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

Essential steps for saving money while moving

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    Relocating your home or business from one place to another is a costly endeavor. The first choice you will need to make is whether you are going to hire a moving company or perform a DIY move. Naturally, the latter is much cheaper but you are going to be doing most of the work. Since this is not ideal in most cases, you will want to figure out how to be saving money while moving. One of the solutions is to utilize one of the freight companies Seattle has to offer and have them ship a moving container for you. Or you can take one or more steps toward reducing the overall cost of your relocation. In this article, we will be showing you exactly which steps you can take to make your move cheaper.

    Saving money while moving 101

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    There are many ways you can get the most out of your money.

    While you can always do all of the work on your own and make the relocation cheaper, you might want to retain at least some convenience. And this means hiring a moving company Washington to do some of the work for you. However, if you want to make the process more affordable, here’s what you can do:

    • Avoid summer relocations
    • Make the most out of your unnecessary items
    • Drive the truck on your own
    • Utilize a moving container
    • Obtain free/cheap packing supplies

    You may also want to enlist some help from your friends/family members for the occasion. Even though your movers will be doing most of the work, there will still be things that require your personal attention. And it is much easier to deal with them if you have a couple of helpers around.

    Step 1: Move during the off-season

    If all that you require is to simply lower the moving costs by a bit, try to relocate in the off-season. The price of your relocation might not be drastically lower but the reduction in cost will be significant. Furthermore, by avoiding the summer, you will be able to choose a relocation date and time of your choice. Most professional movers Seattle have a lot less work throughout the winter, for example, and they will be willing to provide you with a much better deal for your move. Even if you can move your relocation for a month, it still has the potential to be significantly cheaper. Look at this step as the starting point, as there are a few more ways in which you can reduce the moving cost.

    Step 2: Sell/Donate/Toss away your unwanted belongings

    Carrying all your stuff with you, both needed and unneeded is going to inflate the price of your move. This is especially important if you are planning an interstate relocation or a long distance one. Movers base much of their prices on the weight and number of items you will be moving, after all. Therefore, the best thing to do is get rid of the excess belongings. Now, you have several options on how to deal with these items. You can sell them, donate them, or simply throw them away. Of course, selling your unwanted possessions is the best option, financially speaking.

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    If you have things that are simply “laying around”, consider getting rid of them to ensure saving money while moving.

    You can organize a garage/yard sale, post your items online, or have someone else sell them for you. Do note that this process might take considerable time and that you may not be able to get rid of all of the items. And that is fine, everything that did not sell you can simply donate or throw away. When donating, however, you need to make sure that your items are in good condition first. Otherwise, you may be looking at a trip to the depot and having to return with your items in tow.

    Step 3: Rent a moving truck and drive it yourself

    If you have the means and the inclination, driving a truck on your own can help you in saving money while moving. What you can do is hire a moving company for labor-only services while you do all the driving. This can considerably reduce the funds that are required for your move. Do note, however, that you are going to need to have the required license for driving a truck and that the whole experience is kind of excruciating. There is a reason why truck drivers are paid well, after all.

    But, if you absolutely need to make the move as cheap as possible, this is how you do it. You may not have enough energy for all the things to do before moving into a new house, too. What you need to do is ensure that you can get enough time to rest after the ordeal, so you can get “back on track” as soon as possible.

    Step 4: Consider using a moving container

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    A portable self storage container can be really useful to reduce the cost of your relocation.

    Alternatively, you can forgo the need for a moving truck entirely by utilizing a moving container. You can pack the container on your own or have your movers do it for you. That container then gets shipped to your new home and you can do the same to unload it when it arrives. This is a cheaper option to move but it is somewhat less convenient. In most cases, you are going to wait a bit longer for your items to arrive and you will have to organize the labor at two locations.

    Step 5: Get your packing supplies for free, or cheap

    Relocations require considerable investment into packing supplies. After all, your belongings need protection. What you can do is try and obtain the necessary packing materials “on the cheap”. You can get standard cardboard boxes easily from the local convenience stores. Simply go into each store and ask if you can get some boxes for your relocation. Most of the time, they will be able to provide you with a box or two. And if they cannot, there is always the next store around the corner!

    Alternatively, you can turn to online marketplaces or join a group that is about sharing free supplies. For example, you can join the local Freecycle group if there is one in your area. Chances are that you are still going to need a few supplies after all that, but that can be easily remedied by a quick visit to the store. Saving money while moving is all about exploring these free options and trying to make the most of them.

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