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

Things to do before moving into a new house

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    Relocating to another home is an exciting period in your life. If you want to make the most out of the process, however, there are some things that you need to handle before moving into a new house. This includes utility transfer, insurance options, decluttering, etc. There are some things that can make the process easier, as well. For example, if you are moving to Lynnwood, you might want to consider utilizing one of our storage units Lynnwood WA. In this article, we are going to show you all the things you want to accomplish prior to moving in. Without any further ado, let’s begin!

    What are the things you should take care of before moving into a new house?

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    To make your home cozy, you are going to need to sort out a few things first.

    To start things off, here’s a short list of all the things you will need to do:

    • Transfer utilities
    • Upgrade your insurance plan
    • Declutter or/and donate unnecessary possessions
    • Consider renovating before moving into a new house
    • Prepare your kids for the relocation
    • Say goodbye to your old neighbors before moving into a new house

    Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. Depending on your situation, you will need to add/remove some of the items. But for the most part, you will want to go through each one. By doing so, you will be able to adapt to your new home as soon as possible. If you are using the services of international movers Seattle to relocate from abroad, you may need to add a few more steps. For example, you will need to make sure that you understand how things work in your new country. This can be extremely important, don’t neglect it. That aside, let’s see about some of the more important steps in greater detail.

    Transfer utilities

    If you are relocating within the country, chances are that you can simply transfer your utilities. The reason why you want to do that is that it is a lot less “hassle” than signing up for services yet again. You will retain your customer status and all the benefits that you might have accrued over the years. Now, the transfer process is usually quite simple and you can do it online, in most cases. However, some providers will require you to visit their offices in person and submit some paperwork. It all depends on your situation. That is why you will want to start early with this process so you have time to complete it before the relocation date.

    Upgrade your insurance plan

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    Make sure that nothing can stand between you and an enjoyable relocation.

    Another thing that is of the utmost importance is to update your insurance policy accordingly. Your circumstances have changed, after all, and it is only prudent to do so. While you can get insurance for your relocation through some of the best movers Seattle has to offer, getting adequate insurance for your home is equally important. Therefore, consider your current and future needs and find the best plan for your situation. Do note that some states will have higher insurance rates than you might be used to. Therefore, it is best to think about insurance before rather than later. That way, you will be able to plan accordingly.

    Declutter or/and donate unnecessary possessions

    No matter how big your new home might be, you don’t want to clutter it with unnecessary items. Take some time to figure out what belongings you haven’t used in, let’s say, a year and those that you don’t see yourself using in another year. These items are much better donated to someone who will make some use out of them. Of course, your friends and family members are your prime choices, but there are various charities that will be happy to take these items off your hands. Do note that if you are donating to charity, the items themselves need to be in a good condition.

    Consider renovating before moving into a new house

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    Simply slapping a new coat of paint can make a home much more livable.

    This might be a large undertaking but it is one that you may want to seriously consider. The best time to renovate/remodel is before you bring in all of your belongings. If you need additional time, you can always utilize some of the storage services Seattle has to offer. The renovation will be a lot easier without all those items in the way. You might want to secure additional lodgings if you want to conduct extensive modifications though. The whole process can be quite arduous and annoying but is almost always worth it.

    Prepare your kids for the relocation

    If you are relocating with children “in tow”, you might want to make sure that they are well prepared for the process. Depending on the age of your children, you may need to modify your approach. Moving with toddlers is all about making sure that you have everything you need to care for them throughout the relocation. It means packing an essentials bag specifically for the child, as well as your own. Older kids might need some parental guidance to get them in line. They might not be too happy with the idea of moving house, and you will need to be patient with them.

    Say goodbye to your old neighbors before moving into a new house

    The last thing you will want to do is get some closure before you move out. This means saying goodbye to all the people that had an impact on your life. If you had a positive experience with your neighbors, you may want to properly say goodbye to them, simple as that. You can take them out on a surprise dinner, for example, or simply invite them over and give them a small gift. Or bring some food over to their place.

    Either way, this is something you want to do before moving into a new house. It will provide you with a satisfying end to your “old life” and enable you to focus on what comes next. And even if you did not like your neighbors all that much, the relocation is the best time to “bury the hatchet”.

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