Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage the parent company of Portabox 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. and Portabox have been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

As essential services, 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. and Portabox

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. and Portabox 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 We're Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and 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 crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and 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.
  • We are 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.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. and Portabox is proud to continue offering our services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. We are here to make the process of storing belongings seamless & safe for you.

Benefits of on-site storage containers

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We all like to have a clean, organized, and clutter-free home. However, we also like having material things. Unfortunately, these two things are often incompatible. When you have a lot of things that you don’t want to get rid of but also live in a small house where you can’t keep all of your things comfortably, it’s time to contact PortaBox Storage and rent that little bit of extra space you need. But how will you know what type of storage to choose? There are all sorts of different options – indoor and outdoor storage, climate-controlled and not, big and small… One option that often gets overlooked, however, are portable containers. And yet, the numerous benefits of on-site storage containers may just convince you that this is the perfect option for you.

Before you consider the benefits of on-site storage containers, learn what to expect

When talking about storage, most people think of indoor storage units – a storage room in a storage facility somewhere in an industrial area of the city. But that’s not the only option. More and more people are turning to portable storage containers Seattle instead. So how does that work? It’s quite simple really:

  1. First, you decide on the size and number of storage containers you need.
  2. Then, you contact your storage provider and order a delivery to your address (or somewhere else that suits you).
  3. Once you have access to your container, you can pack it at your convenience.
  4. Finally, have the container delivered to a warehouse or some other location if you don’t want to keep it on your property.
Storage containers.
You can have storage containers on your own property.

The main benefits of on-site storage containers are all about convenience

When you only need short term storage Seattle, a storage unit can be more trouble than it’s worth. You’ll probably have to drive to the unit multiple times to deliver your belongings and that can be quite a pain if you’re renting in a facility that’s far from where you live. But this won’t be an issue with storage containers because on-site containers are all about convenience.

No need for a second location

When you’re renting a storage container, you choose where your belongings are stored. If you have enough space on your property, you can keep your storage container in your own back yard. Or you can choose a more suitable location somewhere nearby if you prefer. Either way, there’s no need to use a secondary location somewhere you don’t like. So forget about driving out of town every time you need to get a box out of storage – with on-site containers, storage comes to you!

Easy access

Having the storage container where it suits you (rather than wherever your storage provider has facilities) makes access to your belongings much easier. Need the old textbook you put away for a quick consult? Changed your mind about that armchair you took out of the living room? Temperatures dropped sooner than you expected and you suddenly need your winter coat? Simply want to check that your valuables are still safe? If you’re keeping your storage container on your property, you can just go up to it whenever you please! No need to schedule visits or go anywhere far.

Ground-level loading

If you have a lot of big boxes, furniture, or other heavy items, you certainly won’t enjoy carrying them to a vehicle and to a storage unit (which might not even be on the ground floor). Using storage containers solves this problem. Since storage containers lie on the ground, you can easily load anything into them with dollies and carts. This means less heavy lifting and consequently less risk of injury.

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If you have a lot of heavy furniture, you’ll appreciate the opportunity for ground-level loading of storage containers.

More affordable and cost-effective

Storage units require space, maintenance, and security measure. This costs storage providers money. In turn, they put higher price tags on storage units. Storage containers, on the other hand, don’t require the same. Once delivered to you, you’re the one taking care of them. So the price tag on them is often lower than on units of comparable size. Just get an estimate for a portable storage container and you’ll see that this is an affordable storage solution that’s well worth the price.

Benefits of on-site storage also have a lot to do with flexibility

Storage containers offer just as much flexibility as they do convenience. You’ll have a lot more say in how they’re being used than you would with a storage unit. In some aspects, this puts more responsibility on you as well. But it’s a worthwhile trade-off.

Have full control over packing and storing schedules

When using a storage unit, it’s best to pack everything at once and take it to storage all together. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting a lot of time and gas on moving boxes into storage in waves. But if you have a very busy schedule, spending a few days just packing and storing items might not be possible. Instead, you might prefer to pack in stages, spending a few hours here and there on that between other tasks. With storage containers, this isn’t a problem. You can pack at your own tempo and fill the container up when you have something to add to it.

Making a schedule of your own is one of the benefits of on-site storage containers.
If you like to make your own schedule, on-site storage containers will work better for you.

Be in charge of your own security

It may seem as if storage containers are not as safe as storage units. After all, a storage unit is a part of a secure facility. But this isn’t always the case. Storage containers are typically equipped with locks and pads so it’s not like your stuff is just there for the taking. And that’s not all – you can add to the security of your storage container by putting it in a secure location, adding an alarm to it, setting up a surveillance system, and more. Basically, you can make a storage container as secure as you want to.

Enjoy the versatility of portable storage containers

Storage units don’t offer a lot of variety. They’re all in the same facility, share more or less the same conditions, and are limited in number. One of the benefits of on-site storage containers is that they’re exactly the opposite! You can rent multiple containers, move them around when you want, and adjust the conditions in them to suit your needs. Ultimately, storage containers give you more control over your storage experience.

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