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.

Most common collectible items and how to store them

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Almost every person out there has an indescribable passion for certain types of items. These items are called collectibles and they come in all shapes and sizes. Usually, collectibles have a special place in the hearts of those who collect them. That’s why the owner will oftentimes go to great lengths in order to keep their precious possessions safe. We here at PortaBox Storage have had a lot of experience with the most common collectible items and we certainly know the right way to store them. As always, we don’t mind sharing that knowledge with you.

Five most common collectible items and the right way to store them

Of course, there are many different things you could decide to collect. That’s why you shouldn’t feel discouraged if it turns out that you aren’t collecting something from our list. Even if that’s the case, chances are that you are going to be able to remember some tips that will help you store your collectibles when placing them in an Issaquah self storage unit.

1. Vinyl records

Vinyl records aren’t just a fun thing to collect – they are also a fun thing to use and listen to. Furthermore, vinyl records usually remind their owners of some better and happier times that are now in the past. So if you have an enviable collection of vinyl records, you are definitely in good company. But what happens when you want to place your records in a Redmond self storage unit for the time being?

A vinyl record in a record player.
In order to listen to your records indefinitely, you need to invest some of your time at the present moment.

That’s when you learn how to store your vinyl records like a pro. The best tip we can give you is to always keep your records in their album jackets. Put them in an upright position and store them in a plastic container. That should keep them safe until you decide to take them out of storage.

2. Comic books

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only children that collect comic books – quite the contrary. Adults can oftentimes have impressive comic book collections, which is why they are considered as some of the most common collectible items worldwide. The only problem with comic books is the fact that even the slightest damage to your item can impact its value. Thus, the best way to protect your comics is by keeping them bagged, even when out of storage. When it comes to the storage itself, we always suggest that you get a temperature-controlled unit for your items. Comic books need to be stored in a dry and dark place with zero chance of humidity and moisture.

3. Coins

There is little that can beat the all-time favorite collectible item – coins. Some people like collecting coins with different currencies while others relish collecting coins from different eras. Having that in mind, it’s safe to say that some coins could have an incredible monetary value. However, it doesn’t matter whether you are collecting valuable coins or the ones you pick up from the street – your collection has an immense emotional value. By default, that makes these items important and worth your attention.

Stacks of coins - some of the most common collectible items.
Your coin collection entails proper care, no matter its size.

If you plan to place your coin collection in temporary or door to door storage Seattle, you need to do your part of the job. Make sure your collection is away from any humidity, acids, heat, and cold. You are also going to need a good coin holder that will provide 100% protection for your items. Considering the fact that you are dealing with some of the most valuable collectible items around, investing in their storage certainly pays off.

4. Stamps

Stamps could very well be the most collectible item in the world. Being a stamp collector isn’t just a hobby – it’s a chance for the collector to learn many new things about different countries and places. And because there are so many stamp collectors around, you are most likely going to find a group of people that have the same interest as you. Who would have thought that so many great things can come out of stamps?

If you are a passionate stamp collector, then you most likely know that the main rule is not to touch your stamps. The second rule when it comes to storing stamps is keeping them in temperature-controlled storage. Stamps need to be away from direct sunlight and in a cool room. Finally, be very careful where you place your box with stamps. The general rule of thumb is to place them on a higher surface which will protect them in case of flooding.

5. Jewelry

Being a collector of jewelry is one very expensive hobby. However, the people who collect jewelry aren’t looking for the most expensive pieces, although they certainly have some in their collection. Instead, they are looking for items that will be able to fit in with the unique aesthetic appeal of their collection. Those collections usually get passed down to the next generation, most of which will add new pieces to the collection. And that’s how jewelry becomes one of the most common collectible items around. So if you are thinking about placing your collection in reliable Bellevue self storage, you need to be really careful. No mistakes are allowed with this type of collection.

A person with tattoos and rings.
Jewelry collectors are usually looking for very authentic pieces.

The best thing would be to place your entire collection in a password-protected safe. That safe can then be placed inside a storage unit that will be in a secure facility. You really want to provide layers of protection for these items. The slightest mistake could turn out to be very expensive. Besides, all of these most common collectible items can have a huge monetary value. Furthermore, they are also worth their weight in gold when it comes to their emotional value. That’s why they deserve your full attention and care, as it’s in your best interest to protect them.

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