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

How to cut commercial relocation costs

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    Relocating a business to a new location comes with a plethora of costs. Not only do you need to rebuild the entire operation from pretty much scratch, but you will also have to deal with the cost of the relocation itself. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can utilize to cut commercial relocation costs. Choosing to relocate in the winter, for example, will be much cheaper than in the summer. But the most important step is to choose which one of moving companies Seattle will conduct your relocation. In this article, we will provide you with several ways how to make an office move cheaper, as well as provide you with a few relocation tips.

    How to cut commercial relocation costs?

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    With the right moving team, your relocation can be both efficient and cheap!

    While there may be a considerable number of things that you can do, you can achieve the greatest savings if you:

    • Choose your office movers carefully
    • Try to get “bundled” deals
    • Examine the contract before you sign it
    • Obtain packing supplies on your own
    • Choose the right moving date
    • Apply for tax deductions

    Furthermore, you can also have your employees take on some of the relocation tasks. Provided you are willing to sacrifice their working hours, that is. Depending on the situation, your employees might be your greatest resource. While international commercial shipping companies can handle pretty much everything for you, their services come with a cost.

    By having your staff take care of certain tasks, you may be able to considerably reduce the relocation cost. But you are still going to need professional movers to help you relocate. With that in mind, the first step on cutting down the moving costs is:

    Choosing the right mover

    There are thousands of moving companies in the country, most of which conduct both commercial and residential relocations. What you want to do is find a mover with ample experience both in the area you are currently operating, as well as in the area you will be moving to. That way, you will be able to achieve maximum efficiency and save some money on the relocation costs. Companies that have branches in both locations will usually be able to provide you with a better deal than others.

    That being said, you need to make sure that the company you are researching is trustworthy, reliable, as well as insured, and bonded. When looking into some of the long distance movers Seattle has on offer, you want to be as thorough as possible. Hiring movers require considerable research if you want to make sure that you are getting the best deal. Therefore, set aside some time to obtain and compare free quotes from multiple companies.

    Bundled deals can help you cut commercial relocation costs

    Additionally, some movers will be happy to offer you a “bundled” deal if you are also covering the relocation costs of some of your employees. These deals can result in considerable savings, and it is in your best interest to inquire about them. Even if you are not paying for the relocation of your staff, you will still need to relocate your own household. And that is an opportunity for a bundled deal. Furthermore, try to get all the services you need from the same provider.

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    Bundled services are a great way to save money on relocation costs.

    This ties in closely to mover research, as you will want to get everything you need in one place. For example, if you require commercial storage Seattle solutions, you will want to hire a mover that is capable of providing you with them in a convenient location. In short, the more services you hire from a single moving company, the better discount you will be able to get.

    Make sure you read the contract very carefully

    When it comes to moving contracts, you want to read them carefully and make sure that you fully understand them. Moreover, check if you are paying for any services that you might not need. Moving companies often provide a set of commercial moving services as a baseline, and you might not need all of them. By reading the contract and removing the services you don’t actually require, you will be able to make your relocation cost less. Lastly, be sure to check the insurance options that a mover offers. Standard liability coverage is usually not protective enough, and you might want to invest in more protection. Or you might want to take the risk and reduce the costs even further by choosing another option.

    Try to get some packing supplies on your own

    Usually, a company will get packing supplies from the moving company they are hiring. But if you want to save as much as you can on your office relocation, you will want to obtain those packing supplies from elsewhere. For example, a simple way to get cheap or free moving boxes is to check whether some of your partners might have them. Alternatively, you can always do what the rest of us does when in need of free boxes. Visit your local convenience stores.

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    The more packing supplies you obtain on your own, the cheaper the relocation.

    However, as a business, you will most likely have ample opportunities to get your hand on some free cardboard boxes. You will also want to utilize the power of the internet to find people that are selling assorted packing materials at a lower price. While this may be time-consuming, it has the potential for large savings.

    The best way to cut commercial relocation costs is to choose a cheaper time to move

    If you want to conduct a cheaper commercial relocation, do not choose any summer dates for it. The fact of the matter is that most people relocate during this period, and the availability and movers’ prices are not ideal. But if you can manage to relocate during the winter, for example, you will find that movers in the state of Washington, for example, are much less reluctant to offer you an even better deal. Moving companies do not have that much work in the winter and they are willing to “fight” for their customers, by offering great prices for their services.

    Apply for any tax deductions you might be eligible for

    Lastly, commercial relocations can be eligible for tax deductions. Some states, such as California, will allow you to get a state tax return on some of the qualifying relocation costs. It is in your best interest to check whether you qualify for these. They can provide you with a way to cut commercial relocation costs considerably.

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