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 save money on storage expenses

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    Extra space is fast becoming a luxury for many of us. We keep accumulating more and more stuff and have less and less room to keep it in. This is where self storage Seattle comes in handy – you can rent extra space so you don’t have to get rid of your stuff while also not having to keep it in your home, adding to the clutter. It’s the perfect solution! But it’s one you must pay for. In this day and age, that’s not always easy. So if you’re interested in renting a storage unit, you’re probably also looking for ways to save money on storage expenses. Luckily, there are certain things you can do to lower the cost of storage unit rental.

    Save money on storage expenses by working with a reputable company

    Nothing will cost you more than a poor choice of storage provider. Moving and storage scams can set you back thousands of dollars. Fraudulent companies will promise you the world at low prices to draw you in, then take your belongings and hold them hostage until you pay them hundreds of dollars just to get your things back. So don’t risk it! Choose a reputable moving and storage company like Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage Seattle. That way, you can sleep peacefully knowing your belongings are safe in the hands of responsible professionals who won’t let you down. 

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    What are other people saying? Look at reviews to find good storage providers.

    Save money on storage expenses by choosing the right storage unit

    The storage unit you choose to rent will have a huge impact on the price you’re paying. Larger units, more central locations, additional moving services Seattle, more flexible contracts – all this will add to your monthly payments. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should go for the cheapest option every time if that’s not suitable for your situation. If you choose wrong, you might have to rent multiple units, change units, or risk ending up with damaged belongings. All of this can end up being more expensive in the long run. The point is, therefore, to choose a unit that’s perfect for you.

    Temperature-controlled vs regular storage

    Climate control is useful because it allows you to control the conditions like temperature within your storage unit and make sure your belongings are kept in optimal conditions. Having climate control helps with keeping a steady temperature, keeping the unit dry, repelling pests, and even maintaining cleanliness. But the truth is that it is not necessary in most cases. Unless you’re storing antiques, valuables, electronics, or perishables, you don’t actually need climate control. You can simply check up on your unit to make sure there’s no excess moisture and clean up once in a while. Since climate control costs are extra, getting a unit without it will save you money.

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    If you pack well, you often don’t need climate-controlled storage.

    Long term vs short term storage

    If you’re looking for flexibility, short-term storage is the right answer. You can renew your contract every month which makes it much easier to break it off when you no longer need the extra space and your storage unit is typically more accessible than a long-term one because you get a set of keys that you can then use to visit your unit whenever you want. But a long-term rental contract might pay off more. Renting for longer periods typically comes with a bit of a discount. So if you know that you’ll need storage for a while and you want to save money, long-term storage may be better.

    Does location matter?

    Where your storage unit lies will also affect the price. Storage units closer to city centers, heavily populated areas, and even busy roads will cost more than storage units on the outskirts. So, if a central location is not necessary and you have the option of driving out to your storage unit, opt for the unit further away and pay less.

    Save money on storage expenses by limiting the amount of stuff you’re storing

    The unit you choose determines the price you pay. But what unit you choose is determined by the belongings you’re storing.  So you can also save money on storage by reducing the number of items you’re storing.

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    You shouldn’t pack everything you own – now is the time to get rid of some of your belongings.

    Always declutter before moving or storing your belongings

    Periodic decluttering is a healthy way to keep your home tidy and clutter-free and avoid hoarding things you don’t actually need. And there is no better time to declutter than right before you’re about to move or store your possessions. You’ll have to go through them and prepare them anyway, so why not pare them down as well? Sort your things into three categories: what you’re keeping, what you’re donating, and what you’re throwing away. Once you get rid of some of your stuff, you won’t need as big of a storage unit.

    Save money on storage expenses by preparing your belongings well

    It goes without saying that you can’t just put your things in storage without any preparation. You do, after all, have to pack and protect your belongings from the elements. But this preparation can also help you save money on storage expenses! Most times, if you pack well, you can use storage without climate control which costs less. Additionally, proper packing will help you avoid damage to your belongings. That way you won’t have to spend money later on fixing or replacing broken things.

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