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

Pro tips for using a dolly when moving

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    Using a dolly when moving is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself during relocation. A dolly helps you move heavy items from point A to point B, preserving your health and keeping you away from any moving injuries in the process. It’s sufficient to say that the best movers Seattle always rely on dollies when being on the job. However, knowing that this is a helpful tool doesn’t do much for you. If you have never used a dolly before, then you probably don’t know much about the best ways to use it. On the other hand, at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage, we are experts on the topic. We are sure you’ll find our tips helpful the next time you embark on a move.

    A close up of two stoves.
    A dolly will be perfect for moving heavy and delicate items, such as your kitchen appliances.

    How to choose the right dolly for your move

    Not any old dolly will be good enough to use for your upcoming relocation. We won’t go as far as to say that choosing a moving dolly is a science, but it’s definitely an important part of the process. When choosing a moving dolly, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. Think about the following things:

    • Which items are you moving to your new address? If you are going to move a heavier load, then you don’t want to go cheap. You’ll have to get a high-quality steel dolly that will be able to support the weight of your items.
    • Will you be moving items across a flat surface or up and down the stairs? Solid wheels will be right for the first situation, while inflatable wheels are more suitable for curbs, stairs, and similar obstacles.
    • Are you moving electronics? Then invest in a strap that will help you secure your fridge or dresser while on the dolly.

    Our long distance movers Seattle always opt for high-quality dollies which might cost more than some cheaper options. However, with the safety of your items hanging in the balance, you definitely don’t want to be taking such a big risk for only a few hundreds of dollars.

    The three different types of dollies

    Living room furniture to relocate by using a dolly while moving.
    Give yourself and your pieces the best chances of success with the right type of dolly.

    In essence, you will be able to choose among three different types of dollies – a hand truck, an appliance dolly, and a furniture dolly. A hand truck is the best option if you are moving a few boxes and/or lighter items. If you are planning on relocating kitchen or bathroom appliances, then the best idea would be to get an appliance dolly. And if you are relocating heavy furniture such as dressers, a furniture dolly will turn out to be the right option for you. Of course, all of these types of dollies can be used in different circumstances. Whether you are moving or placing your items in Seattle storage, you’ll find moving dollies to be the solution you have been looking for.

    How to load your boxes when using a dolly when moving?

    Once you choose the right dolly for your move, then you need to think about the way you use that dolly. Most often, dollies are used for carrying boxes. Crews of local movers in Seattle know that transporting moving boxes isn’t always as easy as it seems. For starters, you need to make sure that you load your boxes from heaviest to lightest, with special consideration that the bulkiest boxes need to be on the bottom.

    Moreover, you need to pay attention to the height of the boxes. You can stack as many of them as you can, all the while making sure that you can clearly see the path ahead. As soon as the stack becomes so high that it’s blocking your view, you’ll know you have reached the limit. The last thing you want is to undo all good that can come out of using a dolly when moving by using it inappropriately.

    Tilt the dolly while using it

    If you are looking for the easiest way to use a dolly, then you have just found it. By tilting the dolly onto its wheels, you’ll be able to secure the items on the dolly, while also making it easier on yourself. You’ll actually be able to find many dollies that have handles on the rear end, as they make it easier for you to have a secure grip. However, no matter how secure this method is, it’s always better to have someone stand in front of the dolly just in case. We know you’ll want to do everything you can in order to protect your furniture during relocation.

    Just know that you’ll have to be careful every step of the way. You’ll have to balance the cargo throughout the whole endeavor, as the weight of the items needs to be distributed evenly. This is something you’ll have to figure out on the spot, as the angle depends on many different variables, such as your height and weight.

    Clear out the path when using a dolly when moving

    An empty room with big windows.
    A clear path might not seem like such a crucial thing, but it’s incredibly important during a move.

    Most often, it doesn’t matter whether you are going through a local, long-distance, or interstate relocation – you will have to relocate the items out of your house and into the truck. Many people forget to do one very important thing, which is clearing out the path from point A to point B. The worst thing would be to carry your boxes or slide the dolly and then tripping over an item on the way. That’s why the very first thing you must do is clear the path so that you can use the dolly without any interruptions.

    Hopefully, you have realized all the benefits of using a dolly when moving. Most importantly, you were able to learn a few tricks that will help you use a dolly like a pro. We are always open to any additional questions you might have.

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