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.


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

5 mistakes when hiring moving companies

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    Moving your home can invoke feelings of both excitement and stress. However, if you prepare for the move the right way, you can make sure that the entire process is smooth. One of the most important parts of your preparation will be choosing the best Washington movers out there. But finding good and reputable movers isn’t always easy. This can only be done by dedicating a lot of time and effort to your search process. Sadly, there are many dishonest movers out there who value your money more than your happiness. If you don’t want to come across such movers, you need to be very careful, and not make any errors. In order to help you make a perfect choice, we’ve put together a list of mistakes when hiring moving companies people tend to make. With it, you’ll have a better idea of what to consider before choosing your movers.

    Going for the cheapest option is one of the biggest mistakes when hiring moving companies

    In most cases, the phrase “you get what you pay for” is often very true and applies not only to products but services as well. And although it makes perfect sense to try and save money, sometimes it’s not worth it. Especially if you end up with bad service, or have to pay loads of hidden fees. However, although you may be wary, it is still possible to find excellent international movers Seattle who are affordable as well. If a moving company advertises their services as extremely affordable, there is usually a reason for this. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t hire affordable movers, but you still need to check if their services are as good as their offer. Check their reviews and see if people are complaining and if they have records of item damage. These reviews can tell you a lot about the way your movers operate.

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    Mistakes when hiring moving companies can be easily avoided with a solid plan!

    Not going through moving reviews on various websites

    As we’ve just said, moving reviews are very important when making your choice. This ensures that you’re only looking at reliable movers that won’t only go after your money. If you choose movers based on good reviews, they’ll arrive at your home ready to tackle the relocation and execute it to perfection. Just knowing that the shipping companies Seattle you want to work with are reliable and responsible will take a load off your shoulders. You’ll then be able to focus on other important moving tasks without worrying about the safety of your items. Websites like the Better Business Bureau allow you to carefully filter movers and have a detailed look at their licenses and certificates. If you can’t find any reviews regarding your chosen movers, it is probably best to move on. Failing to take into account client feedback is one of the common mistakes when hiring moving companies.

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    Rather than relying on word of mouth alone, always remember to check the moving reviews as well

    Forgetting to ask about any hidden fees or added service charges

    When hiring movers, it is very important to ask for a moving estimate. This is vital if you want to devise your relocation budget. Once the movers provide you with a number, it should contain all included charges. However, it is always smart to double-check, because there may be some services that aren’t written down. If you overlook this, you may end up paying more than you’ve originally planned, and drastically exceed your budget. For example, the movers might not include the gas charges or fees for carrying items down the stairs until the very end of the move. So, if you want to avoid this type of mistake, be open and direct with your movers. Let them know that you want detailed insight into every fee and charge that will be included. They’ll be obligated to provide you with this information, even if they forgot to provide it beforehand.

    Failing to plan ahead can lead to even more mistakes when hiring moving companies

    The moving process can become quite stressful if you fail to plan for certain aspects. Mainly, you need to know when you’ll be moving, what items you’ll be taking with you, as well as who will be assisting you. The more answers you have to these questions, the less you have to worry. This is why extensive preparation and research are vital before your move takes place. Searching for movers and planning everything is a lot of work, but this is what can bring moving day success. If you fail to prepare and plan on time, you can trigger a domino effect. Once you realize you’re out of time, you’ll start rushing. This leads to poor packing, potential damages and injuries, hiring incompetent movers, and possible overspending. So don’t allow yourself to get caught in the moving panic. Taking things slow and careful planning is the key to success!

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    Don’t forget to create an inventory list and make the move easier for everyone

    Forgetting to alert your movers about large or unusual items in your inventory

    If you want to get an accurate quote on your move, you need to provide your movers with a full packing list of your items. This list needs to include all unique, heavy, or bulky objects, such as pianos, sculptures, or bookshelves. If you fail to do so, you could make a couple of mistakes when hiring moving companies. Mainly, if your movers don’t have a full scope of your items, your quote won’t be accurate, and your spending can exceed your limit. This can be an upsetting situation, but it won’t be the fault of the movers. Also, if you fail to inform them about any large items, they might not bring the equipment needed to move them. This would in turn make your movers make return trips to fetch the needed gear, which will cause even more delays and expenses.


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