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

What to do the week before your move

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    Going through a relocating process can be quite challenging. There are so many tasks that you need to accomplish, which is why most people start preparing several months in advance. But what happens when you only have a week left? What are the most important things to sort out the week before your move? While you can always have your movers and packers Seattle assist you even further, there are some things that you simply need to do on your own. And that is what this article is going to be all about. We will be talking about all of the things you need to sort out in the week prior to your relocation!

    7 most important things to do the week before your move

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    You might want to write down the important tasks to finish the week before the move.

    While the list of the most important things might be different for everyone, most people will want to focus on the following:

    • Settle your finances
    • Confirm your moving arrangements
    • Disassemble furniture
    • Clear out your garage items for the move
    • Finish most of the packing
    • Prepare a meal plan
    • Pack an essentials box

    Basically, you will be making sure that there are no “loose ends”, as well as preparing the items that you have been using up until now. You will also be dealing with one of the moving companies Seattle has, to ensure that everything proceeds smoothly. If you need additional services, this is the time to hire them. But the first thing that you will want to do is to:

    #1: Settle your finances

    If you owe money to anyone, be it an individual or an organization, this is the time to pay it back. You don’t want any blemishes on your record, after all. If you are transferring utilities, make sure that every single cent is paid out. Try to get it in writing, if possible. To be honest, you can never be sure with the utility companies. It is always best to be sure. Also, confirm cut-off dates twice. 

    Then you need to take care of all the banking business. If you are moving banks, you will want to make sure that your bank accounts are transferred and that you close all of the safety deposit boxes that you might have. This is extremely important if you are moving to a new state or a new country.

    #2: Confirm your moving arrangements

    It is not entirely uncommon for moving arrangements to be postponed or otherwise change. That is why you want to contact the freight companies Seattle that you are working with, ensuring that everything proceeds according to schedule. If your relocation depends on another entity, you need to contact them and see if everything is as it should be. That way, you can create concrete plans and sort out all the other arrangements. And if the changes were to occur, you will be in the best spot to adapt to them.

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    Contact everyone who is involved in your relocation and get a confirmation.

    #3: Disassemble furniture in the week before your move

    Depending on whether you’ve hired movers to disassemble your furniture, this step is either “skip” or “really important”. If you are responsible for disassembling and wrapping your furniture, this is the time to do it. Do not underestimate the time this process might take. It is best to start doing it early in the week, as you will have a much better idea of how much time is needed once you begin. You can always enlist help from professional movers, yes, but it might not be necessary if you organize well. 

    #4: Clear out your garage for the move

    While you might have been using your lawnmower and other tools up until now, it is finally time to get them ready for relocation. Drain the fuel from any gear that uses it, as movers are legally forbidden to relocate anything flammable or unsafe to move. If you have any tools that have sharp blades on them, make sure that you cover them appropriately. The last thing you need is an injury on a moving day. You may need to dispose of some of the materials involved, as well. Talk with your movers about the best way to do so safely and within regulations. Some states have strict rules about disposing of dangerous substances and you might get in trouble if you don’t follow them. It is always better to be safe than sorry, after all.

    #5: Finish most of the packing

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    Make sure to finish packing before the moving truck arrives.

    You will need to have your items all packed and ready to go by the end of the week. Try not to have too much to pack on the last day, though, as there will be a lot of last-minute moving tasks to accomplish. Ideally, only leave a couple of boxes to be packed at the last moment. While your movers can help you with that, it is cheaper if you do it on your own.

    #6: Prepare a meal plan

    This one may take a lot of your time or no time whatsoever. What you need to do is figure out where you will eat the night before the move, and each night during the relocation process. If you are preparing meals on your own, only purchase the supplies that are necessary for those meals. Otherwise, you will be throwing food away which is always a waste. If you plan on dining out, you might want to include that in your moving budget and choose the best place. Proper meals are important, especially in a high-stress situation such as relocation.

    #7: Pack an essentials box

    The last thing on our list of things to do the week before your move, but definitely not the least, is to pack an essentials box for you and the rest of your family. You want to include everything you need for the trip, as well as the first couple of days in your new home. Each family member needs to have a bag or box of their own. Try to imagine that you will need to “survive” a couple of days with only the contents of those boxes. However, try not to overpack either.

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