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 make your nationwide move more affordable?

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    Relocation is a physically and mentally demanding process that requires a lot of planning and preparation, especially when moving long distance. In addition to pressuring your health, long distance relocation can affect your financial well-being as well. Luckily, there are many ways to make your nationwide move more affordable. And the best movers Seattle has to offer are going to show you how you can do it. So, let’s take a look at how you can lower your cross country moving costs.

    Exchange your time and effort lower moving costs

    The fact that you are reading this article tells us two things. That you are preparing for a nationwide move and that you realized that it is not going to be cheap. Luckily, you have found an article prepared for you by some of the most honest Washington movers whose goal is to make your relocation an enjoyable experience. That is why we are going to show you all the tips and tricks that can help you to make your move more affordable. Now, if you think that by reading this article you will find some magic secret that nobody before you knew, we will have to disappoint you. In this article, you will find some great tips and tricks on how to lower your long distance moving costs. But only if you are willing to change your plans, invest more physical effort into your move, and lower your expectations.

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    You will have to work on your move if you want to make it cheaper

    Avoid moving in peak season

    The date of your move can play a significant role in the cost of your move. Do you think that moving in wintertime and moving in summer will cost you the same? No, summer is considered the peak moving season. Even if you opt for affordable, transparent long distance moving companies Seattle and get a quote in advance, chances are the move is going to cost you more than it would during winter months. On the other hand, moving in winter, or any other time except in the summer will cost you less. Not only that moving companies lower their rates in winter, but you can also find special deals, discounts, and similar offers that can make your interstate move more affordable. Therefore, if you want to lower your moving cost, and you have a flexible moving date, change it appropriately.

    Decluttering is where you can make the biggest impact

    There are many factors that are determining the cost of a long distance move. Besides paying per mover per hour, a moving company will also consider the length that needs to be crossed as well as the weight of your moving inventory. Now, obviously, you cannot shorten the distance between your old and new home, unless you have some magic tricks up your sleeve. But in that case, you probably wouldn’t need a moving company to help you, right? So, you cannot affect the distance, but you can definitely affect the weight of your moving inventory. Of course, we are talking about decluttering before the move. Decluttering before the move, however, will not only lighten your inventory and directly affect the cost of your move, but it can also be a good way to boost your moving budget. How’s that, you might ask. Well, it is simple really.

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    Decluttering is the best way to lower your long-distance moving costs and thus make your nationwide move more affordable

    Simply, gather the items that you do not want to move to your new home and sell them. You can do it through a yard sale, online, or directly to a used item retailer in your town. It all depends on how many items and time you have. If you do not want to bother with selling your stuff, decluttering will still lower the overall cost. And if you decide to donate to charity during a move, in some states, you will earn certain tax relieves. In the end, if you are not sure whether this move is permanent, you can avoid paying for the transport of your belongings by putting them in some good self storage Seattle and keeping them there until you return.

    Do as much work as you can on your own

    Hiring a full moving service is definitely the best and most convenient way to move across the country. You simply pay for professionals and let them handle the whole process. Of course, if you were able to do that, you wouldn’t be reading this article, wouldn’t you? So, how to move with ease without paying for full moving services? Sit down and think well about your moving process. Identify the things that you can do on your own like packing or dismantling furniture.  This will definitely lower the cost of your move and you will still get professional help regarding the transport and handling of your items on and off the moving truck.

    Use alternative packing solutions

    Packing materials may not be the biggest item on your moving invoice but it can affect the cost of your move. Especially if you have a large inventory to move. So, the simple way to avoid it is to find some packing alternatives. For example, you can use free moving boxes that you can find online or at your local grocery store. Or you can use the items that you already have like a laundry basket, buckets, drawers, and similar to transport your items. Using alternative packaging, however, is not recommended. Especially when moving long distances. So be careful if you decide to make your nationwide move more affordable this way.

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    Use free moving boxes as a cheap alternative

    Drive yourself to your new home but be careful

    If you own a car, shipping it across the country could cost you more than $1,000. On the other hand, the gas that your car would use for crossing the same length could be 3-4 times lower. Now, we do not want to advise you to drive to your new home across the country. It is a dangerous and risky move, especially if you already wasted a lot of energy on packing and decluttering. But, if you are desperate to make your move cheaper, this might be one of the options.

    Make your nationwide move more affordable by planning every last detail

    As you can see, there are many ways to make your nationwide move more affordable. It all depends on how much effort you are willing to invest. Still, do not forget to plan your move thoroughly as it would also affect the cost of your move in a positive way.

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