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. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.


All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • 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 all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

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 are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re 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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