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 ensure your items are safe in storage

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Have you decided to rent storage space? Is this your first time renting one? Then know that storage units, containers, and facilities in general need to be well-maintained at all times. Our team at PortaBox Storage has prepared a guide on how to ensure your items are safe in storage. Choose your storage ally and advisor wisely and have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are always in a secure and clean place.

Why do you need extra storage space in the first place?

The reasons for renting storage are many. The benefits of using one are priceless since you’ll save both time and money and ensure the long-term safety of your items. Whether you need to declutter your belongings, live in a temporary home, or are moving somewhere, storage is the best solution to have your staff organized. If you still wonder why you need to rent storage, check out the following:

  • You’ll save space at home.
  • Your items will be close to you.
  • You can organize your floor plan better, especially if you need to rotate the furniture.
  • There’s no heavy lifting involved.
  • You can use extra storage for seasonal items.

Perhaps most importantly, self-storage is a cost-effective solution. You won’t have to pay a large amount of money to enjoy all the above-mentioned benefits.

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There are many ways to ensure your items are safe in storage but storage experts can advise you best.

The well-maintained facility is a guarantee of safety

To ensure full protection of your belongings, it is not enough to just use the right packing materials. The condition of the storage facility, unit, or mobile storage containers Seattle offers is the core of protection and must be of the best quality. Wonder how the storage experts maintain it?

  • They continuously check if the exterior is without cracks, secure, and properly surveilled.
  • Ensure the temperature is constant using a temperature control system.
  • Every professional self-storage facility regularly arranges for pest control.
  • They do their best to keep the interior clean, tidy, and dry.

If there are no signs of neglect and the premises are clean and tidy, your chosen storage company keeps the facility in good condition.

Ensure your items are safe in the storage space you chose

To ensure your belongings are safe in storage, know that it is a process comprised of several important tasks. According to our experts from Kenmore self storage, this is what you need to pay attention to.

Beware of the dust

While a thin layer of dust may show after a while in storage units or containers that are not airtight, it won’t damage most of your items. However, your clothes, upholstered furniture, and linens might strongly disagree. You can use vacuum storage bags for your clothes and linens, for example. They will help you save space and protect the items at the same time.

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Pack properly and choose clean, dry, and sturdy storage containers.

Clean before storing

The items you plan to store need to be clean and dry. Otherwise, you risk to dirty other items stored together and even cause the development of mold. Keep in mind that temperature-controlled units are not climate-controlled which means that humidity levels are not regulated. If your items are not 100% dry, eventually the mold will grow and ruin the fabric. Moreover, the whole unit will develop a specific smell so easily absorbed by nearby upholstered items.

Pack your items correctly

Improper packing and stacking are the main causes of items breaking in storage. Leaving too much empty space in a container will allow the items to slide within. Over time, the whole container might move and fall out of a stack, damaging both the items within a box and the items underneath. Stack lighter items on top of the heaviest and sturdiest belongings and fill the boxes until no space remains.

Choose adequate storage containers

The best way to keep your belongings organized and ensure their safety is to place them in adequate containers before putting items in storage. Consider the items’ weight when choosing a suitable box. It will matter greatly once you stack those boxes and close the storage unit doors long-term.

Also, keep in mind the size and shape of your belongings as some won’t be able to fit any box. While wrapping certain furniture pieces in plastic may seem like a fast and easy solution it can actually damage some items over time. That is why Seattle mini storage solutions come in handy as they can both fit the items and protect them long-term.

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Keep your belongings safe in a reputable storage facility.

Mind what you store

There are good reasons why you can’t store just any type of thing in a storage unit or facility. A reputable and reliable storage provider will always inform their clients in advance what they can and cannot store with them. To ensure your items are safe in storage as well as maintain the facility clean and safe from pests, storage providers offer their clients to sign they will not store specific items that include:

  • Agricultural products and food.
  • Live animals and furs.
  • Hazardous materials or products, toxic chemicals, fumigants, flammable or combustible material, and explosives.
  • Controlled substances and drugs.
  • Valuable documents, money, deeds, stock certificates, securities, evidence of debt, antiques, jewels, precious metals, jewelry, fine art, stamp collections, and rare or historical items.

In other words, dangerous goods, irreplaceable or valuable items, perishables, and items whose storage or use is regulated or prohibited by the government cannot be stored for liability reasons.

The best way to ensure your items’ safety in storage is to rely on the pros

It may seem that the simple task of storing away your belongings comes with numerous things to consider in the process. If it is so, it is only to ensure your items are safe in storage and in pristine condition when you claim them back. If you’re uncertain how to prepare your items for short or long-term storage, consult with our Lynnwood self storage experts anytime. Letting experts do what they do best will benefit both you and your stored items.

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