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

Guide for moving from Kirkland to Seattle

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    Relocating from a smaller city to a large one can be quite challenging. Aside from the relocation process itself, which is its own “beast”, you will need to make sure that you adapt to life in the big city. Seattle is one of those cities where competitiveness really comes into focus, as there are many people looking to “go big”. But this is just one of the things to adapt to. The best way to start your journey “on the right foot” is to hire a good mover for the occasion. If you hire one of the top moving companies Kirkland has to offer, you will be in a better mental and physical state to deal with everything else. With that in mind, let’s see how to go about moving from Kirkland to Seattle.

    How to prepare for moving from Kirkland to Seattle

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    The first thing is to figure out what makes you happy.

    Relocation to another city is a challenging process. One that will take quite a bit of your time and energy. That is why you might want to focus your attention on one thing at a time. While you will have numerous tasks to accomplish, here are some that you might want to finish sooner than later:

    • Figure out what you want from your new neighborhood
    • Research Seattle thoroughly
    • Get ready for the moving process

    If you accomplish these three tasks, everything else is going to be a lot easier. You may even want to look into some of the local movers Seattle has on offer, just in case. You never know if you will have to move in a hurry and it is good to have options should you require them. Seattle has plenty of amazing neighborhoods, after all, and you might want to explore them before you truly settle in. Especially if you are not buying a home instantly. Speaking of which, whether you are buying a home or renting one, you will want to carefully select the ideal location.

    Getting your priorities straight

    While your decision might be influenced by a variety of factors, choosing the perfect place for your new home is paramount. You will want to at least ensure that you have all the amenities that you can’t imagine living without. When moving from Kirkland to Seattle, you might want to retain a degree of “similarity”, to make the adaptation process easier. This means trying to replicate some of the things you love about Kirkland. As there are so many different neighborhoods in Seattle, one is bound to catch your eye. At Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage, we believe that the best way to enjoy your new life from the get-go is to combine familiarity and exploration. And the way to do that is to prioritize the things that you already like. 

    Getting to know Seattle

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    Seattle is absolutely gorgeous, you will have plenty of discovering to do.

    Seattle is almost 10 times larger than Kirkland if we look at the population number. There are over 750,000 people living in Seattle, after all. The city has amazing grades in just about every category, save for a few of them. Notably, the cost of living and the housing situation is far from ideal.

    To buy a home in Seattle, be prepared to pay a median price of around $755,000. However, this is one of the downsides that are not really applicable, coming from Kirkland, as you can sell your old home at an extraordinary price, as well. 

    To research a neighborhood, you might need to pay a visit to it a couple of times, walk its streets, and find a place that you actually enjoy. A place that gives off “good vibes”, so to speak. Ideally, you may even want to rent out an apartment in a neighborhood and live there for a week or so, to see if it works out for you.

    Pros and cons of living in Seattle

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    Seattle is one of the best places for high-tech industry jobs.

    The major benefit of living in Seattle is the sheer number of work opportunities. The high-tech job market is especially prevalent, as some of the best companies have their headquarters in Seattle. The unemployment rate, however, is not that low despite all the job opportunities, hovering between 3-4%. Then there’s the amazing food from all around the world, and the proximity to other major cities such as Vancouver, Portland, and Oregon.

    And there is no denying that Seattle is one beautiful city, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Wherever you go, you will be welcomed by greenery and amazing sights. They don’t call it the “Emerald City” for nothing.

    The major downsides include expensive living costs and a prohibitive housing market, but you don’t need to worry about those coming from Kirkland. The fact of the matter is that Kirkland is about as expensive as Seattle, with homes actually costing more. Thus, you have negated the most important drawback.

    Moving from Kirkland to Seattle – The moving process

    When it comes to the moving process itself, your most important resource (aside from your budget) is going to be time. You will want to start as early as possible with your preparations. The best thing to do is to start creating a moving checklist as soon as you know that the relocation is going to happen at one point. That way, you will have ample time to figure everything out. Even though the drive to Seattle is not long, you will still want to make sure to prevent shipping delays by organizing everything just right. You will also need to obtain the necessary packing supplies for the relocation.

    If you want to save a bit of money on moving from Kirkland to Seattle, you can try and get free moving boxes from your local convenience stores. All you need to do is visit a couple of them, preferably ones that you frequent the most, and ask if they can spare a box or two. Most of the time, they will be happy to oblige. Alternatively, you can join a freecycle group or expand your search online. More and more people are becoming aware of the need to reduce the production of new moving boxes and will be happy to pass along their unused ones.

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