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

The benefits of self storage while deployed

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    Serving one’s country is the noblest cause a person can undertake. Risking your life to protect those you love, and even those you don’t know – there’s nothing that makes someone more worthy. But, this also means you’ll be away from home for extended periods of time. And that creates another problem. Namely – what to do with all your stuff while you’re gone? You can’t exactly take it with you, even though some international movers Seattle has can make that happen. The solution is, actually, quite simple. Let those same movers help you keep your belongings safe. The benefits of self storage while deployed are immense and can help you in a variety of ways. So, let’s see what some of them are.

    Safety should be your top priority

    The main purpose of the storage is to keep your belongings safe. This becomes even more crucial while you’re deployed, as it means you won’t be home for months on end. Simply, there’s no saying what can go wrong during this time. Malicious minds can figure out you’re away, break in and “relieve” you of your precious possessions. A pipe can burst and wreak havoc. A whole myriad of unfortunate events can take place and you can’t do anything about it.

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    Storage facilities of a reputable moving company offer superb security for your items.

    But, with storage, you can avoid this. Reputable freight companies Seattle has, offer easy, convenient, and affordable ways to keep your items safe. And we’re not talking only “under the lock and key.” Long gone is the time when storage facilities were just a bit of extra space. Today, they boast amazing security features, such as:

    • Security guards;
    • 24/7 monitoring;
    • Camera coverage.

    And those are only the ones that protect from thievery and calamities. However, companies today go a step further to protect your belongings. They maintain their facilities regularly, clean, disinfect, and take necessary steps to keep pests or rodents away. Therefore, you’re getting full, around-the-clock care for your items.

    Cut your losses

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    You’re saving a whole bunch of money when you leave your items in storage during deployment.

    While you’re away, the place you’re renting serves only one purpose: to store your belongings. And – that’s pretty much it. You’re not receiving any other benefits. Yet, you still have to pay the rent and bills. And Seattle isn’t exactly cheap when it comes to that. Just for the fun of it, let’s do a basic breakdown.

    Do the math or let us help you there

    • The average rent in Seattle is around $1,895. Even if you’re living in some of the most affordable neighborhoods, like Innis Arden, or The Highlands, rent still comes up to $1,333 per month.
    • Monthly bills in Seattle average at $260. $200 without internet. But, let’s face it, the internet is a basic necessity. So, it’s $260.
    • A bit of quick math brings us to a total of $2,155 per month. Quite the pretty penny, if we dare say so. But, we’re not done. For a complete cost, we need to factor in the time you’ll be away.
    • In the USA, the average length of deployment is 7.7 months. But, let’s round it down to 7, just for easier calculation. Those seven months you’re away, you’re paying a whopping $15,085 – for glorified storage!
    • Now, compare that to the price of Seattle storage. A 10’ x 10’ storage unit (which is one of the largest ones) averages at around $190 a month. For seven months, that’s $1,330. So, that leaves you with $13,755, which you can spend any way you like.

    A quick summary

    As you can see, the benefits of self storage while deployed go beyond just keeping your items safe. It’s a way to improve and keep improving, your quality of life after you return. So, don’t let thousands of dollars go to waste. Instead, let them pile up in your account, so you can pamper yourself when you return.

    Get some money for when you return

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    Having a whole lot of money for when you return opens a world of possibilities.

    If you own your own place in Seattle, the benefits of self storage while deployed increase even more. Since you’re not paying rent, you can’t save money, like in the previous case. But – you can earn it! With your belongings in storage, you’ll have an empty place that you can rent out. Therefore, instead of paying bills or having no benefit at all, you’re turning it into a passive source of income. And, you’ve already seen how much profit it can net you. So, it’s a win-win situation, no matter how you look at it.

    Be ready to go on a moments notice

    Are you doing multiple tours, with little time in between? Placing your items in storage beforehand allows you to have your items within reach during downtime. And – without having to pull everything out at once or find another location for them. This is super convenient and profitable if you choose to live on-base between tours. You still have everything you need readily available, without paying rent or bills. Furthermore, you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice, without having to go through the whole process again.

    Increase the benefits of self storage when deployed

    Previously, we broke down the cost of using self storage vs leaving your items at home. However, to do that, we used one of the largest units as an example. Furthermore, we took an average price, just to make things easier to calculate. Now, it’s time to put some icing on the cake. You can further cut the costs if you find a good moving company Washington has, that offers a military discount. And, the majority of them do!

    Furthermore, this discount is, in most cases, cumulative. Meaning: you can combine it with another discount or promotion said the company offers at that point. Therefore, you’re looking at storage costs that can become miserly, compared to the one we noted above. So, don’t be afraid to ask for additional benefits when you’re choosing your movers. In most cases, they will go out of their way to protect the protectors.

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