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

Moving history: the 2012 Museum of History and Industry relocation

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The year 2012 was a big one for the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). You see, the nearby Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge (also known as the 520 Bridge) was due for reconstruction around that time. This, unfortunately, meant that the MOHAI would have to move its organization elsewhere. After some deliberation, the final location was decided on: the Naval Reserve Armory, which was situated some three miles away in South Lake Union. The Museum of History and Industry relocation was now underway.

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South Lake Union was the perfect new place for the MOHAI

Though not too distant on its own, this move was a massive undertaking all the same. The MOHAI is home to millions of historical items, from invaluable paintings to photographs of monumental importance. And the museum’s administrators saw it fit that we, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage, handle the transportation of these precious artifacts – much to our honor.

Handling the Museum of History and Industry relocation

It’s hard to even speculate about the value that MOHAI’s exhibits hold. The museum stores a staggering 4 million exhibit both photographic and three-dimensional. It’s nothing short of a time capsule for the last two centuries. That kind of history needs to be handled with the utmost care.

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Quaint aesthetics like these are a dime a dozen at the MOHAI

Some items were easier to deal with than others. Something like a ‘1950s-era TV is pretty straightforward to transport (if you ignore its mild heftiness). However, most of the artifacts weren’t of a simple square-ish shape and a sturdy material. Paintings, a ’30s hairdryer, a ’20s gas pump, a ’60s uniform, a hydroplane – moving these kinds of objects demand advanced tools, and a delicate approach.

Needless to say, we faced a move unlike any other in their career. Luckily, we were more than up to the challenge. We don’t claim that we offer some of the best moving services Seattle can offer just because we like talking big. We had the tools and know-how needed to take on this task.

But if anything was clear about this move, it was that there was no room for error.  Every shipment needed to go by perfectly; the margin of error was no more forgiving than a tightrope act. Only impeccable organization, capable hands, and one of the finest shipping companies in Seattle would do the trick.

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Old-time typewriters were far from the hardest items in need of moving

Slow and steady won the race

Our meticulous methodology worked in our favor when the MOHAI relocation started out. There was no need or room for hasty decision-making – the risk was just not worth it. That’s partly the reason why the entire move took well over a year to complete: from July of 2011 to December of 2012.

The Museum of History and Industry relocation was a tremendous job, and very few moving businesses could have risen to the occasion. But Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage passed this test with flying colors. The museum opened its doors once more on December 29, 2012, now settled in its beautiful spot in South Lake Union. Its grand opening drew in as many as 20,000 visitors who were able to marvel at the slice of history in this marvelous facility.

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