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 to convert your garage into a gym

    The garage is a multi-functional area in every home. Despite its primary purpose of parking your car there, a lot of people also tend to use it for storing extra items. Every once in a while, people will get a great idea of converting their garage into a room with a specific function. And at one point or another, we all want that at-home gym experience. So, if you have been wondering how you can convert your garage into a gym, you are certainly not the only one. We here at PortaBox Storage Seattle have some experience with the matter, given how many people choose to rent storage when doing home remodeling projects and in need of extra space. So, let’s explore how best to handle this undertaking.

    How to convert your garage into a gym in a few simple steps

    Gym machines to purchase after you convert your garage into a gym.
    There are only a few steps that stand between you and the gym you are fantasizing about.

    Now, to start off, you need to understand that this is not going to be an easy project. You will have to put some work, effort, and funds towards building a gym. But when you take a look at the bigger picture, you’ll notice that the entire process can be broken down into five simple steps:

    1. Clear out your garage

    How much time you will have to dedicate to this initial step mostly depends on how cluttered your garage is. The more items you accumulated in your garage over the years, the longer it will take you to declutter it all. However, if all you have in your garage are some essential items that you couldn’t find room for in your home, then you have an easy solution in front of you. You can find reliable storage pods Seattle where you can keep your items safe and sound. Most importantly, you can clear out your garage while also keeping all of your items at arm’s reach.

    Moreover, there’s always the option of selling your items by organizing a garage sale. Think about it – every dollar you earn can be put into purchasing brand new gym equipment. Whether you sell, keep, or donate mostly depends on your personal attachment to your items or the lack of it.

    2. Use your space in the best possible way

    We don’t know how big or small your garage is. But we guess that you are not working with unlimited space, like the majority of people. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be an obstacle to you having the gym of your dreams. After you have cleared out all of your junk and placed your surplus items in self storage Boise, you now have some brainstorming to do. Take a good, realistic look at the space you have. Try to envision the best plan for the area.

    A floor plan.
    Make a basic floor plan and use your space to the max.

    Your job is to come up with a floor plan that will help you maximize the space you have. Of course, you can always seek out professional help, such as the one you can get from an architect. However, you are probably already capable of planning out your garage space. You just need to put some thought into it.

    3. Focus on functional machines when converting your garage into a gym

    It’s completely understandable that you would want to own every piece of equipment that you have ever seen. Most of us think that a treadmill is a staple in every home gym. Sure, most people will get great value from it – but not everyone is the same. When converting your garage into a gym, you need to focus on your own body. Since you won’t be able to put dozens of machines into your home gym, it’s best to focus on those machines that you already use at the gym. If you know that something works for your body, then why change it?

    Bear in mind that you can never go wrong by adding some basic workout equipment into your space:

    • Kettlebells.
    • Dumbbells.
    • Body bands.
    • Jumping rope.

    These are all examples of popular gym equipment that is always trending.

    4. Adjust the space to yourself

    It doesn’t matter whether you are a fitness enthusiast or someone that is just starting to work out – everyone has those days when they don’t feel like hitting the gym. And that’s normal. But sometimes those days can turn into weeks, at which point it will be hard to get back to your routine. So if you want to give yourself a little incentive to keep yourself active on a regular basis, then you might want to do some decorating.

    Colorful kettlebells.
    Even colorful kettlebells can be enough to add a bit of zest into your home gym.

    Have you ever stored some decorations and knick-knacks in a Bellevue self storage unit? Then you might already have everything you need. You can use old decorations, such as vintage posters, or you can buy brand new stuff. The point is to turn your gym into an appealing area that you will want to spend time in. So don’t hesitate to adjust the space to your own needs, wishes, and preferences.

    5. Think about your climate

    It’s very important for you to be in a room with a comfortable temperature while working out. That’s why you must think about your climate. If you live in a warm area, it would be good to invest in air conditioning. Likewise, if you live in a cold area, don’t forget about central heating. You don’t want to work out in a room that will be too hot, but you also don’t want to freeze.

    Ultimately, how much work and effort it will take to convert your garage into a gym depends on many different variables. But, in most cases, this is something that can be accomplished in a matter of days if you put your heart and soul into it. Besides, it’s in everyone’s best interest for you to get this process over with as quickly as possible so that you can start working on your summer body right away.

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