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

Moving in bad weather – how to handle it?

paper plane icon

Free Moving Estimate

    Relocations can be quite difficult, despite the weather. But what happens when your moving day arrives and you find that there is heavy rain, snow, or sleet outside? In these conditions, moving becomes a very challenging endeavor, and some moving companies might outright refuse to relocate your belongings under such conditions. Some Seattle movers will be able to accommodate for bad weather, however, so it is important to verify with them prior to the relocation. That being said, if you really need to be moving in bad weather, there are things that you can do to make it easier. In this article, we are going to provide you with a few ways to handle this situation.

    How to go about moving in bad weather?

    If you absolutely need to be relocating in bad weather conditions, here’s what you can do:

    • Discuss the issue with your moving company
    • Make sure to prepare accordingly
    • Wait for the “break” in the weather
    • Be extra careful when packing
    • Cover up any bulky items
    • Utilize waterproof containers
    • Prepare extra towels and padding
    • Take pictures
    You may need extra towels.

    These steps will make it so that you have the most chance of conducting a smooth relocation, even in bad weather. Furthermore, you may want to consider hiring a local moving company if you expect the weather to go sour. If you are relocating from Bothell, for example, you might want to hire one of the top movers Bothell WA has to offer. Being a local company, they will be more likely to help you relocate despite the weather. That being said, you will still want to:

    Talk with your movers

    Moving companies may have unique policies when it comes to moving in bad weather. What you need to do is talk to them and fully understand what are the conditions in which they will (and will not) relocate your belongings. This can be quite important to know in advance, as it can heavily influence your relocation. Talking to your movers does not take much time at all, and you can do it anytime within their working hours.

    Preparation is key when moving in bad weather

    Depending on the time of the year, preparing for the move can either mean preparing more water bottles, wearing lightweight clothing, or bringing a winter jacket and a pair of gloves. Basically, you will want to prepare for the weather conditions you’re expecting, ahead of time. If you think you might experience heavy rain, rain boots, jackets, and several umbrellas are in order. You might even want to get some hot chocolate and coffee.

    a checklist for moving in bad weather
    You will want to thoroughly prepare for moving in bad weather.

    Wait for the “break” in the weather

    No storm can last forever. There are always breaks in the weather, breaks that you and your movers can utilize to great effect. It might prolong the relocation somewhat but it is still the best option at your disposal. Wait out the worst of the weather and start moving once it calms down for a bit. Be prepared for several similar “excursions” as the weather might pick up the pace again, so to speak. It is also not a bad idea to have your items inside one of the storage units Lynnwood has to offer, for example, as that will provide you with an easy way of getting your items inside the moving truck. Most storage units are also covered, making the whole process a lot safer.

    Be extra careful when packing

    If you know you will be moving during the winter or rainy season, you need to be extra careful with your packing process. You will want to add an extra layer of bubble wrapping, packing paper, and perhaps introduce additional blankets. The more you protect your belongings, the better. This additional protection may be all the difference between your items making it to your new home unscathed and damaged.

    Cover your bulky items

    When moving under regular conditions, some items usually do not require any covering. Items such as tables, coffee tables, or even couches, can all be loaded inside the moving truck without covering them. But in bad weather, this changes drastically. You will need to cover all your belongings to avoid any damage. Talk to your moving company Washington and ask them if they provide covers for your items. Most of the time, your movers will include free covers or will provide you with a covering service for a small price increase.

    two beds
    You can’t afford to have your furniture uncovered in bad weather.

    Waterproof containers

    All your items that are sensitive to water need to be inside waterproof containers. If you’re experiencing heavy rain on a moving day, there is no other way to prevent water from getting inside some of your boxes. Also, make sure to tightly seal your bins to ensure maximum protection.

    Utilize towels and padding

    Once you and your belongings arrive in your new home, you will want to put a lot of towels and rags on the floor. This will minimize the tracking from the moving process and will save you a lot of work after your movers are done with the job. If it is snowing in the city of Seattle, you will also want to salt your walkway, driveway, as well as the doorway. If you have the means, you will also want to make sure that the snow is regularly shoveled on the relocation day.

    Take pictures before and after the relocation when moving in bad weather

    While taking pictures will not help you relocate, what it will do is help you identify any damage that your items may have incurred during the relocation process. Moving in bad weather is a lot more prone to accidents, after all. By taking pictures, you will have proof of your items’ original condition, which can help you greatly if you need to make a claim after the move. Chances are that you will may not even need the pictures, as most quality movers will reimburse you for any accidents. But it is always better to be safe than sorry.



    Latest Posts

    Let our team put together a comprehensive moving plan for you. Complete our simple free quote form or contact us at 1-888-300-7222.