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.

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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

How much does it cost to rent a storage unit?

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In the last decade, the self-storage industry has gone through massive growth. People have realized the potential behind storage facilities and they are much more inclined to rent a unit than they were just ten years ago. However, there’s one factor that still seems to be an issue for many people – the price. Will you be able to afford self-storage Seattle? Are you wondering how much does it cost to rent a storage unit? Can you even count on one exact sum as your only point of reference?

How much does it cost to rent a storage unit on average?

If you have never rented a unit before, then you probably don’t even have a general idea of how much money you need to set aside. Well, statistics might be able to help you get an answer. According to research, the national average monthly price for all unit sizes is $87.15 a month and the average price per square foot is $0.97.

However, you have to understand one thing – these sums can serve as a guideline only up to a certain point. While you might use them as a general idea of how expensive/cheap a storage unit will be, you definitely can’t expect to pay exactly $87.15 per month – the chances of that are slim.

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Storage – an affordable necessity or an expensive luxury?

What our moving company Washington knows (and what you are about to learn) is that there are many factors that will have an influence on the final price of storage. And you’d be surprised how big of a change they can make while forming the price. So, the next time you find yourself browsing through storage facilities, pay attention to the following aspects. There lies your answer.

The factors that will have an influence on the price of a storage unit

Clearly, the first and most important factor that can alter the price is the storage company you end up choosing. It only makes sense that reliable and trustworthy providers will have higher prices than beginners in the industry. Just bear in mind that when paying for an experienced company, you are usually paying for quality. So the money ends up being well-spent. Other than that, there are three main things to consider when trying to form the price of storage.

The location of the storage facility

It seems like there’s always a division between metropolitan cities and smaller places when it comes to the price. But the fact is that if you are renting a unit in a larger city, let’s say Seattle, you can expect to pay more than when renting a unit in Renton. Facilities in urban areas usually have a higher demand, and demand has always been an important factor when it comes to the price. Once you request an estimate from a storage company you are thinking of hiring and realizing they are way out of your budget, why don’t you consider renting a unit in a nearby suburb?

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The cost to rent a storage unit will not be the same in big and small cities.

Although, bear in mind that this will work only if you aren’t going to visit your unit frequently. Otherwise, you should also include the money you spent on gas into the overall cost of renting a storage unit. And that might be a complete game-changer.

The duration of your rental

How much it will end up costing you to rent a storage unit will largely depend on the duration of your rental. Most full-service storage companies offer month-to-month storage plans that give you all the flexibility without having to make a long-term commitment. However, some companies also offer more affordable monthly prices if you opt for long-term rental. If you are sure that your storage needs are long-term, then your cheapest option might be opting for a 6-month or a yearly package.

However, if you aren’t sure about your needs, then don’t risk it. You can prolong your rental every month and you won’t need to risk signing a contract you aren’t ready for. It’s also important to mention that a lot of storage providers offer a free first month of storage, and that can be a huge money-saver.

The size of the unit

You had to have seen this one coming, right? It’s obvious how the size will decide how much it will cost to rent a storage unit. The larger the unit, the higher the monthly cost – and vice versa. That’s why you need to be very careful when assessing the size of the unit that you need. The good news is that storage companies usually offer units in a couple of sizes, so you won’t be stuck choosing something that doesn’t work for your needs. At the same time, it can be quite difficult to estimate how much stuff you have.

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You do not need a thorough analysis to figure out how to reduce the price of storage.

For that reason, why advise to always declutter before storing items – or moving them to any location. The fewer items you have to store, the smaller will the unit be. And a smaller unit equals a lower monthly rental price. See how it’s all connected?

It can cost a lot to rent a storage unit

But it doesn’t have to. If you store only what’s necessary, pick a convenient location, and opt for the right storage plan, you can significantly reduce the overall cost to rent a storage unit. Of course, there are many other factors that will need to be taken into account, like the security of the facility, climate-control features, etc. In the end, you need to do your research about the different types of storage. Will portable self-storage work better than a regular unit? Will you need residential or commercial storage? Don’t be lazy when it comes to research – it can save you from spending a lot of money on a unit that won’t work well for your needs.

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