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 on international moving during peak season

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Most people choose to move during the peak season because the climate conditions are better and it’s a convenient way to use up some of your vacation days. However, when you are planning an overseas relocation, even the climate conditions are not a safe bet. Instead, you need to consider all the mitigating factors that could influence the overall moving process. And since international moving during peak season is going to present a challenge, preparing for it is never a bad idea. So, before you start searching for freight companies in Seattle, go through our brief guide on how to prepare for international moving during peak season.

Climate conditions are one of the main benefits of moving during peak season

Peak moving season mostly depends on the weather. Yes, there are a few more factors like schools, leases, etc. But the weather is the most important. Unfortunately, because there are so many people that like to move when the sun is shining, and there is no rain or snow, other complications occur. When you calculate everything, it turns out that moving internationally during summer months is much more difficult than the off-peak season. Sadly, most of the time you cannot choose when you will be moving.  As a matter of fact, international relocations are mostly related to work. So, if you will be moving when the sun is shining, here is how to prepare.

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Nice weather is the main benefit of moving during peak season.

Time is of the essence when organizing international moving during peak season

Time is a crucial factor when you are moving overseas during peak season. So the most important thing is to start acting as soon as possible. Of course, the first thing to think about is your plane ticket. Finding good international commercial shipping companies is also one of the priorities. But before you can book your movers, you need to do a few things with your moving inventory.  Also, you need to think about gathering documents and paperwork. And a million other things. That is why there is no time to waste. As soon as you learn about your moving date, you need to start performing.

Booking flights can be daunting during the summer months

If you will be moving overseas during the summer, finding a plane ticket at the last minute is usually impossible. Especially if you are moving to a popular destination. And if you somehow manage to find it you will not be happy with the price or you will not find the exact date. Of course, if you suddenly found out that you need to move then you do not have a choice. But if there are still a few months before your moving date, now is the time to think about your plane ticket. If you do it on time, you can expect to get great deals and book the exact date that you need.

Things to think about before you call your international moving company

After you book your plane ticket, you should start planning your relocation.  But before you start searching for movers you need to think well.

  • International moving during peak season is expensive. Think about your moving budget
  • What items would you like to transport?
  • What moving services you will need.
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Think well before you call movers

Think about your moving budget

Moving overseas, especially during peak season is going to be very expensive. Especially if you are moving all your belongings as well. That is why it is very important that you think about your international moving costs and form your moving budget right from the start. Once you know how much money you got, you can decide how to manage your relocation.

Make sure to organize your moving inventory

Moving heavy furniture overseas is going to cost you. Most of the time, it is cheaper to buy new items in a new country than to pay for shipping your olds stuff. Therefore, before you call your movers, get rid of the heavy stuff, and organize your moving inventory properly.

What moving service will you need?

After you organize your items, you will know what moving services you will need from your movers. If you are short on time, and you do not want to pack in a hurry, you should hire professional packing services. Or you need storage for your belonging until your new home is ready. Once you know all the details, you can start searching for international moving companies.

International moving during peak season is risky without reliable professionals

Finding your perfect moving company during peak season is probably going to be impossible. That is one of the difficulties that you will encounter during peak season. If you start your search a few months in advance, however, chances for finding reliable moving companies grow. Therefore it is very important to do the above steps as soon as possible. So you have enough time to find available movers.

Booking early also means better prices and discounts.  But do not let the financial aspect be the main factor when you are deciding which moving company to hire. International moving during peak season is difficult. And you should make sure that you let only the finest professionals handle your belongings.

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International moving during peak season is risky so make sure that you are dealing with reliable movers

Prepare your documents in advance

Once you book your movers, you should think about documents and paperwork. If you are moving with your children, you will probably need to get their school records. This can also be tricky during summer, so make sure that you organize everything in advance.

Do, not forget about your health records, medical prescriptions, etc. Talks to your physician as soon as you find out that you will be moving. Also, maybe you will need an international driver’s license. Inform yourself on the internet about your new country’s law.

Do not forget about moving insurance

Finally, because international moving during peak season is so complicated and difficult, you should think about your safety. Of course, the best way to feel safer is to buy moving insurance. Don’t forget about that as you move forward with the moving process. And even if you do, you can always count on the expertise and range of services that Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage offers.

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