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

Top eco-friendly packaging ideas to save money

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When you’re moving, you’re spending a lot of money on things that you wish you didn’t have to. Most of the time, one of those things is packing supplies. Well, what if we told you that there were ways to use eco-friendly packaging ideas and save money at the same time? Yes, you can save the planet and reduce your moving costs while packing, and it’s not difficult either. We know that packing is a nightmare for most people, so we’ll try and make it a little bit easier for you. Whether you’re packing your things for Seattle storage or for an upcoming relocation, these tips should give you an insight into the world of packing. We hope this will make packing less stressful for you.

Downsize before implementing eco-friendly packaging ideas

Decluttering and downsizing is always a good idea. We all let our belongings pile up over time and we don’t even notice that we have too many things at one point. That’s why you should try and declutter your home regularly instead of waiting to relocate. When it comes to moving house, downsizing is a step you shouldn’t skip.

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Go through your clothes and other belongings and get rid of the things you don’t need.

First of all, getting rid of things you don’t need will make packing easier and quicker. Other than that, you’ll need much fewer moving boxes Seattle, so you’ll be saving money and creating less waste. Not only will you be saving money on packing supplies, but you’ll also pay less to your professional movers. Because moving companies charge by the weight of your shipment, you’ll be paying less if you have less stuff. So, before you get into the eco-friendly packaging ideas, you should ideally pare down of all your unneeded belongings.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to trash everything. There are a few things you could do with the things you don’t want to bring to your new home.

  • Donate the items you don’t need or want anymore. You can take them to a charity shop nearby and help those in need.
  • Give things away to your friends and family. If there’s someone in your life who would like to have these items, why not make them happy?
  • Sell everything you won’t be using again. Organize a garage sale or sell these items online. This is a great way to earn some extra cash before your relocation.

Use things you already own for packing

Maybe you aren’t aware of this, but you already own a lot of things you can use for packing. And what better way to implement eco-friendly packaging ideas than by avoiding unnecessary purchases and creating zero waste? If you’re not sure which things you can use for packing, we’ll give you some ideas.

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You can use bags, backpacks, and suitcases for packing your belongings instead of getting packing supplies.
  • Bags and suitcases: Everybody has a lot of different bags and a few suitcases lying around. When you’re moving, you’ll definitely bring these things with you. So, why not get some use out of them and utilize them when you’re packing?
  • Dresser drawers: If you’re taking your furniture to your new home, there’s a way to make it useful. You don’t need to take everything out of your dressers. Instead, you can keep your clothes, underwear, socks and other lighter things in the drawers. Just remember to tape them shut.
  • Laundry baskets
  • Blankets and towels: Another eco-friendly packing idea is avoiding bubble wrap by using things you have. Instead, use blankets, towels or clothes for wrapping your fragile items.

Not having to buy packing supplies will help you cope with moving stress easier, so look around your home.

Second-hand eco-friendly packing ideas

Another great environmentally-friendly packaging idea is getting used packing supplies. Your first option is looking around your home and seeing if you already have some packing supplies. If you’ve moved in the past, it’s possible you already own the things that you need. If not, don’t worry.

Cardboard boxes - second-hand boxes are a great eco-friendly packaging idea
You can find used cardboard boxes in a few different places and even avoid spending money on them.
  • Go online and find used packing supplies there. There are websites like The Freecycle Network where people offer their cardboard boxes and other supplies for free. So, this is a great way to save money.
  • Ask your friends and family if they have any packing supplies.
  • Visit your local grocery stores, pharmacies, bookstores, liquor stores, etc. They get regular deliveries so they probably have a lot of cardboard boxes they don’t need.

By doing this, you’re reusing boxes instead of throwing them out and you’re not spending any money. It’s a win-win situation.

Use boxes made of recycled plastic

When you’re thinking of eco-friendly ideas for packing, you should consider using recycled plastic. Of course, regular plastic isn’t environmentally-friendly at all. However, if you’re using recycled plastic, you’re not harming the environment. This material starts degrading much quicker – sunlight can start the degradation process. If you decide to use this type of moving boxes, make sure to label the boxes and keep them away from the sun.

Do these eco-friendly packaging ideas work for you?

So, these are the eco-friendly packaging ideas we recommend looking into. By using these things for packing your belongings, you’re spending less money on packing supplies and you’re saving the environment. What more could you ask for? We hope that these tips have helped you and given you an idea of how to pack and remain environmentally-friendly.

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