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 pack kitchen appliances for storage

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The kitchen is one of the hardest rooms to pack. The main reason for that is the sheer amount of things we keep in our kitchens. When moving your kitchen or putting things from it in Everett self storage, you need to pack a wide variety of items from dozens of pieces of cutlery to fragile and valuable fine china. Appliances are by far not the most finicky thing on that list. But if you plan on using them again, you will need to put in some effort. To learn how to properly pack kitchen appliances for storage to avoid any unforeseen complications, keep reading this article.

Before you pack kitchen appliances for storage

Kitchen stove.
Before you pack kitchen appliances for storage, you need to prepare.

Like with most things, preparing your kitchen appliances for Bainbridge Island self storage will be easier if you prepare for it in advance. So before you start packing, take some time to:

  • Decide on your inventory. Appliances don’t last forever. Before you pack and store them, make sure they’re worth the effort. If they’re not, dispose of them and replace them with newer models later. This will save you the time and effort of packing them. It can even lower your storage expenses as you won’t need as much storage space when you have fewer items to store.
  • Make a plan of action. Decide on the order in which you will pack your appliances. Start with those you don’t use as much before moving on to those you use on a daily basis.
  • Prepare the tools and materials. To make packing easier, you’ll want to set up a packing station with all the tools and materials gathered in advance. You’ll need either the original packaging for your appliances or moving boxes of appropriate sizes, tape, bubble wrap, markers, and more.

The best way to pack kitchen appliances for storage

Once you have everything ready to go, it’s time to start packing. Remember: this is how you protect your appliances from damage while they’re in storage. So if you want to use them again sometime, you’ll need to do a good job.

Use original packaging

Whenever possible, you should use the original packaging for all electronics. The boxes were literally made to measure for the appliance they hold. Furthermore, they typically include some form of protection such as styrofoam molds designed to hold all the different parts of the appliance in question. This makes them the absolute best thing you can pack the appliance in whenever you’re moving or storing it. And as an added bonus, you don’t have to spend time or money on finding other packing materials instead.

Person pouring juice from a blender.
If you only recently bought some of your appliances, you probably still have the packaging.

If you no longer have the original packaging, however, you’ll need to improvise. Small and medium moving boxes usually do the trick. Just make sure to wrap your appliances in bubble wrap, fill the empty space in the boxes with cushioning material, and seal the boxes tight with durable tape.

Consult the instruction manuals

Most kitchen appliances don’t really require a lot of special attention when being packed, moved, or stored. But some do. So it wouldn’t hurt to read the instruction manuals that came with the appliances. Here, you will find information on how to prepare different appliances by cleaning and disassembling them. Don’t worry – you don’t have to read the entire manual, just skim the relevant parts. If you no longer have the manuals, you can find most of them online these days.

Disassemble and clean everything

Kitchen appliances typically come into contact with a lot of food and liquids. So they require regular cleaning. But before you put them in PortaBox Storage Seattle, you’ll need to do a more thorough job than usual. Leftover food residue or moisture can cause serious damage to electronics, especially if you’re keeping them in storage for a longer period of time. It is, therefore, vital to ensure your appliances are as clean as they can get. Start by taking apart your appliances. Then, you can clean each part individually more easily and more thoroughly. Not to mention, you can more easily pack and better protect appliances when you disassemble them.

Wrap and protect each appliance (or appliance part) individually

Bubble wrap.
Protect your appliances from damage by wrapping them.

Your appliances won’t magically appear in storage – they need to be transported there. This is the risky part: during transport, boxes of appliances might move around, bump into each other, and fall down. All this can cause damage to your belongings. If your appliances reach storage safely, they still need to be protected during their stay from dust, debris, moisture, and more. This is why it’s so important to protect your appliances by wrapping them in bubble wrap, paper, or fabric. Then, secure the wrapping using tape or twine.

Pack appliances in appropriate boxes

The final step is boxing your appliances. If you’re using the original packaging, simply arrange the parts in the styrofoam or plastic mold and slide the mold into the box. If you’re using other packing materials, you’ll need to prepare the box first. Line it with bubble wrap or fabric, then put the wrapped appliance inside. Fill any remaining space with more bubble wrap, packing peanuts, shredded or crumpled paper, or styrofoam. Lightly shake the box to check that the contents of it are not moving too much.

Finally, pack the small and medium boxes with appliances into large boxes for easier handling and storing. Just be careful not to put too many appliances together or you won’t be able to lift the box.

After you pack kitchen appliances for storage

You have to remember that when you pack kitchen appliances for storage, you also need to unpack them later on. To make this process easier, you’ll want to plan for unpacking as you pack. The most obvious part of this is labeling each box so you know what’s in it later. But you should also keep all parts of a single appliance in one place.

Finally, store the appliances you might need sooner toward the front of your storage space so they’re easier to reach. The hope is that, if you pack your appliances right, you’ll be able to use them again once you take them out of storage. If that isn’t the case, you’ll need to buy new appliances. This is an additional expense that you probably don’t need. So it’s best to avoid it by packing your appliances carefully!

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