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.

Reasons why you don’t need climate-controlled storage

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Climate-controlled storage is a popular choice for many who plan to move.  It’s spacious and perfect for a great number of items. However, you don’t need climate-controlled storage for every moving project that exists. Sometimes, a simple self storage Seattle movers provide is quite enough. It’s useful, and yet comes in handy. The best storage solutions are found at companies that commit to excellent service and quality of units. As one of the best-rated storage providers, we at PortaBox want you to know that all your belongings are safe in our top-level units. So, give us a call whenever you need a convenient storage solution.

When renting climate-controlled storage isn’t necessary?

Climate-controlled storage comes in different sizes. It’s spacious, with a climate-control feature that enables optimal temperature 24/7, regardless of the season. That’s why people look forward to booking these units for an array of benefits. It’s safe and keeps the majority of stored items intact. The prices may vary since every company has its price range. However, the size and storage rental period will decide on the final price.

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You don’t need climate-controlled storage during short-term relocations. Choose portables instead!

If you plan to relocate to another state or across the ocean,  climate-controlled storage is your best solution. Otherwise, you’re just paying extra money by renting a storage space you won’t completely use. Whether you need a climate-controlled unit or not depends on the following reasons below:

  • Duration of your move
  • Moving budget
  • The items you’re moving 

You don’t need a climate-controlled storage unit if moving locally

Let’s say that you’re about to move to another apartment, two blocks away. Further, you’re not moving too many items. However, you need to store them somewhere safe. What storage option would work best for you – a climate-controlled unit, or a portable container? The latter sounds more convenient and a lot more beneficial:

  1. Climate-controlled units are meant for more complex relocation. If your move is quite short, there’s no need to invest in such storage space like that. What you need is a smaller, compact, and therefore more affordable unit than a climate-controlled one.
  2. Shorter relocation requires simplified storage services that also cost you less. By renting a portable unit instead of a climate-controlled one, you’re saving up money at the same time.

You don’t need climate-controlled storage if you’re moving your small business within no more than two days

If you’re running a small business and plan to relocate it, pause before you rush to rent storage. If your business moving project doesn’t last longer than two days. The best storage to pick is a commercial, inventory storage that is more than enough for your needs, Just choose the safe one, load it with office inventory and go about your other moving tasks.

Portable units are more convenient when refurbishing

You need safe storage for your belongings while your space is undergoing changes – reconstruction, repainting, etc. The most common solution people opt for is renting a climate-controlled unit, even for just a few days. This is why it’s worth knowing that there are so many affordable and convenient storage solutions on the market to choose from. Having said that, you don’t really need to rent a climate-controlled unit since there are portables, for example. They are safe, easy to access, and affordable.

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Portables and on-demand storage are your go-to solution.

Choose on-demand storage units

You must be wondering “What are on-demand storage units anyway?“. They are similar to portable containers, even slightly better. All you need is to give a call to a storage company, and their staff will drop off the containers. After you load it, let the company know when to come to pick it up. It’s that simple! In addition, on demand storage Seattle solutions are much more cost-effective.

Find a company that provides quality portable units

It’s true that mobile storage containers Seattle has on offer are affordable substitutes. What you must pay attention to is the quality of those very units. Even portable units differ from one another. That’s why it’s best to do a little bit of research instead of making any hasty decision.

Tips to help you find the best storage company for you

An Internet search will take you to many storage companies that promise great quality. Nevertheless, it’s up to you to decide which one is worth the coin. Here’s how to make an informed decision regarding storage rental that won’t leave you disappointed:

  • Do a background check on any particular company that seems promising. Learn more about its experience and services on the official website.
  • Look up previous customer testimonials. They will give you more information about storage solutions a company offers. Also, pay attention to comments about a company’s personnel.
  • Choose several moving and storage companies you will contact directly. Interviews each company and make sure to write down the most important information.

Visit storage units in person

Call one o the companies that seem the best so far and request to see the storage solutions they have on offer. In case the company refuses to showcase its units, be sure that’s a red flag right there. Any professional company that holds its storage services up to the highest standard is proud to present its units.

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Contact several storage companies before you make a final decision.

Therefore, better contact the next company on your list that doesn’t seem like another fraudulent scheme. After you ensure the storage is sanitized, pest-free, safe 24/7, and suitable for your budget, wait no more and rent it.

Choose storage units wisely

Now that the reasons why you don’t need climate-controlled storage are familiar to you, it’s time to choose proper storage. Search for companies that have versatile storage offers, and capable staff that treats clients’ items with care. Fortunately, the market is filled with various convenient storage solutions at quite modest prices.

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