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

Pros and cons of cheap moving solutions

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    We all know that relocations can get pretty costly. Especially if you are about to embark on an interstate relocation. While there are many affordable local movers Seattle, for example, sometimes you may want to consider other cheap moving solutions. However, these solutions come with a plethora of pros and cons. You will do well to learn about them before you make the final decision. And this article will help you in that by providing you with a list of all the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to follow that route.

    Benefits and drawbacks of cheap moving solutions

    Utilizing a cheap moving solution is not as straightforward as it might seem. The fact of the matter is that relocations are more or less standardized in price due to a variety of reasons. For example, hiring a self storage Seattle service provider is a generally known and embraced concept. But you can choose to go with an alternative solution, such as renting a self-storage unit from a non-licensed company. And this can carry certain advantages but also risks with it.


    • Requires a smaller budget
    • Ability to get full moving services
    • Chance of hiring unknown but quality movers


    • More risk
    • Unreliability
    • Chance of a moving scam

    Your relocation will cost less with cheap moving solutions

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    Money. It’s the main benefit of cheap relocation solutions.

    This is a very simple one. It is practically in the name: “Cheap” moving solutions. The fact of the matter is that you will be able to save money, quite a bit of it in some cases. But before you do that, do check in with one of the Washington movers, to ensure that the savings are worth the added risk and effort. Because, if you’re not saving a lot of money by utilizing these solutions, then you might as well go with a “standard” professional mover and save yourself the hassle.

    Full-service moving can make for an easier relocation

    By choosing to go with cheaper moving solutions, you are going to be able to get a larger range of services for your relocation. This can make your move much easier, as you will be able to reduce the amount of work that you need to do. Furthermore, you can allocate your moving budget into added security, more conveniences, or anything else that your relocation requires. Or simply pocket the money. Either way, going cheaper means that you can cover more necessities. And that can make all the difference.

    Up-and-coming movers might pleasantly surprise you

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    You might get lucky and get an amazing moving team.

    There are moving companies that are just starting in the business, eager to prove themselves. You might come across them when looking for affordable moving solutions. They can be a “breath of fresh air” in an otherwise rigid and expensive industry. A moving company that has just started its operations might offer amazing deals to their clients and make their relocation much cheaper. One look at their free quote and you will be “Wow, is this real?”. If you are not looking for cheap solutions, however, you will mostly disregard these companies, not willing to take a chance. And, to be perfectly honest, that is usually the right way to go about these things.

    But the risk can pay off magnificently. In the words of Del Boy (Only Fools And Horses) – “He who dares wins!”

    The risks are higher with cheap moving solutions

    The flip side of a “cheap moving coin” is that you are usually taking on much more risk. Working with unproven moving companies or finding cheap relocation solutions puts you in a position where you are unable to verify whether you are going to get what you’re paying for.

    There’s a reason why cheap moving solutions are not all-prevalent in the moving industry. And that is because most of them are trying to get the better of you, one way or another. You will need much more time and energy to find reliable cheap solutions, as well.

    Cheap moving solutions can be unreliable

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    You can never be certain with cheap solutions.

    You never know what you’re going to get when you go cheap. That is short and long of it. On the outside, everything might seem perfect. It can make you wonder why are those other movers charging so much for their services. There is always a reason, though. And you can never fully rely on cheap relocation options.

    The main reason for this is that there are lower stakes. Let’s say that you are going with a moving company who offers amazing prices in the city of Seattle. That company knows that they are “doing you a favor”, and they might delay your relocation to further their own goals. Do it at a time when it is more convenient for them, that sort of thing. And you can’t really say anything to that, as you are getting a cheaper service. 

    You are opening yourself to a potential moving scam

    Lastly, by searching for cheap solutions, you are entering a world of moving scams. The main rule of more or less everything is that if it’s too good to be true, it most likely isn’t. Falling victim to a moving scam can have catastrophic consequences. Not only will you pay a lot more in the end, but you may be without your belongings for a considerable period of time. Or lose them altogether.

    This is one of the greatest dangers of cheap moving solutions. In a perfect world, you will not have to deal with these but we are not living in a perfect world, unfortunately. The best thing to do is to exercise caution in all your dealings and try to prevent the scam from happening in the first place. Or simply not to take any risk and go with tried-and-true moving companies.

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