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  

What to do with leftover moving boxes

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    After you move, unpack and settle into a new home, you’re usually left with a ton of empty boxes lying around the house. You would not believe how many moving supplies professional moving companies in Seattle go through with every relocation. However many packing supplies you think you’ll need, you will need more in most cases. But what are you going to do with all those leftover moving boxes once you’re no longer using them? Well, the obvious solution is just to throw them away. There are, however, more creative ways to deal with your packing supplies as well.

    You can re-use leftover moving boxes for storage or another relocation

    If you use quality packing supplies for your relocation, odds are that most of the boxes will be more or less intact after your move. This means you can still use them for something after unpacking! If you’ve downsized, for example, or simply find that you have too much stuff in your new home and decide to use self-storage Seattle, you can use your old moving boxes to pack your belongings for storage as well. And even if you’re not using an actual storage unit, used moving boxes are good for storing things in your garage, basement or attic as well. Finally, you can always just put your boxes away for the time being and reuse them the next time you’re moving. That way you’ll save money on packing supplies.

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    You can reuse old boxes for another move or for storage.

    Repurpose leftover moving boxes for different things

    It’s not just freight companies Seattle that use moving boxes. Cardboard moving boxes are, in fact, very useful for a variety of different things besides packing, moving, and storage. For this reason, they can be repurposed for a million different things and used in a variety of ways. So even if you don’t need them for storage or another move, you can still use them for something else!

    Cardboard boxes make for good insulation

    While cardboard cannot replace proper insulation in your entire home, it does make for a good temporary solution. If you have an unfinished attic or basement, you can line folded up cardboard boxes against the walls to keep out the cold and avoid extreme temperatures.

    This is also a good solution for cheap projects like a treehouse or a doghouse in your yard where you don’t want to invest in proper insulation but still want to control the temperature. The reason cardboard boxes work so well for this is that air gets trapped between the layers instead of simply passing through the walls and into the room. So if you need some cheap or temporary insulation, old moving boxes are the solution.

    Cardboard is good for cheap and quick insulation.

    Try your hand at other DIY projects

    DIY insulation is not the only thing you can do yourself with moving boxes. In fact, if you’re crafty and creative, leftover moving boxes can be an excellent resource. There’s no limit to what you can do with them beyond your own creativity. Among the easiest projects are those that keep the boxes as boxes – all you need to do is decorate them and they can become storage space or gift boxes. But you can also break down boxes and use them for other things that have nothing to do with storage! You can, for example:

    • create lanterns and lampshades out of cardboard boxes
    • make collages to decorate your walls with
    • make picture frames for your favorite photos or artwork
    • create holiday decorations like garlands and hanging ornaments
    • convert boxes into totes with some decorative paper, tape, and belts

    Your children or pets benefit from the leftover boxes as well

    You’re not the only one who can make use of cardboard boxes either! Anyone in your circle of family and friends might be interested in them. If you’re moving with pets, for example, your furry friends would probably love some new toys. And moving boxes you’re no longer using can be just that. Cats are especially fond of boxes. Even if you just leave some lying around, they’ll probably find ways to enjoy them. But dogs aren’t immune either. Between jumping into boxes, hiding in them, dragging them around and straight-up destroying them, your pets will surely enjoy your moving boxes long after they stop being useful to you. You can even use them to fill hamster or rat cages and cover bird cages.

    Sleeping cat.
    Cats love enclosed spaces like boxes.

    Much like animals, kids love playing with boxes. They can draw on them, stack them, hide in them, make them into whole new worlds… So if you have children, you can turn moving boxes into toys for them. Make little robots or fake cityscapes for them to play with. Or include your kids in a simple DIY project with cardboard boxes. It’s a great way to spend some family bonding time.

    Sell or give away your leftover moving boxes

    Sometimes you simply have no use for your old moving boxes even with all these different ideas. But that doesn’t mean someone else can’t use them. So you can try selling them online or simply giving them away. Hundreds of people move every day – some of them must leave in your area. They’ll probably be happy to take second-hand moving boxes in good condition for the right price. You can earn some extra cash and get rid of boxes you don’t need at the same time.

    Recycle the boxes that are no longer usable

    If you’ve used the same set of boxes several times or you damaged some in transport, you might end up with leftover moving boxes that are simply unusable. When that happens, it’s time to get rid of the boxes. But don’t just throw them away! Cardboard is highly recyclable. So go green and look into local recycling centers where you can drop off the boxes you no longer need.

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