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 moving while expecting a child

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    Relocations are usually complicated endeavors on their own. But if you are expecting a child, that adds a few more complications into the mix. However, if moving while expecting a child is unavoidable for you, there are some things you can do to make it easier. First, you will want to hire one of the Issaquah moving companies to help you relocate. And enlist a few friends to the cause. After that, you will want to make sure that you talk to your doctor, have plenty of time to pack, declutter, and prepare a moving day kit. In this article, we will walk you through the entire process.

    How to go about moving while expecting a child

    Expecting a child is amazing. But you need to prepare if you will be relocating soon.

    To make relocating when expecting a lot easier and smoother, you will want to :

    • Consult with your doctor
    • Get additional help
    • If you have to lift and bend, do it safely
    • Leave yourself plenty of time to pack
    • Declutter
    • Pack an essentials bag

    Make sure to devote some time to research moving companies in your area, as well. Hiring a quality moving company such as Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage will make the entire ordeal much easier. Top professional movers will do most of the work for you, enabling you to focus on what really matters.

    First things first – talk to your doctor

    Before you even think about doing anything else, you will want to make sure that it is safe for you to even participate in the moving effort. Therefore, the first person you should visit needs to be your doctor. They will be able to provide you with information on whether you can be lifting anything at all. For example, pregnant women who usually lift for more than an hour a day will want to avoid lifting anything heavier than 18 lbs if they are twenty weeks or less in, and 13 lbs if later than twenty weeks.

    Furthermore, you may also want to organize your healthcare before the relocation date draws near. Some obstetricians will not allow for patients that are more than 24 weeks pregnant, which can be quite a hindrance. That is why you will want to try and relocate before the third trimester if you can. Also, make sure that you always have your medical records on hand, in case that you need them.

    Enlist a few family members or friends to help

    When moving while expecting a child, you are going to need a bit more help than you usually might have. Aside from hiring long distance movers Seattle to help you with the relocation, you will also want to contact some of your friends and relatives. While they will help you lift, carry, and with other moving-related matters, the most important thing they will do for you is to help you keep to your limits. The most difficult thing to do when moving is to know what your limits are, after all. It is all too common to stay up late packing, lifting boxes, even moving furniture around. You need someone to keep you from doing those things if you can’t control yourself. 

    Make sure to lift and bend safely

    If you absolutely have to do any lifting or bending, you will want to ensure that you are doing it in a safe way. While self-organization makes relocation easier, you need to observe the proper techniques, or you will be risking an injury. While pregnant, the body produces increased levels of the hormone known as relaxin, which loosens ligaments to help you with labor. Coupled with the posture changes and the extra weight that pregnancy entails, this makes it easier to injure yourself.

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    Utilize correct lifting and carrying techniques.

    You will want to avoid the common way of lifting, such as bending the spine and lifting from the lower back, arms outstretched. This will strain the low back muscles and can put you at significant risk of spinal intervertebral disc injury. What you want to do is to utilize the “hip hinge” method, which involves you straddling the item, bending your knees from the hips while holding the back straight. Hold the object close to you and lift it by using the power of your legs.

    When moving while expecting a child, you will need additional time to pack

    While packing can be an extremely long and arduous process, what you never want to do is add a time constraint to it. Therefore, make arrangements so you have plenty of time to pack and not worry about not managing to finish everything by the time the moving day arrives. You are going to need plenty of rest, as well, every half an hour or so. Try to avoid standing too long, as that can lead to swellings in the lower extremities.

    Declutter to make things easier

    The packing process can also be made easier by simply having fewer items to pack. To get to that point, you will need to go through the decluttering process. By doing so, you will both reduce the cost of your relocation and make it easier for yourself to pack the rest of your belongings. You will need fewer packing supplies and will need to spend less energy on the task.

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    Decluttering will make the packing process much easier.

    There are a few methods of how to go about decluttering, but you may want to try the KonMari method, which is getting increasingly popular. The basis of the method is to look at the item you are considering keeping and ask yourself “Does it spark joy?”. There is more to the method than that, of course, but that is the fundamental underlying principle. 

    Remember to pack an essentials bag

    The last thing you will need to prepare when moving while expecting a child is the essentials bag for the moving day and the relocation itself. You will want to include something to sit on so you can rest at any point, anywhere. Furthermore, bring some snacks and electrolyte-heavy foodstuffs to keep the hydration levels and blood sugar where it needs to be. Don’t forget any medication you might need, spare clothes, a phone charger, an entertainment device or two, and some toiletries. And definitely do not forget toilet paper.

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