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

A guide to moving your business during a global pandemic

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    The coronavirus pandemic took the world by storm and surprised everyone with its effects. People have had to cancel plans, quarantine in their own homes, and completely change their daily routines. The situation hasn’t only had consequences for individual people though. Businesses all over the world have been affected by the pandemic and the efforts to stop it both. But if you were already planning on moving your business during a global pandemic, then you’ll have even more to worry about. Is this even possible, how good of an idea is it and how can you do it safely if you proceed with it?

    First things first – is moving your business during a global pandemic even possible?

    There’s no point in going further if we don’t address the main question first: can you even move during a pandemic? The short answer is yes. The long answer is a bit more complicated.

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    The coronavirus pandemic has changed the everyday routines around the world.

    Any DIY relocation plans that you might have hade should be put on hold. Given that moving and storage companies are better equipped for the current scenario and have the necessary protective equipment and supplies – you will be doing yourself,  your employees, and those around you a favor by embracing the help of professional moving companies such as Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage.

    Most moving companies are working at pretty much the same capacity as before, even offering additional services like Seattle storage, packing, and more. However, you should check in with your office movers. There is no federal regulation over coronavirus measures so the situation is different from state to state and even city to city. And individual companies may have different policies too. So get in touch with your movers as soon as possible.

    Is moving your business during a global pandemic a good idea?

    Just because something is possible doesn’t mean you should do it. So is it a good idea to move your business right now? On the one hand, you have most likely slowed down if not lost some business because of the pandemic already. Shutting down for a bit in order to move won’t make a big difference anymore. In that sense, moving your business right now may even benefit you. On the other hand, the pandemic does raise some health concerns regarding moving.

    The World Health Organization strongly suggests limiting contact with others, avoiding large gatherings with unfamiliar people, and staying at home as much as possible. You can’t do that when you’re moving. So move your business during the coronavirus pandemic only if you absolutely have to!

    How can you make moving your business during a global pandemic as safe as possible?

    If you have no other options than to hire movers in Bainbridge Island and proceed with the relocation, then you should be prepared for it to be a bit different from what you might expect. After all, some concessions will have to be made due to the situation we’re living in!

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    Remember to follow the safety measures while moving.

    Hire professionals

    Office moving is always easier with the help of trained and experienced commercial movers in Seattle. You should always hire office movers for a business relocation regardless of whether you are moving during a pandemic or not. However, it’s even more important to do so now. Moving will be faster and safer when you leave to professionals who know what they’re doing. And the less time you spend on it, the sooner you can get back to the new normal of working (whatever that is for you).

    Avoid having large groups of people in closed spaces

    Depending on the size of your business, you may need a lot of help to move it. This means that your movers will have to have a large team working on your relocation. However, the pandemic has made it so that having a lot of people in an enclosed space is dangerous. So what can you do to avoid this?

    You can try doing as much as possible (packing being a good example) yourself. That way you won’t need as many movers. Or you can try doing your relocation in stages – that way there won’t be as much work to be done at once. The best way to decide what to do is to talk to your movers. They’ll know what is or isn’t doable in your situation!

    Use protective equipment

    You don’t need to have someone sneeze in your face in order to get sick. Just touching something an infected person touched could be enough to transmit the disease. To minimize the risk of this happening, use personal protective equipment (or PPE) and ask your movers to do the same. This includes gloves and face masks. Even then, remember to regularly wash your hands and avoid touching your face!

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    Use PPE and ask your movers to do the same.

    Do your research

    The majority of office moving companies in Seattle are still open and working. However, they also have special procedures during this time. You should become familiar with your movers’ policies! Are they limiting the number of workers and contact them? Are they providing their movers with PPE and hand sanitizer? How often are they sanitizing their equipment? Are they offering rescheduling or refunds in case you decide they’re not doing enough to keep you safe? These are important questions that you need to know the answers to before you decide to proceed!

    Remember that safety must come first when moving during a health crisis

    It may seem like moving your business during a global pandemic is unavoidable. But you should still keep in mind that your safety, the safety of your employees, and the safety of your movers come first. No relocation is worth your health or your life. So proceed with caution! While you can definitely still move even during this crisis (and might, in fact, benefit from it), you should do so in as safe of a way as possible.

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