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

Tips for loading a moving truck like a pro

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When you embark upon a move, you will find yourself in the middle of many different and completely new processes. There’s the process of hiring international commercial shipping companies; the process of packing your belongings in moving boxes; and then, there’s the task of loading a moving truck. If you have rented a moving truck and are nearing the end of your relocation preparations, then now’s the right time to learn the best way to pack and load your belongings inside a moving truck. It doesn’t take much – it just takes a bit of creativity.

First things first – you will have to choose the right sized moving truck

During our 130 years of experience, we have dealt with relocations of all sizes. It is for that reason that we know that sometimes people will require a smaller truck, while others will require a couple of large trucks. The only way to save your time, as well as nerves, is to choose the right sized truck from the start. The best way to make a good choice is by reading all the details about the truck rental options.

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It’s always the best idea to learn as much as possible about your options.

Every moving truck rental company should provide you with a thorough list of the amount and weight of items that can fit inside a truck. We can only advise you to try and be modest and realistic. Even though it seems like it, you probably won’t need a moving truck as big as the ones the best freight companies Seattle use. Instead, read about the experiences other people have had with the company you are considering. That should give you a good idea as to what to rent for yourself.

Furniture disassembly is a must when loading a moving truck

Some people view furniture disassembly as an unnecessary step – a step that will only lead to you wasting time. But the truth is that it is this step that will help you maximize space inside the moving truck, and make it easy to load all of your items. Depending on which Seattle local movers you choose, you could have professional help with this step. But if you are left doing it on your own, we have some valuable tips for you:

  • Make sure you assess which items and parts can be taken apart and which ones can’t. 
  • Memorize the disassembly process for each of your items – remember that you have to reassemble them once again. 
  • Take extra good care of small parts such as screws and bolts. They can go in a separate ziplock bag. 

Disassembling your furniture might take some time out of your day, but we can assure you that it will be a good use of your time. You will be able to place more items inside a truck, thus saving precious space and money.

Heavy items are the first ones to be loaded

We know how tempting it is to just throw in your items inside a truck without any specific order. But that’s the complete opposite of the proper way to load your moving truck. If you happen to be looking for the right way to load your items, you have to begin by loading the heaviest items first. That means that your mattresses, bed frames, and refrigerator should go first. Furniture this heavy should not be placed on top of any fragile items that could easily end up broken due to the increased pressure.

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All of your heavy items not to be put on the bottom of the truck.

An extra tip from our premier interstate movers in Seattle – your couches, headboards, and tables can and should be put in an upright position. Keep these items closer to the front of the truck and secure them with moving straps. They will ensure your items stay in the right place.

Your lightest items are the last ones to be loaded

By mentioning that the heaviest items go first, you were probably able to conclude that you should save the lightest items for the end. Medium to lightweight boxes of appliances are very fragile and need to be protected during the transport. Just like with heavy items, you need to protect these belongings by securing them with moving straps.

When it comes to your most fragile items, such as mirrors and collectibles, be sure to pack them at the very top of the pile. Also, if you have any items that are of special value to you, it’s always best to keep these essentials with you during relocation. If something is so valuable that you can’t imagine replacing it, then it’s certainly worth being put next to you.

Miscellaneous tips for loading a moving truck like a real pro

  • Use moving blankets for covering your precious possessions after putting them in a moving truck.
  • Roll up your rugs and put them in a plastic bag that will provide good protection for them.
  • Enlist the help of a few close friends that will help you load your items.
  • Keep your essentials box in an easy-to-reach place inside the truck.
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You will need the help of a few good friends when packing and loading your moving truck.

The conclusion

It certainly won’t be easy to pack your moving truck when you have no prior experience in the matter. But loading a moving truck isn’t as hard as it seems – all you have to do is follow the rules we have mentioned above. But if you ever feel like this will be too much work for you, you can simply get in touch with Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage. It will be our pleasure to take care of this task for you. Besides our pros, you can enlist the help of any other moving company in your area. After all, that’s what we are here for – to make your relocation easy and stress-free. Give us a call at any time – it will be our pleasure to help you move with ease.

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