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

Storing musical instruments – tips and tricks

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Everyone who owns an instrument is surely familiar with the fragility and delicacy that all of them posses. As such, they require the utmost attention and care when handling, and especially when moving and storing. And while you would be safe to entrust the movers Bellevue WA is proud to be a base of with the relocation of your precious goods, storing musical instruments might be the task you have to address on your own. However, with the simple guide and a few tips and tricks provided in the following few lines, you will find yourself to be up to the task.

A few important remarks to take into consideration when storing musical instruments

While your reasons behind placing the musical instrument in storage are a private matter and not our concern, it is crucial that you realize the care, safety measures, and proper storing techniques they require. That is, if you want to find them in an unblemished state when you pick them up.

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If this is not the state you want to find your piano in, it would be smart to adequately prepare it.

You need to choose the right Newcastle storage that will safeguard your belongings from harm. And that means choosing only well-secured storage options with protection from the elements. Namely, all musical instruments from slide trombones to snare drums are sensitive to environmental factors. Extreme hot or cold temperatures, sudden transitions between then, as well as humidity and dust can be detrimental to the well-being of your instrument.

Luckily, our warehouses never get too hot or too cold and will do a great job of protecting your belongings from harm. Choosing this option is the first and most important step in preserving your instruments while in storage.

Musical instruments differ, and so does their preparation

Every instrument that you plan on storing will need to go through a specific process of preparation prior to you dropping them off. The process itself will vary on the classification of the musical instrument, as well as the materials it is made from. Know that musical instruments that are made from a single material are the easiest to prepare for storage. However, instruments that contain more than one material, especially the ones that are not compatible, tend to give their owners quite a headache when it comes to storing preparations.

As an example, we will take an instrument that has both wood and metal in its construction. As these two have different expansion rates when in the presence of high levels of humidity, choosing your storage units correctly will be of the highest priority.

General care that is applicable to all instruments

Although instruments differ in materials, some tips still apply to all of them:

  • Make sure to store the instrument in its original case.
  • Ensure that the cases are clean and in good condition. They should be free of any fraying or powdering.
  • In a situation where there are fraying and powdering involved, line the case with a paper that is buffered and acid-free.
  • After taking the instrument out of long-term storage, make sure to tune it up before you start playing.
  • Consider insuring the contents of your storage unit, as it will compensate you should there be any fire, burglary, vandalism, or natural disasters.
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Keeping them in their original cases is one of the best things you can do when storing musical instruments.

Properly preparing your musical instruments for storage

  • Taking them apart

This is your first step in preparation for storing musical instruments. This stands, of course, if the instrument itself was designed to come apart. Take off mouthpieces, remove reeds, and detach straps. When it comes to the stringed instruments, make sure that you loosen the strings slightly. There is no need to remove them completely. However, the pressure of tight strings can warp your instrument, and we want to avoid that. You want to do the same with bowstrings. The only exception is pianos. You do not have to loosen their strings, as they are designed to withstand strong pressure. Still, do not forget about the drumheads, and loosen them as well.

  • Cleaning them thoroughly

Do not forget about this step, as it is of the highest importance. Use the appropriate cleaning solutions and cloths for your particular instrument or instruments. Tend to each separate part of the instrument and be thorough, yet gentle. This will help keep the moisture and dirt from building up and leading to damage you do not want to witness. If you plan on storing instruments that have padded keys (such as flutes) place tissue paper between the pads and the instrument body. It will help with preventing the keys from sticking and being damaged.

  • Packing the instrument carefully and attentively

When you are sure that your instrument is clean and dry, you can proceed with packing it in its case. Place all the parts securely in the sections of the case that are designated for them. If you notice some wiggle room, try adding some sort of soft material, such as cotton balls, in order to help keep the piece in place without any substantial pressure. You would then place a sheet of acid-free paper or clean cloth over the instrument in the case. Finally, close the case securely.

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Certain instruments, however, do not have a case and thus require special tending.
  • Wrapping and covering larger instruments

When storing musical instruments that are larger, such as a piano or drumset, it is highly unlikely that you will have a case. These instruments require special precautions when transported, so you may want to consider having the professionals take care of the job. You can wrap piano legs, pedals, and benches in heavy padding. Cover your large instruments with a tarp to protect them from mold, dust, mildew, and pests.

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