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 prepare appliances for moving in Seattle

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    As you start preparing for your Seattle relocation, you’ll find that there are tons of things you need to do that you’ve never even considered before. It will probably come as no surprise that you have to pack your clothes and transfer your utilities. But did you also think about all the cleaning you’ll need to do or the fact that you have to prepare appliances for moving in Seattle? Even with the help of moving companies Seattle, these are some of the things you’ll have to do by yourself. And while preparing your appliances seems like a straightforward task, it’s not as simple as just powering them down and packing them up. There are a few more steps to this process.

    Why is it important to prepare appliances for moving in Seattle?

    You may not have realized that you’ll have to put in some extra work when packing your appliances. After all, how hard is it to unplug your stove or washing machine? But that’s not all you’ll have to do. Think about it: as soon as you unplug your fridge, the ice in it will start to melt. You can’t take a fridge that’s leaking water onto a moving truck. Preparing your appliances for the relocation will ensure they’re moved undamaged as well as protect the movers’ equipment during the transport.

    Kitchen where you will prepare appliances for moving in Seattle.
    It takes more than just unplugging to prepare appliances for a move.

    If you’re not confident that you know how to prepare or pack your appliances, some movers Bothell WA offer additional packing services that can help you. However, these usually come at extra cost. So keep that in mind when deciding if you want to ask for professional help.

    What should you do to prepare appliances for moving in Seattle?

    If you’ve spoken to your residential movers about their offer and decided that preparing and packing your appliances yourself is your best option, after all, it’s time to start thinking about how to go about doing that. Different appliances will require different preparation.

    Kitchen appliances

    The kitchen is the room where you will find the most appliances. The three main large appliances you’ll have to prepare are the fridge, the stove and the dishwasher. Here’s how to pack them:

    • preparing the fridge for a move: first, empty the fridge of food by either eating it or tossing it; unplug the fridge at least 24-48 hours before the move so that you can thaw and defrost it; once all the ice is melted, wipe the fridge down thoroughly both inside and out first with a mild detergent and then with a drying rag; finally, remove the shelves, bolt down the compressor or motor (if applicable) and tape the door shut
    • preparing the stove for a move: clean the stove and oven thoroughly, then remove the racks; if the stove runs on gas, turn the gas off before disconnecting the line; tape down the knobs and oven door so they don’t come off during the transport
    • preparing the dishwasher for a move: empty the dishwasher, then run it with some detergent to clean it thoroughly; disconnect and drain the hoses; finally, remove the racks and dry the inside by leaving the door open for at least a few days prior to the move

    Bathroom/laundry appliances

    Either your bathroom or your laundry room is also going to have two important large appliances – the washing machine and the dryer. Preparing and packing these boils down to disconnecting and removing all the hoses, draining them before packing them, and finally securing the drums of the appliances using special tools. All this is usually explained in the instruction manual because it’s a bit tricky and differs from model to model. If you no longer have an instruction manual, look it up online or contact the manufacturer.

    Washer and drier in a bathroom.
    You will probably need help with preparing a washer and a drier.

    General tips on how to prepare appliances for moving in Seattle

    The kitchen and laundry room appliances may not be the only ones you have in the house. And the above instructions may not be enough to make you feel super confident about handling them. So here are a few general tips that will make it easy to prepare appliances for a Seattle relocation:

    Give yourself enough time for the task

    Like all packing, preparing your appliances for a move takes time. Some need to be cleaned and dried thoroughly for days in advance. So make a list of the appliances you need to prepare, calculate how much time that preparation is going to take, and give yourself plenty of time to complete the task!

    Use the right packing materials

    When appliances are being delivered to a store or your home, they are packed using specially designed boxes that often include foam mold to hold all the detachable parts. If you still have the original packaging, use it for all your appliances. If you don’t, get some high-quality packing materials from your movers and make do with what you’ve got. The important thing is to ensure that the moving parts don’t move too much during transport and damage things. Contact the manufacturer or dealer for tips if you need to.

    Moving box and tape.
    If you don’t have the original packaging, use regular moving and packing supplies.

    Don’t pack and move all your appliances

    Odds are that at least one or two of your appliances are due for an upgrade. Moving is the perfect time to leave behind the old appliances and get new ones. It’ll make packing and unpacking easier and might even make your relocation services cheaper. You donate used appliances in working condition to charities like Habitat for Humanity or sell them on second-hand markets online.

    Consider storage options

    Sometimes, the date of your arrival at your new home and the date when your appliances are to be delivered don’t match up. You may, for example, want to unpack other things first. Or you may need some time to fix up your new home and get your utilities transferred. In such cases, consider putting your appliances in storage. Luckily, the way you prepare appliances for moving in Seattle is the same as the way you prepare them for storage. So you can store them and move them back to back with no issues.

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