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

The pros and cons of DIY moving plans

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    Probably everyone who has had a relocation heading their way though about venturing into the process single-handedly. After all, are movers Bothell WA really a prerequisite for a successful move? Can you actually take care of your move on your own? Well, there are really no straightforward answers to these questions, as they depend on multiple factors. And, to best explain them, we will go more in-depth regarding the pros and cons of DIY moving plans, hopefully helping you make the right decision for your particular situation.

    The pros of DIY moving plans

    Deciding to take care of the relocation on your own without the help of Washington movers is a courageous act. Whether you plan on moving just down the street or to another city, you will have a lot on your plate. That is simply the reality. DIY relocation means that you have to squeeze in all of the moving tasks in between your current daily schedule. And the busier the latter is, the more you will have to plan and prepare. That being said, you still have full control of the situation.

    Simply put, you are the boss of the whole process and get to decide and organize everything that will happen. You are the one who gets to choose the truck, as well as who will help you. You also get to move at your own speed, regardless of whether you want it all done in a day, or over the course of a whole month.

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    The great thing about DIY moving plans is that they are just as you want them to be.

    Good news for your budget

    If you did not plan on allocating a large budget for moving expenses, it would be wise to start making your DIY moving plans right away. While it is virtually impossible to pass without any expenditure, if you plan it right, you will get to save quite some cash through a DIY move. The expenses you can expect to encounter include renting a truck and moving boxes Seattle, but you will be spared paying for an hourly wage or anything else.

    How you pack is up to you

    Hiring professional movers means having to ensure all of your boxes are packed, sealed, and ready to go. Otherwise, they will not be responsible for the safety of your goods during transportation. Surely enough, you can hire them to take care of the packing process for you. However, that is one additional expense you might not be ready for. On the other hand, when you opt for a DIY move, you can toss pillows and odd-shaped items into your car, and even transport opened boxes without a single worry.

    The cons of DIY moving plans

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    The moment you start lifting that heavy couch is the same moment you will start wondering whether you’ve made the right decision not hiring professionals.
    • Transporting heavy and bulky items. Probably the hardest part about a DIY relocation is that you have to figure out how to transport all of those heavy and bulky items from one house to the other. And, if you have a number of such pieces, you will find yourself wondering why you dismissed the idea of hiring professionals. Not to mention that a few flights of stairs can dissuade even the bravest hearts.
    • Planning and organizing the whole process. Planning a relocation when you have a lot on your plate as it is can be rather exhausting and difficult. Even if you rent a truck, and have some of your friends helping you out, you are still the one who will have to decide exactly how everything will fit in the truck.
    • Surprise problems. Anything that may happen unexpectedly is yours to fix. Furniture getting stuck in an entry, or van getting a flat tire – you are the one to figure it out. And, without professional tools and knowledge, it might take your hours to figure it out.

    Perhaps hiring movers is the better option

    Hiring movers will spare you a lot of trouble and hardship. For one, you will be able to skip all that heavy lifting. Yours will be only to pack and seal boxes. And you can even opt for a full-service move, allowing you to sit back, and relax throughout the process. No worries about getting that floor to ceiling bookcase down a long staircase and through the door.

    While you might have moved once, or even twice in your life before, you can hardly reach the experience that professional movers possess. They have done it all before, and know exactly how to get from point A to point B in the most efficient manner, regardless of your furniture size and number of boxes. The moving team will also show up at your door on time and with all the necessary equipment, making sure there are no unpleasant surprises along the way.

    Hiring a moving company will also relieve you of plenty of stress. Simply put, having someone else to do most of the work, and do it in the professional, expedient and proper way is a great means of reducing that stress. And who better to turn to than the people who have been through and seen it all? If at any point you feel like your DIY moving plans are getting the best of you, make sure to call professionals.

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    Hiring movers to take care of it all will spare you from taking care of it all. Simple, really.

    Or, perhaps not

    When you hire a moving company, you won’t have as much freedom when it comes to the timing of your relocation. Especially if you want to save some money. Scheduling a move well in advance is a good way of reducing the cost of the movers, but it still means having that deadline hanging over your head. And, we cannot circumvent the price factor. With the average hourly rate for movers being $200, you will have to prepare quite the budget. After all, you can expect at least two of them to show up, and work more than one hour. Still, if this sounds better than your DIY moving plans, by all means, go for it. As we said, this will be a totally individual decision, so don’t be afraid to make it.

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