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 properly packing and moving antique items

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    When moving antiques from one place to another, it’s important to take the right steps to ensure their safe relocation. Antiques are, in most cases, very delicate and need to be packed carefully even if you just need to move down the street. Trust us, one bumpy ride can easily damage your breakables if they are not packed and secured properly. To help you avoid this scenario, we have listed the necessary steps for packing and moving antique items safely. Read the following text and you will see that moving such delicate pieces doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking. You just need to follow the right tips and nothing will go wrong during the move.

    First things first – make an inventory list

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    Go through your belongings and write down all of the antiques you plan to move

    In case you own more than one or two antique pieces, you should think about making an inventory list. This is a must if you are a proud owner of various antique collections. Relocations can get crazy sometimes. You will have many things on your mind and you don’t want to forget some of your valuables and leave a box behind. But don’t worry, if you have an inventory list by your side, this won’t happen to you. So, what you’d want to do before your relocation is to go through all of your belongings and write down everything. If you don’t have the time to do all of this, at least write down all of your antiques.

    Consider getting an appraisal before packing and moving antique items

    Whether you choose to move your antiques with the help of movers Everett WA or you plan to do it on your own, you should get an appraisal first. By doing this, you will know the precise value of your delicate pieces. In case you need to make any claims after the move, knowing the exact value of your extraordinary pieces will be of great use. We hope you won’t need to file any claim but you’d want to be ready for the worst-case scenario.

    Create a plan for packing and moving antiques safely

    It is important to have a carefully made plan before any relocation. Even if you are moving just a couple of blocks away, you should do your best and try to plan this process as much as possible. The same goes for packing and moving antique items. Beware, this is not a simple thing to do. You need to be very careful when moving these pieces. A well-made plan will help you avoid problems during your relocation. All experienced fine art, furniture, and piano movers Seattle can tell you about the importance of having a moving plan.

    So, what are the things you will need to plan?

    • Finding help
    • Packing antiques
    • Moving budget
    • Transportation method
    • Getting storage (if necessary)
    • Unpacking antiques

    Start to pack your antiques well ahead of time

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    Plan when you are going to start to pack for the move and stick to the schedule

    One of the worst things you can do is start to pack your antiques a couple of days before the move. This is a very challenging part of the move that needs to be handled with extra care. Antiques are very fragile. More importantly, even the smallest damage will decrease their value. Because of this, you shouldn’t rush the packing process. Rushing things can be very stressful and, in most cases, leads to making mistakes. That’s why you need to start to pack your antiques well in advance.

    Go through your schedule, plan when you are going to start, and finish packing all of your delicate pieces. Last but not least, stick to your schedule and you will have nothing to worry about.

    7 simple tips for packing fragile and delicate items

    Before you start to pack your antiques for the move, you will need to learn how to pack fragile items properly. To save you some time, we have listed some of the most important packing tips that you’d want to follow in order to have a safe relocation.

    • Clean each item before you pack it. This is a must even if you plan to store some of your belongings.
    • Make sure you have gathered all the packing materials you need.
    • Identify weak spots on your antiques and extra protect them.
    • Avoid wrapping your antiques with newspapers or magazines because the ink could transfer to the surface of these items and ruin them.
    • Don’t overpack your boxes. It is better to place small and heavy items separately in smaller boxes. 
    • Use a lot of cushioning materials to keep your items from moving inside the box.
    • Label all boxes that contain antiques. This way you will mark which boxes need to be handled with extra care.

    When in doubt, put professionals in charge of packing and moving antique items

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    Moving antiques can be tricky so it would be best to let professionals help with these tasks

    If you need to move heavy and bulky antique furniture, a piano, or heavy fine art, you should find several extra sets of hands to properly load and unload these items. If you are not experienced enough, it would be best to leave this task to professionals. Many things can go wrong during this part of the relocation. You don’t want to drop something and end up with ruined antiques. Instead, find trustworthy movers and let them handle packing and moving antique items. To make sure they are reliable, check their USDOT number and also their reviews on some of the business review websites.

    As you can see, in order to move your antiques safely, you need a proper plan and a reliable crew by your side. In case you need to relocate your items of value but are not sure how to handle this task, reach out to Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage. We have experienced movers and quality moving equipment that helps us relocate items in the safest possible manner. Get in touch with us to learn more about our company and the services we offer.

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