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 Seattle to Chicago

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    Moving from Seattle to Chicago constitutes a long distance relocation as the driving distance between the cities is around 30 hours. This means that you might want to hire professionals to help you transport your belongings over such a trek. You might want to take some time to find the best movers Seattle has to offer for your move. With their help, the whole endeavor will be much easier. However, the relocation process is but one part of your move. To get the best results, and to adapt quicker, you might want to know more about both places. And that is what this article is going to be all about. We will provide you with information that will make it easier for you to adapt to your new surroundings.

    Moving from Seattle to Chicago 101

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    You need to create a plan before you proceed with your relocation.

    In essence, the whole process is deceptively “simple”. The only two things you will need to do are:

    • Get to know both areas
    • Prepare for the relocation process

    However, both of these can take a lot of your time and energy. But if you do go through them, possibly with the help of one of the top cross country movers Seattle has on offer, the whole ordeal will be a lot easier. You should visit Chicago before your relocation and see your new neighborhood in person. That will allow you to be at least familiar with your new surroundings. 

    Learning more about Seattle

    First up, even if you have been living in Seattle up until now, you might want to remind yourself about all the benefits that the city offers, benefits that might not be present at your new home. The fact of the matter is that you might take some things for granted. Thus, reading about the benefits and drawbacks of Seattle can only help. And while you’re at it, you might as well look for great Seattle movers. They can also provide you with plenty of information. It is always better to know more, after all.

    Pros and cons of living in Seattle

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    Buying a house in Seattle is prohibitively expensive.
    Job market and housing

    Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, with its own set of unique characteristics. The major advantage of living in Seattle is that it has a booming job market. The Emerald City is a powerhouse when it comes to the tech industry, an industry that is slowly shaping the future.

    But the housing in Seattle simply costs too much. While there are affordable apartments to be found, they are few and far between. It stands to reason, as there is one unit of housing for approximately 3.3 new jobs. It is simply not sustainable and it is one of the bigger problems Seattle has. It’s no wonder that many residents choose to go the route of Seattle storage to complement their smaller apartments. The housing situation all but forces them to.

    Food and prices

    You can find almost any food in Seattle. The city has some of the most diverse restaurants in the country, enabling you to sample the cuisine worldwide. The most famous types, however, are seafood and Asian-fusion cooking.

    But the prices are kind of steep, as well. Overall, the cost of living in Seattle is on the extremely high side, meaning that most of the living costs are inflated. It stands to reason, given how popular the city is.

    What can you expect when moving from Seattle to Chicago?

    The City of Chicago often referred to as “the Windy City”, got its name from the Algonquian word “Chigagou“, which means onion field. The city served a major role in the development of the American culture, as well as political history and economics, ever since its founding. It is best known as the “Railroad Capital of the U.S.” as there are more major railroads present than any other place in the country. But let’s take a look at what makes Chicago great (and not so great).

    Pros and cons of living in Chicago

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    Living in Chicago will allow you to save up more.
    Transportation and sports

    To start things off, Chicago’s public transport is simply amazing. We did not expect anything less from the railroad capital, after all. The city is home to the second-largest train system in the U.S. The trains and buses of the Chicago Transit Authority are the best and most cost-effective ways to get around.

    Did you know that Chicago was named “the Best Sports City” in the entire U.S. three times now? One needs only mention Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls and it all comes into place. But NBA’s powerhouse is not the only team that the fans are cheering on. The Chicago Bears have a strong following, and Chicago Rush has one as well (AFL). All in all, there are 15 major sports teams in the city.

    Fun traditions, crime, living cost

    The city has plenty of fun traditions you don’t want to miss. For example, St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago is an experience that is known across the world. It regularly draws more than 400,000 people each year! Then there are the dance festivals Chicago is famous for, as well as world-class blues festivals. There is always something going on in Chicago!

    But, as you might expect, one of the biggest cons of living in Chicago is a somewhat high crime rate. It is no wonder, as everyone remembers the likes of Al Capone, Baby Face Nelson, and John Dillinger. These individuals made their mark on history, for better or worse. While the situation is not as bad as it used to be, and Chicago is a lot safer these days, it remains its primary problem.

    Lastly, the main reason why you might want to relocate to Chicago is due to the living costs. While they are, overall, higher than the national average, they are nowhere near Seattle’s. But the fact of the matter is that they are still high and you need to be ready for them.

    Moving from Seattle to Chicago – the relocation process

    When it comes to the relocation process, simply follow the bullets below:

    • Set a moving budget
    • Book a moving company in advance
    • Declutter
    • Create a moving checklist
    • Ask some friends for help
    • Obtain packing supplies
    • Organize your time
    • Pack everything
    • Don’t forget to pack the essentials bag

    While there is, of course, a lot more to do when moving from Seattle to Chicago, this list provides you with the essentials. You can always ask your moving company for further assistance, they will be glad to help you!

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