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

Guide for moving from Anchorage to Seattle

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    Moving from Anchorage to Seattle constitutes a (very) long distance relocation. This means that you need to choose your movers very carefully, as well as to prepare accordingly. It is a process that will take much of your time and energy to do right. But it is definitely not impossible. With one of the top shipping companies Seattle has to offer, the entire endeavor may even prove to be effortless. That said, you should never underestimate a move of this longitude. In this article, we are going to guide you through this particular relocation process, making sure that you have the easiest time of it.

    Moving from Anchorage to Seattle – Preparation stage

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    The more information you have, the better!

    Every great venture starts with a good plan. Here is what you will want to do, prior to actually relocating to Seattle:

    • Find a good moving company
    • Learn as much about Seattle as you can
    • Prepare for the relocation process

    All of these three bullet points require considerable time and energy investment. Therefore, it is ideal if you can start as early as possible. As for choosing the best moving company for the job, you really need to look no further than Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage Seattle. We can help you relocate without any worries whatsoever. We have conducted numerous relocations on this very route, and know all the ins and outs of such a process. Our team can help you optimize the move and make it a lot easier. Contact us today and we will help you plan, organize, and execute your relocation!

    Pros and cons of living in Seattle

    First of all, the “Emerald City” is well-deserving of its nickname. The city is surrounded by greenery all year round, even during the harshest winters. This is also one of the biggest things that draw people to Seattle. Furthermore, the city is located within a two-hour drive from all three major national parks in Washington.

    Great for job-seekers

    Living in Seattle will provide you with amazing career opportunities, especially if your interests lie in the tech industry. But even if not, Seattle consistently holds high rankings as one of the best cities in the US for jobs. Amazon, Starbucks, Nintendo, Microsoft, Boeing, and many others call Emerald City their home. Just get ready for some serious competition, as these companies only choose the best!


    And you will be able to retain quite a bit of the money that you earn, as living in Washington means that you do not have to worry about a state income tax. But be prepared for a high state sales tax (6.5%) as well as an additional local sales tax (3.75%). You win some, you lose some, that’s the way the world works.


    Seattle is one of the safest large cities in the country. While there are homeless people about, as in any other large city, most of them do not pose a threat and generally leave other people alone.

    Cost of living

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    Calculating living costs is a daily routine in the city of Seattle.

    But the cost of living is quite exorbitant, to be completely honest. In 2019, Seattle was named the 5th most expensive city in the entire country. On average, you can expect a small, one-bedroom, apartment to set you back as much as $2,200 per month! In Seattle, most people choose to live with a roommate.


    Furthermore, the traffic situation in Seattle is far from favorable. So far, in fact, that you can call it outright maddening. During the rush hour (which lasts about 5 hours), the city experiences a gridlock. When you relocate to Emerald City, expect to be stuck in traffic constantly. You will most likely experience the first taste of it when you are waiting for your belongings to arrive. However, some international movers Seattle can “magically” find a way to navigate Seattle’s traffic, though not at the prime rush hour. Therefore, choosing the best mover for the job is critical.

    Preparation for the relocation process

    Aside from hiring a moving company, you will also need to prepare for the relocation process itself. That means creating a moving checklist, considering full service storage Seattle options, etc. You may also want to declutter your home before relocating, as that can drastically reduce the overall moving cost. If you want to boost your moving budget a bit, you may even want to organize a “garage sale” to pawn off some of your unneeded items.

    Moving from Anchorage to Seattle – After the move

    After you arrive at your new home, you may want to adapt to it as soon as possible. The best way to do that in the shortest amount of time is to:

    • Explore!
    • Meet your neighbors
    • Involve yourself in community activities

    Of course, mark down all the convenience stores and other services that you need. You may even want to ask your movers about any tips they might be willing to share. The more knowledge you have, the better!

    Exploring a city for the first time

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    The first thing you want to do in your new city is to explore and enjoy!

    When you first arrive, you may want to focus completely on unpacking and all the other necessities of the relocation. But what you should be doing the moment you arrive is to go out and explore! You can deal with everything else later. Take a stroll around your neighborhood, perhaps visit a bar or a coffee shop or two. Get to know your new surroundings. Savor the moment and enjoy the sights. You will have plenty of time to do the chores later.

    Meeting the neighbors

    You may also want to meet your neighbors as soon as possible. Generally speaking, the people of the city of Seattle are a friendly bunch. Make the smallest effort and they will know how to repay it. Mind the first impression that you’re leaving and your life in the city can be much easier.

    Community activities

    Lastly, you may want to enroll in a community program or two, as soon as moving from Anchorage to Seattle is over. This is the best way to really become a local, and help the community in the process. We’re not saying you should do it at all costs, just consider the possibility. It can be highly beneficial for you and make it so you adapt to your new city much sooner.

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