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

When can you encounter additional moving expenses?

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    One of the most troublesome parts of relocation is the fact that this isn’t a cheap process we are talking about. Moving, whether local or long-distance, is bound to cost a certain sum of money. The problems arise when you are prepared to pay one price but are met with an augmented bill at the end of the day. Many people encounter additional moving expenses that they find out about when it’s too late. As some of the best movers Seattle has to offer, we consider it our job to help you have a stress-free move that won’t leave you broke at the end of the day. Thus, we’ll take it upon ourselves to warn you about some additional moving expenses that are to be expected.

    You can encounter additional moving expenses every step of the way

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    Don’t lock yourself in a contract that you can’t afford.

    Extra fees are not an uncommon thing. That’s why it is of utmost importance to find a moving company that’s going to be upfront about all the upcoming fees and expenses. Whether you are working with local movers of international commercial shipping companies, you don’t have to rely on them for information. You can read our list of additional moving expenses and make it your task to inquire about them before signing the contract.

    Assembly and re-assembly of furniture

    Many people aren’t even aware of how many items need to be taken apart during a residential or commercial relocation in Seattle. But they do become aware of it when presented with a bill. Most movers (although not all of them) will have you paying extra fees for furniture assembly and re-assembly at the new address. The more items you have to relocate, the bigger your surprise will be after getting that bill.

    Staircase fees

    If you live in a high-rise building, you might have to make your peace with the fact that you’ll be stuck with stair fees that most movers have. After all, you have to admit that carrying heavy furniture up and down the stairs isn’t easy. Hey, that’s why you are not doing it by yourself. If you’ve ever placed your items in Seattle or Newcastle self storage before and you had to carry the items by yourself, then you know what we are talking about.

    Always check with your movers whether or not they have a stair fee. If they do, make sure that you can afford to pay it, as the amount will differ from mover to mover. In case your building has an elevator that you can use, you can speak with the building manager and reserve it during the hours you will be moving.

    Cancellation fees

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    The past year has brought about many canceled moving endeavors.

    There are many reasons why a person might have to cancel their relocation. You could be so unlucky to run into extreme weather conditions on the day of your move, or you could be forced to cancel your move due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, even though it’s not up to you in many cases, you might have to pay a certain fee for canceling your move. The good news is that every company has its own cancellation policy that could be very lenient towards their customers. Thus, make sure you inquire what the policy is before signing the deal. In uncertain times like these ones, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

    Moving valuation coverage

    Usually, people are afraid to encounter additional moving expenses. That is logical as nobody wants to pay extra when they don’t have to. However, valuation coverage is one of those extra expenses you should want to pay. Full Value Protection is an valuation coverage policy that will ensure you have a safe and protected move. With this valuation policy in place, you will be fully covered for any damage that could happen to your items during transport. Reliable local movers in Seattle will always be very careful with your items through every step of the move. However, it never hurts to be extra safe should something unexpected happen.

    Express delivery fee

    Sometimes, you won’t have the luxury of planning a move for months. In many cases, you will have to move on short notice and you’ll need to have your items delivered to the new address as soon as possible. In such cases, you should expect to pay an express delivery fee. These fees are usually, although not necessarily, connected with long-distance moves. That’s why it’s always better to get on with relocation planning and preparation the minute you decide to move. Not procrastinating will save you money, which should be motivation enough.

    Extra fees for handling bulky items

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    Relocating your hot tub relocation could be a logistical nightmare.

    There are some items that require special effort. Pianos, hot tubs, heavy metal safes, and similar items will require special equipment, as well as extra muscles. The problem with these items is that they are almost impossible for you to move on your own. Thus, if you have any special items that need to be relocated, you are bound to encounter these extra fees. As always, make sure that you can afford them in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises. There is nothing worse than being blind-sighted by your moving bill.

    Don’t stress if you encounter additional moving expenses

    Moving is a very unpredictable process. In fact, if there is one thing to expect it’s the unexpected. In the majority of cases, you are most likely going to encounter some additional moving expenses. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t be ready for them. It’s always a good idea to leave aside some extra money for the extra costs. Of course, always do your research and ask your movers about any costs that you can expect. Being prepared and well-informed will help you avoid unpleasant situations on the day of your move.

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