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

How to find reliable shipping services

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    While you may be ready to make your shipment, you are probably hesitant when choosing the company to complete that task. This is a common issue we will be glad to help you with. After all, when looking for quality amongst all the shipping companies Seattle offers, one has to make an educated decision. It is with that in mind that we present to you a way to find reliable shipping services.

    Advice on how to find reliable shipping services

    Just like choosing a moving company in Washington, there will be plenty of things you would need to be mindful of like their tools, their services, the overall price as well as the experience as a whole. However, including all of these factors in your decision is the best way towards finding exactly what you need.

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    In order to find reliable shipping services, you will have to roll up your sleeves and put in the work.

    Check the company’s registration and licensing

    One of the most important things when it comes to the choice of shipping services is checking whether the cargo shipping company providing them is fully compliant with the moving industry standards. Thus, you ought to check their registration and licensing and compare them. Simply put, a shipping company that is professional and reputable will be able to provide their NVOCC number with the Department of Maritime commission.

    In case you are looking into a domestic shipping company that functions within the United States, see that the company is registered with the states in which it delivers.

    International commercial shipping companies as well as the regular ones associate with AMSA, FIDI, or RIM. These are reputable associations that high-end movers want to be affiliated with and tend to have a very good level of customer service.

    Find out more about cargo loading services

    Cargo loading services that the companies offer differ plenty from each other. So, when in search for the best company to move your items, you should ask about the loading services they offer.

    One of the most popular is often referred to as door to door shipping. In this case, the shipping company will pack and load your items and deliver them right to your chosen destination. In other words, you will have to do the bare minimum work to complete the move yourself.

    See about the variety of container size and their capacity

    The size of your shipping crates Seattle can offer, as well as the containers to transport them, will largely depend on the number and size of the belongings you plan on transporting. You can expect the standardized size of shipping containers to be 20′ and 40′. In most cases, household goods and vehicles are shipped this way. If you plan on shipping perishable items, for example, you will need a temperature-controlled container.

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    In this case, the size does matter.

    Items such as rare or expensive paintings, rare furniture, or antique belongings that may be affected by heat are also best shipped in temperature-controlled containers. They are refrigerated and will keep everything in perfect condition.

    Learn about cargo tracking tools

    With all the technological advances we have these days, cargo tracking tools are available to customers readily. You can expect to receive an online code to see where your ship is in transit. You can also receive emails that update you on your items’ travels. Make sure to ask about these tracking options. Certain cargo shipping companies may charge an additional fee for this service, while others tend to include them in the overall price. See that you ask anything that you wish to know regarding the company’s form of tracking.

    What does the overall price have to say?

    Expect some cargo shipping companies to offer one price for ocean freight and then list additional charges afterward. It may seem that additional fees are being added on, and it is not far from the truth. What you ought to do is compare the overall price of the items shipped and ask about fees such as fuel, valuation coverage, tracking, etc. There should be no hidden fees, and you should always ask for a breakdown of the overall price before you choose to use the company’s services.

    Meet the industrial standards

    As you might have guessed, there are industry standards when it comes to shipping items overseas. It is up to you to make sure your company adheres to laws and regulations by the government to which you are sending your goods. The Seattle freight forwarder you choose to pack, wrap, and ship your belongings has a network of professional agents around the globe who can handle the container when it arrives at its final destination.

    Inquire about valuation

    In truth, most shipping companies offer valuation protection on your goods from the beginning to the end of the voyage. Still, it is vital to ask this question. In case something goes wrong with the ship, you should know that your items are guaranteed insured. Usually, the main shipping companies cover the minimum valuation which is $0.60 per pound. If you are interested in more valuation coverage on your goods, consider purchasing supplemental valuation. The shipping company you choose may also suggest an valuation coverage company it partners with.

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    Learn about valuation, as it can save you a lot of nerves in the future.

    Are there holding facilities provided?

    What happens if your goods arrive earlier than planned? Or later? Where will they be in that case and what is the charge? Asking this question in time will do good to save you plenty of money and hassle. It would be a great load off your shoulders to know that once your goods arrive, there are storage days included. When picking up your items late, ask about the fee and where your belongings are at. If your items need refrigeration, find out whether the holding facilities are capable to facilitate this. In case your goods are heat susceptible, ask about air conditioning.

    Any discounts involved?

    Last but not least, when you want to find reliable shipping services, look for discounts. By comparing them from various cargo shipping companies, you will learn a lot. Cargo shipping is a business, which means there is always room for negotiation. You can also consider trying different dates if you are flexible. It can result in a lower cost of the shipping.

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