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

Protecting wooden items during transport – how to do it

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    If you are planning to move, one of the obstacles that you will encounter is protecting wooden items during transport. For this, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage will always suggest hiring professionals, which is the best and safest way to provide your items with proper protection. Especially because wooden items are usually large and heavy, therefore, very prone to damage. Moreover, unprofessional handling of such heavy items can easily lead to damage or injuries. Let us now see what your options are and how to do it with ease.

    There are many reasons to let professionals transport your wooden furniture

    Wooden items such as furniture, frames, shelves, sculptures, etc. can be difficult to handle. Such items are usually heavy and require a joint effort of two or more people to handle. Items like furniture can often be robust and complicated to maneuver through narrow doorways and corridors. And so, to avoid any damages to the property, the handler needs to be skilled and needs to know different techniques and tricks that most people are not aware of.

    Although usually sturdy and difficult to break, items made out of wood are still prone to damage. Not only can they easily be scratched, but because of their size and weight, they will easily damage the surrounding property, and often even the person handling them.

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    It is not easy to handle wooden items, especially on your own.

    Wooden belongings are often unique and have sentimental value. Additionally, they are not easy to fix after suffering damage. Finally, wood is a specific material. When treated properly, it can last for decades – even centuries. On the other hand, lack of maintenance can destroy it within years. Those are the most obvious reasons why protecting wooden items during transport is complicated and difficult and requires a professional hand. So, if you are preparing for such an undertaking, you should definitely consider hiring professional shipping companies Seattle to help you out.

    Avoid any potential risks by opting for professional movers

    Unfortunately, not every shipping company will ensure the proper conditions to protect your wooden items during transport. As you go through researching different freight companies Seattle, make sure that they have the skillset necessary to handle fragile and robust items. This is something that you can often see in companies that offer services such as piano, furniture, or pool table moving. Another thing to inquire about is the possibility of additional protection during transport.

    Don’t forget to check their online reviews. See what their previous customers say. And whether they had any problems that you would like to avoid. Once you find several companies that fit these criteria, contact them and get their moving estimates, compare their prices, and pick the one that suits your needs and budget.

    Who will prepare your wooden items for transport?

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    It is always safer and better to hire professionals.

    One thing that you need to think about when hiring Seattle movers is who’s going to be responsible for the preparation process. Some companies offer packing and furniture disassembling and reassembling services that can do all the preparation work for you. This is a good option for several reasons:

    • The most obvious reason is that you will not have to deal with handling such large and heavy items on your own.
    • This way, you won’t have to deal with acquiring packing materials.
    • Professionals will pack your items better than you could. That alone will offer more protection to your wooden items during transport.
    • Finally, if you hire professional packing services, they will be held responsible if any damage occurs.

    Things to prepare when you want to protect wooden items during transport

    You are not obligated to hire professionals. You can do all of this on your own. Of course, for this, you will need to know a little bit about handling such items, a few pairs of helping hands, proper tools, packing materials, and knowledge of how to apply them correctly. Here is what you will need to prepare if you are planning to transport wooden items on your own:

    • Cleaning products and tools
    • Tools for disassembling and reassembling all those robust pieces of furniture.
    • Packing materials. Bubble wraps, packing tapes, non-slip paper sheets, plastic straps, etc.
    • A moving dolly and a loading ramp would also be desirable to have.

    Disassemble wooden items before packing them

    The first thing that you need to do when preparing to disassemble your wooden items. Of course, every item is disassembled differently so you will need to do a little research on how to do it. There are times, especially with antiques, where it can be difficult or even impossible to dismantle an item using conventional methods. Therefore, you will either have to move them as they are, or you can find a professional carpenter that will be able to do it properly and without damaging the item itself.

    Protecting wooden items during transport without cleaning them first would be a huge mistake

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    Prepare proper care products and clean your items before packing them.

    Once the items have been dismantled, you should clean them. This way you will be able to get into those hard-to-reach parts more easily thus clean the items better. There are many wood care products – make sure that you get those before you begin. Also, if you notice that your item is starting to deteriorate, make sure to deal with it before packing and moving it. That way, you will avoid making the situation worse or even destroying the item beyond repair. Finally, once everything is taken apart, take every piece and pack it in bubble wrap or similar wrapping material that will provide proper protection during transport.

    How to load wooden items into a moving truck

    If the wooden item that you are trying to transport is heavy and bulky use the moving dolly to maneuver it to the truck. Lay the non-slip paper on the floor of the trailer, and use the loading ramp to easily get your items into the truck. Finally, use the plastic straps to secure your items and you will be ready to go.

    Handling wooden items is not easy

    As you can see, protecting wooden items during transport is not an easy job. Therefore, it is much better to find and hire professionals that will do it for you. If not, you will have to invest a lot of effort. Still, if you follow our guide, you will surely manage it.

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