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

Unpacking mistakes that you should avoid

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    Unpacking your items probably seems like an easier job when compared with packing. Truth be told, it might be easier simply because your items have already been delivered to the new location by movers North Bend WA loves. Besides, you are not pressed for time as you can unpack pretty much whenever you see fit. However, unpacking is a process that could damage your items just as much as the process that precedes it. Moreover, it could take up more of your time than the actual packing part. With so many unpacking mistakes that you should avoid, you really can’t afford to slip up.

    A black alarm clock on the table.
    Time is a precious thing – don’t waste it by making these unpacking mistakes you should avoid.

    In case you aren’t aware of everything that can go wrong during unpacking, we would love to give you a clue on what to expect and what to avoid. Being familiar with the most common unpacking mistakes will help you to pay attention to where it really matters.

    Top five unpacking mistakes that you should avoid

    Making just one of these mistakes could set you back significantly. Of course, you could be really unfortunate and make all of the mistakes that we are about to mention. As some of the best movers Seattle has to offer, we find it our job to warn you about all the problematic things.

    1. You are trying to unpack everything in one day

    How could getting the job done as quickly as possible be a bad thing? Well, in a couple of different ways. For starters, try to think of the last time you were rushing through a chore and still getting the job done perfectly. If you can’t think of anything, that’s because it’s next to impossible to do a good job when you are short on time. Thus, as much as you want to be done with everything related to your relocation, don’t try to unpack all of your boxes in one day. Instead, give yourself time to see which boxes go into Seattle storage, which ones are staying, and which ones are essential. It’s only after you know what’s really important that you can unpack without any problems.

    A woman sleeping on the couch.
    You are not wasting your time by taking a short break after a long day.

    2. Check your boxes for any signs of damage

    Hopefully, you were careful enough and hired the best movers you could find. But even then, mistakes could slip through the cracks. If your moving company has made a mistake during transportation, you don’t want to make an unpacking mistake by not checking the boxes. For starters, go through the inventory list we hope you made when loading the boxes into the truck. Make sure that all of them have physically arrived at your new location. Then, check to see whether any of them have been opened somewhere along the way. Of course, you’ll inspect your boxes more closely after that first initial check-up. But the in-depth check-up might take you a while, and you need to report any problems to your movers as soon as possible.

    3. You end up overlooking your essentials box

    Whether you are working with local movers in Seattle, interstate movers, or an international moving company, all of them will give you the same piece of advice – pack an essential moving box. Thus, we’ll assume you took their advice and packed a bag containing the necessary items. Then you most likely can’t imagine that overlooking your essentials box is one of the most common unpacking mistakes you should avoid. Let us elaborate.

    Your moving day is going to be extremely hectic and long. With so much hustle and bustle, you might completely forget about the fact that your essential moving box even exists. If you throw it under a pile of many other moving boxes, you can imagine how much time you will end up losing in the search for it. Since the whole point of this moving box is to save your precious time, this is one mistake that you definitely don’t want to make.

    4. You don’t group your boxes

    Do you have any idea why we label the moving boxes when packing for a move? This short but useful step can save hours of your time. It serves as your guide when unloading your moving boxes, as it tells you where to put the boxes. So if you fail to actually put the boxes into their designated rooms, you would be making one of the biggest packing mistakes. We understand that you will be extremely tired after your relocation. However, that’s no excuse to create a pile of boxes in the middle of your living room. It would only take up hours of your time to sort through them and unpack the contents. That’s why it’s better to do it in due time.

    A minimalistic bedroom.
    To end up with beautiful rooms, you need to start with moving boxes.

    5. Unpacking without a plan

    Alas, your residential or commercial relocation in Seattle is an event that requires lots of planning. That’s why the last thing you want to do is start unpacking without a proper plan. Bear in mind that we completely agree with any unpacking method you opt for. Whether you want to unpack room by room, or you want to unpack the biggest pieces first is completely up to you. We simply know that you are going to be much more successful in your endeavor if you approach it with a good and concise plan.

    Give yourself a break in order to avoid some unpacking mistakes

    Your relocation is going to be a challenging process – both emotionally and physically. Therefore, you might not have enough energy to start unpacking as soon as you get to your new location. Don’t force yourself to do anything you don’t want to and don’t overexert yourself. The best way to stay away from unpacking mistakes that you should avoid is by approaching the task rested and relaxed. There’s plenty of time ahead to unpack your belongings and enjoy your brand-new home.


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