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

Room-by-room unpacking guide

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It is finally over. All the hustle and the bustle regarding your relocation is finally over. Or is it? Just as you are waving those wonderful helpers from moving companies Marysville WA goodbye, a certain though starts to appear at the back of your mind. At first, it’s just a nuisance. But as soon as you enter your new home, it hits you. All of those boxes that your movers have carefully transported are now waiting to be unpacked. An exhale with a hint of desperation to it is a completely reasonable reaction. However, don’t let that emotion take over this process that should be all about the good things that await. With this simple room-by-room unpacking guide you have in front of you, you will find this final part of your move to be as easy as pie.

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Room-by-room unpacking is much easier if you have gone through all the preparation steps.

Factors that work to your favor

These are certain tasks that will work great in your favor, proven that you have taken care of them prior to or during your relocation:

  • Packing your boxes whilst being mindful of the content’s origin. That is to say, you have packed so that each box belongs to a certain room.
  • Labeling your boxes so that you know its contents. It goes without saying that this is one of the smartest things you can do when it comes to packing for the move. It would be absurd to expect you will remember every box and where it goes solely on its looks and weight, or any other method that excludes clear labeling.
  • Leaving the boxes in their designated rooms after the relocation. This is not super important, but it will expedite your unpacking process significantly.
  • Keeping the items you don’t need right away or don’t have room for in storage units Lynnwood WA. Doing so will allow you to find the perfect place for every item at your own pace and without any disturbances. Just make sure not to forget about those belongings you have stored away.

Mind you, all of these are super useful, but failing to follow them does not mean all is lost. Still, being that you are interested in room-by-room unpacking guide, chances are you have already followed these tips.

Room-by-room unpacking process

When it comes to unpacking, it is always smart to begin with items you use most often. These are the belongings that are crucial to your daily routine. Now, some of you already thought of this, and have packed and essentials box before the relocation took place. For those of you that have not thought of this great hack, we have some great tips:

  • unpack your towels and basic hygiene products. These would include your usual bar of soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and toilet paper.
  • take out your sheets, pillows, and blankets. You will have to sleep tonight, no matter the amount of unpacking you take care of, so make sure that you are able to hit the sack the moment you feel you need to. Nothing worse than having to make your bed when you are barely keeping your eyes open.
  • unpacking food is not on top of this list, as you can always order takeout. However, if you have had a local Seattle relocation and have brought some food with you, make sure to take it out, and place it in the fridge.

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s devote our attention to each room individually. As we mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph, unpacking the items you use most often is a wise move. The same rule can apply to your rooms. So, you want to start with your bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen, proceeding with your living room, and hallway, finishing with the attic and any other room or area that is not frequently visited.

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The rooms that you use on a daily basis take precedence when it comes to unpacking.

Unpacking your bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen

Nothing beats a long shower after a hard day. So, why not treat yourself with such splendor when it’s super simple to do so? Apart from those basic hygiene products, feel free to unpack your bathrobe, slippers, and any other item that makes your bathroom your own, so to speak. This is an area you use multiple times a day, making it the number one item on your unpacking list.

When it comes to your bedroom, the bed is the essential piece you have to devote your attention to. Hopefully, your movers have placed it on its designated area, where it waits for the sheets and pillows. You don’t have to rush with unpacking your whole closet. Take out those clothing pieces that correspond with the season, and leave all the rest for later. That way you will have more time and freedom to organize your closet right.

As the kitchen is also a room used on a daily basis, you want to start unpacking it the moment you find the time. Start with those basic kitchen tools: plates, knives, cutlery, pans, pots, mugs, and glasses you use daily. Leave all those specialty items for later, as your diet will not suffer much without them.

Living room, hallway, attic, and all else

As you can probably presuppose, you want to sort the items you will need sooner rather than later. Luckily, the living room, ironically, is not essential for your basic living needs. So, you can take your time when unpacking the boxes that belong to it. Find the right place for every piece, as you will be spending plenty of your leisure time here.

Jackets, shoes, and accessories that fit the season take precedence. Unpack them first, and find the place for all other belongings when you find the time. The same stands for your attic, garage, and anything else that does not require your immediate attention. Better to handle it correctly, than rush for no apparent reason, only to have to sort it afterward. And, when it comes to the rooms you rarely visit, that ‘afterward’ seldom comes.

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No need to take out your winter coat when we have warmer months approaching.

There really is no need to rush this process. You are, after all, turning this new place into a home. So, try to enjoy this process, and devote as much time and attention as you need to it. Just make sure not to stretch it out for too long, as it can lead to certain boxes never getting opened, and that is not the road you want to take. Give yourself a deadline, but make it a realistic one. Remember that functionality and normal everyday living is your priority while decorating and sorting seldom-used items only comes later.

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