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.

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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 reduce relocation expenses

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    It is no secret that relocations are rather costly ventures. This can be considered one of the main reasons why people think twice before packing their bags and moving more frequently. Sometimes, however, moving is the only option. And, when it comes to that, it is good to know how you can reduce relocation expenses, thus making this big change in your life a bit more bearable on the budget. From finding affordable Washington movers to minimizing your shipment, we will go through all of the ways you can ensure your wallet suffers the smallest hit possible in times like these.

    Little things that will add up

    Before we address the major things you can do in order to reduce your moving expenses, let’s see what are the other, smaller things you can do for the same purpose. While they may not seem like much when addressed individually, it is when you combine them that you will see a big difference.

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    Every dollar counts, so make sure that you do as much as you can to minimize your moving expenses.
    • see that the moving fee provided by the moving company corresponds with your budget. You may be in a rush and have spent little time doing your research on the moving companies that are at your disposal. It is important that you compare at least the top 3 movers Issaquah WA offers before you make your pick. While choosing on cost alone is not recommended, you don’t necessarily have to pick the most expensive provider in order to have a successful moving experience.
    • pick a time and date when movers offer lower quotes. With most moving companies, holidays and weekends tend to be the periods when the prices for their service goes up. Try to schedule your move during the off-season, and thus knock off a certain amount.
    • don’t take all of the services you mover offers. While some are a definite necessity, you might not need the long-term storage or the moving boxes your company provides.
    • find free moving boxes. Check your local grocery, liquor and clothing stores, as well as the warehouses nearby. Most of them get goods on a daily basis and will have plenty of boxes to spare. Just make sure that they are damage-free and odor-free.

    Big ways in which you can reduce relocation expenses

    Depending on the budget you are willing to allocate for this process, you may want to consider scratching more significant things off of your moving list. This can include giving up some of your belongings, as well as some moving services you planned on paying for. Now, this may seem scary, but we will guide you through the process step by step, so don’t worry.

    Decluttering your home

    The price of your move will largely depend on the size of your shipment. It’s basic math, really, just ask your shipping companies Seattle based. With this in mind, it is smart to use that math to your advantage, and make your shipment smaller. While parting from your home might be so hard that giving up your belongings is unimaginable, we would beg of you to think twice. When going through your closet, or that room or corner in your house that you seldom visit, what do you think you will find? Things that you haven’t used in who knows how long. This only goes to show that you can indeed live without these things as you have during all this time. So, why would you spend money transporting them to your new home when you don’t need them, to begin with?

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    Go through all of your belongings, and be objective when deciding what you no longer need in your life.

    Purge your place of all the redundancies, and considerably reduce relocation expenses by doing so. Just ask yourself whether you’ve used a certain item in the past 6 months, and if the answer is no – give it up. You can either throw these things in the trash or donate them. There really is no reason for them to stay, apart from them having a certain emotional value. Just don’t go assigning the latter to every item you find. After all, you ought to make some space for new things when you move in.

    Opting for only one moving service

    Whether you are moving internationally or just down the street makes a big difference here. While you may be able to address the latter with greater ease, the former will require a professional touch. However, moving companies have evolved, and now offer a single service for the distance you plan on traveling. That means that you won’t have to opt for more services, but rather pick the one that corresponds with your situation. And make sure that you stay with that service without venturing out for more. You may have to give up professional packing, or professional storage units, but times are dire.

    Packing is certainly a thing you can take care of on your own. What you need to do is start on time, create a packing plan, and get those free boxes we’ve mentioned earlier. With plenty of detailed guides on safe packing, you should not struggle with the process. Just make sure to do it thoroughly and conscientiously, especially if you have a long road ahead of you.

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    Yes, you can pack on your own, just make sure to start early and to read up on the subject.

    Moving on your own

    This is the last option and for a good reason. Moving on your own is no simple task, and will require great organization and planning skills. After all, there is a reason why so many people choose the help of professional companies. However, if you want to reduce relocation expenses to the very extreme, this is the only thing that remains. Make sure that you inform yourself properly on the matter of DIY relocation, and call some friends to help if you find yourself struggling. Don’t leave it all for the last week, but rather go step by step, so as to ensure nothing is overlooked.

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