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.

How renting self storage saves you money when moving interstate

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Interstate relocations are among the most expensive ones. Therefore, saving money is one of the primary concerns, whether you’re moving your business or house. Now, you surely already know how you can save money on supplies and such. But, did you know that temporary storage Seattle movers provide can help toward that goal, too? That’s right, self storage saves you money when moving interstate, regardless of the type of the move. This might seem strange, at a glance. But once you understand how and why it works, you’ll never move without it again.

Cut once – cut twice

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Renting self storage saves you money when moving interstate in many unexpected ways.

Interstate movers charge by the weight of the cargo as opposed to local movers that charge by the hour. So, if you lighten the load, the price will go down. Portable self storage allows you to do exactly that but with a twist. With self storage Newcastle containers, you end up paying even less to move your belongings. Since portable storage crates perfectly double up as shipping containers, they ship like ones, too. And, since shipping is cheaper than standard moving services, self storage saves you money when moving interstate not once – but twice!

Profit from clutter – before or after the move

Interstate relocations aren’t cheap. Therefore, it stands to reason that you’re looking left and right for ways to cut some costs. And the good news is that you can. However, this usually entails leaving some belongings behind or getting rid of them altogether. Both options are less than ideal and, quite frankly, a waste of money. But, if you declutter and sell all that excess, then it’s a different story. Still, this creates another problem.

Namely, you’ll have to spend hours organizing a yard sale or listing belongings at an online marketplace. Of course, this isn’t as much of an issue if you have ample time on your hands. Unfortunately, this is often not the case when moving interstate. However, with self storage, you can do this after you move, at your own pace. No rushing, no throwing away your stuff, no money loss.

Preserve – don’t replace

Downsizing when moving is an excellent tactical move. It lets you save money on rent and utilities in the long run. So, how does storage fit in here? Well, figuring out what to do with excess when downsizing often presents a challenge. Throwing it away is a waste of money, plain and simple. Selling it can net some profit, but not nearly enough to replace the item should you need it down the line. And, of course, stuffing all of it in a smaller home is neither healthy nor aesthetically pleasing. Door to door storage Seattle services turn all these negatives around. It keeps your belongings safe and out of the way while keeping them within reach. Therefore, you don’t have to dispose of your items and repurchase them when the need arises. You retain all the convenience, without sacrificing comfort or functionality.

Find a perfect place – at your own pace

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Don’t contend with less than an ideal place. Use self storage to make apartment hunting easier.

You moved to Lynnwood eager to start your new life. You found the apartment, brought all your stuff in… only to realize it doesn’t work for you. It’s too far from your job, commuting is hell, there are no amenities you need in the immediate vicinity. And now, you not only have to pay the steep rent while looking for a better apartment. You also have to go through all the pain of packing and moving – again.

But, not if your belongings are in a Lynnwood self storage facility. That way, you don’t have to settle for anything less than ideal conditions. The first apartment can act as a staging area, while you’re on the prowl for something better. You can get by renting a smaller place, pay less rent, and still have everything you need. And, once you find that perfect place – the majority of your belongings are ready to go! All you need to do is instruct movers to pick them up and bring them to your new place.

Sell faster – sell for more

Selling your old home often precedes moving. Now, since the US housing market is on fire, there’s no doubt you’ll sell fast. But, why not make it even faster, and more profitable, at that? Because, with self storage – you can.

Staging your house for sale is a challenging task. Customers don’t want to see the place where you used to live. They don’t want to see your stuff, your pictures on the walls, and your clothes on the hangers. They want to envision the place where they’ll build their life. And that’s impossible to do with your stuff getting in the way. But, with your belongings in storage, you can make your old home appeal to many more customers. That way, your house will remain on the market for a shorter period and the offers you get will increase, both in quantity and quality. Plus, you won’t have to pay utilities, maintenance, nor real estate agent for longer than necessary.

Jumpstart your business without breaking your bank

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Self storage lets you restart your business in record time while cutting the losses.

Relocating your business interstate is all about efficiency. You need to:

  • Prepare everything for moving, including supplies in your storage;
  • Vacate the old premises swiftly, so you don’t have to keep paying rent for longer;
  • Find a new business space and occupy it with the same speed to restart your business, and;
  • You have to do it all in record time.

Each one of these activities results in an overall net loss. You lose money on downtime and packing supplies. Disposing of office supplies and materials is throwing money away. Buying new furniture is another money sink, even if you go for the minimalist office design. The list goes on and on.

However, you can circumvent these downsides with business storage Seattle moving companies offer:

  • Increase the speed and efficiency when preparing for the move;
  • No need to dispose of supplies, materials, or office furniture. They’re coming with you;
  • Ship everything out, without wasting money, time, or energy;
  • No need to rent dedicated business storage at your destination – you already have one.

Therefore, self storage saves you money when moving interstate by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of your relocation.

Save on your move and make it easier

Paying to cut the costs of the move does seem counterintuitive at the first glance. Still, no doubt renting self storage saves you money when moving interstate. But, what matters the same (or, arguably, more) is that it makes your move far easier. And, since interstate moves are, by themselves, challenging, every little bit helps, however counterintuitive it might seem.

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