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. The health & safety of our customers, staff, service providers, and local community are paramount and we continue to adhere to all directives from local, state, and federal government agencies.
Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.


All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • 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 all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

Here are some informative and helpful resources about COVID-19:

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 are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re here to make the process seamless & safe for you, just as we’ve done for well over a century!

~Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage  

Top eco-friendly packaging ideas to save money

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    When you’re moving, you’re spending a lot of money on things that you wish you didn’t have to. Most of the time, one of those things is packing supplies. Well, what if we told you that there were ways to use eco-friendly packaging ideas and save money at the same time? Yes, you can save the planet and reduce your moving costs while packing, and it’s not difficult either. We know that packing is a nightmare for most people, so we’ll try and make it a little bit easier for you. Whether you’re packing your things for Seattle storage or for an upcoming relocation, these tips should give you an insight into the world of packing. We hope this will make packing less stressful for you.

    Downsize before implementing eco-friendly packaging ideas

    Decluttering and downsizing is always a good idea. We all let our belongings pile up over time and we don’t even notice that we have too many things at one point. That’s why you should try and declutter your home regularly instead of waiting to relocate. When it comes to moving house, downsizing is a step you shouldn’t skip.

    A woman folding clothes
    Go through your clothes and other belongings and get rid of the things you don’t need.

    First of all, getting rid of things you don’t need will make packing easier and quicker. Other than that, you’ll need much fewer moving boxes Seattle, so you’ll be saving money and creating less waste. Not only will you be saving money on packing supplies, but you’ll also pay less to your professional movers. Because moving companies charge by the weight of your shipment, you’ll be paying less if you have less stuff. So, before you get into the eco-friendly packaging ideas, you should ideally pare down of all your unneeded belongings.

    Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to trash everything. There are a few things you could do with the things you don’t want to bring to your new home.

    • Donate the items you don’t need or want anymore. You can take them to a charity shop nearby and help those in need.
    • Give things away to your friends and family. If there’s someone in your life who would like to have these items, why not make them happy?
    • Sell everything you won’t be using again. Organize a garage sale or sell these items online. This is a great way to earn some extra cash before your relocation.

    Use things you already own for packing

    Maybe you aren’t aware of this, but you already own a lot of things you can use for packing. And what better way to implement eco-friendly packaging ideas than by avoiding unnecessary purchases and creating zero waste? If you’re not sure which things you can use for packing, we’ll give you some ideas.

    Suitcases and backpacks
    You can use bags, backpacks, and suitcases for packing your belongings instead of getting packing supplies.
    • Bags and suitcases: Everybody has a lot of different bags and a few suitcases lying around. When you’re moving, you’ll definitely bring these things with you. So, why not get some use out of them and utilize them when you’re packing?
    • Dresser drawers: If you’re taking your furniture to your new home, there’s a way to make it useful. You don’t need to take everything out of your dressers. Instead, you can keep your clothes, underwear, socks and other lighter things in the drawers. Just remember to tape them shut.
    • Laundry baskets
    • Blankets and towels: Another eco-friendly packing idea is avoiding bubble wrap by using things you have. Instead, use blankets, towels or clothes for wrapping your fragile items.

    Not having to buy packing supplies will help you cope with moving stress easier, so look around your home.

    Second-hand eco-friendly packing ideas

    Another great environmentally-friendly packaging idea is getting used packing supplies. Your first option is looking around your home and seeing if you already have some packing supplies. If you’ve moved in the past, it’s possible you already own the things that you need. If not, don’t worry.

    Cardboard boxes - second-hand boxes are a great eco-friendly packaging idea
    You can find used cardboard boxes in a few different places and even avoid spending money on them.
    • Go online and find used packing supplies there. There are websites like The Freecycle Network where people offer their cardboard boxes and other supplies for free. So, this is a great way to save money.
    • Ask your friends and family if they have any packing supplies.
    • Visit your local grocery stores, pharmacies, bookstores, liquor stores, etc. They get regular deliveries so they probably have a lot of cardboard boxes they don’t need.

    By doing this, you’re reusing boxes instead of throwing them out and you’re not spending any money. It’s a win-win situation.

    Use boxes made of recycled plastic

    When you’re thinking of eco-friendly ideas for packing, you should consider using recycled plastic. Of course, regular plastic isn’t environmentally-friendly at all. However, if you’re using recycled plastic, you’re not harming the environment. This material starts degrading much quicker – sunlight can start the degradation process. If you decide to use this type of moving boxes, make sure to label the boxes and keep them away from the sun.

    Do these eco-friendly packaging ideas work for you?

    So, these are the eco-friendly packaging ideas we recommend looking into. By using these things for packing your belongings, you’re spending less money on packing supplies and you’re saving the environment. What more could you ask for? We hope that these tips have helped you and given you an idea of how to pack and remain environmentally-friendly.

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