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 make living in a Seattle condo more comfortable

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Living in a Seattle condo has its pros and cons. Still, with all the advantages this option provides, we can all agree that high comfort is not among them. However, even though comfort is something that all people living in small spaces lack, it doesn’t mean that there are no ways to make living in a Seattle condo more comfortable. Since we deal with people who live in small spaces all the time, PortaBox Storage has a lot of experience with this issue. So we decided to share our findings with you and help you turn your living space into a zone of comfort regardless of its configuration or size. Let’s take a look.

First, identify the problem

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Your first task is to find out what is the biggest problem in your condo

The first thing that you need to do when you want to make living in a Seattle condo more comfortable is to identify the problem.  In most cases, the number of items that you keep in your home will be the main issue.  If that is the case, the only thing that you need to do is to declutter. However, decluttering can be a complex task. Especially if the number of items you piled up over the years is extensive.  Let’s take a look at how to do this right.

Decluttering your Seattle condo

When it comes to decluttering, the main issue is the psychological issues that most people encounter when having to throw away particular items. Many of us create bonds with objects that we are tied to for whatever reason. And saying goodbye to that stuff is not easy. But if you make a pause and think why are you doing this everything will be easier. Moreover, there are options that will allow you to make living in a Seattle condo more comfortable without having to say goodbye to your most favorite items like renting mobile storage containers Seattle. Here are your options.

What to do with excess items

There are many ways in which you can remove excess items from your home. It all depends on how much time and energy you are ready to invest. And whether you are looking to make a profit or your main goal is to clear out space in your condo.

Organize a yard sale

A yard sale is the most profitable way to remove excess items. However, to do this right, you need to have a yard, enough items, and you need to have enough time and organizational skills to prepare the sale properly. Still, this is the best way to make money on the items you need to remove from your Seattle condo.

Sell your furniture to a retailer

If you some furniture pieces to get rid of, we suggest that you look for a used furniture retailer in your vicinity and try to sell them there. Still, even though this is the fast way to get rid of used furniture, do not how earn a significant profit this way.

Sell items online

Internet is a good place to sell stuff. Especially if you have only a few pieces to let go of. You can even get a fair price for your items. However, you never know how long it will actually take. SO if you want to make living in a Seattle condo more comfortable fast, we suggest that you find another way to get rid of your excess belongings.

Donate to charity

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Charity donations are a great way to remove excess items from your home

The fastest and easiest way to get rid of items that you do not need anymore is to donate them to charity, Charity organizations will take just about everything. The best thing is that they will come to your place to pick up the stuff. So you do not have to deal with transport.

Get junk removal service

Calling junk removal service is also a good and easy way to remove your items. However, since you have to pay for this service we suggest that you use this only in the case when your items are not in usable condition.

Rent self storage

If you need to clear out your space, but you do not want to say goodbye to your items completely, renting portable Issaquah self storage containers is definitely a practical and cost-effective solution. This way, you will get the free space that you were striving for. And you will not have to deal with a broken heart caused by saying farewell to your favorite trinkets.

Control the climate in your condo

Of course, decluttering is the best and most efficient way to make living in a Seattle home more comfortable. Particularly if you use good packing materials Seattle to preserve your items long term. However, there are other things that could increase the level of comfort as well. One of the main issues that can create discomfort in this type of home is climate. If you do not have climate control, your life will be much more difficult. That is why we suggest that you invest in some type of climate control like an HVAC System that can set the environment based on automatic readings and assessments.

Get appropriate window treatments to control the light

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Install blinds on your windows so you can control the light that is coming in

While having a lot of light is always a good choice for condos, in some situations you would want to have more control over the amount of light that is coming in. Especially in the morning or during hot summer days. That is why we suggest that you install some blinds or draperies that you can use to lower the light when you need to.

Get a good bed

Nothing affects our bodies as a good night’s sleep. That is why it is important to have a nice and comfortable bed in our home.  Invest in a good mattress or get a completely new bed if you can. If you have a good place to sleep at night, everything else will be easier to bear.

This is not so hard to achieve

As you can see there are only a few simple things that you should do in order to make living in a Seattle condo more comfortable. Follow our guide and we are sure that you will enjoy your condo more than ever before.

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