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

Budgeting tips for international moving

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    Organizing a smooth and stress-free overseas move is not a difficult thing at all if you have an unlimited budget. Unfortunately, some people struggle with it financially. Still, even if you are worried about your expenses, it doesn’t mean that your relocation has to be stressful. In this article, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage will show you some great budgeting tips for international moving that will help you to organize a carefree relocation without spending everything you have.

    Start by dividing your budget into two categories

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    Overseas relocation is a complicated process and you will need to do a lot of research in order to be able to form a precise budget

    International relocation is a complicated process that consists of many different individual tasks. And every one of these tasks carries with it a portion of expenses. Still, you can generally divide your expenses into two major categories, and that is the first among our budgeting tips for international moving. One part of the budget should go toward hiring one of the best freight companies Seattle that will handle the preparation and transportation of your items. And the other part of your budget should focus on the expenses regarding your own travel arrangements.

    Of course, there are many factors that determine how much something will cost. So, you will need to do a lot of research in order to be able to calculate your moving budget correctly. Luckily, you can find many good budgeting tips for international moving on the internet, so you will not have to leave your home for this.

    Moving company expenses will be a significant factor in your budget for an international move

    When it comes to creating your budget for an international relocation, moving company costs will be one of the major expenses. If you want to spend as little as possible you will need to do a lot of research. International shipping companies have very different rates. And they mostly depend on the route a moving company will use to transport your belongings and the time they will need to do it. Of course, those are the most important factors. But not the only ones.

    So, in order to find shipping companies Seattle that will fit your financial capabilities you need to contact many companies and ask for their quotes. Comparing those quotes is actually the only way to get to the most affordable options.

    Take time to consider and choose the services you need

    Another important factor that is also related directly to shipping companies would be the selection of services. It is not the same when you hire a moving company to only to transport your belongings and when you ask them to dismantle your furniture, prepare your piano, handle your art, and pack everything up.

    A lot will depend on what special services your will choose depends on many factors as well. Of course, when you are worried about your budget, the cost of those services will be the most important factor. However, sometimes, you just cannot do specific things on your own and you are forced to hire professionals. Nevertheless, make sure that you include those in your budget as well.

    What type of shipping container you will choose

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    Include shipping container costs in your budget as well

    One of the factors that will affect your moving price is the cost of a shipping container. There are many sizes of shipping containers and there are different conditions under which they can be used. For example, you can decide to have a container with other people and pay less. Or you can pay more and have the whole container for yourself. Of course, it all depends on the number of items you have.

    Maybe you will need storage as well

    If you are moving temporarily, you will probably have many items that you will not move with you but still want to keep for the time when you come back. Or maybe you will be arriving in a foreign country before your new home is ready. Naturally, there are many situations where you will need to rent storage during an international move.  Of course, maybe you will not need storage at all. Still, keep that in mind when creating a moving budget for an international relocation.

    If your movers do a good job you will probably want to tip them

    Finally, most of us like to tip after receiving a satisfying service regardless of whether we are talking about the moving process or eating in a restaurant. If you have a habit of rewarding people for a job well done, include that in your moving budget as well. Some moving companies will go that extra mile to exceed your expectations, and you want to appreciate that.

    Make sure to book and buy plane tickets early

    Of course, when it comes to travel expenses, flight tickets are the major ones. Still, how much a flight ticket will cost depends a lot on the time of the purchase. If you are buying plane tickets a few days before the move, they will cost you much more than if you bought them several months in advance. So take a break in your budget calculations and visit some airline websites and see whether you can reserve your tickets today.

    Going to and from the airport can be costly, depending on the option you choose

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    Research your options before you decide on how to travel to and from the airport

    Coming to an airport and later traveling from the airport to your new home can be rather costly sometimes. So do not forget to include that in your moving budget as well. However, it is important to know that there are usually many different options available. From rent-a-car, taxies, minibusses, to public transportation. Of course, all at significantly different prices.

    Carrying your own food or eating at airport restaurants

    How much food your will need for your travel depends a lot on the distance you are traveling and of course, your habits when it comes to eating. Preparing and carrying your own food is far cheaper but also more complicated than eating at the airport restaurant. Think well before you decide.

    Hopefully, this will help you to plan your expenses better

    As you can see, there are many things that you need to consider when preparing your moving financial plan. Hopefully, after reading our budgeting tips for international moving, you will know how to manage your expenses better. Good luck.

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