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 to choosing the type of storage you need

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    When it comes to choosing the type of storage you need, there plenty of variations available on the market. To pick the best Seattle storage unit that fits your needs, you need to start by thinking about your items. We recommend writing down a list of the items you plan to store. This simple trick is very useful since you won’t forget the items that require more space than others. If you plan on adding more items to your storage in the future, note them down on the side. This way, you can think about a slightly larger unit that will accommodate everything later on. Once you know what you will be storing, it is time to think about the logistics of weight and size.

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    Storage units are an affordable and safe solution, capable of fitting your every need!

    In most cases, you can stack items on top of each other and use the vertical space efficiently. But sometimes, you might be dealing with bulky items with odd shapes, which need their own space. A good trick to picking the right storage unit is packing all of your items and stacking them. Then you can measure the rough dimensions of the bulk and use that as a guideline. Stack everything as neatly as possible and run a tape measure across everything. Consider using different sized boxes to figure out the most effective solution.

    Choosing the type of storage you need is easy if you know the main options

    If you’re new to the world of storage units, its good to know what is available on the market. Even though there is a myriad of options and combinations, everything comes down to two main types of storage units. Everything else regarding the size and special perks revolves around these choices.

    • Self-storage. This is, without a doubt, the most popular storage solution. It is also one of the most used options Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage Seattle provides its customers with. Self-storage is an inexpensive, safe, and secure way to store your items. It supports a whole range of items from small, house furniture and appliances, to big items such as cars and boats. There is one distinct function of self-self storage. This is the fact that owners have full responsibility of delivering and maintaining the items inside of the storage. When they want to remove an item from a unit, they must also do it themselves. In addition, customers are also tasked of documenting and keeping inventory of whatever they choose to store.
    • Full-service storage. This is an “all-inclusive” experience in the world of storage renting. For starters, it implies that the storage company will come and collect all of your items, and transport them to the unit. You are also available to schedule your pick up and delivery times via a phone call or an app. Opting for the best full-service storage in Washington means you are protected from the hassle of delivering and cataloging your items. Indeed, many storage facilities will take photos of all of your possessions and document them. With this function, you don’t even have to remember what you have in storage. Just take a look at the photos or go through your online inventory.

    Which option is the better of the two?

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    Renting a storage unit requires plenty of careful research

    The answer to this depends purely on your preferences and budget. In most cases, people choosing the type of storage they need, go for the self-storage version. This is mostly because of the fact they are easier to use and more affordable. Rather than requesting item collection and delivery from full-service storage, customers can come and pick up their items whenever they choose to do so. This option is recommended if you don’t intend to store a large number of items, and have access to a vehicle.

    If, however, you live in a larger urban area, your best bet would be moving services Seattle and their full-service storage solutions. Many people in congested city areas live in high-rises with stairs and elevators and rely on public transport instead of cars. If this is the case, then we strongly recommend choosing the full-service storage option.

    After deciding on the storage type, consider the other factors

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    Why bother yourself with deciding between different storage sizes when you can use a modern universally-sized storage container – one that we will gladly deliver to your front door.

    Another factor to consider when choosing the type of storage are added services and features. One of the more popular ones is certainly the temperature control option. This service comes in handy if you are storing particularly fragile items such as electronic appliances, or vintage clothing and furniture.

    In addition to all of this, you might want to consider purchasing added valuation protection for your unit. Even though your basic contract comes with a certain level of security, there are still options to buy extended valuation and a warranty. Lastly, think about how long you plan on storing everything. Even though most storage facilities offer a standard month-to-month payment method, in some cases you might run into a 3-month minimum. Ultimately, the final choice depends on your needs and budget. We hope that with this helpful guide, you’ll be able to make the right choice.

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