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

The items you should unpack first after moving

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    The moving process is all about planning. No matter what anyone says, unless you come up with a quality moving plan, your relocation will easily be able to take a turn for the worst. Therefore, this is not something that you should let happen. The strings to your move should lie with you. So, given the fact that you are the one in the driver’s seat, you should make sure to act so. Planning the move involves planning packing and unpacking too. In fact, these are some of the basic services that quality movers Everett movers provide on a daily basis. Still, not everyone’s philosophy on packing is the same. Therefore, you need to think about what seems right to you. So, to help you decide what to unpack first after moving, we are going to share our view on the subject. Therefore, bear with us till the end!

    The choice is all yours in regards to what items you should unpack first after moving

    You are going to have the freedom of choice to decide what items to unpack first after moving. However, in order to do this your way, you should make sure to decide on this before you start packing in the first place.

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    Pack in such a way that will enable you easy access to the items you want to unpack first

    Even if it may seem like there are no choices to be made, there are. However, the first thing that you should decide is the following:

    • Are you going to stay traditional or
    • Are you going to try and be innovative?

    Either option has its pros and cons. Therefore, you should think about what is important to you. Then, go ahead and plan your commercial move according to your own terms. Whatever you do, if you plan it well and do it right, you are not going to be sorry about the way you did it once the move has been finished.

    Staying traditional when moving

    Choosing the traditional path to a successful relocation is one way to go.

    One of the reasons why one might want to go traditional is the fact that it represents a well-known path.

    Some people like discovering new things. Innovation is what has driven this world further. Still, not all of us have the leadership skills or the desire to be pioneers after all. Those people who are in this mood are the ones who will choose the traditional packing technique for their local Seattle move. Still, do we know what traditional packing and unpacking really mean?

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    Some of the things that you should unpack first should be the largest items of yours

    Unpack first after moving – the traditional way

    Traditional packing is pretty straightforward. Also, it is very simple.

    When someone decides that loading the bulkiest items first into the moving truck is the right way to pack, you know that he has chosen the traditional packing and unpacking way. What is the science behind this approach?

    Well, the thing is, common sense tells us that we should make sure to put the largest, the heaviest and the bulkiest items into the moving truck first. Why? For their size of course.

    Bulky items are the heaviest to maneuver around. You are going to require space to move inside the moving truck in order to shuffle the fridge or the stove around. Therefore, it seems the easiest thing to do is to do this while the moving truck is empty. Also, by placing them against the cab, you will be making sure that the rest of the items do not suffer damage in the transportation process.

    What then?

    Once the bulkiest items are in, you will be going around looking to maximize the leftover space that you have and find a place for smaller items of yours.

    This is a pretty good technique. Still, there is one issue with it. Once you complete your local or interstate relocation and arrive at your new address, you are probably going to need more time to put these items inside your new home first. Why is that? Well, getting the rest of the items out is what you are going to have to do first. So, you are going to be, from a certain point of view, wasting a portion of your time. Ultimately, you will be stepping around smaller items on your way to the designated spot for the stove or the fridge.

    Therefore, you may want to look into a different packing option. It is going to enable you to unpack first after moving the heaviest items.

    The non-traditional packing and unpacking approach to moving

    An alternative to the above-mentioned technique lies in the option of packing the bulkiest items last. Obviously, the last thing to go in is going to be the first to come out.

    This way, you will be able to carry all of your bulkiest items out of the moving truck and straight into their designated space in your new Washington home. This is going to save you a lot of time when unpacking. Also, you will not find yourself stepping over small items while carrying the big ones. Sounds like it’s worth giving a try, right?

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    Choose the loading approach that meets your needs

    The issues with this approach

    This would probably be the traditional approach if only it weren’t controversial.

    The issue with packing your moving truck this way lies in the fact that the rest of the items would be under threat from the large ones. You would have to find a way to keep them suspended. They should have no opportunity to move around while the truck is moving.

    Also, the door of the truck could be threatened to open should any large items slide around and hit them while the truck is moving. So, keep your options open, but your eyes more open too.


    There are many ways to pack a moving truck that can determine what items you are going to unpack first after moving. Think well about them and choose the one you like the best.

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