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 unpacking after a long distance move

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    The moving day is finally over, and you have just come to your new. However, if you have moved before, you know that packing for the move and having your belongings shipped is not where the moving process ends. Now, you have to face a new challenge- unpacking after a long distance move. Some people find this process calming since they are finally settling into their new home, while for others this is a nightmare. No matter which group you belong to, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is here to help you go through the unpacking process smoothly.

    Why is unpacking so difficult?

    No matter where you are moving, the moving process is stressful. There are so many things that you have to organize, find the reliable long distance moving companies Seattle has, decide what moving services you need, and pack all your belongings. Now, you are in your new home, exhausted and surrounded by moving boxes. It is understandable that the only thing you want is everything to be in its place so you can finally feel at home. But, do not despair. We are here to show you how to unpack after the long distance move and how to do it fast and efficiently.

    A family of three in their new home
    It will take you up to two weeks to unpack everything, but take it easy, follow room-by-room rule, and soon you will enjoy your new home.

    How long does it take to finish unpacking after a long distance move?

    How it will take you to unpack all the moving boxes after the relocation depends on a few factors. First, it depends on how many moving boxes you have, but also how many helping hands you have got. Ideally, it should take a week or two to place all your furniture where you want and unpack all moving boxes. If you are lucky and get a week off to settle in, you might be able to unpack even quicker.

    How to unpack fast?

    If you want to unpack fast after your interstate move you will have to pack properly in the first place. And if you want to be packed properly you need to have adequate packing service, professional shipping crates Seattle, as well as to declutter all your belongings. Prepare an essential box, decide what items you will donate, what you are going to sell, and sort everything properly in boxes room by room and label the moving boxes accordingly. If you follow the room-by-room rule to pack your belonging, then you will be able to unpack fast.

    Place the furniture and the boxes in the right room

    So, good organization is a key to a successful relocation, but also to an efficient unpacking. Make a plan of what gets to be unpacked first and follow the room-by-room rule. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is to place the furniture and the moving boxes in the right rooms. This will help you to stay organized. Also, if you are moving with kids, let them participate in the unpacking process. Let them get a say in what goes where and they will feel included and respected.

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    Let your kids help you while unpacking after a long distance move.

    Start with a kitchen

    If you do not want to spend your money on takeout, then it might be best to start unpacking in the kitchen. First, you will have to hook up the fridge, the stove, and other important appliances. Well, you do not need to sort everything out at once. Start with the thing you need the most. You do not have to sort all the dishes, cupboards, and cabinets. You only need to take out the pots and pans you will use, as well as a couple of dishes and cutlery for each family member.

    Set up your bedroom

    After West Seattle movers relocate you to your new home, you will want to have a rest. Therefore, assemble and set up your bed, because that is the next thing you will need right away. Afterward, you can assemble the dressers and other bedroom furniture that you might have. Also, you should take out the clothes you often wear, while other stuff like decorations can wait. Finally, do not forget about the bathroom. You will definitely need it as soon as you come to your new home, Thus, go straight to cleaning first and then place all the toiletries you need. Once you get the bathroom ready, you will start feeling like being home. 

    Take step by step

    During the whole unpacking process, you will find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Even though having a plan is important, you shouldn’t push yourself too hard. However, you shouldn’t give up either. Take it easy. When you get tired, take a rest. If you need a sweater, go to the dress and while you are taking it, sort out the socks. In case you want beer, have it in the kitchen and put the utensils in the designated place while you are there. You will see how small things add up and before you know it – you will be unpacked.

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    After you have unpacked everything, it is time to place decorations and family photos to make your new home feel like a home.

    Make your new home feel like a home

    Once you are done unpacking after a long distance move, it is time to make yourself feel at home. In order to turn your new home into a real home, take out your family photos and decorations. After you place everything in its place, it is time to throw a housewarming. This is a great way to meet your new neighbors and make some new friendships. Celebrate a new chapter in your life.

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