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

Hidden costs of moving and ways to avoid them

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    When you’re planning on moving house, you’re probably aware that you’ll need to do some budgeting. It’s important to figure out how much money you have at your disposal and how much you actually need for the relocation. Moving expenses can add up and the move can easily become more expensive than you thought. That’s why it’s important to be prepared and have an idea of the moving costs. To avoid any unpleasant surprises when it comes to the price of the move, you should be aware of all the hidden costs of moving. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you what you should pay attention to and how you should avoid these unexpected costs.

    The hidden costs of hiring cheap movers

    Many people decide to hire a professional moving company WA to help make their relocation quicker and easier. Of course, that is a great idea, especially when you have no experience with moving house. However, it’s all fun and games until you hire a company you can’t trust. 

    It’s only natural that you want to find professional movers who don’t charge too much for their services. However, you have to be careful. Before hiring a moving company, you need to ask for moving estimates. This will give you an idea of how much you’ll be paying for their services. If a company is significantly cheaper than all the others, take it as a red flag.

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    Trying to save money by hiring cheap movers can lead to paying extra for fixing their mistakes.

    If you’re not careful, you can end up paying the hidden costs of moving because the movers you hired don’t know what they’re doing. In case the movers aren’t experienced, they can end up making a bunch of mistakes that you’ll have to pay for. So, it’s better to pay a little bit more for a company that you can really count on.

    Get binding moving estimates to avoid hidden Interstate moving costs

    When you’re seeking Interstate moving estimates, you should keep a few things in mind. There are different types of estimates. The only way to avoid paying more than the estimated price is to get binding estimates or not-to-exceed estimates. Also, make sure you get the moving estimates in written form, don’t settle for a phone call.

    If you get non-binding moving estimates, the movers are allowed to add some extra costs to the price. This means that you’ll be paying the hidden moving costs. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid this trap. By getting binding estimates, you’re making sure the movers can’t charge you more than they originally said. The estimated price is the price you’ll be paying.

    Storage units

    A lot of people decide to get a storage unit while they’re relocating. This helps them store some of their belongings until they can transport them to their new home. In a lot of ways, storage units can make moving easier.

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    When you’re defining your moving budget, don’t overlook the costs of getting extra storage.

    However, many people don’t think about this option while they’re defining the moving budget. That’s why paying for a Seattle storage unit is one of the hidden costs of relocating. So, think in advance – is a storage unit something that you need of could you go without it?

    To avoid hidden moving costs, do some things on your own

    Even though hiring a moving company is something that makes your residential relocation easier, it can also make the relocation more expensive. However, by doing some things on your own in addition to getting professional help, you can save some money and avoid hidden moving costs. For example, you might consider pack your clothing and non-breakable items while leaving the packing of fragile belongings to the professional packers.

    The costs of treating moving injuries

    In case you didn’t know, moving can be hazardous. If you’re not careful, you can end up hurting yourself while relocating. In that case, you’ll be faced with some unexpected moving costs – medical bills.

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    If you’re not cautious while moving, you might end up paying for treating moving injuries.

    The best way to avoid this issue is by being cautious.

    • Wear appropriate clothes and shoes.
    • Eat properly and stay hydrated.
    • Be careful while lifting and carrying boxes or bulky furniture items. Look up the proper techniques and moving safety tips to avoid injuring yourself.

    The costs of fixing damaged items

    It often happens that things get damaged during transportation. Whether it’s furniture, appliances or some smaller items, you’ll have to pay to fix these damages. Of course, everybody hopes that their things will arrive at the location damage-free. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case.

    So, after you settle into your new home, you might be faced with a few broken or damaged items. Depending on the severity of the damages, you might have to pay for fixing the issue or buy a replacement. So, the best way to avoid these unexpected costs of moving is to make sure all your things are properly wrapped. Take some extra time while packing to ensure that your things are protected during transportation.


    Before you start packing, you’re probably doing a lot of decluttering and getting rid of things you don’t need. In this process, it often happens that you realize that you need to replace some of your belongings. So, when you get to your new home, unfortunately, it’s time to spend some extra money on replacing the things you had to get rid of. 

    Be prepared for the hidden moving costs

    You can never be too prepared. That’s why you should do some research before the move and figure out which kinds of hidden costs of moving you can expect. It’s best to try and be ready for everything. Also, it’s a good idea to have some spare money for any unexpected expenses.

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