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

Protect your personal information during a move

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Moving to a new home is not so simple, it requires a lot of planning, packing, and patience. In addition, since all your personal information is transported from one place to another, you are vulnerable to identity theft. Some identity thieves target those on the move. So it’s especially important that you keep your guard up and protect your personal information during a move. Here are some useful steps before, during, and after moving.

Steps to take to protect your personal information

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Make sure you do every one of these steps in order to keep your personal information safe

1. Submit the address change form

Records and documents sent to the wrong address significantly increase the risk of identity theft. Confidential information can fall into the wrong hands, documents containing personal data may be improperly discarded and found by identity thieves, etc. Arrange a change of address with the USPS before moving. About 7-10 business days after you submit the form, your mail will begin to arrive at your new apartment or house. You can take another step by notifying all your financial institutions, utilities, insurance companies, and schools of the address change.

2. Find a reliable moving company to protect your personal information

You need to find movers you can trust. Licensed and insured moving experts in Seattle with rich experience and an excellent track record. Ask family and friends for recommendations and read online reviews. You can also check the ranking of a moving company at the Better Business Bureau. You should look for a company that is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and has a U.S. Department of Transportation number. You can ask the company to provide this information.

Once you find three or four reliable movers that seem to fit your travel needs and preferences, ask them for on-site estimates of your moving costs and study the companies in detail. Compare offers and choose the best movers for you.

3. Protect your electronic devices

Make sure you turn off and pack your desktops and laptops before the Seattle movers arrive. You should also consider transporting these valuables yourself. They are subject to damage as a result of improper handling. And they also store a treasure trove of personal data that should remain at your disposal. Make sure no one has access to your computers, tablets, and smartphones during the move process:

  • Keep your electronic devices in a closed room on the day of your move so that no one can tamper with them;
  • Take small electronic devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones) with you – transport them in a car or in your hand luggage on an airplane;
  • Protect desktop computers, external storage devices, and other heavier electronic devices that you cannot transfer yourself using strong passwords;
  • Remember to log out of all your accounts before packing larger electronics to move.
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And delete any files that may contain the required information (login details, credit card numbers, etc.)

4. Carry personal documents yourself to protect your personal information

There are other things that you would like to consider when moving to Seattle: any important documents, such as birth certificates, social security cards, wills, insurance policies, financial documents, etc. It is better to keep them close to you during the move. Essentially, everything that is very difficult to replace or can easily trigger someone to commit identity theft should remain in your hands.

It is imperative that you always have your documents with you. Not only to reduce the risk of identity theft but also to have access to your documents while traveling to your new home and immediately after arrival when the rest of your things have not yet been delivered. In addition, if you pack your documents and load them into a moving truck, something may happen on the road (traffic accident, robbery, fire, etc.), and your papers may be lost or damaged, which will cause a large inconvenience. This will require a lot of time and money, even if your documents are not stolen for fraudulent purposes.

5. Shred documents that you no longer need

Moving is the time to re-evaluate all of your files and throw away the ones you no longer need. At the same time, be sure to destroy all documents containing confidential information. You never know who can keep an eye on your trash can when your moving van leaves.

Therefore, when disposing of unnecessary files, be sure to completely destroy them so that no one can extract any information from them:

  • Shred all documents containing confidential information and mix them with other unnecessary paper materials;
  • Burn your old documents in the fireplace and throw out the ashes.
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You need your old files to disappear without a trace in order to protect your personal information during a move

6. Be present while moving

Professional residential movers can help you with lifting heavy items, but you should still remain in place and control the process. Make your plans so that you are present at the arrival of the movers. And stay close so that you can personally observe the whole process. Give professionals a place to work, but be prepared for them if they have questions or need clarification, and pay attention. So much is being transported that it is easy to miss a few things without realizing it – until it is too late.

Your presence will prevent any attempt to steal personal data on the day of moving because no one dares to tamper with your personal belongings – and no stranger dares to enter your house – when you are nearby.

7. Check your credit reports within a few months after your move

The fact that you finished your move does not mean that your risk of identity theft has decreased. Keep in mind that mail can still arrive at your old address. And identity thieves can still use your old address to open new accounts. Continue to keep track of your credit rating for several months after your move and be sure to report any suspicious activity as soon as possible.

Keeping these tips to protect your personal information during a move in mind will reduce the likelihood that your identity will be compromised in the process. Instead of scrambling to track down fraudulent activities, you can enjoy the relaxation and sense of accomplishment that you really deserve after a long move.

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