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.

Packing Materials

Washington or Idaho – PortaBox Storage presents you with the premium self-storage alternative for all your needs!

If you need packing materials, we can deliver them right alongside your container.  You can also drop by one of our offices to purchase packing materials at your convenience.

We offer everything you will need to ensure the safety of your packed belongings, including:

  • Padlock locks
  • Lock with two (2) keys
  • 10 paper pads & one roll of tape bundle
  • 10 book cartons, 5 medium cartons, & one roll of tape bundle
  • PortaPAK #1
  • PortaPAK #2
  • Paper pads

We also offer rental plans for some of our packing materials, including:

  • Blankets
  • PortaPads (monthly rental required)

PortaPAK Contents

The following is a list and description of the materials needed to protect your possessions:

1. Book Carton (1.5 cu. ft.) – A small, easy to handle carton designed for heavy items such as books and records. Care must be taken so the box does not become too heavy for handling.  Extremely old or valuable books should be individually wrapped.

2. Medium Carton (3 cu. ft.) -This utility box has a wide range of uses for smaller items throughout the home.  It is ideal for small appliances, tools, non-perishable food, or clothing.  Packing similar articles together will make unpacking easier.

3 & 4. Large Cartons (4.5 to 6.5 cu. ft.) – Useful for lighter weight, bulky items such as linens, pillows, and large toys.

5. Dishpack – An especially sturdy carton for fragile items including china, glassware, figurines, and sculptures.  This carton is often reinforced with inserts to further protect such items as crystal stemware.  All pieces of china and glassware should be individually wrapped in unprinted paper and properly secured with additional paper padding. Dishes should be positioned on end to lessen the chance for breakage. Each carton should be labeled “Fragile – This End Up. ”

6. Upright Carton -Typically used for lamps, statuary, and other specially sized items.

7. Wardrobe – A portable closet.  Clothes remain on hangers to stay free of dirt and minimize wrinkles.

8. Mirror/Picture Cartons -Telescoping cartons fit each mirror, picture or glass table top exactly.  Heavy corrugated braces reinforce each corner.

9. Mattress Cartons – Available in a number of sizes, from crib to king mattress.  They protect mattresses and box springs from dirt and tearing and help provide structural support to avoid bending.

10. Packing Paper – Only clean unprinted paper should be used for wrapping and padding.

Please check with your local PortaBox warehouse for up-to-date pricing on all packing materials.

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