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

Benefits of storing items before shipping them

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    These days, shipping is one of the most profitable business models. However, to be most efficient and effective in your business operations, you will need to consider employing a warehousing and storage system. While you may think of it as an unnecessary expense, storing items before shipping them will provide you with a host of benefits. You don’t need to build your own warehouse, either. For example, if you are based in Marysville, you can utilize one of the storage units that moving companies Marysville have on offer. This will provide you with a cost-effective solution while you work your way towards a more permanent solution. But what makes storing your goods before shipping them so good? That is what this article is about to show you.

    Why you may want to consider storing items before shipping them?

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    By employing a shipping company, you can optimize your business process.

    The most important reasons why you may want to employ a storage facility in your business operations are:

    • It minimizes the risk of damage
    • Greater flexibility and shipping accuracy
    • Efficient inventory management
    • Efficient and effective processing
    • Risk management
    • Financial assistance options

    There are other benefits, of course, depending on which storage amenities you choose to employ. For example, creating an automated storage system will enhance your processes by a significant margin. You can also utilize labor services in a rented storage unit, eliminating the need of hiring more employees. Or you can let one of the shipping companies Seattle take care of distribution for you. The fact of the matter is that you will have numerous options at your disposal. But you will be able to reap the following benefits immediately.

    Storing items before shipping them minimizes the risk of damage

    When using a dedicated warehousing solution, every item has its place. That means that not a single package is handled unless it needs to, and when it needs to. This minimizes the risk of damage to your goods, as they will only be taken out of the storage unit when they are needed. Furthermore, you will be able to see just how your packages fare when stored for some periods of time. This can help you optimize your shipping strategy, and allow you to consider cheaper packing alternatives.

    You will have greater flexibility, as well as higher shipping accuracy

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    Good warehouse solutions are easy to navigate.

    When you need to ship your items immediately, to make room for new ones, the error margin rises. Sometimes, you may want to hold onto your goods before you ship them, as well. If you store your shipments in a warehousing solution, you will be able to ship them at your convenience and not be burdened by the need to immediately get them out of your office. And you never know when you might need to relocate your base of operations, to optimize your monthly costs. If you hire a storage unit from one of the office movers Seattle has on offer, you will also be able to get a good “package” deal on your relocation. Definitely, something to consider, as it can save you quite a bit of money.

    Additionally, the accuracy of your shipments will be enhanced if they are going through warehousing protocols. Normally, every warehouse double and triple-checks their shipments, which ensures that your goods go where they are intended to.

    Efficient inventory management

    As every logistics business worth its proverbial salt knows, keeping a well-tracked inventory is key to sustained success. By having a warehouse solution, you will have a centralized location for all of your products, which will enhance the customer experience, minimize late shipments, etc. The warehouse staff will handle all the reception of orders, goods storage, as well as product distribution. All the while observing the necessary security measures.

    Furthermore, commercial storage Seattle solutions keep track of goods in excess and can distribute them to other locations. No one said you can only have one storage unit, after all! In fact, having multiple warehouses can increase the volume of your business, as the customers will be pleased about the low shipping times.

    Processing is more effective when storing items before shipping them

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    You will not need to hire any additional staff if you utilize warehousing solutions.

    Having a warehouse is much more than simply having a place to store your products. Most modern facilities also provide packing and shipping services, as well as all the necessary equipment to make these processes easier. Think loading docks, packing materials, forklifts, etc. With these in place, your business will have everything it needs for order delivery in one place. That saves time and money. You can also “take it a notch further” with high-density automated storage systems. They have the potential to optimize your space capacity and allow you to free up much of the warehouse floor space.

    The perfect example of this is the Amazon.com storage system. The company utilizes smart algorithms and robotic “staff” to store everything in a seemingly chaotic way. But there is order in the chaos, as this allows them to maximize the space and make the most efficient shipments possible.

    Risk management

    If you are storing your goods in a rented warehouse, they are valuated at their owner’s risk. That means that you don’t need to worry about any theft, fire, or warehouse damage. While these occurrences are not really that prevalent in warehousing, not having to bother with valuation coverage is a great boon indeed. Additionally, you can store anything in a warehouse, perishable or non-perishable. Of course, you will need to have a dedicated unit for perishables but it will extend your product’s lifespan and prevent any spoilage.

    Financial assistance options

    Lastly, if worst comes to worst, you will have the option to reach out to financial institutions for aid if you are using a warehouse solution. If you have a bonded warehouse in your business model, you will also be able to reduce costs for storing imported goods that are awaiting or undergoing exportation. This may not be the most important benefit of storing items before shipping them but it is definitely not one to go amiss. With all the other benefits, the possibility of financial assistance is just the icing on the cake!

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