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

Downsides of summertime moving in Seattle 

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Summer has always been known as the peak season for the moving industry. And the reasoning behind it is simple – nice weather, vacation time, less traffic in urban areas, etc. However, despite the many benefits of moving during the summer, there are also certain downsides to it. To start with, all moving companies in Seattle will be busier and harder to book. And then there is the matter of handling moving in the heat, even when moving in Seattle. In this article, we take a look at what the downsides of summertime moving are, and why it can sometimes be better to move off-peak season.

Why is summer the very definition of the peak moving season?

Peak moving season in Seattle is somewhere between April and September. As we already mentioned, nice weather is the main reason for this. And during nice weather, everything is easier. You do not have to pack your items to be waterproof, you do not have to protect yourself from precipitation, driving conditions are better, etc. Besides nice weather, end of school and vacation days are also concerns that influence summertime moving. Of course, people cannot always choose when they move. Still, summertime remains the most common time to move.

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Weather is the main reason why people move during summer

6 downsides of summertime moving in Seattle

Now that you know what are the main benefits of summertime moving, let’s take look at what are the downsides of peak season moving.

  • Weather can also be one of the downsides of summertime moving
  • Movers will be busier and harder to book
  • During summer, movers’ employees also like to use their vacation days
  • Moving prices are higher
  • Traffic jams in Seattle are among the worse in North America, especially during summer
  • It will be more difficult to book flights

The weather can go either way when it comes to moving during summer

Weather is one of the main reasons for summertime moving. However, conditions during summer are far from perfect. Just imagine high temperatures, melting asphalt, sweat, high humidity, etc. Of course, it is better to move when it is hot than when it is raining or snowing. On the other hand, you can do something to protect your items and yourself from rain, snow, or cold. From heat, there is no escape. That is why the weather is also one of the downsides of summer moving.

You will have trouble with booking your favorite movers

When you are moving during summer, one of the things that you will have trouble with is booking your favorite movers. As we already mentioned, moving companies are busier during summer. So if you need to move out, you will either have to book movers that are available (movers available during summer does not sound right), or you will have to rent a self-storage Seattle to store your items until you manage to book movers you want.

Luckily, there is a way to avoid booking shady movers or renting a storage unit. Start searching for movers well in advance. If you start searching for movers at least a month before your desired moving date, you will most likely manage to book a company that you want.

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You cannot choose your movers during the peak moving season. It is one of the main downsides of summertime moving

Everybody uses their vacation days during summer

Another reason why it may be so difficult to book a residential movers Seattle during summer is vacations. Moving companies’ employees also like to use their paid breaks when the weather is nice. This means two things. Either you will have to embrace the fact that you will be moving with unreliable movers. Or your favorite movers will be short on staff which means poorer moving experience. Of course, this doesn’t mean that things will happen that way. But the chances that you will not get the treatment you want are higher. Again, booking your movers in advance could, at least, allow you to schedule reliable and trustworthy movers even if it means they will be short on staff.

Higher prices are one of the main downsides of summertime moving

Another downside of moving during summer is the price. As we all know, higher demand leads to higher prices. That is simply how economics work. And we cannot do much about it. However, sometimes it is possible to negotiate a lower price. Or, find interstate movers Seattle that offer some discounts. Still, this will not be easy, So, be prepared for an extensive search. Again, make sure that you start your search on time.

You will have to go through the worst traffic jams in North America

Summertime moving in Seattle means one thing. It means that you and your movers will have to go through some of the worse traffic jams in North America. Even though traffic in Seattle is bad all year round, it seems that congestions intensify during summer. This means that your movers will probably have difficulties with staying on schedule. Chances of accidents are increased then.

If you will be traveling by your own vehicle, you will also feel bad sides of Seattle summer traffic. And if you are moving to Seattle and you do not know your way around the city, bad traffic will not make things easier. That is for sure. Unfortunately, even if you are not moving by car, you won’t escape the downsides of summertime moving completely.

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You will experience some of the worst traffic jams during summer

If you will be traveling by plane, finding suitable tickets might be tricky

That is right if you are not moving by your own vehicle you might escape troubles with traffic but you will have other issues. If you will be moving by plane. Finding a plane ticket and booking your desired date can be impossible during summer.  Even if you manage to find a ticket, prices will be significantly higher. Luckily, there is a way to avoid this. And that is, of course, to book your flight well in advance.

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