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 pack an essentials box when moving long distance

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    Every long-distance relocation is a complex, stressful, and emotional process. There are simply too many things on your mind before, during, and after the move. It goes without saying that your decision to hire the best movers Seattle can certainly take a lot of stress and worries off your shoulders, but there are many tasks even the best of movers can’t help you with. One such task is packing a moving essentials box. There are many people that don’t know how important it is to pack an essentials box when moving – or they simply aren’t aware of the need for doing so.

    It doesn’t matter which group of people you belong to. The fact of the matter is that you must ensure that your essentials box is packed and ready to go the day before your move. We will go as far as to say that this is one of the most important moving tasks, and it’s right up there with hiring reliable movers North Bend WA and packing your items with care and attention. That being said, there are a few things you ought to do and remember when putting your essentials box together.

    A brown bag next to a chair in which to pack an essentials box when moving.
    Pack your moving essentials box in due time and avoid all stress and worries.

    Which items should you put in your essentials box for relocation?

    The truth is that your moving essentials box can contain many different items. That really depends on your individual situation, as you will have to pack additional items if you are moving with a pet or a baby. However, there are some items that are so crucial for that first day and night in your new home that they must make their way into every moving essentials box. We here at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage are always searching for ways to make relocation easier for customers. Today, we’ve prepared a list of the most crucial items you should pack in your moving essentials box.

    Bedroom essentials

    • A set of clean bed linen for every member of the family
    • Nightwear
    • A change of clothes + a pair of socks and underwear

    Bathroom essentials

    • A roll of toilet paper
    • Basic bathroom toiletries, such as hand soap
    • Hand towels

    Kitchen essentials

    • Bottled water
    • Paper plates and cups
    • Some healthy snacks

    Kids’ essentials

    • Your child’s favorite toy, book, or game
    • Diapers (if you have a baby)
    • Your child’s favorite snacks and liquids

    General essentials

    • Any prescribed medication
    • Some basic cleaning supplies
    • Chargers for all of your devices

    Bear in mind that this is just a basic list of the things you can pack into your essentials box when moving. The list can be as detailed as you find it necessary. After all, it’s all about making sure you are comfortable after your Seattle local movers leave your premises.

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    Sit down when well-rested a create a list of your essentials.

    How to pack an essentials box when moving?

    Knowing what to pack in an essentials box is only half the job. The other half is putting everything together in such a way that your items stay safe and protected during your long-distance move. The good thing is that you came to the right place. We here at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage have loads of experience with packing for relocation. Our experts certainly know what the best procedure for packing your moving essentials really is:

    • Be very careful when packing liquids, such as shampoo bottles and hand sanitizers. Always put open bottles in sealed plastic containers that will prevent leakage thus protecting your items from stains.
    • It would be good to create a small open-me-first box that will contain all the absolutely crucial items for those few hours in your home.
    • Leave your essentials box open during the day of your move. You never know whether you will need to put something inside the box.
    • Always remember to label your moving boxes. Your essentials moving box needs to be visibly labeled so that you wouldn’t mistake it for a box with different contents. It’s also not a bad idea to separate it from those boxes that are to be loaded onto the moving truck and those that will be put in Seattle storage.

    You now possess all the necessary knowledge for packing your moving essentials box like a pro. More importantly, we fully trust in your ability to make the best and the most informed decision for your move. But before you go on your way to pack your essentials moving box, there is just one other thing you ought to remember.

    Keep your essentials moving box close to you

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    Snacks like almonds and cashew nuts are great for boosting your energy levels.

    There is no reason, case, or scenario where you should find yourself away from your essentials box. This box is basically your first aid kit on moving day. It’s supposed to travel with you at all times as you might need to dig into it even before you step into your new home. And even if you don’t open it during the trip from point A to point B, you are most definitely going to open it as soon as you arrive at your new home. After all, who isn’t going to be in the mood for a refreshing beverage or a healthy snack that you have so carefully packed?

    There are a plethora of benefits that come with a moving essentials box

    And we’ll give you the biggest one right away. Just imagine the following scenario. You have just arrived at your new home. You are tired and feel like going straight to bed. Instead of rummaging through dozens of boxes in order to find a toothbrush and some towels, you can simply dig into your moving essentials box. And that is the main reason why you need to pack an essentials box when moving – it’s going to save your precious time. Besides, it will provide help during the moments when you most need it, so you shouldn’t hesitate to pack a box with all the necessary items.

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