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

The benefits of hiring movers with long histories

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    Whenever someone thinks of relocation, they also think about a moving company to help them out. Moving from one home to another can be extremely tiring, complicated, as well as stressful. Having someone who will take most of your work from your shoulders is the natural thing to do. But there are so many movers out there. Some just starting up while others such as Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage have been in the business for quite some time now. In this article, we will be talking about why it may be in your best interest to be hiring movers with long histories instead of new and unproven companies.

    Reasons why you should be hiring movers with long histories

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    If you choose your mover well, you can expect a smooth moving process.

    There are a lot of reasons why hiring a moving company with a long history is a good idea. However, the most important ones are:

    • Reliability
    • Efficiency
    • Experience
    • Trustworthiness
    • Quality

    While not every mover that has been in the business for a long time will exhibit all of these qualities, most will. The fact of the matter is that you don’t get to survive in the moving industry if you are doing things wrong. Whether you want to get a few shipping crates Seattle has on offer, or a full relocation solution, it is always best to hire a tried-and-true moving company for the task. Now, let’s take a look at why exactly these reasons are so important.

    Movers with long histories are reliable

    There are a lot of timelines involved in a moving process. It is only natural that you want to know exactly when you can expect the work to be finished. While that may be impossible to predict with 100% accuracy, the more experience the mover has, the more reliable their predictions are. Furthermore, moving companies that have “been around the block” have ways to deal with all sorts of situations. They have seen them all.

    While every relocation might be unique, they are mostly standardized. Meaning that the work is more or less the same, it just depends on the type, weight, and the number of items you need to transport. A moving company that has conducted thousands upon thousands of relocations will know exactly how much time they will need for the job, whether you will need a Seattle storage solution, and so on. And that all amounts to a high degree of reliability.

    With newer companies, they might easily overestimate (or underestimate) the number of hours required for a specific task. This leads to shifts in schedule and in plans being ruined. We’re not saying that new companies are bad, not by any stretch of the imagination. What we’re saying is that the “older” movers are much more likely to be reliable.

    They exhibit greater efficiency

    Another perk of serving the industry for years and years is that you get to be really efficient at what you do. Moving crews from a mover with a long history are “well-oiled moving machines”. Normally, they don’t even need to communicate that much between themselves, everyone knows their job to the last inch. This kind of efficiency can only come with experience.

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    Greater efficiency usually means lower relocation costs.

    This efficiency allows some moving companies, like Hansen Bros Moving & Storage, to accordingly lower the price for their services. Furthermore, by being an experienced mover, we always know what resources our moving crews will need, and we equip them accordingly.

    This is yet another difference between experienced movers and “fresh” ones. There are situations that require a specific tool, or additional person for the moving crew, or any other sort of accommodation. When you have years of experience in the field, you learn to anticipate such situations and pre-emptively bring everything you need. This cuts down on delays, improves reaction speeds, and provides a more enjoyable moving experience.

    Years of experience

    By hiring movers with long histories, you get to profit from all their accumulated experience. Moving process notwithstanding, experienced movers know how to help their clients in the best possible way. They will offer you excellent advice both for the moving day, the preparation stage, and after the move adaptation. You can consider them to be your encyclopedia on all things moving.

    Whenever you are going into a complicated and complex venture, you want to have someone around that really knows what they are doing. You want to be able to have them say to you “everything is going to be fine” with full confidence.

    And you can’t get that kind of confidence without experience. One of the main risks of hiring unknown moving companies is that their brand of confidence is usually not strong in terms of experience. They will sound confident, yes, but most of the time it will be bravado. True confidence can only come from years and years of hard work.

    You can trust them

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    You can trust reputable movers.

    Perhaps the most important reason why you may want to hire a moving company with a long history is that you can trust them implicitly. No mover that has been in the industry for dozens of years will risk their reputation over a single relocation. People know who the best movers in the State of Washington are, after all, and they would react strongly if one of them did something underhanded. And that is what it’s all about.

    In a world full of moving scams, reputable movers are what “stems the tide”. They can be your proverbial rock to hold onto.

    Hiring movers with long histories usually means hiring quality moving services

    And the last important reason for hiring an established moving company is simply for the service quality. As mentioned previously, you simply can’t survive in the cut-throat world that is the moving industry if your services are not good enough.

    While not a definitive guarantee of quality, hiring movers with long histories offers a much greater chance of it. You will, of course, want to do your research well, read as many customer reviews as you can find, and get a personal recommendation or two. While hiring a reputable mover is usually a good thing, you still want to do your research.

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