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

Common mistakes when moving internationally

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    Moving to another country is hard enough even when everything goes right. Unfortunately, not everything goes right most of the time. And a lot of the time, it’s our own fault that things go wrong. We make a lot of mistakes when moving internationally, usually because we don’t know any better. This can result in a lot of unnecessary stress. But with the help of Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage and a few useful tips, you can avoid the worst mistakes of international moving and make your relocation much easier. Keep reading to learn about the common mistakes and how to avoid them as part of your preparation for the move.

    What are the worst mistakes when moving internationally?

    Moving is a process we will all go through at some point in our lives. But it is not something we deal with on a daily basis. And moving to another country is even rarer! In fact, statistically speaking, most Americans won’t ever live outside of the US. So when you find yourself moving abroad, you’re facing challenges you’ve probably never tackled before. It’s only natural to make mistakes in that situation. Unfortunately, some of those mistakes can cost you dearly. But what are the worst ones?

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    Doing your research in advance will save you a lot of stress.

    Lack of research

    In this aspect, moving abroad is like everything else: when you don’t know much about it, you need to do some research. There are four major things you need to look into when moving internationally:

    • the legal process of immigration,
    • the physical process of international moving,
    • good and reliable international movers Seattle to help you with your relocation, and
    • what to expect from your life after the move.

    Skipping even one of these questions is a huge mistake because it is very important to know what you’re doing when moving to another country.

    Poor time management and organization

    One of the reasons why you need to do research when moving abroad is because it is such a complicated process. Not only do you need to figure out how to pack and when to ship your belongings, but you must also obtain visas and book plane tickets. All this takes quite a bit of time. And when you’re under stress, it’s very easy to forget some important steps or inadvertently put them off for too long. 

    So, it’s necessary to get organized and start preparing early on. Not doing so can actually completely ruin your relocation abroad. While a poor sense of organization is always a problem when moving, it can be detrimental when you need to obtain legal documents that often come with application deadlines.

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    Getting organized and creating a moving plan should be your first step when relocating abroad.

    Hiring the wrong moving company

    There is virtually no way to move to another country without the help of movers Bainbridge Island. But which movers you choose has a huge impact on your moving experience. A good moving company will ensure that you have a smooth transition to your new home. But the wrong movers can ruin the entire process for you. Unfortunately, there are a lot of moving scams out there. If you fall for one, you might end up losing a lot of money and even your belongings. And even when you choose a legitimate moving company, they can be less than helpful if they’re not specialized or experienced in international moving.

    How to avoid mistakes when moving internationally

    Knowing about all the potential mistakes when moving abroad is only half of the story. You should also know how to avoid them. After all, that is the whole point of learning about them, right? So let’s talk about what you can do to avoid the common mistakes of international moving and make your relocation easier.

    Start preparing on time and plan ahead

    The thing that’s really going to save you the most trouble down the line is starting the moving process on time. If you give yourself a few months to get all your ducks in a row, the whole thing is going to be so much easier and less stressful. You’ll have enough time not only to pack but also to file for a passport or visa, do a lot of research, compare international moving companies, and more. So if there’s one piece of advice to follow when moving abroad it’s this: don’t procrastinate.

    Research everything and get tips

    Even if you’ve moved before, this time will be different because you’ll be crossing international borders. And even if you’ve moved internationally before, the process will differ from country to country. So thorough research is essential. The most important thing you need to do is look up the US Embassy in the country you’re moving to. On their website, you will find all the rules and regulations of permanently moving to that country. This is important to do early on because you will most likely need some type of visa or permit which can take weeks and even months to sort out. Then, you can learn more about the country itself to minimize culture shock after moving. Finally, you should ask your friends and family as well as the internet at large for some tips about the moving process itself.

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    Make sure that you have your passport and visa ready in time.

    Hire reliable international movers

    Because movers can make or break your relocation, it’s very important to find a company you can truly rely on. You want reliable movers with experience in international relocation who won’t bankrupt you. The search should start with a list of moving companies in the area that offer international services. If you find many companies that fit that bill, you should look into them more closely and narrow your selection down to 5 or 6 businesses that have all the necessary licenses and are highly rated in customer reviews. Finally, you should get moving estimates from all of them to compare prices. This will help you make the final decision.

    What to do if you make mistakes when moving internationally

    Despite your best efforts, plans still fail sometimes. So there’s a chance that you’ll make some mistakes when moving internationally even if you start on time, do your research, and hire the right movers. What then? Well, it really depends on how bad the mistake is. But the most important thing to do is not to panic. Even the biggest setbacks can be rectified.

    The worst-case scenario is that you have to postpone your relocation because you didn’t get your visa on time or something like that. While that would be awful, it shouldn’t put you off from moving altogether. So if you come across a bump in the road, take a deep breath and think rationally about how to move forward.

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