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. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.


All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • 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 all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

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 are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re here to make the process seamless & safe for you, just as we’ve done for well over a century!

~Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage  

How to cut commercial relocation costs

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    Relocating a business to a new location comes with a plethora of costs. Not only do you need to rebuild the entire operation from pretty much scratch, but you will also have to deal with the cost of the relocation itself. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can utilize to cut commercial relocation costs. Choosing to relocate in the winter, for example, will be much cheaper than in the summer. But the most important step is to choose which one of moving companies Seattle will conduct your relocation. In this article, we will provide you with several ways how to make an office move cheaper, as well as provide you with a few relocation tips.

    How to cut commercial relocation costs?

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    With the right moving team, your relocation can be both efficient and cheap!

    While there may be a considerable number of things that you can do, you can achieve the greatest savings if you:

    • Choose your office movers carefully
    • Try to get “bundled” deals
    • Examine the contract before you sign it
    • Obtain packing supplies on your own
    • Choose the right moving date
    • Apply for tax deductions

    Furthermore, you can also have your employees take on some of the relocation tasks. Provided you are willing to sacrifice their working hours, that is. Depending on the situation, your employees might be your greatest resource. While international commercial shipping companies can handle pretty much everything for you, their services come with a cost.

    By having your staff take care of certain tasks, you may be able to considerably reduce the relocation cost. But you are still going to need professional movers to help you relocate. With that in mind, the first step on cutting down the moving costs is:

    Choosing the right mover

    There are thousands of moving companies in the country, most of which conduct both commercial and residential relocations. What you want to do is find a mover with ample experience both in the area you are currently operating, as well as in the area you will be moving to. That way, you will be able to achieve maximum efficiency and save some money on the relocation costs. Companies that have branches in both locations will usually be able to provide you with a better deal than others.

    That being said, you need to make sure that the company you are researching is trustworthy, reliable, as well as insured, and bonded. When looking into some of the long distance movers Seattle has on offer, you want to be as thorough as possible. Hiring movers require considerable research if you want to make sure that you are getting the best deal. Therefore, set aside some time to obtain and compare free quotes from multiple companies.

    Bundled deals can help you cut commercial relocation costs

    Additionally, some movers will be happy to offer you a “bundled” deal if you are also covering the relocation costs of some of your employees. These deals can result in considerable savings, and it is in your best interest to inquire about them. Even if you are not paying for the relocation of your staff, you will still need to relocate your own household. And that is an opportunity for a bundled deal. Furthermore, try to get all the services you need from the same provider.

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    Bundled services are a great way to save money on relocation costs.

    This ties in closely to mover research, as you will want to get everything you need in one place. For example, if you require commercial storage Seattle solutions, you will want to hire a mover that is capable of providing you with them in a convenient location. In short, the more services you hire from a single moving company, the better discount you will be able to get.

    Make sure you read the contract very carefully

    When it comes to moving contracts, you want to read them carefully and make sure that you fully understand them. Moreover, check if you are paying for any services that you might not need. Moving companies often provide a set of commercial moving services as a baseline, and you might not need all of them. By reading the contract and removing the services you don’t actually require, you will be able to make your relocation cost less. Lastly, be sure to check the insurance options that a mover offers. Standard liability coverage is usually not protective enough, and you might want to invest in more protection. Or you might want to take the risk and reduce the costs even further by choosing another option.

    Try to get some packing supplies on your own

    Usually, a company will get packing supplies from the moving company they are hiring. But if you want to save as much as you can on your office relocation, you will want to obtain those packing supplies from elsewhere. For example, a simple way to get cheap or free moving boxes is to check whether some of your partners might have them. Alternatively, you can always do what the rest of us does when in need of free boxes. Visit your local convenience stores.

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    The more packing supplies you obtain on your own, the cheaper the relocation.

    However, as a business, you will most likely have ample opportunities to get your hand on some free cardboard boxes. You will also want to utilize the power of the internet to find people that are selling assorted packing materials at a lower price. While this may be time-consuming, it has the potential for large savings.

    The best way to cut commercial relocation costs is to choose a cheaper time to move

    If you want to conduct a cheaper commercial relocation, do not choose any summer dates for it. The fact of the matter is that most people relocate during this period, and the availability and movers’ prices are not ideal. But if you can manage to relocate during the winter, for example, you will find that movers in the state of Washington, for example, are much less reluctant to offer you an even better deal. Moving companies do not have that much work in the winter and they are willing to “fight” for their customers, by offering great prices for their services.

    Apply for any tax deductions you might be eligible for

    Lastly, commercial relocations can be eligible for tax deductions. Some states, such as California, will allow you to get a state tax return on some of the qualifying relocation costs. It is in your best interest to check whether you qualify for these. They can provide you with a way to cut commercial relocation costs considerably.

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