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

Reasons why you shouldn’t unload a moving truck alone

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    The fact of the matter is that almost everything is expensive these days. Undergoing a relocation process can easily put a significant dent in your savings. It is only natural that you may want to make it cheaper, both by finding quality moving boxes Seattle and by doing most things on your own. But there are some tasks that you simply need help with. While you may think that it is a smart idea to unload a moving truck alone and save a few dollars that way, it is in fact a horrible idea. Why? Well, there are a lot of very good reasons.

    Why you should not unload a moving truck alone

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    You do not want to unload the truck on your own if you can help it.

    Here are some of the most important reasons why you may wish to ask for help from your friends or have professionals handle the unloading for you. If you insist on going about it on your own, you will have to deal with:

    • Greater risk of injury
    • Risk of damaging your belongings
    • Risk of theft
    • The fact that it is simply not efficient

    As you can see, these are very serious reasons. Aside from efficiency, (which you may be able to disregard in some situations), all the others can seriously impact your situation. While the services of one of the movers Bothell WA has on offer may dent your budget, they are usually more than worth it. If you absolutely have to do the unloading on your own, at least have someone else present with you to help you out in a pinch.

    To further dissuade you from trying to unload the truck by yourself, we will explain the reasoning behind it.

    If you unload a moving truck alone, you are in much greater danger of injuring yourself

    A moving truck will include large and bulky items, 99% of the time. These are the items that you will need in your day-to-day life, such as sofas, beds, and similar. Then there are some appliances that can be pretty heavy such as washing machines, refrigerators, and the like. These things are all but designed to be moved by a team of at least two.

    While it is not impossible to unload these items on your own, it poses a significant risk for overexertion and sudden fatigue. In other words, you may “bite more than you can chew”. This is a very common situation, one that even a quality moving company Washington is not immune to. People tend to overestimate their capabilities, after all. You need extreme experience to be able to figure out exactly what you can and cannot do.

    And the adverse effect of not doing so is a moving injury. It is very easy to injure yourself in the unloading process. All it takes is one moment of distraction and all the weight and bulk you’re carrying can work against you. With two people, this risk is considerably lessened, as they can help each other out in a pinch.

    There’s considerable risk to your belongings, as well

    Not to mention that you are not the only one that is in danger. When you slip or make a mistake, your belongings may suffer. There are many unpacking mistakes that you should avoid, but unloading on your own is the most important one. You only have one pair of eyes and hands, after all.

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    By unloading on your own, you’re putting your belongings at more risk.

    Most likely, you will be carrying very large items at some point and your field of view is going to be obstructed. Without someone to warn you of any impending danger, you might be oblivious to it until it’s too late. And both you and your items may suffer for it. All the money that you saved by doing the work on your own may be gone in a matter of seconds. And that will leave you regretting that you chose to do the task alone in the first place.

    If the danger to you and your belongings from the task of unloading is not enough, there is one more critical factor to consider. And that is:


    When you are unloading items on your own, you can’t be also looking around for anyone trying to steal your belongings. Depending on the Seattle neighborhood you’re moving into, this might be a huge concern. While you’re carrying the items to your destination, you are leaving the other belongings unprotected.

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    With professional movers, you don’t have to worry about security.

    If you’ve hired a moving truck (and its driver), this situation gets slightly better. The driver can look at your belongings while you work, significantly reducing the chance of anyone snatching your items while you’re not looking. But if you are trying to save money on your relocation, chances are that you drove the truck on your own, as well. Again, if you absolutely need to unload a moving truck alone, find a neighbor to at least look out for your things. All your efforts might be in vain if some of your things get stolen.

    It will take you a lot more time to unload a moving truck alone

    And the last reason why you might want to refrain from unloading on your own is that it is going to take a lot longer to do it. There are methods for unloading just about anything by your lonesome but they are neither fast nor efficient. If you don’t want to be spending an inordinate amount of time on this task, it is better to consider hiring labor-only services from your movers or have a friend (or several) help you out.

    To unload a moving truck alone means that you willingly accept all the above risks. While you should not do it, sometimes it might be necessary. But as long as you’re familiar with the risks and you accept them, no one has the right to tell you what to do. It is your life, after all. But the fact remains that it is usually in your best interest to get some unloading help, professional or otherwise.

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