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 unpacking your self storage container

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After you have finished moving, you are well aware of how stressful and overwhelming moving can be. Even after you’ve finished all the detailed tasks that organizing a moving process involves, you are still not done. When the movers relocate you to your desired location, it’s now time to settle into your new home. But before you unpack the items from temporary storage Seattle and start decorating your living space and placing your belongings, there are some things you need to take into consideration. We have written this guide to unpacking your self storage container to help you unpack in the easiest and most efficient way possible. So, before you pack, you might want to know about these guidelines.

Most important things to consider before you start unpacking your self storage container

You probably can’t wait to finish with the moving tasks and begin your new life in your new home. However, it may pay off in the long run if you take extra time when unpacking your belongings that have been stored. In order to help you to unpack in the best way possible, we formed a chronological step-by-step list. So, to efficiently unpack your stored items you should:

  • Check all the boxes to see what you are dealing with – doing this right after the company opens the storage for you is essential
  • Sort your boxes – make an unpacking plan by sorting the boxes that you are going to unpack first
  • Know what to unpack first – is a crucial thing. It will save you a lot of time and nerves.
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Make sure you pay attention to follow the best tips on how to unpack a self storage container.

Counting your stored possessions should be first on your list

The first thing you should do when the storage company delivers your stored items from heated storage Boise is to check the boxes, pieces of furniture and other belongings you have stored. If you don’t have an inventory list at hand a quick count should be your first task. If you have mostly cardboard boxes, it should be easy but if you have miscellaneous items devise a starting system before you go further along.

Sorting your stored boxes can greatly help you while unpacking your self storage container

Of course, it would be very unpractical to take out all of the boxes from door to door storage Seattle before having a sorting plan at place. It is not uncommon to see people tackle the unpacking process in a hurry and without a clear plan. However, it’s best that you plan on which items you are going to unpack first and look for those boxes.

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Deciding which boxes to unpack first is crucial if you want to make your unpacking as easy as possible.

Just like when you were packing up, it will be of great help to develop a system when unpacking your self storage unit. It’s never good to just randomly open the boxes. Organize your unpacking process by room and think of the items you are going to need first.

Knowing what to unpack first

By this point, you will realize just how important it is to label your boxes. As we mentioned above, it’s best to take out the boxes that you are going to unpack first. But how do you know what’s best to unpack first? Luckily, our guide has the answers. For example, it would be good to start with unpacking daily necessities.

Unpack the necessities first

What are you going to need for the first day and the first night in your new home? It will probably be clothes, pillows, mattress and bed sheets, toiletries and of course, come the essential kitchen supplies. It’s best to stick to the basics first and not to worry about more complicated tasks like putting together the bed frame or assembling your furniture.

Moving on to unpacking the kitchen

After you finish unpacking the things you need the most, it’s best to move on to the kitchen supplies. It would be best to have a fully unpacked and ready-to-use kitchen as soon as possible. You will surely want to have a nice home-cooked meal after all the stress from moving.

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You should unpack your kitchen essentials as soon as possible when unpacking your self storage container.

Unpacking the bedrooms and bathrooms

Work on setting up the bedrooms and bathrooms after you finish setting up the kitchen. You probably already took out some towels and toiletries for your first day in the new home, but now it’s time to finish up. Start by cleaning the bathroom and then put away all your bathroom items. Next, move to the bedrooms and put your clothes in the closet.

After that, it’s time to assemble your furniture. This can be a tricky task and therefore we recommend hiring professionals to do it for you. But if you wish to assemble the furniture yourself, we advise that you take your time to read the instructions if there are any. On the other hand, you can always ask someone to help you with it. Maybe a new neighbor? It would be a good opportunity to meet someone from your new neighborhood.

Save outdoor belongings for last

If you followed our tips and started unpacking your self storage container the way we suggested, all that should be left to unpack are the things that go outside. That is, the belongings you will put either in your garage or your backyard. Most of the items you will put there are not essential and you can unpack them last. You can take all the time you want to unpack them. Hopefully, after reading this article, your unpacking will go smoothly and without any inconveniences.

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