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 short-distance move on short notice

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    No matter whether you are moving to another country or to a new city, moving is a stressful experience. However, moving on short notice is even more overwhelming and nerve-wracking. When you are planning a short-distance move on short notice, you have a lot of things to organize and get done before the actual moving date. Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage recommends starting planning a move months in advance, but if you do not have that extra time, there are still ways to make your relocation smooth and efficient. Here we will give you our expert moving tips on how to plan a short distance move on short notice.

    Staying organized while you plan a short distance move

    When you have so many things to do and so little time to do them, things can get stressful rather quickly. So, the first thing to do is to get organized, so you can clear your head and start planning. You will have to make a to-do list and timeline. These two are the most valuable tools during relocation. Start with making a list of what has to be done for the move. This includes booking reliable local movers Seattle has to offer, packing the house, organizing important documents, transferring your kids’ schools and etc. 

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    When you have to plan a short distance move on short notice, make a timeline, and follow a plan.

    Next, you should make a timeline. This is especially important when you have to plan a short-distance move on short notice. You have limited time to do a lot of things, which can make you feel like you must do everything at once. Therefore, you need to make things simpler. Prioritize your tasks, so you can focus on one thing at a time.

    Make moving arrangements

    The next thing you should do is to make a moving arrangement as soon as possible. Depending on the time of year, Issaquah moving companies could have busy schedules. Therefore, it is crucial to book a moving company as soon as you can. Nevertheless, if you are planning to move by yourself, rent a moving truck. Also, inform your family and friends who have offered to help you about the moving date. This way they can clear their schedules and give you a helping hand. Do not forget to put in for the time off at work if you plan to move on a weekday. Also, prepare all your personal documents and changes of address on time. 


    People tend to accumulate stuff in their homes. They keep things they do not use, but never throw them, sell them, or donate them. Therefore, the essential part of every move is decluttering. Before you start packing, you should get rid of the stuff you do not need anymore. Go through every room, sort your belongings, and get rid of the things you do not want to take with you to your new home. This way you will save your time on packing, you will save money, and you will save some space. It might sound to your like you will spend a lot of time decluttering, but do not skip this step. You will feel free after you purge your things and have a fresh new start.

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    Before you start packing for the relocation, it is important to declutter and throw away things you do not need anymore.

    Find the right moving supplies

    When you use the right supplies every job is easier. Even though you might be tempted to find free boxes from the store or old newspapers, you will regret it. There is a high chance that the boxes will fall apart or won’t fit in the moving truck. The ink from the newspapers can transfer to your items and damage your belonging. Therefore, it is better to consult movers Kirkland WA about the proper moving supplies and seek moving boxes from a professional moving company. This way you will know for sure that you will have quality moving boxes that can hold your belongings. Also,  you can rest assured that you won’t run out of anything and won’t waste your time on a supply run. 

    Do not hesitate to ask for help

    Moving is a huge task, especially when you have to do it on short notice. That’s why you need to be well organized and prepare a moving checklist, but also do not hesitate to ask for help. Turn to your family and friends for some helping hands, so you can get the job done quickly. In addition to assisting you in getting the job done faster, having another pair of hands will help you stay on track and prioritize. When you have another person by your side, time-consuming tasks like packing up kitchen cabinets or dropping off items for donation will become much simpler. So, do not be afraid to ask for help. However, you should show your appreciation by ordering a meal while they are packing your moving boxes.

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    Since you do not have too much time to prepare for the move, ask family and friends to give you a helping hand.

    Try to stay focused

    When you have to plan a short distance move on short notice, there will be a lot of things going on, and you can easily get overwhelmed. That is why it is important to stay focused. Follow your moving plan, make a timeline, but also stay flexible in case some unexpected situation pops up. Stay focused on the task at hand, and remind yourself about the positive reasons why you are doing it. In case you have to move due to not-so-great circumstances, find a positive thing about it and keep it in mind when things get rough.

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