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

Great ways to enjoy retirement in Seattle

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    Seattle may not be one of the first cities you may think of when considering retirement destinations. Mostly, you will be looking at one of the Florida or Arizona cities. However, there are numerous great enjoy retirement in Seattle, and it would be good to consider them before you choose your ideal retirement place. Before you hire one of the Washington movers for your relocation, it is in your best interest to gather as much information as you can. In this article, we will show you exactly what Seattle has to offer for retirees, from the great outdoors to some of the best places to visit in the city. Let’s get started!

    Four great ways to enjoy retirement in Seattle

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    Seattle may not be as “bright” as some of the Florida cities, but it has a unique appeal to it.

    While there are numerous attractions that the city offers, we find these four to be the most attractive for retirees:

    • Enjoy the great outdoors
    • Engross yourself in culture and sports
    • Sample great food, wine, and coffee
    • Visit top places in Seattle often

    Depending on your preferred lifestyle, there may be more great ways to enjoy your retirement in the city of Seattle. But for the most part, these four will keep you occupied for a long time.

    Enjoy the great outdoors

    To start things off, the Pacific Northwest is famous for its majestic natural beauty. You will have opportunities to trek through mountains and rainforests but there is a bit of everything. Furthermore, all of these natural wonders are great to view from a car, on a bike, or even on foot. Seattle also has organized hiking groups for its seniors, definitely something you may want to consider. Within the Seattle metro area, you will immediately have a great view of Mount Rainier, as well as the coastline.

    Venture forth from the city and there’s the Hoh Rain Forest to explore. Then there are numerous rural islands, each with its own unique charm, as well as the Cascade Mountain Range. You may also want to consider acquiring the National Parks Senior Pass, which gives you lifetime access to all the parks in Washington State. You will be able to enjoy Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades park at your leisure. Furthermore, you may also want to consider renting self storage Seattle for all the equipment you might need to enjoy these places to the fullest. Having a storage unit handy will also enable you to keep your home free of clutter.

    Lastly, we have to mention wildlife. There is everything from elk to orca whales to be spotted, all of them in their natural habitats. But if you want a more organized experience, there’s always the Seattle Aquarium and the Woodland Park Zoo.

    Engross yourself in culture and sports

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    While you will have plenty of sports to watch, don’t forget to exercise as well!

    To be completely honest, if you are a sports (and/or culture) fan, you will never get bored from Seattle. You will be able to truly enjoy retirement in Seattle with a plethora of great events and sports games. Seattle is a prime stop for touring artists, after all, and there is a number of amazing theaters, as well as dance and music groups.

    Seattle also has a good number of great professional sports teams like the Seahawks, Mariners, and Seattle Kraken. Between all of these opportunities, you will enjoy the Seattle senior moving experience! In fact, you may have too much to do and not enough time to do it, all things considered.

    Sample great food, wine, and coffee

    Moving on, you may already be familiar that Seattle loves its coffee. It is the birthing place of Starbucks, after all. But that is not the only thing the Pacific Northwest is famous for. This is one of the best places in the country to find exquisite craft beer, as well as amazing wine. There are numerous nationally recognized wineries all around Washington State. As for the food, you will have all the variety you can stand. Seattle is incredibly diverse when it comes to ethnicity, and you will have opportunities to sample all sorts of cuisines from all around the world.

    And then there’s the seafood. If you are a fishing aficionado, you may even spend your whole retirement fly fishing for trout or salmon in the surrounding rivers and lakes.

    Taxes

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    Be mindful of your taxes. Seattle has some great senior programs.

    We would also like to mention that Washington State is tax-friendly to its retirees. The main reason for this is that Washington does not have anything like a broad-based personal income tax. Your retirement income and social security benefits will not be taxed, as well. And you can even apply for property tax relief programs for seniors.

    However, the combined state and local sales tax rates are somewhat high, so have that in mind. If you are relocating from another state, you may want to obtain at least a free quote for your move, and plan your expenses carefully. The taxes may not be ideal, but they can work in your favor, as well.

    Visit top places in Seattle often to best enjoy retirement in Seattle

    Living in Seattle, you will have the opportunity to visit numerous great places and stay active throughout your retirement. Some of the best places to visit are:

    • Chihuly Garden and Glass
    • Seattle Art Museum
    • The Museum of Flight
    • Pacific Science Museum
    • Olympic Sculpture Park
    • Kubota Garden
    • Pioneer Square
    • Washington Park Arboretum
    • Seattle Underground
    • National Nordic Museum
    • Fremont Sunday Street Market

    All of these places will provide you with hours upon hours of enjoyment. You can visit all of them as much as you’d like, however, and you don’t need to limit yourself to just a few options. We would like to make a special mention, though, which is Kubota Garden. The stunning 20 acres of valley and hills that make the Kubota Garden feature waterfalls, ponds, streams, as well an exceptionally rich collection of plants. This unique urban refuge, hidden in south Seattle can provide you with a way to get your “inner balance” in order. It displays nearly sixty years of effort, vision, and commitment from the pioneer Fujitaro Kubota. Kubota Garden is also a historic landmark that the city acquired all the way back in 1987. 

    As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy retirement in Seattle. All you need to do is find what you like and simply “go with the flow”. You will also be living in a big city, with all the necessary amenities right at your fingertips.

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