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 ways how storage wins over a warehouse

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    If you’re a business owner, chances are that you have plenty of goods that you need to protect from harm and carefully store somewhere. In this case, you may be tempted to use a simple warehouse for such purposes. However, once you get into it – you will realize that there are plenty of reasons why storage wins over a warehouse; especially if you get the best self storage Seattle can offer! But there’s no need to take our word for it at face value; we’ll explore the myriad benefits of storage solutions below.


    One of the primary reasons why business owners are drawn toward warehouses is affordability. Let’s face it, warehouses are neither better maintained nor more secure; it’s the cost-effectiveness that draws people in. And if you only scratch the surface of this topic, that might actually seem to be true. After all, warehouses have massive floors; surely they’re cheaper? In reality – that’s actually not the case. 

    Ask any office movers Seattle has; they’ll tell you that the per-square-foot price of storage units is actually lower; which is the only real metric that you need to consider here. And sure, storage units are smaller than warehouses; but you could always just get more of them and let the savings stack up. If you need a thousand square feet of storage space; it’s actually cheaper to get a bunch of smaller storage units than one large warehouse. Once you add the monthly savings which you achieve; you will find that you’re putting a serious dent in your yearly expenses this way. 

    Cheaper coverage

    One of the other reasons why storage wins over a warehouse is the more affordable coverage rates. Indeed, if you have a storage unit, you’re likely to pay far less for valuation than you would for the same volume of a warehouse. Even industry experts agree that quality storage units will cost you far less to cover with valuation; anything up to $30 less each month!

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    You will find that insurance for storage units is simply far cheaper.

    Compare this to warehouse coverage, and you will find that you stand to lose far more money on insurance. After all – in a warehouse, the building is far larger; meaning that the chances of something going wrong are bigger as well. Consequentially, valuation companies tend to charge higher premiums for warehouses. 

    Easier access

    One of the reasons people use warehouses instead of storage units is that they’re bigger, but this can be a downside as much as it is an advantage. Sometimes, you may need to access your items easily and quickly; if you’re hiring the best moving company Washington has, you don’t want them to waste valuable hours simply looking for your things in a warehouse. And that’s precisely what could happen; seeing as storage units offer far easier options for inventory management than a huge, sprawling warehouse.  

    Fewer obligations

    Warehouses are pretty expensive to maintain overall; another reason why storage wins over a warehouse any day of the week. And that’s a problem even if you’re just renting a warehouse instead of buying one outright. Due to the costs involved with maintaining warehouses, you can be pretty sure that the owners will want to lock down a long-term contract; it’s not beneficial for them to give you a lot of leeways.

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    You won’t have to deal with nearly as many obligations if you opt for storage units!

    Conversely, storage units are a far more attractive and dynamic option. You can easily rent them on a monthly basis, without getting into anything too serious with your contract. This is especially important for business owners who may decide to move their business soon, or someone who has a huge amplitude in inventory needs on a monthly basis. With a warehouse, there’s absolutely no need to stay in a lengthy contract which isn’t easy to get out of without incurring costs.

    Scaling is far easier

    You may have noticed an overarching theme here; namely, the fact that storage units are almost always a more flexible option compared to warehouses. That’s pretty much the main reason storage wins over a warehouse in most cases. Quite simply, you don’t have much of a scaling ability when you’re working with a warehouse. You can only pay for the entirety of the warehouse, incurring costs that you don’t actually need most of the time. On the other hand – things are much better with a storage unit in this regard.

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    Navigating the difficult waters of storage logistics is far easier with units than warehouses!

    Flexibility is the name of the game here; with a storage unit, you can use as few or as many as you need! As a result, there’s no need to pay for any more storage space than you need at any given point. You can forget about having to pay extra for warehouse space before you need it. Also, importantly enough; this allows you to scale back when you need to as well.

    Do the right thing

    As you are well aware by now, there are plenty of reasons why storage wins over a warehouse for both commercial and residential purposes. Plus – with storage units, you’ve usually got a bigger choice when it comes to service providers; there are more different storage facilities in any given area than big warehouses. So, all you really need to do is a little research; you will easily be able to locate the precise storage option that you need. And with that, you will get all of the flexibility your business requires!

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