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 stage your Seattle office for sale

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When it comes to selling a home, staging means a lot, and brings many benefits with it. With a properly staged home, you drastically increase your chance to sell it quickly. Staging helps potential buyers to get a better idea of how the space can be used and highlights the features of your property. The very same can be done with commercial spaces and offices. In fact, staging is even more important when it comes to selling an office. But just how do you stage your Seattle office for sale? This is the question PortaBox Storage Seattle is here to answer for you today. A well-staged office can spend up to 75% less time on the market, and bring a higher profit by up to 20%. If you want to make an amazing office sale, rely on our handy staging tips!

Natural light is your best friend

People often imagine offices as drab and boring workspaces, often full of dull neon lights. This is exactly why you should take advantage of natural light and ventilation as much as you possibly can. When a space has plenty of natural light, the productivity of people in it drastically increases. Furthermore, good ventilation helps people with drowsiness and reduces the risk of building-wide illness. So, do your best to free up the space around your windows, and let in as much natural light as possible. You can place any items which are blocking natural light in our on demand storage Seattle for safekeeping. When you’re arranging your office for sale, it is very important to consider both the size and the layout of your space, in order to maximize good light and ventilation.

Seattle office for sale with luxury furniture
Combine different light sources to improve the appeal of your office

Besides natural light, you also need to think about artificial lighting as well. If you want to properly stage your office, you need to have a variety of lighting options available. A good combination of lights sets the tone of your space, making it more inviting. In addition, lighting greatly helps bring highlights to specific places and features in your office. This helps anyone spending time in it get a better idea of what they’re looking at. For example, light fixtures which emit a warm glow make objects in the room appear larger. This makes the objects look bigger, and much more luxurious than they would under fluorescent lights. If you place recessed lights behind plants and furniture, you can create a look that is natural, inviting, and professional. Do keep in mind, however, that your choice of lights needs to match the overall office theme.

Stage your Seattle office for sale with a good choice of furniture

Purchasing and maintaining an office space is certainly expensive. With that in mind, it is important to get the most out of your investment. One of the ways to do this is by choosing furniture that is both practical and stylish. When picking furniture pieces for your Seattle office, think about the purpose of your space. If it is primarily used for business meetings, you need furniture that is comfortable, spacious, and sleek. But if your office serves a more informal purpose, such as computer work, then a more relaxed and colorful choice. Also, remember that furniture wears down over time, which is why replacing it can do a world of good. Your old furniture can stay in our business storage Seattle until you find a new use for it. If you put in new pieces of furnishing, your potential buyers will surely notice it.

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Add meeting rooms in your office to boost collaboration

A bright color scheme makes your office more inviting

One of the most important decisions to make when staging your Seattle office for sale is picking a bright and inviting color scheme. A good color palette helps energize the space, highlight the office accents, and make the entire space more inviting and user-friendly. Furthermore, a colorful and clean space can boost productivity. When picking colors, think about the surrounding environment as well as the needs of the office space itself. For example, if you’re selling or making brightly colored products, you want to avoid colors that are common in natural environments, like blue or green. On the other hand, if your office space has wood floors, you need to choose colors that will contrast with the flooring, creating a more polished look. The best thing to do is discuss your choice of colors with an interior designer or decorator. Expert advice will guarantee success, and ensure a well-staged office.

Utilize art pieces that reflect the brand of your Seattle Office

Artwork can leave a huge impact on both your entire office space, as well as potential buyers. If you want to make sure your office spends little time on the market, and ensure a good sale, consider the benefits of adding artwork to the work environment. Start by figuring out what type of artwork best reflects your brand. If you’re selling products related to nature, for example, use art pieces that feature flora and fauna. If you’re in the tech world, use modern art concepts featuring technology and innovation. Make sure that all artworks compliment each other and create an appealing flow throughout the office space. You can emphasize your displays even further by incorporating different lighting settings.

office lounge with works of art
With appealing artwork, it’s easy to stage your Seattle office for sale

Add conference rooms and offices to improve and stage your Seattle office

Investing in your business requires that you carefully consider the features it owns, and how they can work in your favor when trying to stage your Seattle office for sale. And this doesn’t just apply to the layout of your office, but any design your potential buyer decides to create. One such feature is the rooms people will spend their time in. Conference rooms are a great place to bring clients and employees together. They give off a professional feeling and inspire people to discuss and collaborate. If you want to impress serious buyers, systematically store some of your inventory and create personal offices. They’re a great isolated workspace for top executives, which allows them to work in peace and fully focus on their tasks. Regardless if you’re redesigning your Seattle office or building it from scratch, these spaces will help you get the most out of your investment.

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