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.

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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 moving off-grid

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    Off-grid living has become a popular and appealing option in recent years. The truth is that moving off-grid could be the right decision for your household, but it could also be an expensive undertaking if you have massive square footage at hand. However, we here at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage can’t possibly tell you whether or not this will be the right decision for you. All we can do is give you the pros and cons of this endeavor. It will be completely up to you to make your decision.

    The pros of moving off-grid

    Obviously, there are many good aspects of off-grid living. People wouldn’t be rushing towards this option if it weren’t so. But how many positive aspects you will experience depends on many different things, including the square footage of your home.

    You get to save money on utilities

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    Your off-grid life can be more affordable than the alternative.

    There is no doubt about it – the biggest benefit of off-grid living is the fact that you will have little to no utility bills. By relying on solar power and battery storage, homeowners have the ability to produce a big portion of their own electricity. With the prices for electricity going up, it’s easy to see why people would be attracted to this option. Bear in mind that you can take your existing property off-grid or you can move into a house that will be better suited for this option than your current one. With remote working possibilities and reliable freight companies Seattle, your off-grid home can be located in any part of the world.

    You are in complete control

    Households that rely on the grid are never in full control of their property. With possible power outages in both winter and summer, you could find yourself in a rather unfavorable situation. After all, can you think of anything worse than having no electricity and heating during winter in Seattle? By moving off-grid, you won’t have to worry about such a scenario.

    As you aren’t reliant on the grid, you don’t have to worry about any unforeseen power outages. Your own system will support all of your needs so you can function normally in your day-to-day life. If you love being in control and are already struggling with constant power outages in your area, you could consider a local Seattle relocation to a house that’s already off-grid – or you could build one yourself.

    You lead a sustainable life

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    Recycling and moving off-grid is the start of leading a sustainable life.

    Eco-friendly living has become particularly important nowadays. People are always finding new ways to be more sustainable on a daily basis, and living off-grid is the perfect way to help preserve our planet. Off-grid living produces less carbon footprint which benefits the planet in numerous ways. Besides, this form of living is bound to make you more interested in other eco-friendly solutions. We bet that you’ll start recycling and reducing the waste your household produces as soon as you make this lifestyle change.

    The cons of moving-off grid

    Off-grid living is definitely something that can come with plenty of benefits. However, we can’t look at it from a single perspective. Our job is to mention the negative aspects of this type of lifestyle, as that’s the only way for you to make an informed decision.

    You have to pay a high initial cost

    If you look at it from a long-term financial standpoint, off-grid living definitely pays off. However, if you take into account the present moment, you might find this process to be less than affordable. Going off-grid will require a high initial investment if you have to completely transform your current house or office. The bigger the property, the higher the costs associated with the initial investment.

    Of course, you can always decide to relocate your home or office into a property that’s already suitable for this kind of lifestyle. But then you shouldn’t forget to factor in the costs of residential movers or international commercial shipping companies. Moving by itself is always a costly endeavor.

    You have to do the work when moving off-grid

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    Time is the deciding factor for so many different processes.

    When you are supplying your household with electricity from the grid, you basically don’t have to do anything. All the work is being done for you. On the other hand, if you decide to move off-grid, you won’t be able to be so carefree. The duty of maintaining the system will be completely up to you. If you are someone who barely has any free time as it is, you might not be open to investing your time into the maintenance part of the endeavor. And you wouldn’t be the only one.

    You have to adjust

    Any change in your life entails an adjustment period. Right now, you are used to supplying your household from the grid. But by going off-grid, you are completely going to change the household dynamic. Not only will you have to adjust to the process, but so will your family members. The problem arises when you realize that you can’t adjust to the changes, as they aren’t making your life any easier. The good news is that you can always mend the situation by going back to what you are used to.

    Which wins out?

    As much as you don’t like to hear it, we can’t tell you what will be the right move for you. Besides, by now, you probably have a pretty good idea whether moving off-grid will be the right decision for your household. If you are not sure about your decision just yet, you can always create your own list of pros and cons. Sit down with a pen and paper, think of all the peculiarities of the process, and make your own list. The part of the list with more entries will be the winner.

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