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 relocating gym equipment

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    Even though relocating gym equipment seems like a daunting task, it can actually be just another workout session for you, if done right. Yes, you will be involved in some unconventional exercises. But still, if you are into bodybuilding or fitness then you know that working out is all about challenging yourself. However, when you are trying to move heavy weights and bulky exercising equipment, your main tasks will be to avoid injuring yourself and damaging your items and surrounding property. Therefore, regardless of your fitness level or strength, you will need to make sure that you hire some of the most experienced moving services Seattle has – experienced as far as moving those types of items is concerned, of course. With their help, this process will be much safer and easier. Let’s take a look at how to do it right.

    Prepare a list of items that you have in your gym – it will help your movers to easier assess the volume of the job

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    Start by making an inventory list of the gym equipment you have.

    Moving your gym equipment can be a complex logistical task. Therefore, start by making an inventory list of your equipment. This will help you to comprehend the task in front of you. And it will help your Eastside Seattle movers provide you with an accurate moving estimate. Moreover, to create an operational strategy and prepare appropriate vehicles and equipment that they will need to transport your heavy items.

    Things that you need to prepare before you start relocating gym equipment

    Regardless of the fact that you are hiring moving professionals for moving your gym equipment, you will still need to prepare your yoga mats, benches, weights, treadmills, and other equipment for relocation. Your long distance movers Seattle will load, transport, and unload them at your new space, but you still need to clean your items. And, in most cases, disassemble and pack. Therefore, prepare:

    • Cleaning the gear – Microfiber cloths and antibacterial cleaning products
    • Tools – Adjustable wrench, multi-bit screwdriver, hex key set, pliers, etc.
    • Packing materials – Cardboard boxes, durable crates, plastic wraps, straps, packing tapes

    Exercising equipment is germs’ breeding ground – clean everything thoroughly

    Before you start moving your gym, you need to clean it. Exercising equipment is known to be germ breeding grounds. Especially if you own a commercial gym that a lot of people use. Ok, you are probably sterilizing your machines on a daily basis. Still, there are always spots that are hard to reach during regular sanitization. And, you will see those spots once you start taking your equipment apart. Apply some strong disinfecting product, let it sink in for a while, and use microfiber cloths to wipe it. That way, you will be protecting your local Seattle movers from germs and bacteria.

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    Make sure that you clean your gear thoroughly

    Moreover, when you are moving, there is a big possibility that your items will wait for some time before they are put in use again. During that time, those germs and bacteria, if you leave them, will multiply causing a health threat to anyone who will be using them later. Also, any non-metal materials on your equipment, like your yoga mats, rubber handles, etc. will be in danger of attracting mold and deteriorating.

    Disassembling gym equipment is dangerous – take it slowly, find help, and use appropriate tools

    Once everything is clean and dry, you can focus on dismantling your gym equipment. Even though most gyms have similar exercising machines, different manufacturers and variants mean that there isn’t a universal guide on how a particular machine should be taken apart. Therefore, you will either have to consult your user manuals, ask professionals for advice, or use your common sense to figure out how to disassemble those mechanisms.

    Of course, with the right tools and a few pairs of helping hands, things will be much easier. Still, be very careful when doing this. After all, you will be working with heavy weights. And every mistake could mean a lost finger or expensive damage (if you’re lucky).  For those reasons, we urge you to take things slowly and check everything twice before you start the disassembly process.

    Be careful when packing your equipment – you do not want to overload the boxes

    When it comes to packing your gym equipment for the move, we suggest hiring packing professionals. Such heavy and awkwardly-shaped items present a real challenge when it comes to packing. Therefore, it would be better to let those people who will do the carrying to and out of the truck handle the packing as well. Of course, if you want, you can do this on your own. Just make sure that you do not overload the boxes and crates. Heavy weights can easily damage your cartons. And they will be easier to carry if you do not overload them. Naturally, avoid using cardboard boxes for the heaviest items.

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    When relocating gym equipment, plain cardboard boxes just won’t cut it. Find a more durable solution

    You can put your yoga mats, stretch-out straps/bands, foam rollers, and other lightweight items in regular cardboard boxes. On the other hand, when it comes to heavy items, you will either have to use more durable containers or crates or simply wrap them in several layers of bubble wrap and move them as they are.

    Loading a truck and transporting your items are the most challenging parts of relocating gym equipment – let your movers handle these

    Moving your gym equipment and loading it to a moving truck should be performed by your movers. Still, if, by any chance, you have to do it, you should prepare a few more items that will help you in this task. First of all, you will need a moving cart for the bulkiest and heaviest machines. And you will need a loading ramp that will help you to lift those items in the back of the truck. Especially if the truck’s trailer is high and doesn’t have a liftgate. Once you load the moving truck secure them with straps and make sure that they cannot move during transport.

    Some parts of this process should be taken care of by professionals

    As you can see, relocating gym equipment is not an easy task. But you are probably in good shape, so you will not have problems with moving heavy items. The most difficult tasks in this process are loading and transport. That is why you should try to find movers that will do at least this part for you.

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