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 and move car equipment

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    Regardless of whether you’re a manufacturer or an enthusiast, it is important to know how to pack and move car equipment. Car parts come in different shapes and sizes, so your approach may be different every time. However, it all revolves around the same principles. Every step of packing and moving auto parts is based on protection and safety during transport. Of course, everything will be perfect if you hire the best moving company in Washington. But even so, you have to make sure everything is perfectly safe before they take over. Today, we’d like to tell you how this can be done. Follow our guide and you won’t have to worry about damages and safety. Before you know it, your precious car parts will be at their new home, in mint condition.

    Before you pack and move car equipment, take measurements

    When it comes to both moving your household items or your car equipment, it is always a good idea to measure the items in question. When you have accurate measurements of all your items, you will be able to solve many problems at once. First and foremost, you will know exactly how many packing materials you’ll need to use. Depending on the parts you’re moving, you may need some special materials too, such as boxes!

    By measuring your items, you’ll also know how big your moving crates should be. Remember, you don’t want to leave too much empty space in the box because the item can tumble around. Lastly, your chosen local movers Seattle will know just how much space they will need to fit it all inside the moving truck. If you want to make the whole process easier, then grab a tape measurer and get to work!

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    Keeping your car equipment in good condition is vital!

    Making sure you know the exact dimension of your car parts is especially important if you decide to ship them over long distances. In this case, good preparation leads to good results. Depending on where your items are going, your carrier or the local authorities may want to know the exact contents and measurements of your shipment. So you can solve this problem too if you prepare in advance. Pair your own good preparation with the professionalism of your chosen movers, and you’ll be able to pack and move car equipment without a single issue!

    Always make sure that your car parts are completely drained of fluid before moving

    If there is one rule to follow when packing and moving car parts, it is this one. Always drain all fluid from your parts before shipping them. When it comes to this specific rule, there are no exceptions. Different fluids, such as water or oil, can cause quite a lot of damage.

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    Make sure all your car parts are fully cleaned before packing

    Imagine for example, that you’re using Seattle storage solutions for the safekeeping of your car parts. If motor oil leaks from an engine, it can ruin both the unit itself and the items you’re storing. Not only is it hard to clean, but it is also flammable as well. The same goes for moving companies. Movers and shippers will refuse to move parts that aren’t drained of fluids. If a leak occurs, it’ll put everything and everyone involved in danger. With that in mind, always remember to drain fluids, and let your movers know that you did so.

    Once you drain your car equipment, give it a thorough cleaning and polishing

    So, you’ve made sure that all of your parts are no longer full of troublesome fluids. But it doesn’t end there. As different mechanic components are in use, they acquire a layer of dirt and grime on them over time. Then there’s also some fluid residue from the draining as well. All things considered, it is time to do some cleaning.

    Depending on the materials your parts are made of, you may need different cleaning materials. However, the most basic items you’ll need are metal polishers, microfiber cleaning cloths, brushes, soap, and sponges. The good thing is, these items aren’t hard to come by and are inexpensive. Maintenance of your car equipment prior to moving goes a long way and greatly benefits the parts themselves. Besides, if you’re sending your parts to someone else, the last thing they’d like to see is a box full of greasy gears and components.

    Proper choice of boxes makes all the difference

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    Wood crates are ideal for packing big and heavy car parts

    It goes without saying that regular cardboard boxes simply won’t work in this situation. Mainly because auto parts can be so heavy and difficult to move around. Then there’s the fact that they often have odd, protruding, and sharp edges. For these reasons, thin cardboard isn’t a good container. This is why our packing and shipping experts at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage always advise using durable wooden cases or crates. Do keep in mind, however, that you need to find boxes that are only slightly larger than your parts, in order to secure a snug fit.

    There are two ways to prevent your items from shifting around during transport. Either try to find compact boxes which fit your parts, or pack several components in one larger box. If you choose to use a large box, divide your parts with a thin piece of wood to prevent them from bumping into each other.

    Quality materials will help you pack and move car equipment with ease

    Now that all of your parts are nice and clean, and you have the correct boxes, it is time to put it all together. Before you let our shipping and transport pros take over, you need to use good packing supplies which will ensure maximum safety for your items. For starters, wrap your parts in a generous layer of stretch tape, to provide soft padding for the delicate parts. If you want to reduce vibrations and nudges, you can isolate the inside of the box with sponges, pads, or styrofoam blocks.

    The type of cushioning you add to the box will depend on the size of the parts you’re shipping. For small parts, you can fill the box with packing peanuts. For big and heavy parts, the most common material used is specialized packing hay. With these materials, you can be sure that your car parts will be perfectly safe!

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