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.

Common myths about self-storage

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The storage industry has become a part of everyday life. With more and more people having the need for storing away belongings, be it for renovation, relocation, or simple decluttering – storage has become the obvious solution. And much like with any popular industry, people develop their own myths and beliefs, good or bad – to influence the decisions of others. There are a lot of myths about self-storage and some of them are just misconceptions. And when you are moving or you simply want to organize your home- this can be a perfect solution. Temporary storage Seattle can be a great option, and before you make your final decision you need to consider all the facts!

The belief that one’s belongings aren’t safe

Naturally, the first myth about self-storage is the one about security. People are often afraid that their items will get stolen from a self-storage unit. But the truth is that the self-storage units are very safe. Companies are doing their best to make sure that they are using state of the art security systems, so your belongings can be safe. And when it comes to the self-storage units that we provide – what is better than having the storage unit right where you can see it? If you are looking for Issaquah self-storage you should consider getting one of our reliable and secure units to make sure that your belongings remain safe!

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One of the common myths is about the security of the self-storage unit

Do you need a self-storage unit?

One of the myths about self-storage is the one about the real need for a self-storage unit. A lot of people think that only hoarders need a storage unit. But the truth is that all of us need a storage unit at some point in our lives. Self-storage units are great when you are moving, or remodeling your home. And our type of self-storage units is the future. They are reliable and they can make your life much easier. You will save some of your precious items, and you will be able to keep them safe.

Overpriced storage rental rates – one of the top myths about self-storage

One of the most common scenarios is that people will rather choose DIY storage and risk their belongings instead of getting a self-storage unit. Often, people don’t even check the price of a self-storage unit. They just assume that it will be expensive. And that is one of the biggest misconceptions about self-storage. Of course, there are expensive certain types of storage. But if you consider the value of the items you are placing inside of the storage you will soon realize that you will save money. When you add the factor of the possible damage – it is much better to use a storage unit than to risk damage.

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You need to ask about the price before you make the final decision

You can meet your storage budget

When we are talking about prices for self-storage units you need to know that often – you can negotiate the price. A lot of people don’t even try and they end up paying more. The price depends on several factors including for how long you will need self-storage. If you plan to rent it for a long period you will get a better deal. So, if you are looking for Mill Creek self-storage make sure to ask about the price. Ask about possible discounts and is there a possibility to get a lower price. the answer may surprise you. 

The difficulty of finding a self-storage unit for your belongings

People are often afraid that they will have to go through a lot of hassle to get a self-storage unit. But the truth is different. You can get more details online and then contact us for estimated costs. The only thing that you will need to do is to either go to your storage unit or wait for our self-storage unit. Either way, the process is easy and you can get it done pretty fast. It was different a couple of years ago, but every company strives for better service and success. And, naturally, they will do their best to provide you with easy yet impeccable service.

Binding contracts that you can’t get out of

One of the most common myths about self-storage units is the one about the contract. People are afraid that they will get stuck in a long-term contract and they need a storage unit only for a short period. But the reality is different. Most of the companies will offer you a monthly lease. That way you do not have to worry about getting stuck in long-term contracts. You can always find more information about all the details of getting a self-storage unit. You can check the requirements, offer, and choose what you like the best.

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Don’t worry that you will get stuck in a long-term contract

That there are no limitations when it comes to storing

People tend to neglect the simple fact that there are belongings that you can’t put in storage. And there are indeed multiple types of items that one can’t and shouldn’t store away. Additionally, professionals storage facilities will tell you as much also when it comes to non-storable belongings.

There are a lot of myths about self-storage

Although we have talked about most of them, there are a lot of myths about self-storage. There are a lot of companies that are not professional and you can easily choose the wrong one. You need to do a thorough check of the company you plan to hire and make sure that you are only hiring the best. A good and reliable company will be able to answer all of your questions. And they will also break any additional myths that you have about self-storage units.

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