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 storing fragile items

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    Fragile items need to be dealt with care to ensure their safety. When planning a relocation or to store fragile items, care and precision have to be at their highest points. This is something that professional moving companies Seattle understand better than most. People face many issues and make many mistakes when storing fragile items. And from our experience, the best way to avoid such mistakes is to learn about them beforehand. And today, we are going to explore them in detail, to help you do just that.

    Start by making a proper plan

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    Proper planning is essential for safeguarding fragile belongings.

    The first mistake people make when storing fragile items is forgetting to make a plan. Despite this looking like a simple, straightforward task, the lack of planning could easily reflect on the safety of your items. Therefore, before you do anything else, sit down, and make a plan about how you will do it.

    Will you store your items at your home or you will need to find appropriate self storage in Seattle? Will you pack your items on your own or you will opt for professional packing services? Are you going to transport your fragile items by yourself or do you plan to call a moving company to do it? As you can see, there are a lot of things that you need to think about before you start packing your items.

    Do not forget to make a storage budget

    Storing fragile items properly comes at a price. And many people make the mistake of going into this process without settling their finances first. So, once you’ve made your plan, think about your storage budget. If you are planning to rent storage units Lynnwood WA, call professional movers, and pack your items in proper packing materials – it is going to involve some costs. To avoid unpleasant surprises and breaking your bank account, do some research on prices and put everything down on paper. Once you finish that, you can move on with your plan.

    Some people store junk along with their fragile valuables

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    It is easy to overload your storage if you are storing junk as well

    Once you have a plan and a budget prepared, you can start dealing with your items. Many people start packing and storing their items without knowing exactly what they are storing and whether they are storing junk as well. Therefore, the first and most important thing is to determine what items you are planning to store and if there are any items that you want to get rid of. Storing items that you actually do not need is a waste of money. Do not make that mistake. Before you do anything further, make sure to throw away the items that you don’t need.

    Make a list of fragile items that you are planning to store

    After you get rid of the junk, make a list of items that you are actually going to store. This list will help you:

    • keep track of your items in the future;
    • get a price for the full service storage you need;
    • calculate the exact number of packing supplies that you will need.

    People usually make the mistake of forgetting to make a list of items, so they end up with too many packing supplies on their hands – wasting money and having no clue about the things that they store away. Avoid this by making a simple inventory list.

    Trusting every storage facility is among the most common mistakes when storing fragile items

    People think that all storage facilities are the same and that all provide proper storage conditions. Unfortunately, that cannot be further from the truth. In reality, only a selected number of storage facilities and local moving companies offer conditions suitable for storing items long-term. And since people don’t know that, they easily trust their items to a storage company that doesn’t care about their possessions. Naturally, those situations usually end up in dispute.

    To avoid problems and provide your items with suitable conditions, make sure that you are storing your items in a reputable storage facility that provides proper conditions, such as: 

    • well-maintained storage units;
    • temperature control;
    • professional security.

    Only facilities that meet such standards are adequate for storing fragile items. Start by finding and securing spaces there.

    Amateurs who move fragile items on their own usually end up damaging them

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    One of the biggest mistakes is trying to move your fragile belongings on your own.

    Some people think that it is easy to transport fragile items to their storage facility. In reality, transport is one of the most difficult parts of the process. That is why we urge you to consider hiring professional Eastside Seattle movers to handle your items. They are trained to handle such items and they do it on a daily basis. If you want the best for your items, you will leave tis to professionals.

    If you do not know how to properly pack fragile items, don’t do it

    Packing fragile items with inappropriate packing materials and techniques is one of the biggest mistakes people make. It is also one of the biggest causes of broken items. You need to know how to pack your fragiles and you need to use suitable packing supplies to do it. If you don’t, your items will end up paying the cost of it. If you never did this before, find a professional team of packers and movers, and let them pack your fragile items for you. That is the best way to secure your items.

    Now you know how to avoid the most common mistakes when storing fragile items

    Those are the most common mistakes when storing fragile items. Lack of proper planning, not calculating the expenses, using inappropriate storage, storing junk, moving fragile items without professional help, and using inadequate packing materials and techniques are all the things that could jeopardize your items’ safety. Luckily, now that you know what those mistakes are, you’ll be able to avoid them so your items will remain safe.

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