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

Label boxes for moving like a pro

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    Relocation is an event that requires precise planning and good organizational skills. This is why so many people feel uncomfortable when they decide to move. It is not easy to continue with your regular daily activities like job, training, and taking care of children while preparing for the move at the same time. One way to make your situation a bit easier is to get professional assistance for this occasion. Find reliable Seattle local movers and get some of the worries out of the way. This way, you will be able to concentrate on some other equally important stages of the relocation process.

    You still have to pick the right house, find a nice neighborhood, and so forth. However, if you decide to pack on your own we know a few useful tricks that will help you get through these difficult times. In this article, we will show you how to label your boxes for moving so you don’t get lost and forget something along the way. Make yourself a cup of coffee and let’s start.

    What tools do you need for this task?

    If you wish to accomplish the packing process on your own you will need some basic tools:

    • Cardboard boxes
    • Scissors
    • Marker pens
    • Label stickers
    • Packing paper
    • Bubble wrap
    • Packing tape

    This is essentially everything you need – you can get these items from a local retailer or at competitive prices from a quality moving supplies provider. To make the packing process easier and more enjoyable we advise you to include other members of the family. Make a packing plan and divide the tasks to other household members. Try including your kids in the proceedings. This will make them feel like part of the team, and help them overcome the stress of changing their surroundings. You can also call your friends to help you out, as this might be your last chance to spend some quality time with them, especially if you are moving long distance.

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    If you wish to relocate successfully you need to get some proper tools

    Where to get quality moving boxes?

    If you have the time and willingness to source, screen, and retrieve used cardboard boxes, here are some sources you can try, saving you some money along the way.

    • Your local supermarket. Big stores receive shipments on a daily basis and all those goods come in boxes. Usually, they end up in dumpsters, so there is a fair chance that they would give them to you for free if you ask. Find the store manager, and explain your situation.
    • Visit your local bookstore or specialized liquor store. Books and bottles are heavy, so you can probably find sturdy boxes in these stores.
    • Ask friends who recently moved if they still have some leftover boxes.
    • Internet. These days, social networking sites like Facebook have groups dedicated to almost everything, moving included. See if there is someone in your local community who is giving away used moving boxes.

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      Moving boxes are not expensive, but you can save some money by getting used ones, or try to get them for free

    Label boxes for moving by color and name of the room

    This is the oldest trick from the book when it comes to labeling your boxes for the move. Use a black marker to write the content of the box, for example, “Jenny’s books” or “Marks’ toys”. On top of that use a color sticker or marker to indicate to which room that box belongs. Put yellow for kitchen, red for living room and so on.

    Labeling systems will greatly reduce the amount of time needed for unpacking, and you will also lower the chances of forgetting something. It will also give your moving crew an idea of where to put the boxes. Don’t forget to label all the boxes containing expensive china, artwork, and electronic devices with the caption “Fragile”. This way you can rest assured that the moving crew will deal with these boxes with extra care.

    Use numbers to label boxes for moving locally

    Equally important for a local move is to label each and every box with a number. To summarize, each box should have content written on its side, a dedicated color, and a number. Next, print a list with all the numbers, content, and color adjacent to that number. This way if any of the boxes get lost, you can take a look at your list and immediately know which box is missing and what was inside of it. This is an unlikely scenario if you hire a reputable moving company, but it’s better to do that now instead of scratching your head in disbelief later.

    And this is exactly the reason why we would like to suggest you check with your homeowner’s valuation provider and consider valuation coverage for your move. No matter how professional the moving company might be, accidents can occur. It pays to be protected.

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    Use numbers to label boxes for moving and you won’t have any problems

    Add priority markings to your boxes

    Remember that when you arrive at your new destination the moving process is still not over. You have to unpack and make your new place suitable for living. This is a process that could last for several days even if you are well-organized.

    Important tip: clean your home before unpacking. It is easier to clean an empty apartment. When it comes to unpacking, having priority markings on your boxes is crucial. For example, you will need tools to set up your new living space, so mark those boxes with priority labels. Use “Important” or letters H, M, L for “Highly important”, “Medium”, and “Low”. Highly important are boxes that contain clean clothes, some of the dishes, cosmetics and so on. In other words, everything you need to resume your daily activities. On the other hand, you probably won’t need your ski equipment and beach accessories immediately. For this reason, mark these boxes as low priority.

    As you can see, moving doesn’t have to be complicated if you are well-organized and you have a good plan. Most of the unfortunate moving events occur when people forget to label boxes for moving. Follow the tips we have presented above and you won’t have any problems. We wish you a safe relocation.

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