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

Storage size guide – choosing the right one in Newcastle, WA

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    So here you are, thinking about renting a storage unit. Perhaps you are in the middle of a relocation and you need a place to temporarily store your items. Or perhaps you have decided to declutter your home and stash away seasonal clothing or Christmas decorations. Whatever the reason is, you need a unit that is able to fit everything. All things considered, the bottom line is, you need space. But how much space? Here at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage, we are all about offering help. And that is why we are here today. Before you sign the lease, you need to figure out the storage size you need. There are many factors that determine just how big a storage unit should be to fit your needs. In this guide, we will cover some of these factors, and help you choose the best storage unit possible.

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    Choosing the right type of storage will help you save money

    Does size matter? It absolutely does. Especially when it comes to storage rentals. There are many different choices of storage sizes at your disposal, and you need to choose carefully. A unit can be as small as a walk-in closet, or big enough to fit an entire boat. Of course, with different sizes, come different prices. The easiest way is to purchase the biggest unit available. But do you really need that much space? If you choose a unit that is too small for your needs, you might have to purchase a whole additional unit for the surplus items. And that is simply a waste of money. The rule of thumb is to rent a storage unit that is just slightly larger than it should be. So, let’s start with that.

    To effectively decide on storage size, you need to know what you’ll store and how you’ll store it

    Logically, the first step before using the reliable services of Newcastle storage is knowing what exactly you’ll store there. So, a good first step would be writing down an inventory of the items you intend to store. This, of course, doesn’t just mean listing all of the items on a piece of paper. We’re discussing storage size here, meaning you will need to know the rough dimensions of everything. Give everything a rundown with the tape measure and note it all down, paying special attention to objects with odd shapes. You could have problems fitting them in the unit and they might take up more space than it seems. However, knowing what you will store is simply not enough though.

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    Each type of storage unit is designed for a special purpose

    It is equally important to know how you intend to store everything. If your plan is to make seasonal storage, which you won’t frequently visit, then you will be fine with choosing a smaller sized unit. If, however, you plan on using the facility often, you will need some more extra space, all while keeping the item organization and spacing in mind. It is also good to think about the types and uses for storage units. For example, if what you plan to store has collectors or high monetary value, you might need to consider purchasing a unit with added security. In the case of antique furniture, electric appliances, or plants, your best bet will be a secure portable storage unit.

    The next step is knowing what storage unit sizes are at your disposal

    Storage size is always displayed by length and width. This way, you know the estimated surface of the floor, and how much space you’re working with. Keep in mind that the ceiling height of storage units is typically 8 feet. Meaning that you will have enough space to lay your bed frames or couches sideways. The city of Newcastle offers traditional storage facilities, where you can choose from a variety of storage sizes and play the guessing game of whether or not your belongings will fit in.

    However, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is all about making the process simpler for the customers. Whether you are searching for short- or long-term storage solutions, our staff understands how best to solve your specific storage needs. Our well-constructed portable storage containers are covered with heavy-duty vinyl covers. And they can withstand the harsh weather conditions we’ve all grown to expect here in the Pacific Northwest.

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    The size of your truck is a good reference for choosing a storage unit

    A few more useful tips to make your selection process easier

    In case you still aren’t sure what type of professional storage services is the best for you, you can use these tricks as an aid. In case you can’t make the decision solely based on the storage unit size listed, it is good to head down to the facility and see it for yourself. Seeing just how large each unit is, will greatly help you decide and prepare. Another great trick to help you decide is to use your moving truck as a reference. A smaller, 15-foot truck is roughly the size of a 10×10 storage unit. A bigger, 25-foot truck is compared to a 10×20 storage unit. If you were able to easily fit your items into this type of truck, then a smaller, 10×15 unit will be more than enough.

    The best thing about choosing a modern self storage approach such as the one Hansen Bros. offers is the greater flexibility it offers compared to other traditional self storage options. No matter the circumstances or items for which you require storage, we are here to help. If you are unsure about the specifics of your storage needs, just give us a call and we will work through them with you.

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