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

Tutorial for packing a fridge for moving

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Moving probably wouldn’t be so complicated there weren’t so many large and heavy items that you need to pack and transport. One of those items that everyone owns in their home is the refrigerator. Naturally, the extent of complications depends on the size of your fridge. But there are also other factors that could make this process more or less difficult.  Of course, the easiest way to move your fridge is to hire moving companies in Seattle to do it for you. But, hiring movers sometimes doesn’t fit in your moving budget. If that is the case, we have prepared this guide for packing a fridge when moving to help you out.

Before you start packing a fridge for moving, calculate your moving budget

The first thing that you should think about when you are preparing for a move is your moving budget. And that is the first thing that you should think about. You need to think about every aspect of your relocation and to understand the needs that you will have during the process.

Which truck size you will need? Will you need to buy moving boxes Seattle? Who will pack your belongings? Are you going to move your bulky items on your own or you will need professional help with that too? And so on. Those are all things that you will encounter during a move and you need to know how big your budget is before you start planning. Once you calculate everything you can decide whether to hire a full moving service or organize a DIY move.

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Calculate your moving budget and see whether you will need to sweat or hire a professional help

Hire an experienced and reliable moving company to pack a fridge for moving

If you calculated that a full-moving service is within your price range, the best way for packing and moving a fridge is to hire professional shipping and transport companies. This way you do not have to bother with packing materials, lifting and maneuvering your heavy fridge.

Above all, your fridge will be well protected in quality packing materials. Of course, you cannot afford to trust your items with some unreliable, shady movers. That is why it is important to check moving companies before you decide to hire them. Read online reviews, visit moving-related websites and forums, and try to locate a company with experience and a clean record. Trust only verified companies that have proven themselves in the past years.

Pay attention to the size of your moving inventory when renting a moving truck

If you decided to pack a fridge for relocation on your own, the first thing you need to think about is renting a moving truck. There are many sizes and types of moving vehicles and the type and size you need depend on the volume of your moving inventory. If you will be moving just the fridge, you can find a smaller van to rent. If you are moving your whole home, make sure that you calculate the required size of your truck properly before you rent it.

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Make sure that you rent a fitting truck

Packing and moving a fridge is not easy. Make sure that you get some help

After you rent a suitable truck, you should also find someone who will help you to pack and move a fridge. Of course, the required help depends on the size of your fridge. So think about this before you call your friends to assist you. However, most of the time you and one of your strong friends should be enough to move a standard fridge.

Packing a fridge for moving is impossible without proper packing materials

Next, you need to prepare packing materials for your fridge. Usually, bubble plastic, moving blanket, a few buckle straps, and packing tape should be enough. You can use bubble plastic or a moving blanket to wrap your fridge and protect it from scratches and other possible damages. Packing tape will hold your wrap in place. And buckle straps should hold it in place while transporting.

Also, it is important to wrap a fridge properly if you are planning to use Seattle storage services for it. Especially if you are planning to store it long term. Using proper packing materials is important, but there are a few more items that will ease this task of moving a fridge.

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Bubble plastic will be your main material when packing a fridge for moving

Make this job easier with a moving dolly and a truck loading ramp

Another thing that you need to think about when packing and relocating a fridge is maneuvering it in and out of homes, and loading and unloading out of moving truck. Even if you gather a large crew to help you these items would make things so much easier. Of course, we are talking about a moving dolly and a truck loading ramp. The dolly should help you to get the fridge to the truck. And a loading ramp will make loading and unloading it a piece of cake. Maybe this sounds like a big investment, but there are places where you can rent a loading ramp and a dolly cheap.

How to pack a fridge for moving and load it into a moving truck

Now that you are ready, you can start packing a fridge for moving. First, your job is to defrost and clean the fridge. Once you clean it, you should read the user manual and unplug everything properly. After it is done, use the bubble plastic to wrap it and secure the doors from opening during transport. Lift it on a dolly and secure it with straps. If everything is secured, you can start moving it slowly and securely. You the loading ramp to lift it on a truck. And find a good place for it in the trailer. Make sure that there are no other items around it that could fall and damage it. And that the fridge cannot move. After you arrive, repeat the process, just the other way around.

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