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

Useful tips for overcoming post-moving depression

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    Moving is a great opportunity for making big changes in one’s life – for new and better employment, experiences, and relationships. But it also means leaving behind everything you know. And that can be hard to deal with, no matter how excited you are for your new life. So it’s normal to experience some sadness and nostalgia after the relocation. The problem is when you let it turn into something more serious. To avoid that, you have to take overcoming post-moving depression as seriously as you took the task of finding the right moving company Washington for your move. Luckily, there are easy and effective ways to combat post-relocation blues. But first, you must learn to recognize the symptoms.

    Overcoming post-moving depression starts with recognizing the symptoms

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    Depression can be a serious problem – don’t take it lightly.

    Moving always stirs up a lot of emotions, positive and negative. There’ll be excitement and anxiety, worry and relief. On top of it all, you’ll probably be very, very tired because even with the help of the best local movers Seattle, relocation will still take a lot out of you. But all that should pass as you settle into your new home. If it doesn’t, you might be dealing with something a little more ominous – post-relocation depression.

    Depression after moving is more than just exhaustion or nostalgia. You’ll recognize it by the following symptoms:

    • a lack of interest in hobbies, pleasure, and even daily activities
    • significant fluctuations in weight
    • constant fatigue, low energy, excessive sleeping, or conversely intense insomnia
    • difficulty focusing, mood swings, a short fuse
    • disinterest in social interaction and more time spent alone, watching TV, scrolling through social media, or playing video games
    • an increase in drug and alcohol consumption
    • intense feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness, and sadness

    Tips for overcoming post-moving depression

    If you notice that you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, don’t brush them off. Depression can be a serious issue. Left untreated, it only gets worse. So, don’t waste time – start battling it as soon as possible to avoid further issues down the line.

    Settle into your new home and life

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    Overcoming post-moving depression will be easier if you feel at home in your new house.

    It’s normal to feel uprooted and unmoored by a relocation. But those feelings will only exacerbate depression. So it’s important to make your new house feel like home. Don’t leave your belongings in Seattle storage for too long – unpack, set up your furniture, decorate, and settle into your new home. This will make you feel more like you belong somewhere and give you some stability.

    Go out and get some exercise

    Depression can easily trick you into becoming a hermit. It’s easier and more comfortable to stay at home, it doesn’t require a lot of energy. But depression is lying to you and you need to resist its pull. Breathing in the fresh air and absorbing some vitamin D from the sun is good for you. Furthermore, physical activity releases endorphins which improve your mood. So, get at least some physical activity every day even if it’s not much. Take a walk around the neighborhood, go on a hike with your dog, or sign up for a yoga class at the local gym. You’ll feel better afterward.

    Make some lifestyle changes

    It’s a well-known fact that mental and physical health are related. Poor mental health, depression, and stress can negatively impact your overall health. But the opposite is also true: good physical health can improve your mental state. Going out and being active will help this. But you’ll also want to make other lifestyle changes. Do your best to eat well, for example. Cut back on alcohol and cigarettes. Practice some form of mindfulness such as meditation or prayer. This is a proven method that can help make you feel better both physically and emotionally.

    Stay in touch with old friends

    You don’t have to leave your old life behind completely just because you’ve moved on. People have entire friendships and relationships online these days. You can also stay in touch with old friends from your new home, even if you’ve moved very far away. Text them or check in with them on social media. You can even do weekly Skype calls where you catch up, play some social games, or just keep each other company. It’s important to maintain these relationships because they’ll make you feel less lonely.

    Make new connections

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    Making new friends will make you feel better.

    Although staying in contact with old friends is important, you must also move forward. Now that you live in a new place, you’ll want to make connections here as well. So try to be as social as you can. Throw a housewarming party, meet your neighbors, join some sort of club, or attend social events. Putting down roots like this will make a new and unfamiliar place feel more like home. Just remember to follow the CDC guidelines regarding coronavirus. You want to stay safe while socializing – the last thing you need is to get sick!

    Develop a new routine but remember to mix things up as well

    One of the reasons why moving is so stressful is because it is simply a big change. That tends to make people feel less certain and stable in their lives. Establishing a routine in your new home can help with those feelings and give you a sense of confidence in your new life. So, look for a job, follow a daily schedule, and find ways to add structure to your life. This will help stop you from spiraling further into depression. Just don’t let yourself get bored. Variety is the spice of life, after all. You don’t want your routine to become so entrenched that you’re tired of it. Instead, change little things up every once in a while to make it interesting.

    Be patient and understanding with yourself

    If you do end up experiencing post-relocation depression, dealing with it won’t be a quick, overnight fix. This might be disheartening and frustrating. But it’s a reality you need to be prepared for. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not dealing with the move too well. Let yourself experience those negative emotions, and then let them go. Suppressing them won’t help anyone.

    If you find overcoming post-moving depression hard, seek professional help

    Overcoming post-moving depression on your own is definitely possible, especially if you identify it early on and dedicate yourself to getting better. But it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, we’re too busy or too tired or too fragile to get ourselves out of a dark place. In those situations, there’s no shame in asking for help. So if you notice that you’re still suffering symptoms of depression weeks or even months after the relocation or it’s interfering with your life, seek professional guidance.

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