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 moving from Newcastle easier

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The moving process, admittedly, can be very tiresome and complicated. There is simply too much to do for it not to be so. However, there are ways how you can make moving from Newcastle easier for you and your family. To start with, you can always hire full services from a moving company and not worry about a thing. But that can be a very costly proposition. The most cost-effective option you have is to utilize a portable storage solution. At Portabox Storage Seattle, we specialize in providing storage options that are tailored to your time and your budget. But in this article, we are going to present you with a couple of tips on how to make the relocation from Newcastle much more manageable.

5 tips on how to make moving from Newcastle easier

  • Utilize packing services
  • Rent a portable storage solution
  • Organize your relocation ahead of time
  • Donate some of your belongings
  • Pack an essentials bag for the moving day

While these tips will make the moving process a bit easier, you will still want to ensure that you have enough time on your hands. For example, it is always smart to start searching for a Newcastle self storage facility as soon as you can. By having a set place for your belongings, much of the remainder of the process will be made easier. Also, unless you plan on performing a DIY relocation, you will want to spend some time researching the moving companies in the area.

Choosing a quality moving company

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Hiring professionals will make things easier, as well.

Most people choose to go with a moving company for their relocation. Professional movers make the whole ordeal much easier by taking most of the work upon their shoulders. However, not all moving companies are the same. What you want to do is conduct thorough research of movers in Newcastle, compare their prices, and read their customer reviews. This is a process that can take up quite a bit of your time, too.

It is always best to start searching for moving professionals as soon as you know that you will be moving away from Newcastle. After you find the moving company to take care of your relocation, it is time to look for storage solutions in your new neighborhood. For example, if you are moving to Issaquah, you will be looking for Issaquah self storage solutions. Or you can opt for a more cost-effective solution, portable storage. We will get to that in a bit. But for now, if you want to make your move a lot easier, you really need to consider packing services.

Packing services will make moving from Newcastle easier

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If you want to make it easy on yourself, hire packing services.

Most moving companies will offer packing services for your relocation. If you want to make it easy on yourself, this is the route to take. The main benefit of these services, aside from the time and energy savings, lies in the top-quality packing materials. Your items will have the best protection available for their journey. Even if you want to do most of the packing on your own, it is in your best interest to obtain such materials. Since these materials on their own can be quite expensive, you may also want to look into an alternative relocation method.

Rent a portable storage solution

If you want to make your relocation both easy and cost-effective, you may want to look into portable storage solutions. This is an extremely easy way to relocate, as you can simply order a PortaBox to your home and pack everything at your own pace. We can also provide you with packing materials of the highest quality, ensuring that your belongings get the maximum available protection.

All that is left is to arrange the pick-up and storage direction, and you will be able to enjoy your new self-storage solution. You can even utilize self storage during winter, to great effect. By having most of your items inside a portable storage unit, you will make it a lot easier to relocate your other belongings. You may even find that you don’t need the services of a moving company at all! If that happens to be the case, you will be saving a considerable sum on your Newcastle relocation.

Organize your relocation ahead of time

Whatever you end up choosing, you are going to need to make a relocation plan. This does not only involve the physical transition of your belongings, either. There are so many tasks that you might want to write down in your moving checklist, you will need a way to organize them. By creating a timeline, for example, you will be able to focus your efforts on a few specific days and be much more efficient. Again, having some of your belongings safely tucked away in a portable storage unit is highly beneficial. But for the most part, you will want to sit down and properly plan your relocation. Everything starts with a good plan, after all.

Donate some of your belongings to make moving from Newcastle easier

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Donate some of your belongings.

Chances are that you are not going to bring all of your belongings with you to your new home. Therefore, you might want to look into some of the charities that operate within the city of Newcastle. If your items are in good condition, you can expect that they will be able to find a place for them. By reducing the number of items you are taking with you, you will both reduce the overall moving costs and make the relocation a lot easier.

Pack an essentials bag for the moving day

Lastly, you will want to ensure that you have prepared an “essentials” bag for the relocation day. This bag needs to include everything you may need to “survive” a day or two without the rest of your items. While this is a far-fetched scenario, it does happen from time to time. Therefore, pack some toiletries, a change of clothes, an entertainment device or two, and anything that you simply can’t imagine living without for even a day. Don’t overpack the bag, though, take only the essentials with you. This will make moving from Newcastle easier, no matter what happens.

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