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 seniors moving in Bainbridge Island

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Like most things, moving gets harder with age. But that shouldn’t stop you from relocating to Bainbridge Island! In fact, you shouldn’t have to give up anything you want to do. Instead, all you need to do is learn how to make it easier. For that reason, we have compiled some tips from professional Washington movers regarding seniors moving in Bainbridge Island. If you follow them, you’ll surely find that your relocation can go smoothly and easily no matter your age!

Always start with a good plan for seniors moving in Bainbridge Island

Every relocation should start with a plan. When you have as much to do as you will have when moving, it’s vital to stay organized. So make planning your first step when moving! Write down everything you need to do – research moving companies, hire movers, pack, organize for travel. Break everything down into smaller tasks that are more manageable. That way you won’t get overwhelmed at the enormity of a single huge task. Put your plan on a timeline to make it easier to keep track of when you need to be doing what.

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Planning is the best way to start your move.

If you’re not sure that you can keep track of everything you need to do, then HB move management may be the right choice for you instead. Our moving coordinators will work closely with you to ensure that your relocation goes the way it should while relieving of you the stress of keeping an eye on everything yourself.

Procrastinating is a mistake you must avoid

One of the biggest mistakes people of all ages make when moving is putting things off. The problem with this is that moving always takes time. Usually, it takes more time than you expect. And when you’re older, like most things, it takes longer than it used when you were young. So don’t waste too much time before you start planning and packing. The last thing you want is to end up with only a few days to pack your entire home. That scenario is simply too stressful and daunting, especially for senior citizens.

Seniors moving in Bainbridge Island will be easier with help

Everything is easier when you have someone by your side to help you. So don’t try to move on your own! That’s a big task and one that you don’t want or need to take on alone. As a senior especially, you’ll want someone to help you pack, clean, and carry heavy things. Your best option for this is movers Bainbridge Island who are professionals at just this. They are the best way to relocate quickly and safely. Among the services that you can expect from them are efficient packing using high-quality materials, disassembly and reassembly of furniture, loading and unloading the moving truck, storage space if necessary, and of course the transport of your items to your new home.

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There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it.

Many moving companies WA offer special discounts to seniors that you may qualify for. However, if you cannot afford to pay for all these moving services or simply do not wish to, you can also look for help elsewhere. Your family, friends, and neighbors may be able to assist with some tasks and make the move easier on you.

Declutter, downsize and learn to let go – moving will be easier with fewer things to move

Decluttering before a move is always a good way to go. You’ll already be going through all your stuff in order to pack it. So this is a great opportunity to get rid of the things you no longer need as well. You have probably accumulated quite a few items over the years, many of which you don’t really use anymore. And now is the perfect time to learn to let go of them!

Give some of your art and decorations to family or friends who will appreciate them. Or donate some of your old clothes that you no longer wear anyway – they may serve someone else better. Finally, there may be some things you own that are simply no longer useable. Don’t hold onto them unnecessarily – throw them away to make space for new and better things.

What will you keep?

You should always be radical with decluttering and get rid of as much as possible. But this does not mean you should throw absolutely everything away. Possessions are rarely just things to us. They are memories from other times, souvenirs from other places, things we love and cherish. And getting rid of those would hurt. So it’s important to know what to get rid of. If there are some things that mean a lot to you, like a wedding dress, a framed photo from a birthday, a ceramic dish you bought on your favorite holiday – keep them, even if you never use them. But learn to prioritize or you’ll fall into the trap of thinking you care about all your belongings equally. Remember that something must go.

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It’s okay to keep things if they mean a lot to you.

Packing tips for seniors moving in Bainbridge Island

Packing is often one of the hardest things about moving, even after you parse through all your things. And the physicality of it can be particularly difficult when you’re older. So here are some tips to make packing for a senior move easier:

  • get help: whether it’s from your family and friends or from professional packers in Seattle, it’ll come in handy
  • break it down into smaller tasks: don’t try to do everything at once – pack by room or category
  • be mindful of weight: everything you pack, someone will need to carry at some point so make sure the boxes are not too heavy
  • plan for unpacking: remember that you’ll need to unpack everything as well so label properly and mark boxes you’ll need to unpack first so they’re loaded onto the truck last

Make preparations for your life after the move

Seniors moving in Bainbridge Island doesn’t just end with arriving at your new house. You’ll still need to settle into your new home and neighborhood. To make this easier, plan ahead. Set up your utilities before you move, have someone clean your new home in the days immediately before your arrival, think of how you want to put up your furniture so it’s easier to direct your movers when unpacking, and generally make preparations for after the move. This will make it easier to get comfortable in your new home fast.

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