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 to move abroad on a budget

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    Moving to another country can be an expensive endeavor indeed. Depending on what services you plan on hiring movers for, the price of your move can be greater or smaller. Shipping is often the most expensive part of this process, assuming that you are not hiring lawyers that will help with the legal documentation. However, there are some neat ways you can move abroad on a budget, and Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage will be glad to share them.

    Start by considering to ship fewer things

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    It’s simple math – reduce your moving costs by shipping fewer things.

    This is by far the biggest and most impactful thing you can do to lower the price of your relocation. Even if you manage to find the cheapest international movers Seattle, it won’t affect the price as much as a smaller shipment. It is simple math, really. Not only will you save money on shipping costs, but also on packing material. And let’s not forget the time you will save on having to pack fewer things.

    Apart from allowing you to move abroad on a budget, decluttering will also allow you to begin your life anew in a different country. Bringing only the things you truly need and cherish is a great way to make your living space more pleasant and wholesome. So, see that you go through your home earlier than you planned, and separate your goods into three groups: keep, donate/sell, toss.

    Find free packing materials

    Shipping your goods to a foreign country means that your goods will have quite the road to travel. This will call for some proper packing and due protection of your belongings. However, that does not mean that you have to go all out on packing materials now that you’ve reduced the size of your shipment. You would be wise to try and find some free packing boxes in your local grocery, clothing, and liquor stores, as well as warehouses.

    Ensure competitive pricing by obtaining at least three moving quotes

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    Compare estimates from 3 companies in order to make the soundest decision.

    Circumventing a moving company when moving abroad is simply unacceptable. There is too much to take care of and the need for professional assistance is undeniable. Still, that is not to say you don’t have a say when it comes to the price of your movers Edmonds WA. When looking for the company that will handle your move, make sure that you compare at least three estimates. Getting more than that will prove to be a headache for managing. It can also be a slippery slope where you are only focused on the price when hiring an international mover.

    Make sure to check airfare deals prior to booking your flights

    If your moving date happens to be flexible, use it to your advantage and wait until you see a special promotion or discount for the ticket to your destination. It will take some time and effort on your end, but can in turn save hundreds of dollars off a regularly priced flight. A great thing to do at this point is to sign up for alerts and get emailed when prices drop. There are quite a few websites offering these services, including Airfare Watchdog, Skyscanner, and Kayak Alerts.

    • A bonus hack for you to consider is looking for flights to nearby cities and then taking a train to your final destination. This works great if you are moving to places in Europe. There, they have extensive and affordable rail systems you can use to your advantage and save some money when moving abroad.

    Move abroad on a budget as an English teacher

    Many international schools are on the lookout for teachers for any number of subjects. This especially stands for countries like China and Japan. They have schools and companies that are always looking for people who can teach the English language. You really don’t need any special degree to begin. If you qualify for this job, you can have your relocation fees paid for, and ensure a guaranteed income once you arrive. This is really a great way to move to another country with a job waiting for you.

    Find out whether you can reside there on a tourist visa

    If you don’t need more than a laptop to do your work and don’t have a job that is physically located in the new country, you might be in luck. This scenario could allow you to live in a foreign country for a while on a tourist visa. As you can imagine, this is much easier and much cheaper than getting a work visa. In certain cases, you can extend these when they are close to expiring. The only thing you need to make sure of is that you are not violating any laws in your host country.

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    Wherever you decide to move, see that you respect the country’s laws.

    Get a roommate

    Depending on where you plan on moving, rent can be a big expense in your life to come, if you plan on moving alone. In addition, it is a fixed expense you really cannot get around. On top of rent, if you are moving to an unfurnished place, you will need to purchase furniture. And if moving didn’t make a dent in your wallet already, this certainly will.

    A great way to reduce your overall rent and the need to get furniture is to find someone who can get you covered on both fronts. See if you can find a roommate with an already fully furnished place. Virtually every major city has websites that make it super easy to find roommates. So, see that you allocate some time for research, and ensure that move abroad on a budget by lowering your living costs once you arrive.

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