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.

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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

Ways to reduce storage rental expenses in WA

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    Moving is never easy, but moving on a budget tends to be even more difficult and challenging. And when you also need to rent storage space from a moving company Washington on top of your regular moving expenses, money can be pretty tight. That doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream relocation and forego moving services you need. Instead, you can try to reduce storage rental expenses in WA by making some smart choices. That way you can save some money and still make use of storage!

    What factors determine the cost of renting a storage unit?

    In order to know how to reduce the cost of renting storage space, you must first know what exactly you’re paying for. When you know what it is that factors into the cost of a storage unit, you’ll know what to focus on when trying to reduce storage expenses. Here are some of the main determinants of the price of a storage unit rental:

    • the size of a storage unit: a common concern and stress-trigger for most people
    • storage unit location: more centrally located storage units tend to cost more
    • additional services: if you want movers to handle your belongings, that will cost you extra
    • extra storage features: temperature control, humidity control, additional security, and extra valuation coverage will all cost you more
    • the extent of time for renting: if you’re renting long-term, you may get better monthly prices but the overall cost will accumulate and get higher the longer you rent

    Reduce storage rental expenses by choosing the right unit

    The first thing you need to do when renting storage is to decide on the unit you want. This decision will also severely impact the price you pay for storage. So it’s crucial that you choose the right unit for your needs if you want to save money.

    Most people who opt for self storage Seattle don’t know exactly the size of the unit they need. Going bigger is always the safer option because you can find ways to fill extra space but you can’t create additional space if you end up having too much stuff for the unit you chose. Renting a universally-sized unit can remove this concern from your mind and let you focus on other factors.

    You should also pay attention to the location of the storage unit. Units towards the outskirts of towns tend to be cheaper. If frequent and quick access isn’t a priority for you, then you should opt for one of those. It’ll save you a lot of money to rent further out from the central areas.

    Reduce storage rental expenses by prioritizing

    Storage units can come with a variety of additional features that cost extra. Sometimes, these features are necessary. Other times, not so much. While they’re all useful, if you don’t really need them, foregoing them will save you money.

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    Your wallet will thank you for letting go of some extra services and features on your storage.

    Are you willing to pay for extra security?

    All storage units come with some sort of security. Most are locked and at the very least have alarms and cameras. However, some companies offer additional security in the form of guards, constant monitoring, and regular patrols. If you’re storing valuables or live in a high-crime area, additional security may be worth the price. Otherwise, regular security and some decent valuations are plenty enough.

    Would you consider sharing?

    A somewhat unusual but effective way of saving money on storage is to rent together with someone. If you want to try this, it’s best to make a deal with someone you know very well. Remember: this person will have the same access to the unit (and thus your belongings) as you. So it has to be someone you trust. While this may somewhat reduce your security and potentially cause some friction about how to divide the space, you’ll also be sharing costs that your wallet will thank you for.

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    Share your storage with your best friend and you can both save some money.

    Reduce storage rental expenses by decluttering

    How much storage you need depends on how much stuff you have. So another good way of saving money is to reduce the number of things you’re storing. You can easily do this by decluttering while preparing for moving and storage. Sell or donate items you no longer use and you won’t need to rent as big of a unit!

    Reduce storage rental expenses by packing and preparing yourself

    Some people choose to rent full-service storage which includes professional packing and transport by the moving company. Unfortunately, this adds quite a bit to your storage expenses. So if you’re on a budget, it’s best if you prepare for storage yourself. This has the added benefit of allowing you to be in control of the process. You’ll be the one deciding what to pack, how to label the boxes, and where to put them in the unit. That can be useful if you’re planning on frequent access.

    Contact moving and storage companies in the area to compare prices

    Finally, it’s worth remembering that your storage rental expenses will in large part depend on who you’re renting from. Even two identical units might come with a different price tag if they’re rented by different moving and storage companies. To find the most cost-effective storage services, get a free estimate from all reputable movers in the area. Then compare the prices and choose the movers that offer the most at the best rate.

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