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

The pros and cons of shared storage units

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    There comes a time when you want to declutter your living area by storing away some of your belongings, but your budget is limited and/or you simply don’t have that many items to store away to make it worth your while. The good news is that there is a simple solution for this – renting a storage unit together with someone and splitting the costs. Our Washington movers have noticed that shared storage units are becoming more and more popular nowadays. Therefore, we are sharing (no pun intended) with you the pros and cons of shared storage units and whether or not you can benefit from this option.

    Starting with the basics – defining shared storage units

    • Shared storage units are units that you can choose to share the use of with other people. It can be your friend, family member, coworker, or a business partner.

    Storage companies and the solutions they offer can differ in a variety of ways. And it is important to find the type of storage that perfectly fits your particular needs. For example, Hansen Bros. offers portable self storage solutions that are delivered to your front door and then transported to one of our facilities, such as the Newcastle storage facility. Either you or the person you choose to share the storage with can access your storage at the warehouse or you can always have us re-deliver it to you so that the contents can be updated or changed all together. And this is a practical way to save time and money not only on storage rental but also on gas.

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    Think well before you decide whether to share storage

    When can you benefit from sharing storage with others?

    There are many reasons why you might need to rent shared storage. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is the cost. Sharing a storage unit also means sharing expenses. So, if you are not willing to spend too much on storing your items but you still need to find a place for all those excess belongings, sharing your expenses with someone is a good solution. On the other hand, maybe you need a short-term storage solution.

    Maybe you are decorating your home and you need a unit for a month. If so, share it with your friend who already rents a unit. Or you might be in the middle of a move and your new home isn’t ready or big enough to receive that many items. That is when you will also want to share one of our portable storage units in Lynnwood WA. Especially if you know someone who already uses some kind of self-storage.

    The upsides and downsides of sharing a storage unit

    Now that you know what a shared storage unit is and when you might need it, let’s take a look at what are the actual pros and cons of this solution

    Upsides

    • Individually lower rental costs

    Downsides

    • Shared control over the unit
    • Splitting the costs
    • Schedules

    Shared storage units cut your expenses in half

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    Cutting the cost is the most obvious benefit

    As we already mentioned, shared expenses are the biggest advantage of deciding to share storage. Especially if you are getting full-service storage. Let’s be honest, items that are stored long term usually do not have priority in our lives. So, it can be hard sometimes to pay for something that is not so important. If you are not particularly attached to your items, sharing the expenses for storing them is something that you can definitely benefit from.

    You do not have complete control over shared storage units

    Most storage companies will look to simplify the billing process by having you put down one name for the storage user. You can grant other people control of the storage unit but one person takes responsibility for it, which can cause disputes sometimes. We all like to be in charge when we are paying for something, so it is easy to run into issues when control over the unit is at stake. Naturally, it is easier when you are renting it with someone you know well.

    Determining your share of the cost can sometimes be an issue

    People can often get petty when they rent storage together, taking note of how much space the other person is using and whether or not the costs should be split evenly. Of course, if you agree in the beginning that you will split it in half then you shouldn’t have too much trouble. However, when it is clear that someone uses more space, you may end up in dispute.

    You cannot access storage without getting consent

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    You need to check with your partner every time you need to access the storage unit.

    Whether you are renting a typical storage unit in a facility or a portable one that gets delivered to your front door, you still need to consult with the person you are sharing the storage with before you access it. After all, privacy is important and you both might have something personal that you don’t want anyone else to have access to. So, in most cases, people that share storage will want to access it at the same time, which can get complicated in terms of scheduling.

    Take care when choosing the person you wish to share storage with

    It is finally important to understand that you think well before you share a storage unit with someone. Make sure that you get along with that person well as you will need to communicate and coordinate together all the time. Doing this with a complete stranger is not something that we recommend even though there are many positive examples of such partnerships.

    That is all you need to know about shared storage units. Hopefully, now you will be able to make a smart decision and act in your best interest. Good luck.

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