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

Reasons to ask for a binding long distance moving estimate

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Free Moving Estimate

    Drafting a responsible budget is the first step to a successful relocation. At the glance, this seems simple enough. However, it often becomes a bigger challenge than it should. Simply because you can never predict every single thing or service you’ll need to go through the relocation. At least, not with 100% certainty. And therein lies the problem. Not knowing exactly how much your move will cost leads to a plethora of unpleasant surprises. Fortunately, reputable freight companies Seattle has can help you avoid them. And it all starts when you get in touch with them and ask for a binding long distance moving estimate.

    What is a moving estimate?

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    A binding long distance moving estimate saves you the pain of guessing the cost of your move.

    Moving estimate (or moving quote) is a calculation that professional movers use to give you an estimate of how much your relocation will cost. They do this based on many factors, such as distance, cargo weight, and even time and date of the move. Based on this, we can split estimates into two distinct categories:

    #1: Rough estimates

    As the name implies, this way of calculating moving costs gives only an approximate value. It’s a type of estimate you can get over the phone or through a quote calculator on your moving companies’ website. Now, even though it isn’t completely accurate, that doesn’t mean it’s useless. A rough estimate can give you an excellent base for drafting a budget. It’s a quick, easy, and convenient way to start planning without wasting time.

    #2: Precise estimates

    A binding long distance moving estimate falls into this category. Precise moving estimates incorporate every element of your relocation into the calculation:

    • Distance to the destination;
    • Weight of the cargo;
    • Time and date of the move;
    • Type of items (breakables, valuables, etc.);
    • The workforce needed (number of movers);
    • Basic moving services (loading/unloading, transportation, etc.);
    • Additional services (packing, storage, etc.);
    • Special services (piano, artwork, pool table moving, etc.).

    As you can see, this way of calculating moving costs goes into extreme detail. Therefore, with it, you’ll have an exact price of your move, which makes planning even easier.

    However, although the number itself is accurate, it’s still subject to change. That’s because this type of estimate remains non-binding. Therefore, a moving company retains the right to change the pricing. Of course, they will only do this if something changes regarding the requirements of your move.

    That said, this can, actually, work to your benefit. With a non-binding estimate, movers won’t charge for the services you don’t use. For instance, if you pre-request storage services movers Bothell WA offers and end up not needing them, most moving companies will exclude it from the price list. On the flip side, if you don’t request them, but your belongings have to spend time in storage, movers will add them to the cost.

    What is a “Binding Long Distance Moving Estimate”?

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    As legal documents, binding estimates offer security in turbulent moving times.

    A binding long distance moving estimate is a legal document that allows you to “cement” the price of your move. It’s a moving companies’ guarantee of an agreed-upon amount for the price of your moving needs. With binding moving estimates, if there are unforeseen expenses outside the initially agreed-upon ones, the company itself agrees to cover them all. They can’t charge you more and you can’t pay any less.

    A binding estimate is a sign of a reputable moving company

    If you want to ensure you’re hiring some of the best movers Seattle can offer, asking for a binding estimate is an excellent place to start. If the moving company is willing to sign a binding estimate, it indicates two things:

    1. The company operates within the confines of the law. This is a major factor. Only law-abiding companies can give you the peace of mind you need during relocation;
    2. The movers are confident in their work and willing to take responsibility for their belongings. So – more reliability, especially in the long run.

    On the other hand, if a moving company doesn’t want to provide a binding estimate, it should immediately raise some red flags. This can mean you’re dealing either with amateurs or fraudulent movers. Both options are less than ideal, and both can be a great source of stress.

    A binding estimate helps you avoid rogue movers and moving scams with

    Tying into the previous point, asking for a binding estimate is an excellent way to avoid moving scams. If there’s one thing scammers hate – it’s dealing with the law. So, since a binding long distance estimate is a legal document, they’ll try their best to convince you not to sign it. Which makes it almost too easy to recognize and, therefore, avoid them.

    There’s no “guessing game” with a binding estimate

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    With a binding estimate, you’re leaving nothing to chance.

    Reliability is one of the major benefits of a binding long distance moving estimate. This document leaves nothing to interpretation. You have a solid number that never changes. Therefore, you can plan way ahead, without uncertainty or the need to reserve more of your funds than necessary. This makes it far easier and faster to organize your relocation. Especially if you’re moving on a budget. But, most importantly – it eliminates one major stress-inducing factor from the equation.

    How to get a binding long distance moving estimate?

    Getting a binding estimate is quite a straightforward process. You only need to get in touch with reputable movers and ask them to do an on-site estimate. The moving company will send their representative to your location. This person will do a walk-through of your home and note down everything important. After that, they’ll devise a full list of services you’ll need for a smooth transition. Lastly, they’ll calculate how much it all costs and present it to you. After that, it’s only a matter of working out the details before you sign.

    Go for a relocation free of any unpleasant surprises

    Moving isn’t stressful only because of many chores and race with time. They do play a significant role, of course. But what really makes it unbearable is the uncertainty it carries. A binding long distance moving estimate helps you overcome this. By turning uncertainty into reliability, it also turns a relocation from stressful to strainless. And that’s exactly how moving should be.

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