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 Toronto

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    If you are looking to change your Seattle home for a Toronto-based one, you might want to know what the change entails. To do this and make the process of moving from Seattle to Toronto much easier, you will want to understand the differences between the cities. Not only that but the differences between the two countries, as well. Thus, before you start looking into Washington movers, there is quite a bit of research to do. In this article, we will provide you with a few statistics on each city as well as with an overview of life in Canada as opposed to life in the US.

    Moving from Seattle to Toronto – what is there to know?

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    You will want to involve the whole family in the process.

    Without touching on the relocation process itself, here’s what you will want to know first:

    • Differences between the US and Canada
    • Seattle statistics
    • Toronto statistics

    While this article will provide you with most of the relevant information, we encourage you to extend your research even further. Specifically, you will want to look into Toronto neighborhoods and find the one that is most to your liking. As with every major city, there is no shortage of viable neighborhoods for practically every lifestyle. Another thing to consider is whether you will empty out your Seattle storage unit and relocate your belongings to your new home or another storage facility. This is something that you want to research ahead of time if you want to create a convenient relocation process.

    With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you might find to be different when relocating to Canada.

    Canada vs. USA

    While the two countries have numerous similarities, there are a few differences that you will want to get used to. For example, the beer gets measured by volume in Canada, as opposed to by mass in the US. While the beverage has the same alcoholic content in both countries, they are measured differently. This usually creates a bit of confusion so it is a thing you might want to know about in advance. Also, soft drinks are called “pop” in Canada, while you may know them as “soda“.

    Another interesting fact is that the life expectancy in Canada is higher than in the US. Canadians exhibit a life expectancy of around 81.2 years while Americans have it around 78.1 years. However, the US has 13.8 babies per 1000 people, whereas Canada has 10.3.

    Another difference that you will need to wrap your head around is that Canadians spell some words with “-our”, instead of the “-or” that you are used to. For example, labor is spelled “labour”. Similarly, “center” is spelled “centre” in Canada.

    Seattle statistics

    Before moving from Seattle to Toronto, you will want to understand what makes both cities “tick”. To do this, you need to take a careful look at the statistics.

    Seattle has a population of around 725,000 people and is known as one of the best cities for young professionals in the entire country. It features amazing public schools, almost inexhaustible nightlife options, great diversity, as well as good family appeal. However, living in this urban area is quite expensive, as evidenced by the median home price. The median home value in Seattle is around $665,000, with homes in good neighborhoods going for a lot more. If you are looking to rent, expect to pay, on average, around $1,615. Most people rent their homes in Seattle due to these conditions. These statistics are usually the main reason why people choose to hire one of the international movers Seattle has to offer. It is a fact that living and working in Emerald City can be very difficult for some.

    Seattle is one of the best cities in the country, but it is not for everyone.

    One thing that makes Seattle so desirable is the high median household income of around $92,300. Working in Seattle can be very profitable indeed, despite the high housing and living costs. However, the main issue of the city is a somewhat high crime rate. Virtually every single crime is more represented in Seattle than the national average, except murder which is lower. The most represented crime in Seattle is motor vehicle theft, which is almost double that of the national average. However, as far as large cities go, these statistics are somewhat mild. Let’s take a look at how Toronto fares.

    Toronto statistics

    The city of Toronto is the largest city in Canada, as well as the fourth most populated municipality in North America. There are around 2.75 million people living in the city, making it almost four times larger than Seattle. However, finding a home to purchase in Toronto is very difficult. The median home value in the city is as high as $1,050,000! While you might be able to find a bargain if you look hard enough, it is usually an exercise in futility. If you want to own a property in Toronto, be ready to pay a premium.

    However, living in a city as large as Toronto means that you will have access to numerous employment opportunities. The median household income in Toronto is around CAD 100,000, which is somewhat lower than in Seattle. Therefore, creating a budget for shipping and transport Seattle expenses needs to be high on your priority list. While finding a job in Toronto may not be hard, finding a well-paying one is another matter entirely.

    Welcome to Toronto!

    With all this, you may wonder why exactly is it beneficial to relocate to Toronto? The most important difference between Seattle and Toronto lies in crime rates. Toronto is known to be one of the safest cities in the country and was even ranked 24th safest city in the world by The Economist in 2017. Virtually every crime category in Toronto is much lower than in Seattle.

    Moving from Seattle to Toronto – The moving process

    When it comes to the relocation process itself, there are a few things you need to have in mind. First, you will want to find a quality moving company that has experience in international relocations. Even though you will be moving on the same continent, having an experienced mover from the city of Seattle makes everything easier. You will also need to prepare a moving budget, obtain packing supplies, and make a checklist for moving from Seattle to Toronto.

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