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

Practical ways to prepare for living abroad

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    Leaving a native country to live overseas is one of the biggest steps in peoples’ lives. This is a big decision that can hugely impact your life – both, mentally and physically. Moving abroad is a difficult process you simply have to go through. So, it’s important to prepare for it in advance so that you can minimize the negative effects that it can have on you. The good news is that there are a lot of ways to prepare for living abroad by which you can diminish the negative effects of your move.  The whole process of moving abroad is very nerve-racking. So, you need a reliable moving company which can relocate you smoothly which is the first way to reduce your moving stress. Moving company Washington will take special care of you and your valuable belongings. We give our best to make relocations less stressful to our customers.

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    Moving abroad can be emotionally hard, develop a positive attitude to overcome it.

    As an expatriate, you will experience a lot of emotional struggles. On moving days, and in the first weeks when you get to your new home you’ll have emotional ups and downs. It’s normal to have emotional swings and to feel down-hearted. Let us provide you with the best ways to get ready for going overseas. Establish them in your life in order to reduce moving-related stress and anxiety.

    Develop a positive attitude

    Working on your mindset is crucial to overcome hard times. Without a doubt, moving will negatively affect your mental health. First of all, you have to realize what you are going through and to try to work with your emotions. When you accept every difficulty that appears, everything gets much easier. It’s important to stick to your daily routine as much as you can. Don’t give up on everything you do just because you won’t live in that city in near future.

    Remember that feeling sad is not a bad thing. Accept the negativity and don’t try to pretend you feel happy if you don’t. That’s a bad strategy! Let your emotions overwhelm you. When you intentionally mask your emotions, they can return with greater intensity. And if that happens, coping with stress will be more challenging.

    Read a lot

    You should take some time to do plenty of research about your new place of residence and even about the whole country. So, where to star? Start with the visas. It’s important to know what exactly you need to enter the country. Keep in mind to read-only authorized sites. Next, you can search for accommodation. Surf the internet to find as much information as you can about accommodation costs and other taxes and utilities. All this info will make it easier to find a perfect place to live.

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    Do plenty of research to prepare yourself for living abroad

    Read about the culture and history of that particular country. That will help you learn about cultural differences between your native country and the host country. This way you’ll adapt easier and know what you can expect from locals. Furthermore, you can do a bit of research about near landmarks and natural attractions. By doing so, you’ll get to know the place better which is the best way to adapt to a new place. Once you move there, you will already know where you can go to have fun or to relax. This is the best way to fall in love with one place.

    Read a lot about moving companies, you want to make sure you choose the trustworthy one. You don’t want to let anyone move your precious belongings like your piano, for example. For the smoothest piano move, hire piano movers Seattle and be sure your piano is in good hands.

    Visit your new home

    One of the best ways to prepare for living abroad is to visit the place you’re moving to. When you visit the place you can experience the local atmosphere and to see how local people live there. While staying in the place, you’ll see where markets, shops, restaurants, and bars are located. You’ll get a much better perspective of your new place. Also, you can go to the banks and schools, if you have children, to gather the information you need. Once you gather all the info, you’ll relocate with less stress since you already know the place to some degree.

    On the other hand, if you move some of your belonging to storage, you may want to come back to pick up some of those items. If you want your valuable belongings to be safe and fully protected – contact Newcastle storage.

    Talk to locals and other expats

    This could be one of the most practical ways to prepare for living abroad. Talk to locals and expats living there before you move and when you move. If you talk to them before you move, they can give you first-hand information that can have an impact on your final decisions. Once you move there they can help you adapt more quickly with different pieces of advice. Talking to expats can be very helpful. They can tell you what mistakes they made and how they managed to overcome difficulties. This information can be crucial for you to start a new life in the best possible way. Furthermore, talking to people will make it easier for you to make friends. When you have a lot of friends to help you and to have fun with them, everything is easier.

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    Talk to locals and other expats. They can help you avoid making mistakes.

    Plan a trip home

    If you experience homesickness, going back home from time to time could be your savior. It’s good for your mental health to go back to see your beloved people. When you visit your home country, you’ll revive your beautiful memories, and hanging out with friends and family will help you overcome homesickness. A week or so at home while enjoying your favorite traditional dishes can give you a mental break from all the chaos you previously had in your life.

    Learn the language

    Learning the language is crucial. If possible, enroll in a course, that’s also one of the ways to prepare for living abroad. While learning the language of where you’re going to live, you can learn a lot of things about your new country. Of course, you won’t be fluent in a few months, but knowing the basics will help you a lot. If you don’t know the language, you’ll need someone’s help all the time, which could put more pressure on you and make the whole process more stressful.

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