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 using mobile storage unit in Washington

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Mobile or portable storage units are extremely practical for moving, remodeling, renovation, etc. Whenever you need a little extra space during your relocation, you can use them to carry your excess belongings easily. Not only that, but businesses can make great use of them for on-site supplies. These perks are what made them much more popular in Washington in recent years. However, you may have been scared off of using them by the fact that you don’t know exactly what to do with them. But don’t worry, you’ll learn everything about how to use a mobile storage unit in Washington right here.

Find the best company that can give you a mobile storage unit in Washington

The first, most obvious thing for you to do is find and contact the finest companies that can supply you with these storage solutions. In most cases, moving companies are the ones that can hook you up with the best self-storage Seattle and other Washington cities have in store.

To that end, you should start researching moving companies in your area. That said, you’ll find plenty of moving companies Washington residents can choose from. While most are good, not all of them are worth their price tag. So zeroing in on the great ones takes a bit of digging online. Luckily, the Internet is great for finding such information, with reviews and social media galore.

What’s the best mobile storage unit for your needs?

Once you pinpoint the moving company that’s a great fit for you, you ought to decide what exactly you want from your storage unit. This will largely depend on your own needs and your situation. Take into account what your requirements and expectations are for your storing needs. From there, you will be able to come to a smart decision.

Size is the most relevant factor for your consideration when inspecting a mobile storage unit in Washington. When it comes to container storage units, there are plenty of sizes for you to choose from. However, the general limits span between the size of a walk-in closet and a 50-foot trailer. Suffice it to say that you won’t feel starved of options size-wise.

Before picking a size, you need to determine how much space you will actually need. Obviously, you don’t want a unit with too little room. But you also don’t want something too spacious for you. Your cargo should fit snuggly into the unit. That’s because your belongings could fall over or tumble around in too large a space while you’re transporting them. It’s generally advised to get the sturdiest moving boxes Seattle and other cities offer, seeing that those will protect your things from damage. However, letting them fly about in a huge storage unit is an unnecessary risk.

Read the contract carefully before renting a mobile storage unit in Washington

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Be very careful with what’s written on the contract

Whenever renting mobile storage facilities, you should carefully comb through the agreement you make with the supplier. There are always terms that outline how you can use their assets and what happens if you don’t respect those terms.

In the case of portable self-storage units, most of this will relate to prices on pickup, delivery, and other fees. Make sure you understand them all. That said, the other party is also under an obligation to explicitly tell you about all the caveats regarding their service. So if they appear shady, walk away. There’s no need to enter into a risky contract, after all.

There’s also a chance that they try to stick you with a subpar unit. If it gets damaged through no fault of your own but due to its own structural failings, the company might blame you and charge you extra. Look for any signs of the following and notify the company as soon as you see anything of the like.

  • rust,
  • weak locks,
  • loose hinges.
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Rust can lead to serious deterioration, making a mobile storage unit more of a liability

Fill the mobile storage unit the right way

We already stressed the need to pack all of your belongings into an appropriately-sized storage unit. There’s more to the packing stage than that, though. These tips apply whether you’re renting a mobile storage unit in Washington or anywhere else.

Start with the heavy stuff

You’ll want to reserve the bottom of the unit for all of your large, heavy items and boxes. Not only that, but you should also distribute them across the floor as evenly as possible. All of that will ensure that your Washington mobile storage unit is properly loaded and that nothing will move around while driving. Of course, leave the heavy lifting to the professionals if you aren’t ready to tackle it yourself. If you’re moving in Newcastle, for instance, get in touch with movers in Newcastle, WA, and let them handle it.

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Let professional movers handle the heavy lifting if you aren’t willing or able

Try using similarly-sized boxes

Having as many boxes of the same shape and size as possible should make packing significantly easier. Also, try to fill said boxes as much as their capacity allows you. That’s because you’ll be able to fill up more space. Think of it as LEGO blocks: if you can stack them neatly, you can fit a lot of them on a surface. On the other hand, if you keep tossing on pieces willy-nilly, you’ll wind up with a mess.

Keep the most important stuff in front

Your essentials should lie at the front (meaning as close to the unit door as feasible).  Vital items like kitchen equipment, clothes, cooking supplies, and the like need to be ready for easy access. That’s why they ought to stand at the ready right at the storage doors.

As another note, if you have a dolly (a.k.a. hand truck) that you can’t fit anywhere else, keep it to the front of the unit, too. If you don’t have one at all, though, don’t worry. Dollies are a common tool among both long-distance and local movers in Seattle or other cities in Washington.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to finding and using the best mobile storage unit in Washington. Good luck and have a great move!

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