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. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.


All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • 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 all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

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 are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re 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 renting storage short-term

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    There is a multitude of reasons for wanting to rent a storage unit or container on a short-term basis. While some people are led to this choice, others go towards it willingly. The question here is whether or not renting professional short-term storage is the best decision for you. In this article, Hansen Bros Moving & Storage goes into all the pros and cons of renting storage short-term. Make the decision easier for yourself by reading the entire article.

    There are a plethora of potential scenarios behind renting storage short-term

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    There are many reasons why you might need short-term storage.

    There are many advantages to renting short-term storage, the number of which depending primarily on the reason why you need extra space to start with. For example:

    • Seeking out storage services because your new home is not ready for your movers Bellevue WA to unload your belongings is a perfectly logical cause for short-term storage rental.
    • If you are remodeling your home, it makes sense that you will need to temporarily declutter it. You certainly won’t stuff your garage or basement with the belongings. So, the practical solution would be renting storage short-term.
    • Or let’s say that you are looking to move in together with your partner. Combining two households into one can be very messy when you lack the space to put all those extra belongings aside for safekeeping. And having a self storage Seattle facility can turn things around for you here.

    Pro – using storage protects your items from bad weather and theft

    Storage protects your items in many ways. The first and most obvious way is protection from the elements. For example, if you are doing some remodeling, you might be tempted to store your items in your backyard or garage. However, plastic wrapping will hardly offer protection from bad weather conditions. In case of rain with a stronger wind, your items could easily lose protection and there will be nothing that you can do to save them. And nobody wants to end up losing part of their household inventory to rain. On the other hand, renting storage short-term offers the protection your belongings need until you finish with the remodeling.

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    Storage protects your items from harsh weather conditions

    Keeping your items in a place that is not secure brings the risk of theft as well. Another thing that people often do is storing their items in their wet basements. Even though it is a short-term solution, moisture in the basement can permanently damage items within days. Rather than risk this happening, go for the safer option and store your belongings in Newcastle storage. That will definitely preserve them until you need them again.

    Pro – storage facilities offer optimal conditions for safeguarding items

    There are many items that need certain conditions in order to stay in a perfect state. Unless you are storing them in a room with a thermostat, there is no way to guarantee perfect conditions for safekeeping your more fragile items. Not unless you rent a temperature-controlled storage unit – which is the best way to keep your items in a controlled and harmless environment.

    Luckily, a majority of reputable facilities offer full-service storage that includes temperature control. Even though it usually doesn’t include moisture control, controlling the temperature inside a unit is usually enough even for more sensitive items. Therefore if you have some sensitive items that you need to store somewhere for a while, rent a climate-controlled unit.

    Pro – it makes renovation and relocation much easier

    When you are remodeling your home, it is very difficult to do it properly if your household is cluttered with furniture and other belongings. One of the options that come to mind is to divide your home and relocate belongings from one room to the next while you finish everything. But that is a much more time-consuming way to remodel a room, let alone an entire house. Not to mention the damage that you will eventually create on your items. Definitely, the best way to decorate a home is to move your items to temporary storage. Find a contact a reliable moving and storage company and let them pack and move your items to storage. Or in the case of Hansen Bros., have the storage delivered to your front door. Quick and easy and you will have an empty home to work on.

    Con – renting storage short-term doesn’t come for free

    The dominant downside of getting self storage on a short-term basis is the price. Much like renting a car, the shorter the time frame you need it for, the higher the daily fee for it is. The most affordable way to rent storage is through long-term commitment. You sign a contract for a minimum of three months or longer and get the best deal. Renting a unit for several days will end up costing you a much higher rate. Therefore, if you want to save money, try to store your items in your garage, attic, or at your friends.

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    Renting storage short-term will cost you

    Con – it might end up taking you a while to secure a short-term storage unit

    Not only can be it time-consuming to search for reliable storage facilities but it can also take you longer to find ones that will have available short-term storage solutions. Storage service providers prefer a long-term deal, as it is a profitable commitment, especially during slower months. So, you might find it difficult to find the best solution for your storage needs within a short time frame. However, if you have the budget for it, you should have no trouble coming up with a storage facility more than willing to find a vacancy in their facility.

    Time to make a decision

    Those are the main pros and cons of renting storage short-term. Hopefully, this article sheds some light on the subject so you can now make the best decision for you. In the end, the most important thing is that your items are well-protected no matter the time frame – and that should be your one and only concern, really.

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