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 without damaging your home

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    Moving is an undertaking that carries a lot of risks. One of the biggest ones is the possibility of damaging your property in the process. Yet, when the chaos of moving ensues, this is one of the things that can easily slip your mind. No wonder there, really. After all, loads of chores and a tight timeframe make it easy to forget to eat, let alone protecting your property. Nevertheless, failing to do so leads to a whole plethora of other issues that can impact your new life. Therefore, moving without damaging your home, old or new, is of utmost importance. Luckily, this is not another impossible task to add to your moving checklist. Avoiding property damage is, actually, more than possible. So, here’s some advice from Eastside Seattle movers that will help you cut the risks and move without stress.

    The key to safe moving

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    Doing research is the best first step you can take when moving.

    Two things vastly improve your chance of moving without damaging your home:

    1. A wealth of information.
    2. Proper preparation.

    To make your property as safe as possible during relocation, you should take the time to do research and organize every step of the way. Knowledge of proper packing methods and moving processes will help you protect your home, items, and yourself from harm. On the other hand, preparation will help you do so with speed and efficiency. Although you’ll spend quite some time researching and organizing, in the long run, you’ll save much more of it. But most importantly, you’ll ensure a smooth transition, free of risks and stress.

    Moving without damaging your home is almost certain with professional help

    There’s a reason why good Washington movers are in such high demand. They make every aspect of relocation easier and safer. Moving isn’t risky because of the number of chores, nor because of the tight timeframe. It’s risky because it’s not something you do every day. You don’t pack delicate glass items every morning. You don’t disassemble and reassemble armoires every afternoon. And you certainly don’t load and unload moving trucks several times a day.

    Therefore, you simply cannot gain the experience necessary to handle every single detail of relocation on your own. But, movers do. This gives them ample opportunity to develop and hone the skills necessary to ensure a smooth, risk-free transition. So, opting for their help is, by far, the best way of moving without damaging your home.

    How to find perfect movers for your relocation?

    Although every reputable moving company is well-versed in the art of safety, not all will suit your needs perfectly. The thing is, there are no two identical relocations. The requirements of your move are unique and, therefore, demand a unique approach. So, here’s a crash course on finding excellent movers:

    • Check if moving services Seattle companies offer cover all the requirements of your relocation;
    • Ensure they’re licensed and insured to avoid fraudulent movers;
    • Ask for referrals and read the reviews to find out how they operate;
    • Request quotes from multiple companies to find one that fits your budget.

    Doing this will help you find safe, reliable movers that will make your relocation a breeze. But, you can make moving without damaging your home even easier, if you’re willing to take a few extra steps.

    More room makes moving without damaging your home more likely

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    Take the time to move packed belongings out of the way.

    Lack of maneuverable space is one of the prime reasons for accidents during relocation. Piles of boxes, rolled rugs, stuff lying all around – it all adds up to a hazardous environment. And, when the time comes to carry all of it outside, even the smallest thing can cause a catastrophe if it’s in the way. Fortunately, preventing this scenario is almost too easy. Simply take a few additional seconds to move things out of the way while packing. You can either stack boxes against the wall, or in the middle of the room, along with the furniture. This way, you’ll not only make the entire process safer but faster, too. And the more efficiently you move things out, the less chance you’ll get to damage your home.

    Prepare your furniture and home for moving day

    We already mentioned the importance of proper preparation during moving. Now, it’s time to go from making a to-do list, to actually doing it.

    Preparing furniture

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    Moving without damaging your home is possible with proper packing and preparation.

    Furniture preparation isn’t difficult, per se. However, it does require some attention and finesse. A good logic to follow here is:

    • If you can dismantle a piece of furniture, make sure to do so. It’ll make transporting and stacking them into a moving truck much easier;
    • If disassembling is out of the question, never move a piece as-is. Wrap it in moving blankets or bubble wrap to ensure their and your home’s safety;
    • Instead of relying on pure strength, use specialized moving equipment. You can rent dollies, stair ramps, moving straps, etc. from local and long distance movers Seattle.

    In most cases, this is enough to protect your home from damage. But, better safe, than sorry. So, next stop – prepping your home.

    Damage-proofing your home

    With a few extra precautions, you can minimize the chance of damage and maximize safety during moving. What you can do is:

    • Measure doorways, hallways, and stairways and compare your findings with furniture dimensions. This allows you to devise the best maneuvering tactics;
    • Use excess moving blankets and bubble wrap to pad the doorframes and keep them safe;
    • Slip-resistant floor coverings are an excellent way to prevent mishaps.
    • Don’t rush. Take it slow and safe to avoid damaging your home and health.

    Plan – Prepare – Prevail

    Moving without damaging your home is more than possible. All it takes is a bit of planning and preparation to go through it without a hitch. So, the last tip is: take your time. Although moving is always on a tight schedule, being organized will make it efficient, effective, and safe.

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