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 large appliances for self storage

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    Is your home slowly getting consumed by old and large appliances that you don’t need and use anymore? If the answer is “yes”, maybe it’s time to go for an option that doesn’t include keeping all unnecessary appliances stored in your home. A good idea would be to opt for storage units Lynnwood until you figure out what exactly you are going to do with them. This will make your home more spacious and clutter-free! If you choose to do this, you need to keep in mind that you will first have to prepare large appliances for self-storage to ensure their safety during the storage period. Worry not, this is not as challenging as it might sound right now. Follow the tips we prepared for you in this guide and you will have nothing to worry about!

    Things to keep in mind when preparing large appliances for self-storage

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    Preparing appliances for storage and packing them properly will help you keep them safe while they’re stored

    Large home appliances require some serious preparation before you place them in a storage facility. It’s not like you can just get a couple of large moving boxes Seattle, pack your appliances in them, and hope for the best. The whole preparation process is a bit more complicated than this.

    Proper preparation is a must because that is how you can be sure that your appliances won’t get damaged inside Portabox storage Seattle and that they won’t damage other belongings. For example, if you don’t defrost your fridge on time and make sure it’s completely dry before you store it, there’s a big chance you will very quickly have to deal with mold and mildew inside the storage unit. And, all of your stuff will be ruined completely.

    But don’t worry, the steps we prepared for you are going to keep your large appliances safe (as well as your other stored belongings). So, make sure to follow them and you will avoid a storage disaster.

    How to find a self-storage unit for large appliances?

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    Start the search for a storage unit online – by researching storage companies

    Before we proceed to explain how to prepare large appliances for self-storage, we first need to go through the process of finding the right Newcastle storage unit. The worst thing you can do is get the first storage unit you stumble upon! You need to find a facility that is clean, well-maintained, and safe. Storage units don’t have to be pricey at all. So, don’t settle for a damaged one just because it’s cheap. Don’t rush things and you will manage to find a quality unit at an affordable rate.

    What you need to know is that many moving and shipping companies in Seattle also offer storage services. So, don’t get confused if a shipping company offers their storage unit to you. If the unit is clean and safe, you won’t have to worry about a single thing.

    To be sure you’ve found the right self-storage, make sure to:

    • Make a list of your needs and look for a storage unit that can meet them all. 
    • Find a storage unit of the right size to avoid spending more money than necessary.
    • Inspect the unit before you rent it to make sure it is completely safe for your belongings.
    • Research storage and moving companies Redmond WA before deciding which one to hire.

    The most important steps to prepare large appliances for self-storage

    Once you find a storage unit that meets all your requirements, it’s time to start preparing your large appliances for the storage period. In the following text, we’re going to explain how you can protect kitchen appliances when moving them from one place to another, but we will focus on bathroom appliances as well. Here is what you need to know about this matter.

    Refrigerator and freezer

    The first and most important thing you need to do is defrost your fridge and freezer before you store them in self-storage. This isn’t hard at all! In fact, there are many tips online that will help you defrost a freezer quickly without creating a mess in your home. The important thing here is that you need to defrost your fridge and freezer at least 48h before the move. If you don’t start dealing with this task on time, there’s a chance you won’t be able to defrost it completely before the big move.

    The next step is to clean your fridge and freezer thoroughly. Clan both the exterior and the interior and make sure that every inch is clean. This is very important because if there are any food leftovers, you can lure bugs and other unwanted guests into your storage unit. 

    Detach all removable parts and pack your fridge. Secure the doors and wrap them with breathable materials (for example, you can use moving blankets).


    Gas stove
    Clean the stovetop thoroughly to eliminate all food debris and grease

    Clean your stove with a mild detergent or a stove cleaner. Make sure to clean all interior and exterior surfaces, you need to eliminate all food debris and grease. Next, unplug your stove. If you own a gas stove, it would be best to hire a professional to help you turn off the gas and disengage the piping. Once every surface is clean and dry, you can start to pack your stove. Make sure to secure the door and tape over the stove’s knobs. It would be best to use a tape that doesn’t leave any residue. Next, wrap your stove and transport it to your self storage Seattle unit. Easy-peasy, right?

    Dishwasher and washing machine

    Learning how to prepare large appliances for self-storage will help you avoid property damage while moving and storing items. And since we’re talking about large appliances, we simply have to mention dishwashers and washing machines. So, what’s the best way to prepare them for self-storage?

    You will have to unplug and clean them for at least 24 hours before you store them. Before you do this, you can run one final wash cycle using vinegar as it will help you clean these appliances quickly. After this, you should unplug your dishwasher and washing mashing and disconnect all hoses. Make sure to clean all hoses as well and let them dry.

    Once everything is dry, wrap all hoses and place them inside the dishwasher (and/or washing machine) to avoid losing them while your appliances are stored. Tape the cords to the side of your appliances and wrap everything with a moving blanket.

    So, there you have it – these are all the steps you need to follow when you start to prepare large appliances for self-storage. They will help you store your appliances safely and easily.

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