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

Tips for loading a shipping container

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    Arranging for a shipping container is a rather simple process. You will find that freight companies in Seattle offer a wide variety of sizes and types of shipping containers. From new and used standard to high cube shipping containers, to 20-foot, 40-foot containers, and open-top shipping containers, you are bound to find just the option that will suit your needs. However, when it comes to loading a shipping container, you will need to know a thing or two to do it right. So, let’s see what there is to pay attention to.

    Before loading a shipping container, you will have to prepare your cargo for loading

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    Big or small, all the items need to be ready before loading a shipping container.

    Before your chosen team of Seattle movers arrive to load and transport your cargo, you will have to ensure it is packed properly. This is especially important if you plan on moving the contents of your home or office in addition to your vehicle, motorcycle, or boat.

    With that in mind, here are some tips you will find most useful:

    • It would be best that you use new boxes for packing. Smaller cardboard boxes work well for general household items that don’t require much protection. For your more fragile goods, make sure to cushion the inside of the box, and make sure there is minimal movement possible by stuffing the remaining space with soft materials.
    • Bubble wrap, old clothes, packing paper, and newspapers can protect your fine china or other fragile items you plan on shipping.
    • If you are transporting a lot of clothes, consider using a wardrobe carton, as it takes up about 10 cubic feet. but keeps your goods organized and nicely stored.
    • Make sure to double-check all your items, and see that they are secure. Close the boxes with strong, adhesive tape, and label each one with its contents. It would be wise to keep a running tally of your items.
    • Consider wrapping your couches and recliners in stretch wrap. This will protect them from dust and damage whilst they are in the container. Protect your dining room table and other fine furniture with actual furniture pads. See that you lay them down a long furniture pad inside the container.
    • Once prepared, arrange your furniture and boxes in one room in the order you plan on loading them onto the container.

    Properly packing and loading a shipping container

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    There is a wide variety of storage containers, all of which have their own way of proper packing.

    On the day of your move or scheduled shipment, you can choose for the movers to carry and load your cargo, or opt for a do-it-yourself moving plan with a bunch of friends. For the latter option, the company will just do the job of delivering your goods to their destination. Now, some companies offer different varieties of intermodal containers and then give you two free hours of loading time. They will only begin charging you by the hour after that.

    Now, if you have reliable manpower by your side, and have prepared your goods for action, it should not take you more than three hours to load a 20-foot container and up to six hours for a 40-load container. If you are using quality open-top shipping containers, you won’t need as many hours.

    Basic guidelines for packing and loading a shipping pod

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    Shipping a car is a bit more complex than shipping your books and pillows.

    Whether you plan on taking care of this on your own or with the help of professionals, here are some guidelines you can use:

    • Check the state of the container when it arrives. Just as you would do with any professional Seattle storage, you want to ensure that the unit is clean and secure. Check the locks and the serial number. Make sure to write the latter down for reference.
    • Make sure that you distribute the weight of your cargo evenly. Place your furniture and other boxes proportionately throughout the container. If it will go onto a truck, however, see that the majority of the weight is closer to the cockpit, as you don’t want the back end to sway during the ride.
    • The largest items should go in first, while you keep the distribution rule in mind. So, if you start by placing your washer first, make sure to balance the container with loading your couch or a dryer in the other corner.
    • The rest of your furniture can go along the corners and walls. See that you lay down extra furniture wraps so that your finer pieces like wood dressers or end tables will not get scratched.
    • Avoid packing any liquids with other sensitive items. In the same manner, see that the fragile goods you are shipping are away from the heavy items that can damage or break them.
    • If you plan on shipping your car, motorcycle, or boat – make sure to follow the laws by draining all the gasoline from it. You should also disarm both the alarm and battery system. After that, create a barrier in the unit out of plywood. Build a wall separating your cargo from your vehicle for the remainder of the journey. Also, see that the license plate is facing the door.

    A few tips on open top shipping containers

    As is easy to conclude from their name, open-top containers have a removable roof. It is either a hard steel one or one with roof bows and a tarp. Open top shipping containers are great for any kind of dry cargo. However, they are typically used for loading difficult shaped cargo inside.

    After loading a shipping container of this type, and securing it with roof bows and the tarp, you can use flat racks to carry cars or boats on top of the container if you so prefer. Like the standard ones, they are made out of sturdy steel and wooden floors, while their dimensions are similar to the standard containers as well.

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