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. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

OUR ACTIONS FOR COVID-19

All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • 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 all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

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 are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re 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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