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 relocating your home library

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    For a passionate reader, books are more than objects or mere shelf decoration. They are gateways to fantastic realms – vessels that enable traveling across infinite universes. Time machines that give means of exploring past, present, and future. If you’re the person who views books in this manner, then relocating your home library safely is of the utmost importance to you. So, here are a few tips from some of the best movers Seattle, to make this undertaking easier.

    #1 – Revise your library before you start packing

    Now, we know you absolutely, definitely, undoubtedly must bring all of your books with you. But, do you, really? The thing is, in every book collection there are a few black sheep. Or, an entire flock, if we’re being realistic. These are the books you bought and read, but didn’t find them satisfying nor inspiring in any way. You don’t have the heart to throw them away and you certainly won’t read them ever again.

    So, why bring them? They are only excess weight, which will increase the price of your move. Especially if you’re moving long-distance since most long distance movers Seattle will charge by the overall weight. So, the heavier the load, the more you’ll pay. And, make no mistake – books are heavy.

    A woman reading about the ways of relocating your home library.
    While tempting, relocating your entire collection isn’t profitable.

    Therefore, consider giving up at least some of them. You don’t have to throw them, of course. Sell them online, donate to charities, or see if your family members or friends would like to “adopt” a few. That way, you’ll cut some unnecessary weight and the cost of your move, and your books will have someone to appreciate them.

    #2 – Quality packing materials are the priority

    To ensure proper protection for your books, you’ll need quality packing materials. Boxes being the most important of all. As we said, books are heavy. Therefore, you’ll need a box strong enough to support them. That said, a general rule of thumb when relocating your home library is to use smaller boxes to pack books. It will make them easier to carry and stack in the moving truck, without risking injuries.

    Now, how do you know how many boxes you need? That’s pretty easy, actually. Small boxes can fit around 20 – 30 books, depending on the format. So, you only need to divide the total number of books by 20 or 30, and you’ll find out how many boxes you need. Still, it’s always a good idea to buy a few more, just to be safe.

    The rest of the packing materials

    With boxes in tow, you got the most important part done. Now, you need other materials. At the very least, you’ll need a generous amount of bubble wrap and packing tape. But, if you want more security for your books, consider getting:

    • Packing peanuts;
    • Stretch foil;
    • Painters tape;
    • Brown paper;
    • Glassine paper;
    • Marker.

    Although optional, these packing materials are always a welcome addition.

    #3 – Organize books before relocating your home library

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    Organize your books before packing. It will make relocating your home library much easier.

    Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t pack paperback and hardcover books together. Although it seems like a good idea, this can result in damage to paperback books. Therefore, separate them by cover type first.

    Next, you want to sort them by size (format). Packing books of similar size together will result in a snug fit that leaves less wiggle room.

    #4 – Crash course in book packing

    Packing books isn’t difficult. For the most part, they’ll be ok neatly stacked in a box. However, if you’re packing valuable or old tomes, or you know they’ll spend some time in one of the Seattle storage facilities, things become a bit more tricky. Or, rather, more tedious, because you’ll have to pack each book individually:

    • Start by wrapping a tome in a few layers of brown or glassine paper;
    • Secure paper in place with artist (painters) tape. Do not use packing tape for this purpose, as it can damage your books if any gets on them;
    • Wrap the tome in stretch foil or bubble wrap. As an alternative, you can use paper towels, but they don’t provide nearly as much protection;

    With these steps done, you can proceed to place the books in boxes. However, if you’re storing them for a prolonged period, consider replacing cardboard boxes with plastic bins. They offer even better protection from moisture and are easy to carry and stack.

    #5 – Boxing the books

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    Labeling the boxes offers a lot of convenience in the long run.

    In general, there are three ways to stack the books inside the box:

    • Spine-down is good for both paperback and hardcover books;
    • Upward (spine-out) is excellent for hardcovers;
    • Flat is only advisable for paperbacks.

    Do note that you don’t have to choose any single method. In fact, you’ll get the best results (i.e. save more space) if you combine them.

    Once your books are packed and stacked, fill the rest of the box with padding. Packing peanuts are the best choice, but bubble wrap or loosely crumpled brown paper works, too.

    Shake the box a bit to see if the books are still moving. If they are, add some more padding until they have no more wiggle room. Once they’re safe and immobile, fill the rest of the box with padding and seal it.

    #6 – Label the boxes

    This last step isn’t essential, per se. Still, it saves a lot of time and nerves when the time comes to refill your bookshelves. So, it’s advisable to set aside a few seconds and label the boxes as you seal them.

    Save time and ensure the safety of your books

    The methods mentioned here are excellent for smaller libraries. However, if you have thousands of tomes, relocating your home library becomes much more time-consuming and nerve-wracking. In this case, it’s best to contact reputable Seattle movers and make use of their professional packing services. Other than saving a vast amount of your time, trained professionals will make sure your precious books are prepped in the best possible way.

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