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

Overseas moving checklist for Seattle residents

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    If you look at your overseas relocation with a positive attitude, you’re already halfway to success. Being positive is crucial, no matter what you’re doing. Therefore, observe this relocation as a kind of adventure – one that has a variety of tasks. If you want to perform these tasks successfully, prepare well in advance. Hence, the overseas moving checklist is absolutely irreplaceable ally during the move. At the same time, a professional moving company Washington has an important role too. In other words, plan and organize your relocation you’ll be able to handle everything with a little assistance from our company.

    What should an overseas moving checklist consist of?

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    Be thorough while preparing an overseas moving checklist. As a result, you’ll handle your relocation without trouble.

    As already mentioned, each relocation should start from an overseas relocation checklist. A good plan will guarantee success but you must think of everything. Make predictions, plan your budget, make contingencies, find the best freight companies Seattle, etc. These are all important steps in preparing for an international relocation. Another thing you need to do is research the country you’re moving to. Its rules and regulations will serve as a starting point for making a checklist. Let’s see the main points of the checklist.

    • documentation
    • finding a home
    • school research
    • moving with pets
    • storage
    • insurance and healthcare
    • hiring movers
    • setting up final tasks
    • costs of living

    Prepare all the documents

    Researching the new country’s rules will make you aware of the documents you need. Thus, start collecting all the necessary documentation.

    1. birth certificate
    2. marriage certificate
    3. driving license
    4. passport
    5. social security cards
    6. NCB record
    7. medical and dental records
    8. school and university papers
    9. financial records
    10. other travel documents
    11. your pet’s documentation

    Search for the new house or apartment

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    If your budget allows it, visit the country in person. Try to find a suitable home. On the other hand, research the internet. Surely, you’ll find an adequate home.

    Firstly, decide which specific city interests you. Then, decide whether you’ll buy or rent your home. You must consider your budget and in case you’re not sure what to do and the time is running out, opt for temporary housing. That way, you can choose a place to settle for a few weeks or months and continue with your search meanwhile. Not to mention, it’ll be much easier when you’re already there. As a result, you’ll find something that will surely satisfy your needs.

    Moving with children is even more demanding

    In case you have children that will continue with their education, devote yourself to finding the best schools or universities. Also, don’t forget to take school documents, grade reports, and homeschool portfolios. Moreover, make sure to prepare your kids for such a huge step. Leaving their old friends and familiar surroundings can be quite stressful.

    Pet owners must be patient

    Pets have feelings. Don’t neglect their needs. Pay attention to them. Routine is really important. No matter how busy you are. Furthermore, visit a vet. Take any advice you need. Also, get all the medical records or prescriptions. Still, this isn’t the end. Make sure to verify all the requirements of the country you’re moving into concerning pet moving. For instance, some countries require immunization and clearance within a certain time frame. Get health certificates. Also, get your pet used to a pet carrier. After all, your pet will spend some time in it. Make it as comfortable as possible.

    Consider using storage

    It is a known fact, people transport a significant amount of things. Therefore, this results in the need of having a storage unit. With this in mind, you can leave your things in a storage unit before the move. This way you’ll save money on transport. On the other hand, you can transport your stuff. Then, you can rely on Seattle storage solutions. Some things can be safe there while you settle in slowly.

    Consider valuation coverage

    You and your family should be financially covered. Thus, research about the valuation companies. You can get regular travel and life valuation coverage, in addition to property coverage. Therefore, it’s absolutely crucial to buy valuation coverage when buying a house. On the contrary, getting rental coverage is crucial when renting a house.

    Bear in mind, you are to buy international private health care coverage for yourself and the whole family. Of course, this only matters if you’re not receiving health care benefits from employers.

    Hire reliable movers

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    Trained staff will transport your belongings paying attention to everything. Trusted movers are your best choice.

    One of the most important points of the international moving checklist is hiring professional movers. You need someone reliable by your side. Research the best international companies. Choose at least two or three companies. Check their licenses, reviews, and recommendations. Feel free to call them. Ask whatever interests you. As a result, you’ll find what suits you. International movers Seattle will take good care of your possessions.

    Make necessary preparation before the move

    By all means, don’t overlook some tasks before the relocation. Therefore, cancel your subscriptions in case you no longer need them. After all, you may not be able to use many services after relocation. Cancel all memberships. Moreover, set up mail forwarding. Also, take care of financial tasks. Make copies of important documents.

    Research the costs of living

    Saving money would be a good decision when moving abroad. As a matter of fact, research the net. Find out about the living costs. Compare the job market. In other words, it’s good to travel knowing what to expect.

    Seattle residents can finally relax

    Overall, the overseas moving checklist will be of enormous help during your relocation. Make sure to prepare all the documents. Research the new country’s rules and regulations. Also, consider your budget. Thus, find a home that suits you. Hire reliable movers. Let them take care of your possessions. Be ready for the moving day. A new beginning is close.  Have faith. Everything is going to be just fine. Enjoy the new place with the whole family.

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