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 organize your new office space

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    Relocating to a new office is a wonderful opportunity. You get to organize it just the way you want and experience a fresh start. You may also want to utilize self storage Seattle to store some of your equipment to make the process even easier. In this article, we are going to be presenting you with seven easy steps in which you can organize your new office space, so you can increase productivity and make your workday more enjoyable. 

    Organize your new office space in 7 steps

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    Every office is different but they all share the same organizational goals.

    Without further ado, here are the steps:

    • Utilize vertical space
    • Small items go into trays
    • Stack boxes for practicality
    • “Mail Room”
    • Leave some space open
    • Less can be more
    • Have a dedicated “stash spot”

    Of course, the whole process will be easier if you have professionals assisting you. Your office movers Seattle will enable you to focus on the organization part, while they do all of the heavy lifting. You can also ask them for advice, as they have seen many well-designed offices and are sure to provide you with some great recommendations. However, each office space is unique and you need to take note of your particular needs. But for the most part, these steps will allow you to optimize your workspace. To start with, you will want to:

    Utilize vertical space

    The main component of maximizing usable space in your new office is to use the walls to their full potential. Adding some shelves that can serve both as decor and storage will enhance the interior of your office, both visually and functionally. You can also hang organizers on the walls, such as wall magazine racks for paperwork. This will allow you to put most of the paperwork there, freeing up your desks for more important items.

    Furthermore, it will make it easier to organize all the papers, in a way that is easy to use and understand. Your moving company Washington can provide you with some great options, as well as mount those shelves and organizers for you. The vertical space can be used for other purposes, as well. For example, you can stack boxes next to it (more on that later).

    The important thing is that you don’t forget to use it.

    Small items go into trays

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    Organize your paperclips and other small items into trays.

    Every office has a multitude of small items that can clutter up space really fast if they are left unchecked. The best thing you can do is to organize them into trays, one for each type of item. Find a dedicated spot for them, ideally in the middle of your office so they are easily accessible by everyone. While it may be somewhat awkward at first, knowing exactly where to put your office supplies (and where to find them) will boost productivity in the long run. And if you need more workspace, the trays are really easy to move around.

    Stack boxes for practicality

    If you need somewhere to store your office supplies, choose a section of the wall and stack boxes next to it. They can be decorative, providing your office with some additional style, while being useful by holding office supplies. It is a great way to free up your drawer space and have your not-so-often used supplies at hand’s reach. If you are planning to use special services from your movers, you may have some specialty boxes leftover that is perfect for this purpose. Done right, these boxes can create a unique office space, one that is both visually pleasing and fully functional.

    Organize your new office space – create a “Mail Room”

    This is, perhaps, the most important step in organizing your office. You don’t really need a separate room for this, just a bit of space somewhere in your office. Create a multi-section inbox where you can categorize your mail, sorting it into “folders” such as read, sort, this week, file, etc. It will provide you with a visual indication of your mail status, and is really convenient for everyone to use. Place it next to the filing cabinet for further convenience. 

    Leave some space open

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    Always leave some space available for when you need it the most.

    Now, what if we told you that not utilizing all the available space all the time is the best thing that you can do? By space, we do not necessarily mean physical space, too, it can be an empty file holder or similar. The idea here is that there is readily available space for temporary projects. Every office experiences a busier than usual period, and having some extra “wiggle room” will come in handy during that time. And that is where you need that space the most. Therefore, make sure that you have enough room for a temporary overflow. You will be happy that you did.

    Less can be more if you want to organize your new office space

    Simplifying your office is always a good thing. You don’t really need over a hundred different pens or pencils. A couple will do just fine. This is much the same with most office supplies. The more options you have, the greater the chance of making a mess, after all. It can be difficult to pick just a few options, however, but it is a way of creating a more organized office space. Giving or throwing away the extra items may feel like a waste initially but it will prevent a mess in the long run, guaranteed.

    Have a dedicated “stash spot”

    Every office, home, or place of residence needs to have that one “stash spot”. This is a spot where you put things where you’re in the middle of something and want to get back to them shortly. Of course, don’t simply use it to drop items you are not planning to come to in the near future, as that will simply create a mess after a while. The way to use the stash spot is to constantly empty it. Depending on your office layout, you may want to put it somewhere where it is easily accessible by the entire team. It is a great way to further organize your new office space, and the final step of the process.

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