that people often do is storing their items in their wet basements. Even though it is a short-term solution, moisture in the basement can permanently damage items within days. Rather than risk this happening, go for the safer option and store your belongings in Newcastle storage. That will definitely preserve them until you need them again.

    Pro – storage facilities offer optimal conditions for safeguarding items

    There are many items that need certain conditions in order to stay in a perfect state. Unless you are storing them in a room with a thermostat, there is no way to guarantee perfect conditions for safekeeping your more fragile items. Not unless you rent a temperature-controlled storage unit – which is the best way to keep your items in a controlled and harmless environment.

    Luckily, a majority of reputable facilities offer full-service storage that includes temperature control. Even though it usually doesn’t include moisture control, controlling the temperature inside a unit is usually enough even for more sensitive items. Therefore if you have some sensitive items that you need to store somewhere for a while, rent a climate-controlled unit.

    Pro – it makes renovation and relocation much easier

    When you are remodeling your home, it is very difficult to do it properly if your household is cluttered with furniture and other belongings. One of the options that come to mind is to divide your home and relocate belongings from one room to the next while you finish everything. But that is a much more time-consuming way to remodel a room, let alone an entire house. Not to mention the damage that you will eventually create on your items. Definitely, the best way to decorate a home is to move your items to temporary storage. Find a contact a reliable moving and storage company and let them pack and move your items to storage. Or in the case of Hansen Bros., have the storage delivered to your front door. Quick and easy and you will have an empty home to work on.

    Con – renting storage short-term doesn’t come for free

    The dominant downside of getting self storage on a short-term basis is the price. Much like renting a car, the shorter the time frame you need it for, the higher the daily fee for it is. The most affordable way to rent storage is through long-term commitment. You sign a contract for a minimum of three months or longer and get the best deal. Renting a unit for several days will end up costing you a much higher rate. Therefore, if you want to save money, try to store your items in your garage, attic, or at your friends.

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    Renting storage short-term will cost you

    Con – it might end up taking you a while to secure a short-term storage unit

    Not only can be it time-consuming to search for reliable storage facilities but it can also take you longer to find ones that will have available short-term storage solutions. Storage service providers prefer a long-term deal, as it is a profitable commitment, especially during slower months. So, you might find it difficult to find the best solution for your storage needs within a short time frame. However, if you have the budget for it, you should have no trouble coming up with a storage facility more than willing to find a vacancy in their facility.

    Time to make a decision

    Those are the main pros and cons of renting storage short-term. Hopefully, this article sheds some light on the subject so you can now make the best decision for you. In the end, the most important thing is that your items are well-protected no matter the time frame – and that should be your one and only concern, really.

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