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 shipping obstacles and avoiding them

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    The shipping business is one of the most lucrative ones in today’s world, as well as being quite “easy” to get into. However, there are many common shipping obstacles between you and a profitable shipping operation in Seattle. While you can circumvent most of them by using one of the top shipping companies Seattle has to offer, the more knowledge you have, the more profits you will be able to rake in. That is why we are going to point out some of the most common obstacles and tell you how to deal with them.

    7 most common shipping obstacles and how to avoid them

    Having a “perfect” shipping business is simply not possible. Every operation is going to encounter some issues, that’s the truth of it. Here are the main obstacles that might stand in your way:

    • Damaged items
    • High shipping costs
    • International shipping
    • Route disruptions
    • Lost shipments
    • Shipping hazardous items
    • Repairing/replacing damaged goods

    Dealing with some of these obstacles can be quite easy, however. All you need to do is make a good choice between international commercial shipping companies and you will nullify the international shipping issues, for example. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but having a good shipping partner is usually the #1 concern. Let’s take a more in-depth look at some of these obstacles and how you might be able to circumvent them.

    Damaged items

    As far as obstacles go, damaged items are just about the most common ones. Your shipment gets handled multiple times during transport, being loaded onto trucks, ships, and planes. This means that it is influenced by turbulence, bumpy roads, rough seas, and the like. To a new shipper, damaged items are going to be a nightmare, as it may seriously cut into profits.

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    Damaged items are a daily occurrence in the shipping business.

    The answer to this particular obstacle lies in careful packaging. What you need is a packaging/crating process that is personalized for your particular brand of products. You can get in touch with Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage Seattle and we will be happy to help you out. We can provide you with any packing materials you may require, as well as help you create a packaging process that ensures the maximum safety of your items.

    One of the most common shipping obstacles – High shipping costs

    For most people that are just getting into the shipping business, the associated costs might be too high for their budget. This is a very common obstacle and is not one that is easy to go around. After all, with so many businesses relying on shipping, the companies that are actually in charge of transportation are free to form their prices competitively.

    What you can do to try and minimize the shipping costs is to arrange the shipments as soon as possible. The more advance notice you provide, the greater the chances of getting better deals. With shipping, dates and times mean quite a lot, where the price is concerned. If you wait until the last moment to send your shipment, you might encounter extremely high fees.

    International shipping

    When it comes to international shipping, the biggest obstacle is a lack of knowledge. The process of moving your office from Seattle to New York City is comparatively simple, as all that is needed is for the equipment to be loaded onto the truck. When you are shipping items overseas, you will need to deal with customs requirements, various forms, transfers, and the like.

    There are two ways that you can solve this problem. First, you may acquire the necessary knowledge on your own. Second, you can opt to work with an experienced crating and shipping company. Working with a shipper that has a lot of experience in international shipping will enable you to accurately fill in the paperwork, track your shipment at all times, and much more.

    Route disruptions

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    While you can’t do much about route disruptions themselves, you can find a mover that can “go around them”.

    Here’s an obstacle that simply can’t be prevented, but it can be mitigated. You can’t force the pandemic to go away, nor can you stop a hurricane in its tracks. What you can do, however, is work with a shipping company that has a “Plan B” in place when these disruptions occur. These companies have a network that enables them to modify the shipment path and minimize the disruption when it occurs.

    Lost shipments

    This is one of the common shipping obstacles that usually occurs if you are having your items shipped by a “bargain” shipping company. Once your shipment enters the “stream”, it is possible that it simply vanishes, with no one readily to blame. Needless to say, this is a complete loss, as you might not be able to get a reimbursement when you actually need it. If you ever get it at all.

    The answer to this is, again, working with a premium shipping company. While the price might be higher, the security is higher as well. Well-known, experienced shippers will usually provide you with a full reimbursement, no-questions-asked, if your items get lost in the process. This is why the items usually do not disappear if a quality shipper is handling them.

    Shipping hazardous items

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    Make sure that you know all there is to know about hazardous items before you ship them.

    This is an important obstacle if you are shipping anything that is labeled az hazardous. There are strict rules and regulations concerning hazardous items, and they may vary from state to state and country to country. The paperwork here is of crucial importance. And, if you’ve just started, chances are that you are going to need to learn how to file it the hard way.

    As you’ve might have guessed, the ideal solution is to hire a shipper that is experienced in handling hazardous items. They will help you file the paperwork, help you with the packaging and handling requirements, etc.

    Repairing/replacing damaged goods

    The last one of our top 7 common shipping obstacles is dealing with replacing or repairing the goods that get damaged in transport. The fact of the matter is that, despite all the precautions, items do get damaged from time to time. The way that you can deal with this issue is through cargo valuation coverage. You are looking for a company that has low claims ratio, as that will make the cost of the coverage cheaper.

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