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

What are the types of moving estimates

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Free Moving Estimate

    There’s a lot of planning involved in relocation. From finding a moving company to packing and getting everything ready. And, with all of that, comes the cost of the relocation. Fortunately, many moving companies offer moving quotes. A way for you to know how much your relocation is going to cost. And there are many different types of moving estimates. Some give you an approximate amount. While others give you exactly how much you are going to pay. Here’s an explanation and pros and cons of those moving estimates.

    What is a moving estimate?

    In short, a moving estimate is a way for you to know how much your relocation is going to cost you. But, there are many different ways in which different types of moving estimates work. But, all of them give you either approximate or final amount that you will have to pay. Based on the number of belongings that you have. They are a great way to plan moving expenses. By knowing, even approximately, how much your move is going to cost, you can better prepare for it. Either by adjusting your budget. Or by decluttering and getting rid of some unwanted or unneeded items. 

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    Moving estimates will help you to know the cost of the relocation

    All the types of moving estimates start the same

    There are different types of moving estimates. And they work in different ways. But, all of them start the same. Once you find the perfect moving company for you, you give them a call. Or write to them via their website. Now, there are two ways in which you can get an estimate. The first one is automated. You can fill out a form on their website and get an approximate cost of your relocation. Those can also work when you call a moving company and they give you an approximate amount based on your description of your cargo. Have in mind that this automated type is usually a non-binding moving estimate. More on those later.

    After that is complete it’s time to get a more accurate quote for your relocation. Some moving companies skip the whole automated part. While others do this as an extra service. A moving agent will come to your home and take a look at your belongings. You will tell them what you plan on moving to. And based on their approximate weight they will give you a moving estimate. He or she will give you a much more accurate price for your relocation. Those estimates can either be binding, or non-binding. Depending on your agreement with them. 

    All types of moving estimates can be used for different types of relocations

    Moving estimates are a great way to know the price of your relocation. And it’s a great way for a moving company to help you out and build trust with you. So, it doesn’t matter if you are moving locally or relocating cross-country. The same rules still apply. Some moving companies will ask you for different types of moving estimates based on your type of relocation. But, no matter how big or small your relocation is. You should still get a moving estimate. 

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    Depending on the type of the moving estimate, an agent can come to your home or the estimate will be done online

    Different types of moving estimates

    Now that you are familiar with how moving quotation works, it’s time to talk about the different types of moving estimates. And there are three main types of moving estimates. We already mentioned them in the previous paragraph.

    • Non-binding moving estimate
    • Binding moving estimate
    • Not-to-exceed moving estimate

    Each type of moving estimate has its own set of rules. Both for you and for the moving company. So, make sure you read the relocation agreement. And ask any questions that you might have before you sign any documents.

    Non-binding is the first of the three types of moving estimates

    Out of all the types of moving estimates, non-binding is the most common. In this case, a moving agent will come to your home and inspect your cargo. And give you an estimated cost of your relocation. The main thing about this type of moving estimate is that it is not binding. That means that the moving company will not have to stick to that amount. Your actual relocation cost might be a lot higher or a lot lower. Which makes it not binding. And if you have any unusual, sensitive or antique items that can be a problem later.

    Pros of non-binding moving estimate

    The main benefit of a non-binding moving estimate is the fact that you have an approximation of your cost. They are usually free of charge and give you a clear picture of what everything will cost. That way you can better plan your moving budget. 

    Cons of non-binding moving estimate

    The bad thing about this type of moving estimate is that the price is not set. Yes, you will get a clearer picture of the cost of your relocation. But, that can change on a moving day. So, you are not 100% sure that that is the exact amount that you are going to be paying.

    The second and third types of moving estimates are binding

    Binding moving estimates are usually only given for Intrastate moves (moves over 55 miles within the same state) and Interstate moves (moves out of your current state). They come into play when the charges for your move are based on weight and distance, not on time, as is the case with a local move. The price that you get is the exact amount of money that you will be paying. Nothing more and nothing less. You will sign an agreement that legally binds both you and your moving company to that price.

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    A binding estimate can sometimes be the best option – depending on the situation

    Another type of binding moving estimate is not-to-exceed moving estimate. That means that you have a guaranteed price cap. And that you will not pay anything above that price. 

    Pros of binding moving estimates

    A great positive point about this type of estimate is that you know exactly how much you are going to be paying. Even if your cargo ends up weighing more than they originally thought. 

    Cons of binding moving estimates

    The negative aspect of this type of moving estimate is that adding items after the fact can result in the change of the original agreement. You will have to report everything that you’ve added, so it can be entered into a change order. If you fail to do so you risk breaking the agreement. And paying penalties. Binding moving estimates are also usually more expensive. So they might work in your favor, but they might not. 

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