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

Items you shouldn’t store in your garage

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    If you have something you don’t need right now you might be tempted to chuck it into your garage. However, that might not be the best idea since there are some items you shouldn’t store in your garage. These items are many, and you’d be surprised to learn what they are. Some of these items, however, are suitable for you to store in quality regular or temperature-controlled storage that professional Washington movers provide for their clients. But garage, not so much. That said, a garage can be very useful for storing and that’s why you should know what is and isn’t safe to store in there. Keep reading and we’ll tell you more about what items you should never store in your garage!

    There are many items you shouldn’t store in your garage

    Two selves full of canned food.
    There are plenty of items that surprisingly shouldn’t be stored in a garage!

    The “if it fits, I’m going to store it” rule should never be applied to storing your items. There are so many more things to consider when storing than just if the item fits. That said, there are four categories of items you should avoid storing in your garage. These groups include:

    • Flammable items
    • Perishables
    • Items that require climate control
    • Valuable items

    Each of these categories has a rational explanation for why you shouldn’t store items within that category in your garage. However, some of these are okay to store, just not in a garage. For example, self storage Seattle solutions might be a good alternative for garage-storing. Aside from self storage, there are many other options that might be more fitting than a garage.

    Think about what you’re storing before you actually store it

    As mentioned before, there are many things you should never store in your garage. These things can be split into four groups. Each of these groups has a reason why it’s not a good idea to store in a garage. So, before you actually decide to store something, check whether it fits into one of these categories. That way you’ll know whether the item is suitable for garage storing. But before you’re able to decide on your own, you first have to learn more about these categories!

    Why flammable items shouldn’t be stored in a garage

    A pain can and a paint brush on the floor.
    Flammable items are high on the list of items you shouldn’t store in your garage!

    Flammable items can be very dangerous to keep around for longer periods of time. If you store them in a garage, they may be at risk of catching fire or exploding. If something catches on fire in your garage you might not be aware of it until it’s too late. To avoid that, skip on storing flammable items in your garage and opt for storing them somewhere where you have more control of what’s going on. Flammable household items include:

    • Majority of beauty and laundry products
    • Any products with alcohol
    • Any gas or gasoline tanks
    • Flour

    There are also many more but you get the gist. To be safe, however, you might want to check if something is flammable before storing it in your garage.

    There are many reasons why you shouldn’t store perishable items in your garage

    When trying to plan a move in less than a week, you might be tempted to shove everything you don’t have enough space for into your garage. However, that’s not a very smart thing to do, since there are many things, like perishables, that should never be stored in a garage. If you do so, you’ll risk them going bad. And what’s even worse, you may have to fight the lingering rancid smell that often comes with rotten perishables. Most food is perishable, so you should avoid storing it in your garage at all costs. Especially if it’s the food that goes bad quickly!

    Items that require climate control are definitely on the list of things you shouldn’t store in your garage

    Unless you have a climate-controlled garage, you should never store items from this group in it. The items that require temperature-controlled storage may get ruined by nonoptimal conditions. Things like:

    • Clothes
    • Books
    • Furniture
    • Electronics

    and similar may seem very durable but are really not. Excess moisture may completely ruin all of these items. That’s why you should make sure to never store any of these in your garage since you can’t really keep the conditions perfect in there. However, if you really need store items like this, you can always find a reputable company that offers climate-controlled storage.

    Never store valuable items, period!

    An expensive ring that's on the list of the items you shouldn’t store in your garage.
    Always keep anything of value close to you!

    Not only should valuable items never be stored in a garage, but they should never be stores, period. That includes anything that has both high monetary value and high sentimental value. Even if you rent the best storage in the existence with some of the best security, you might be at risk of getting robbed. And if something is very important to you, you probably don’t want to lose it, ever. This category can include anything from small valuable items to valuable furniture, and everything in between.

    If it’s important to you, don’t store it! Extra space is just not worth the risk. That’s why you should also make sure to hire only tried and tested local movers Seattle residents deem very professional and ethical. Not all moving businesses are like that, and you should try as hard as you can to protect your valuables, whether you’re trying to store them or relocate them!

    When storing, always be mindful of the items you shouldn’t store in your garage

    Sometimes, it’s hard to decide if something is okay to store in a garage or not. Some items that shouldn’t be stored in a garage are quite obvious, while others aren’t. However, by sticking to the above-mentioned four groups of items you shouldn’t store in your garage, you’ll able to easily decide what is and isn’t suitable for storing in a garage. However, if you’re uncertain, you should always make sure to check with others or on the internet!

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