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

Common misconceptions about self storage

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    Most of us could do with a little bit of extra space. You can put away the things you don’t use often, clean up and declutter a bit, make your home feel bigger, cleaner, and more organized. But where should you put all the things you don’t want to get rid of? One option is to contact Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage Seattle and rent storage space. Unfortunately, many people don’t even consider this alternative seriously. This is because they believe in certain misconceptions about self storage. They think it’s unsafe or expensive or dirty. Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth. That is why we’re here to dispel these common myths and show you why self storage is the right choice.

    Misconceptions about self storage you probably believe

    If you’ve never used the self storage Seattle offers before, you probably don’t know much about what the units are like or how renting them works. This is perfectly understandable. After all, most people prefer to store things in their own homes – in attics, basements, and sheds. So it’s no wonder you don’t have a lot of the first-hand experience with storage units. But that also means your knowledge of self storage probably comes from the stories you’ve heard and the media you’ve consumed. Unfortunately, these often give storage a bad reputation because horror stories are shared more often than successes. And this leads to numerous misconceptions that might needlessly prevent you from renting storage yourself. For example, most people believe that:

    That self storage is not a safe solution for safeguarding your belongings

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    Most self storage facilities come with strict safety measures.

    It’s understandable to have some anxiety about storing your stuff outside the home for a while, especially if you have a lot of valuable or fragile possessions. But the truth is that the vast majority of storage facilities are far safer than most people think. In fact, in the right storage facility, your belongings may actually be safer than they would be in your home. Locked entry gates, 24/7 camera surveillance, regular patrols from security guards, various locking systems – these are all standard features of modern storage units. You can look for such security advantages specifically when deciding on which unit to rent.

    That renting storage space is too expensive

    It’s true that renting storage space is an extra monthly expense – after all, if you don’t have a storage unit, you don’t have to pay for it. However, storage isn’t as expensive as you probably think. The price will, of course, depend on the size and type of the unit you rent. Larger units cost more. Additional features like climate control or extra security can also add to the costs. But on average, people pay between $60 and $180 for non-climate controlled units and between $75 and $220 for climate-controlled storage every month. So unless you’re renting a large climate-controlled unit, you can easily find great storage for under $100.

    That only hoarders really need storage

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    You don’t have to have a lot of stuff to benefit from storage.

    There appears to be a certain stigma around using storage. The assumption is that people don’t need to use storage unless they have a ridiculous amount of belongings that they don’t know what to do with. But that’s not true! Storage is a regular part of moving services Seattle because it can come in very handy when you’re packing for relocation, downsizing, or between homes. It’s also a great way to keep small homes tidy and clutter-free. You don’t have to be a hoarder to want that.

    That storage units are dirty and full of pests

    It’s the infamous horror story: a dirty, dusty, moldy storage unit infested with rats, insects, and all sorts of pests. The literal nightmare of anyone who so much as thinks about renting storage. Luckily, that’s not what you’re getting with most storage units these days. You will, of course, have to clean on a somewhat regular basis. And pest control is a must along with monitoring moisture and humidity. But the truth is that most storage units only take a little bit of upkeep every couple of weeks and they’ll stay in great shape.

    That you have to sign a long-term contract

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    A storage renting contract isn’t a life-long commitment.

    If you’re in two minds about renting storage, you probably don’t want to commit for an extended period of time. But another commonly held yet misguided belief about storage is that you absolutely must sign a months-long contract that you won’t be able to get out of. This is not the case. Most people who are moving to Seattle only rent storage for a month, for example. You can do the same. And if you find that you like using storage, you can then extend your contract to something more permanent. But there is no reason to worry about permanent commitments – you decide how long you rent storage for.

    Dispelling common misconceptions about self storage

    Now that you’re aware of common myths about storage, let’s talk about reality. What is it really like to rent storage? Is storage worth the money you’ll pay for it? What are the odds that something does go wrong?

    Let’s start with the obvious: the kind of experience you have with renting storage will depend almost entirely on which storage unit you choose. As unlikely as it is, you might actually come across storage that is very unsafe, very unclean, very expensive, and all the other awful things you’ve heard. But it far more likely that you’ll find a safe, clean unit that you can easily afford. You just have to know what you’re looking for.

    The right company will easily prove misconceptions about self storage wrong

    Finding the perfect unit will easily prove your misconceptions about self storage wrong. So look for moving and storage companies with good ratings and lots of positive reviews. That way you can be sure you’re signing a fair contract for a high-quality unit at a competitive price. Then, decide on the right type of storage unit: you shouldn’t rent more space than you really need and you can do without climate control in most cases too. Finally, always inspect the storage unit you’re renting beforehand. This will allow you to see for yourself whether the space you’re renting is really what you’re looking for.

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