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 self-packing for an interstate move

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    Whenever you’re moving, you’re faced with a dilemma between trying to get everything done yourself or hiring professionals instead? The answer will depend on a variety of things including how far you’re moving, how much time you have, what kind of budget you’re working with, and how much effort you’re willing to put in. But this doesn’t have to be an ‘either-or’ choice. You can also do some things yourself and get help from others. The question, then, becomes what to do yourself and what to leave to Seattle movers. As one of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of relocation, self-packing for an interstate move might seem like one of those things you don’t want to handle on your own. But that’s only half of the story.

    The pros of self-packing for an interstate move

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    Packing by yourself has many advantages.

    Although many people dread packing for a move, it is one of those things you can do by yourself. You might need cross country movers Seattle to load and drive a truck all the way across the country, but you don’t really need them to box your clothes and wrap your plates. Instead, you can take a couple of days to pack your belongings yourself. The only question is if you should. And there are several reasons why most people answer that question with a resounding yes.

    Overall less expensive

    Moving is expensive. So it’s no wonder that one of the biggest sources of anxiety for people who are planning a relocation soon is their moving budget. And the farther away you’re moving, the more expensive the relocation becomes. As a result, you’ll want to save money wherever you can. Your biggest expense will be the services of moving companies Marysville WA offers. You can’t cut those completely – you do need the help of professionals when moving far away. But you can minimize the costs by only paying for basic services. If you pack by yourself, you’re not spending extra money on professional packers.

    This is not to say that DIY packing is entirely free. You’ll still need to buy boxes and tape. The odds of something going wrong are also greater when you’re packing by yourself so you might have to repair or replace some of your belongings after the move. And make no mistake: these costs add up. But they usually still come out lower than the price of a professional service. So if you want to save money on your interstate relocation, self-packing is the way to go.

    Allows for flexibility and self-organization

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    When packing by yourself, you can organize your own time.

    One of the downsides of hiring movers and packers is that you have to work with their schedule. This is not a problem when you’re packing by yourself. Instead, DIY packing happens on your schedule. Busy during the weekends? Night owl that doesn’t get up in the AM? Like to take your time with everything you do? None of it matters if you’re packing by yourself. You can organize your schedule however you want and pack whatever you want, in whatever order you want, at whatever pace works for you.

    The cons of self-packing for an interstate move

    Like everything else, self-packing has its drawbacks. Even if they don’t end up being enough for you to choose professional packers Seattle instead, you should be aware of them. This will help you prepare in advance for the issues you’ll face.

    Takes a longer period of time

    How long exactly packing for an interstate move will take depends on a variety of factors, such as how many items you own, how fast you can pack, whether you have help from friends and family, and more. But there’s one thing we can tell you for certain: it takes a while to pack an entire household. You’ll need sort through all your belongings, gather packing supplies, and disassemble your furniture, all before you even pull the boxes out. If you pace yourself and pack in-between other tasks, it can take weeks to get everything done. Even if you take some vacation days to dedicate yourself solely to packing, it’s still not something you do overnight. So be ready to invest a lot of time.

    More likely to result in damaged items

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    Packing by yourself increases the risk of damage to your belongings.

    When you’re moving interstate, your belongings have to take quite a trip to get to your new address. On the way there, they may be loaded and unloaded multiple times, stored, and moved around quite a bit. Their only protection against all that is packing properly. And professionals know how to do just that. But you don’t. So there’s a higher risk of damage to your belongings with self-packing. You might have to say goodbye to some of your belongings or spend more money to fix and replace them.

    Difficult if you have a lot of furniture, valuables, and heavy items

    Some things are more difficult to pack for relocation than others. Things like antiques, fine art, pianos, and pool tables all require special attention. If you have a lot of things that are very valuable, you might want to hire professionals. Otherwise, instead of tuning a piano, you might end up having to replace it. But it’s not just valuables that are tricky to pack. Literal heavy lifting is better left to the professionals too: it’s safer for both you and your heavy items to let the professionals handle the packing in this case.

    Is self-packing for an interstate move a good idea?

    Self-packing for an interstate move can be a good choice  or it can be a horrible mistake. It really depends on the specifics of your relocation. If you’re worried about your budget or you simply like doing things your own way, then DIY is probably better for you. But if you want to pack quickly, easily, and safely, then you should think about contacting professional packers. Familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of both options, weigh your options, and make the decision that is best for you.

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