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

Reusing moving boxes – should you do it?

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    After a move, you will have plenty of empty moving boxes. Depending on their condition, you can recycle them or find them a new purpose. And there are many ways in which you can reuse your leftover cartons. It all depends on your needs and situation. If you want to learn more about reusing moving boxes, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage prepared a few ideas that might help you to decide. Let’s take a look.

    Reusing moving boxes is possible even if they are not in good condition

    The first thing that you need to think about when considering whether you reuse carton boxes or not is their condition. Relocation can be a very stressful process for cardboard boxes. Even if you move with the best moving company Washington has to offer. During the move, your boxes may rip, puncture, or maybe even get wet. If that happens, you will have fewer options for reusing your moving boxes. However, there will still be a few things that you can do with boxes that are in poor condition. For example, if you are remodeling your home, flattened cartons can be good for covering your floors. You can also cover your furniture. Or, you can cut your boxes into smaller pieces and use them to protect larger pieces of furniture, doorframes, windows and other parts of the house from paint spatter.

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    There are many ways for reusing moving boxes, it all depends on their condition

    Create a playhouse for your kids

    Damaged boxes can also be used for other purposes. For example, if a moving box is not fitted for a move anymore, you can use it to make a playhouse for your kids. Just turn it upside down, cut the entrance, maybe add a few windows and that is it. After you are done, let your kids decorate the house according to their liking. Give them tempera paint and a few brushes and let your kids show their creativity.

    How to reuse completely damaged boxes

    The good news is that you can reuse your moving boxes even if they are damaged beyond repair.  For example, some people create art from pieces of cardboard. Avid gardeners, on the other hand, will use small pieces of cardboard to create a mulch that they will use for feeding their plants. Of course, this is not for everyone. However, if you have a garden, maybe you could try this out as well. Just make sure that the cardboard is clean and hasn’t been exposed to some chemicals or other substances that could damage your plants.

    Use your moving boxes to pack your items for storage

    If your boxes survived the move undamaged, you can give them a new purpose. For example, if you are putting some items in self-storage, you can use those boxes to pack your items. You see, conditions in storage facilities can be harsh sometimes. Even if you are using the best Seattle storage. To keep your items from dust and dirt, use your leftover moving boxes. Of course, the boxes that you will use for storage have to be in perfect condition. They need to be whole and without any visible damage.

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    Pack items for storage in your old boxes

    Use them regardless of the type of storage

    When renting a storage unit, boxes are essential for keeping your items in good condition. However, packing your items in moving boxes is essential even if you are renting Portabox storage Seattle or some other type of storage. At least, boxes will protect your items during transport.

    Keep them for your next move

    If your boxes remained in perfect condition after the move, flatten them and keep them in a dry place until you need them again. If you know that you will be moving again soon, there is no need to throw away good boxes. Of course, you need to store them properly if you want them to remain in that condition for your next move. If you flatten them, they will take less space. And if you wrap them in plastic, they will remain dry, healthy, and ready to protect your items during your next move.

    Give them to your friends or acquaintances if they are planning to move

    If you are not planning to move anytime soon and you have plenty of moving boxes that are in good condition, your boxes can still be good for someone else’s move. If you know someone who is planning to move offer them your boxes. You bought those boxes for your move and you know how expensive packing materials can be. Especially when you factor in other moving expenses. Your gift will certainly be highly appreciated.

    You do not have to know anyone who is planning to move to donate your boxes. There are plenty of websites online that deal with free moving boxes. Donate them to their cause and they will find people that will have the most use of your donation. This way you can help people that are not in a good financial situation.

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    Someone else might put your boxes to good use

    Use them to rearrange your home storage

    Boxes that are only slightly damaged can still be good for some purposes. For example, you can use them to rearrange your home storage, closet, or garage. Simply put your boxes on shelves and fill them with items. Of course, make sure that you label your boxes correctly. Otherwise, you will have trouble finding the items that you need. Especially after a while.

    Take them to recycle if you can’t find any new purpose for your moving boxes

    As you can see, reusing moving boxes depends on their condition and your needs. If you are left with completely damaged boxes, you can simply get them to recycling.

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