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.

Guide to packing up your WA workshop for storage

    Make a to-do list before you start packing

    Start packing your WA workshop

    The final step is packing your machinery, equipment, and other business-related belongings. Try not to pack thousands of belongings in one singular box. If you stack belongings on top of each other, there is a chance they might damage. Use packing peanuts to lower the chances of potential damage when preparing your belongings for portable storage containers for rent nearby.

    If you have fragile items, wrap them with bubble wrap, and even secure them by wrapping them with packing tape as well. That will prevent the chances of bubble wrap slipping and exposing your belongings. If you have multiple fragile items, placing a couple of belongings and covering them with a piece of textile will prevent damage. Lastly, after you pack your belongings, seal the box shut with packing tape, and label the box according to its content, fragility, or importance.

    What to expect when packing up your WA workshop for storage

    Packing is the most time-consuming moving task. Constant worrying about whether you have forgotten something might cause you too much stress. If your friends or employees are helping you, you might feel less stressed out. However, to escape burnout syndrome, you should take some breaks, especially if you are doing everything on your own. Getting some rest will help you have a better memory, a clearer head, and a better focus, which are important for a safe relocation. After you relocate all your belongings to the storage unit, you will realize how much a guide to packing up your WA workshop for storage helped you out!

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