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

Usual complications when moving a business

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    Relocation is a process that is bound to be risky. It doesn’t matter whether you are moving your home or office near or far – the process of relocating your belongings from point A to point B is filled with complications, problems, and obstacles. But there is just something about business relocation that makes it more intricate than any other type of relocation. We here at Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage are experts on all types of relocation, and we have successfully carried out our fair share of commercial relocations in the past. We are thoroughly familiar with all the complications when moving a business and we are here to tell you that you might be able to work your way around them.

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    Your entire team can help you avoid some common commercial moving complications.

    After all, you will be able to work on prevention simply by being familiar with all the dangers of the process. You could also entrust some of the best office movers Seattle has to offer with the task of handling the most difficult parts of your move. Nothing is of more use during an office relocation than a team of reliable movers you can rely on throughout every part of the process.

    The destruction of key business equipment

    It’s impossible to come up with a uniform way in which valuable business equipment is relocated. What type of equipment you have to relocate depends on your line work. It’s obvious that an IT company won’t be handling the same equipment as a nail salon. Every piece of equipment that helps your business work without any interruptions is absolutely critical for its overall success. In our eyes, that makes securing all of your belongings during transport our primary goal. When moving a business, one of the biggest problems you can encounter are damaged items and lost inventory.

    Preventing this problem, however, is completely up to you. If you are moving your business to another part of the world, you can always look into the best international commercial shipping companies that have the experience for handling a task of such magnitude. And if you are moving closer to home, then you surely have a plethora of valid options in your vicinity. All you have to do is choose wisely.

    The destruction of customer assets

    Losing or damaging your assets is bad – but losing or damaging customer’s assets is as bad as it gets. If a partner or a customer has entrusted you with their belongings, then the last thing you want to do is betray that trust. You need to keep an eye on the entire shipment from the moment it leaves the premises until the moment it arrives at the new location. Talk with your local movers in Seattle and try to come up with the best way to track your belongings before, after, and during transit.

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    You always need to be able to inform your customers and partners of the location of their assets.

    Losing some of your customers

    Let’s say you are a proud owner of a retail store. You have finally managed to find a place in the most prominent part of the city. You know that moving your business to the new location makes all sense and is a good business move. In such a situation, you have to make your peace with the fact that you might lose some of your existing customers, but you’ll gain many more in the future. When our customers talk about the different complications when moving a business, they never fail to mention the fear of losing their loyal customers. Unless you have made a poor business decision when deciding to relocate your office/store, then you have nothing to worry about.

    Bad communication can greatly complicate your business move

    As a business owner, you must know how important it is to maintain good communication with your employees, as well as your business associates. It’s equally important to work on creating good communication among your employees, as that’s the only way to create and maintain a successful business. However, relocation is a process that is notorious for being hectic. It will be too easy to fall into the trap of miscommunication. As always, whether you experience this common commercial relocation complication or not is mostly up to you.

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    Make sure your employees feel valued and appreciated. That will help them open up to you.

    To avoid all confusion, the best thing would be to approach your business move with a solid plan in hand. Your moving plan should be as detailed as possible, covering all stages of your move. Most importantly, it should cover which teams or employees are in charge of which tasks. Once the moving day comes, every employee will know his or her place and duty. There won’t be some tasks which will be done a couple of times, while others are left undone and forgotten.

    Workflow complications when moving a business are extremely common

    What happens once your moving day comes and goes? You are most likely imagining that everything will get back to normal after your commercial move in Seattle. And it will – it just might take time. Expecting that your workflow will get back to normal from day one is a bit unrealistic. After all, you will find yourself in a new and unfamiliar space, and this space might take some getting used to. Disrupted workflow is nothing new and unheard-of – it’s actually quite common.

    When it comes to all the different complications when moving a business that you could experience, it’s safe to say that trouble can come in all shapes and forms. But you shouldn’t let the chance of trouble stop you from having a successful business relocation. All you have to do is approach this process with a solid plan and a team of reliable office movers. Rest assured that by doing so, you will have all the necessary tools for turning your relocation into a complete success.

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