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 packing books for transport

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    Books are delicate items that need special attention when preparing for the move. This is especially important when moving long-distance. Therefore, keep in mind that packing books for transport has to be a step-by-step process. Only then you can be fully sure that your items will survive the move. In addition, you will need a team of expert movers to move your books and other belongings safely and in a timely manner. We at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage stand at your disposal whenever you are in need of top-quality moving services. As one of the best movers Seattle has on the market, we commit to each of our customers.

    You’ll need enough boxes and other packing supplies

    Packing goes smooth and easy when you have packing supplies of the best quality. Items remain safe only in durable boxes and containers. In addition, shipping crates ensure the complete safety of your books during transportation. Therefore, check the moving boxes and shipping crates Seattle has on offer.

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    Packing books for transport is easy if done right.

    Don’ forget the rest of the packing materials and tools:

    • packing paper
    • bubble wrap
    • permanent markers
    • packing gun
    • scissors
    • scalpel
    • fabrics

    Pack books for transport step by step

    1. Add extra padding in small-sized moving boxes. Use crumpled packing paper or clean fabrics for that.
    2. Carefully wrap each book into layers of packing paper. You can also use old (and clean) towels and blankets.
    3. Put the books inside the box next to one another.
    4. Fill the gaps in the boxes with more crumpled paper.
    5. Close the lid and seal it with packing tape cross-wise, up to several times if necessary.

    Avoid packing boxes for the move in a hurry. Packing is a process that’s best done if you take care of each item the right way. So, don’t just dump them into a huge box. Seal it and call it a day. Instead, dedicate equal attention to each book. You will feel much more at ease after you are completely sure your items are safe and sound. Also, it’s important to pack the books in durable cardboard boxes. Therefore, pay attention to the quality of supplies while you are shopping for the move.

    Organization is crucial when packing books for transport

    When packing for the move, it’s necessary to plan each day of the moving period ahead in order to keep everything in order. Moving often tends to get messy and, therefore, overwhelming. This is why a strong plan will work in your favor and help you manage all your duties. If you are often busy, then writing a schedule is the first thing you must do. Only that way you can execute everything on time and have a stress-free move.

    Find quality moving services

    You should start searching for movers as soon as you pick your next place of residence. That way, you have enough time to organize the entire endeavor and browse some of the most trusted and capable cross country movers Seattle has on offer. Not only do they have the moving services you need, but they also provide top-level customer service.

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    Rely on professional movers for help with packing.

    However, you must be careful when searching for the movers since there are various options on the market. The goal is to choose the best one, which often seems more difficult than it is. All you have to do is go for licensed movers who offer a free estimate. After that, check if they have all services you need in one place. Next, see what previous clients have to say about their service quality and overall customer experience. The last step is to directly contact at least a few companies to check if they are available to move you when you want. Don’t hesitate to use this opportunity to ask them anything moving-related. You have to be sure the company you want to hire is the right choice.

    The storage solution is a must

    Delays are a common occurrence during the moving period. Many factors get in the way, and often discourage people from continuing with the move. Besides a capable moving crew, you also need decent self storage Seattle. Your books have to be safe somewhere until you decide to move them out. Indoor, temperature-controlled storage units are the best ones you can find on the market. They are well-equipped and spacious enough so you can store a great number of items. Books are the safest in these kinds of storage units regardless of the season. Outside temperature and moisture can affect them due to controlled conditions inside the storage.

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    Put your books inside a spacious and clean, temperature-controlled storage.

    A professional moving company that invests in service improvement has the right storage size you need for your move. However, it’s wise to schedule a visit, so you can be sure the storage you chose is the one that best works for you. Pay attention to the hygiene of the storage space and if there’s a presence of moisture. Also, don’t forget to ask about a potential rental extension, just in case. When it comes to storage units, you mustn’t leave anything to chance.

    You can ask the moving crew to pack your books for you

    Undoubtedly, packing books for transport is the easiest when you have pro packers to do it for you. If you don’t have time to pack books and other goods for the move, then leave them to your moving crew and take a rest. Moving professionals are skilled in a wide variety of packing methods. Most importantly, they will save you plenty of time for other tasks from your list. As you may notice, having pro packers at your side means having a stress-free moving journey. A well-trained crew will save you a lot of time by packing your items, therefore making sure you remain at peace the entire time.

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