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 storing wooden furniture in Seattle

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    Given the predominantly rainy weather in Seattle, storing wooden furniture and other belongings here can be challenging. Wood and moisture are not the best combinations, especially in long-term exposure conditions. So, it seems like protecting your wooden furniture from moisture will be most important during transport. Luckily, professional moving companies Seattle knows how to deal with rain. And they will keep your items dry even during a rainstorm. Hiring professional movers will take care of the transport part. Still, you will have to make sure that your wooden pieces are well protected. Because moisture can find your items even if you think they are safely stored in a self-storage. Unfortunately, moisture is not the only problem that you will have to think about.

    Your first task is to make a plan

    Storing your items, especially long-term is not an easy job. Besides electronics, wooden furniture has proven to be the most difficult to properly store. If you are planning to store some wooden pieces long term, you will have to prepare well and find suitable self-storage Seattle. Depending on your situation, this can be a rather complicated and time-consuming process. To complete everything properly and as in the shortest time possible, you will need to have a proper plan. That is your first task.

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    Before storing wooden furniture you will need to have a plan

    Before storing wooden furniture make sure that everything is in good condition

    After you prepared a plan, you can move on with your idea. When you are planning to store wooden furniture, the first thing you should do is a small inspection. Look at the furniture that you plan to store. Make sure that everything is in good condition and worth paying storage for it. Also, make sure that everything is termite-free. You do not want to carry a colony of termites to a storage unit with your old wardrobe and infest everything else. Locating unusable furniture pieces will allow you to rent a smaller and thus cheaper storage unit. Therefore, get rid of anything that is unusable before you proceed.

    Make a list of your wooden furniture before you store it

    When you remove the junk, you should make a list of your items. This list will allow you to precisely determine the size of the storage unit that you need, how much packing materials to prepare, and will later serve you as a reminder.

    Finding a suitable storage facility is one of your main tasks

    Your next step is to find a suitable storage facility to store your wooden furniture safely. This storage facility has to offer storage units that are moisture and pest free. Of course, every storage company advertises perfect conditions. But we all know that this is not true. To make sure that your items will be kept in a dry and pest-free place, you will need to visit the storage facility and see things for yourself. Only after your eyes assure you that everything is well, you can consider their offer.

    When you are storing wooden furniture you also have to think about transport, so hire reliable movers

    Next, you need to think about how to transport your items to storage. As mentioned above, the best way to protect your furniture from rain during transport is to hire residential movers Seattle to do it. However, if you have only a few chairs, and you own a vehicle, you can probably do it on your own. So it all depends on the number of and size of items that you want to move and store. If, you are hiring movers, however, make sure that they are reputable and trustworthy. You do not want some amateurs to damage your furniture.

    Things that you will need to have before you start preparing wooden furniture for storage

    If you found the perfect storage and you determined means of shipping and transport, you can start dealing with your wooden furniture. And that is not going to be simple. Wooden furniture as much as it is sturdy and long-lasting it is at the same time delicate, and sensitive. So, you will have to approach it gently. Here are the things that you will need to properly prepare wooden furniture for storage:

    • A roll of bubble plastic
    • Moving blankets or pads
    • Stretch wrap
    • Packing tape
    • Plastic bags for screws and other small parts
    • A set of tools
    • Wood and leather cleaning products and conditioners
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    Bubble plastic is going to protect your furniture from damage and moisture

    First, disassemble your furniture

    When you are planning to place wooden furniture in a storage unit long-term, you will need to invest a lot of effort if you want to make sure that your items will remain intact. The first thing you should do is disassemble your wooden furniture. Of course, not every piece of furniture can be disassembled. And you will probably encounter that problem with antique pieces. However, if you really want to do it, it is recommended that you find a woodworking professional to help you.

    Clean your pieces thoroughly and prepare them for long-term storage

    Disassembling furniture is an important step. That way it is easier to pack and carry, it will take less space in storage, and you will be able to clean it more thoroughly. And that is exactly what you should do next. Use appropriate cleaning products and remove the dirt. Then add a thick layer of leather conditioner (if you have leather parts).

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    Pay special attention to leather parts

    Packing wooden furniture for storage

    Finally, it is packing time. If you want you can hire a professional packing service to do this for you. It will be easier and your wooden furniture will be packed more securely. On the other hand, you can do it on your own. Use bubble plastic to wrap each piece individually. Or you can wrap them in moving blankets. Add a final layer of stretch wrap to protect it from the rain and moisture. Make sure that you save the screws and small parts. And that is it. It is just a matter of transporting it to your storage.

    Find good movers and suitable storage and pack your items well

    If you are storing wooden furniture in Seattle, try to find reliable movers for transport and a well-maintained storage facility. If you manage to do this, your only remaining task is to make sure that everything is properly packed and sealed.

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