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 moving oversized items from Seattle

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    Even if you’re a heavy lifting pro at the gym, you likely realize that moving oversized items during relocation can’t be done with a click of the fingers. Sofas, beds, mattresses, and various other voluminous pieces require as much brain as brawn to make it safely to their new location. There always is a risk of damaging not just the large item you intend to move, but your property as well. A surefire way to eliminate this prospect and put your worries at rest is hiring the best movers Seattle moving industry has on offer. Our team of seasoned moving experts at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage will help you keep moving injuries and damages at bay. Keep reading to learn the best tips for moving unwieldy items in case you decide to take the plunge and rely upon friends and relatives instead.

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    Come up with an effective master plan to move your large pieces with success

    Why hiring pro movers is your best bet for moving oversized items?

    Packed moving boxes tend to be heavy and are a big enough challenge to move. But items heavier than yourself and large enough to make you question how are you to get them through the door are a whole new level of difficulty. Even if you’re in exquisite shape, moving cumbersome pieces is an arduous task.

    Hence, hiring pro movers has multiple benefits that go beyond the facilitation of the shipping and transport of your possessions. So, having a team of trained and qualified experts will literally and figuratively take a huge load off your back. For one, you’ll do yourself, your back, and your joints a great favor. Besides, you’ll put a blank over your worries over the potential, and highly likely damages of inventory. The skilled movers know how to maneuver throughout the limited space while swiftly transferring cumbersome items.

    Moreover, they will supply all the necessary tools and equipment, such as dollies, sliders, and furniture blankets. Withal, hiring a pro company to move voluminous items is your optimally safe and economical option for the task at hand. So, if you can’t convince your pals to land you a hand in exchange for a pizza and a beer, you know what to do.

    Expert tips for transferring large items from Seattle

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    To stay away from harm’s way while moving oversized items from Seattle, enlist pro movers and put your worries to rest

    If you decide to take the DIY route for moving your sizeable items, a foolproof plan of action is a must. But, first thing first, check out reputable freight companies Seattle and sort out the logistics part. With the transfer of your oversized items arranged, the next step would be preparing them for the journey. Thus, take note of the following tips:

    • Plan the action
    • Lighten the load
    • Gather equipment
    • Render protection
    • Master techniques
    • Dress accordingly

    Work out a master plan for moving large pieces

    Before you set in an action of moving large objects, have a clear plan of how are you to do it. Will your king-size bed fit through the door? What about the fridge? And perhaps it’ll be best to call piano movers Seattle for help, instead of risking crashing your precious instrument down the stairs. So, make an inventory list, and think through how are you to move each piece as a single item. Use tape to take measures of doors and other narrow spaces. Then, figure what will you need to dismantle to make it through the front door. A concrete plan is an essential step for the transfer of your oversized articles from Seattle.

    Divide & conquer is the way to go

    Large items are heavy, which makes their moving around especially complex. Thus, make a point to remove as much of the load as you can. Therefore, empty the drawers and shelves of your large furniture, and if possible, remove them. If not, wrap them and secure them from opening during the move. Besides, dismantle your large pieces by removing legs, handles, and knobs. This will not only make the piece a little lighter but it will enable you to keep the floors and walls free from damages. And whilst there are many moving options, the most convenient is certainly relying upon pro assistance. However, if you’re determined that you can handle relocating large objects singlehandedly, keep reading and taking notes.

    What tools will you need for moving oversized items?

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    Gather the right tools and equipment as well as someone to help you move your large items safely and with no damages

    Moving cumbersome items requires more than just brute force. Disassembling your furniture and getting your appliances out of the house will be possible with the right tools and equipment. So, here’s what you should supply yourself with to facilitate the task of moving voluminous articles.

    • Dollies. When it comes to moving oversized items you don’t want to be more labor-intensive than you really need to. Of course, you can’t just lift large pieces with your two hands and move them around the house and onto the moving vehicle. Thus, rent a utility dolly, which is an upright hand-truck on two wheels. A furniture dolly is a flat, square platform on four wheels. Most movers and storage facilities will rent you some of these.
    • Straps. Moving straps will come in handy not only for securing your large pieces onto the dollies but for the heavy lifting part as well.
    • Slides. These are plastic discs designed to help you move heavy furniture by gliding it over a hardwood floor or a carpet, without causing damages.
    • Stair rollers. Also known as ramps, these tools will help you move heavy items over the stairs, into the moving truck, or other elevated areas.

    These are some of the equipment that pro movers use to transfer heavy and oversized items safely. So, make a point to rent some of them and ensure your safe work.

    Protect your large pieces and your premises too

    Carrying around voluminous and heavy pieces is an uphill battle. You can easily lose balance and cause a gauge or two to the wall. Thus, it’s best to use furniture pads or blankets to protect your items and property from damages. Besides, be generous with the bubblewrap and ensure the protective layer is tightly secured with durable tape. Also, make sure you clear your way from obstacles, such as moving boxes and other furniture. This will allow you to move your large items more safely and effectively.

    Prevent injuries with the right handling techniques

    There sure is a right way for lifting heavy things. And you should look into these recommended practices in detail, to ensure you keep your back and knees uninjured. Here are a few useful tips from our moving pros to give you the lead on what should you pay attention to.

    • Use the power in the legs when you lift, instead of the back
    • When moving oversized items, bend your knees and lock in your posture upon lifting.
    • To ensure you don’t lose balance, keep the object you carry as close to your body as possible
    • Do some stretches before you roll up your sleeves. A proper warm-up will prepare your muscles for what’s ahead, and you’ll prevent strains, pulls, or even more serious injuries.
    • Pushing is generally easier and safer than pulling, but make sure that your floors are properly protected.

    So, you can pull off the moving of your large belongings safely if you put your mind to it. For your convenience, you can check our weight estimator and plan your move with ease.

    Keep yourself safe and dress adequately when moving oversized items

    Would you wear flip-flops for an intensive session in the gym? So, you shouldn’t do so while moving heavy, oversized things either. Put on the right clothes to maximize your efficiency and to keep yourself safe as well. Shoes with closed toes and a good grip are essential, as well as a pair of heavy-duty work gloves. Dress comfortably in loose clothes and ensure you can move with ease. After all, you don’t want to think about a split zipper in the midst of lifting a heavy desk.

    In summary, follow our pro tips for moving oversized items, and do it safely and with ease. Good luck.

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