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 plan a move in less than a week

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    Even though it is widely known that moving is a time-intensive process, many people still find themselves moving in a week or so. In an ideal scenario, you would have a month or so to plan your relocation process, and a couple of weeks ahead to pack and clean it all. However, as this is not the case, you are now most probably dealing with a whole lot of stress. Keep in mind that reliable Washington movers can get you through this whole process swiftly and easily. Movers aside, there are things you alone will have to take care of. That is why we will now speak of the way to plan a move in less than a week.

    The way to plan a move in less than a week

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    When racing against time, the one place not to be is in the past.

    There are only two reasons why hurried moves occur. One is that the person didn’t get a lot of notice that the move was going to happen. The other is that they simply procrastinated. Whatever the reason may be, however, moving in less than a week can feel extremely overwhelming. With that in mind, the first thing you need to do is take a deep, long breath. At this moment, there is no time to reflect on past mistakes or dwell on the misfortune of not knowing your situation. What you can do, however, is get to work.

    Get a plan in place

    After that long breath has finished, what you need to do is set up a plan of action. If you need to hire local movers Seattle, now’s the time to do so. It is best that you speak with an agent, and see that the time and the conditions of their service suit you. Once that is the case, make sure to get it on the books. And, if you are not going to be using professional movers, the time is right to figure out a way to transport your items to a new home. If it’s through the help of friends, contact them. If you are going to need a truck, call and schedule that right away.

    Acquire the supplies you will need

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    At this point, it is best to get more than you need, than less.

    As time is of the essence, you won’t have it for multiple trips back and forth to the store in order to pick up boxes and other packing materials. You will simply have to get it right on the first go. Most moving companies can help you out with this. So, if you are hiring some for assistance, you can ask them for advice on the matter. Still, as a rough estimate, we can say that you will need about ten to twenty boxes of various sizes for a studio, twenty to forty boxes of various sizes for a one-bedroom home, and so on. See that you pick up a couple of wardrobe boxes as well. This will spare you the trouble of pulling your clothes off their hangers and folding them, as you will be able just to pack them as is.

    When it comes to packing supplies, a good logic to follow is to figure out how much you think you need and buy more. Essentials like packing tape, packing paper, and, if you’re going to be moving on your own, furniture protectors should definitely make the list.

    Consider taking fewer items

    When you are racing against time, remember that the less you have to pack and transport, the better. So, this is the right time to get rid of everything you can. Especially if those are the items that no longer serve any purpose. Anything that you haven’t used or worn in the past year, you can really go without. Focus on recycling and donating, and toss everything else.

    Another thing to remember is that you still have an option, should you find yourself unable to move in all your goods. Finding reliable self storage Seattle will allow you to move out, and keep your belongings safe until you are ready to move in. Have this in mind if you are faced with such a scenario.

    Don’t stress too much about proper organization

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    Although it comes as natural, try your best not to stress when you plan a move in less than a week.

    While the picture of the perfect move consists of well-labeled boxes filled with like items all stacked neatly together, that is not the image you need to have when it comes to your relocation. When you plan a move in less than a week, the words “perfect” and “ideal” are to be discarded.

    In a situation like yours, it is completely fine to throw organization out the window and just do what you can in the best way you are able. Pack your dishes with your linens, and your electronic cords in with your coffee maker. At this point, it really does not matter, so long as you get it all packed safely.

    Still, be mindful of the details

    When you plan a move in less than a week, you are at risk of being distracted by many things. That is why prioritizing is the key. Still, you really ought to remember to take care of the details. Some of these would include filing a change of address with the post office. In addition, there is scheduling the shut off of your gas, electricity, internet, cable, etc. at your current home. And let’s not forget the transferring of those services to your new home.

    Having a quick move may mean that the timelines don’t match up perfectly. This further implies that you might have to wait a bit to have your mail forwarded or have your new internet set up. So, if you find the time, it can be smart to make some phone calls and politely ask to expedite these services. All in all, remember to keep your cool and prioritize.

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