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 prepare your employees for an office move in Bellevue

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    Preparing to move a business involves a lot of tasks and challenges. From making important decisions, hiring professional companies such as Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage to help you out, to securing your paperwork, and clearing out your office space – it all plays a key role. In the chaos, you mustn’t forget that you also have to prepare your employees for an office move in Bellevue. Your employees are a huge part of your business. So when you’re moving the office, you’ll need their help and cooperation. That is among the best ways to ensure that your office relocation goes by with no complications and productively.

    Why is it important to prepare your employees for an office move in Bellevue?

    Office moving is tricky because it doesn’t just affect you – it also affects your business and everyone connected to it. For this reason, a lot of planning goes into moving an office. This planning usually includes deciding on the right date for the move, hiring movers Bellevue WA for help, packing the office in stages, and finally settling into a new space. But throughout all that, you mustn’t forget to prepare your employees for the move as well.

    Your employees are a big part of your business. The move of your office will certainly affect them, even if you’re only moving down the street. And if you’re moving to another city and taking some of your employees with you, then they will need to prepare for their own relocations as well. Finally, your employees can help you during the move but only if they’re on the same page as you.

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    Let your employees know about your plans.

    Transparency plays a key role in ensuring success

    The very first you need to do before you even hire commercial movers WA is to communicate with your employees. Good communication is key in a business at all times. But it is even more important during a move.

    Inform your employees in advance

    There are a lot of people who need to know that you’re moving your office. Your landlord, your delivery people, your business partners, and your customers are all on that list. But your employees should be the first ones you tell. After all, you’re not just moving the office – you’re moving the people who work there too. This is especially important if you’re moving the office somewhere far away and expect your employees to follow. Remember: they will also need to hire residential movers and prepare for a relocation in this case. You need to give them enough time for that.

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    Give your employees enough time to prepare for the move.

    But even if you’re not moving your office very far, your employees deserve to know in time. After all, the office is where they spend a lot of their time too. It’s only fair that they are involved in the process of relocation from the start.

    Maintain communication throughout the process

    Your employees are always your biggest asset and resource. They can help you with the relocation – if you let them. And that is precisely why you have to keep them informed of how the move is going. Knowing what is expected of them, what they need to do, when certain steps are being taken will allow your employees to continue working to the best of their abilities as well as participate in the relocation. So find a way to keep them informed – mass emails, group chats, or staff meetings all work.

    Include your employees in the process of your office move in Bellevue

    Since your employees will be the ones spending the most time in the office, it makes sense to include them in the process of planning and designing the space. This will also make them feel appreciated and important to you and the business and can raise morale in the team. And a positive working environment gives the best work results so it’s a win-win situation!

    Ask your employees about their needs

    If you want your new space to be better than your current office, then try asking your employees about the kind of space they want to work in. Is it better to keep it open plan? Or do they prefer to have their own private areas? Should you stick to nude and neutral tones or will an interesting color or pattern boost creativity? Interior design affects productivity, so setting up the office right is very important. And you really won’t know what your employees need unless you talk to them about it. As ever, communication is key here!

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    Communicate with your employees about the move.

    Work with your employees to organize the relocation

    You can’t move your office all by yourself. Luckily, you don’t have to! In addition to having movers, you can also rely on your employees. Assign tasks to them, even it’s just to clear their own desks and cubicles. Make a team of employees in charge of the move – they can help you communicate with the rest of the office, plan your moving schedule, and organize your relocation. This will help you keep everything under control and make your employees feel appreciated and included at the same time.

    Remember to show determination and enthusiasm

    People don’t always deal well with change. We like to keep things as they are instead. So it’s no wonder that at least some of your employees will probably not be thrilled about your upcoming office move in Bellevue. This can bring down morale in the office for everyone. You should combat that from the start because unhappy employees aren’t good for business.

    So, make sure to explain to your employees why you’re moving and, more importantly, why the upcoming relocation is a good thing. Show your own enthusiasm about the new office space, the new location, the new office design. Your employees will pick up on your mood and soon you’ll have them excited for it too!

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