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.

Reorganizing your business with self storage – why and how?

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With limited spaces and a lot of items that are necessary to maintain a business, it has become nearly impossible to have an organized work area without resorting to storage solutions. At PortaBox Storage, we know how much a storage unit can help both businesses and individuals. Thus, we know that reorganizing your business with self storage is something you are going to resort to sooner or later. There are a few reasons why you should reorganize your business in the months to come and get everything ready for the summer season which is usually the most hectic time for all businesses. Luckily, we know just how you can manage to bring new life into your business.

Why should you reorganize your business with self storage?

As previously mentioned, there are a few reasons why you might want to consider shaking up things in your office. With so much to gain from portable storage Boise, it’s hard to mention just a single benefit of this process. However, the biggest advantage of reorganization seems to be the fact that you will significantly increase the productivity of your entire staff. Think about it – do you function better when in a messy environment or when in a minimalistic environment? A person’s brain can simply function better when not surrounded by clutter.

People in an office.
Achieve the optimal business results by reorganizing your business with storage solutions.

Another benefit you stand to gain from placing your items in inventory storage Seattle is the fact that they will always be in a safe place. We live in dangerous and unpredictable times where burglary, unfortunately, isn’t a rare occurrence. Having your business items stolen could result in a huge financial loss that your business might not recover from. That’s why business owners usually appreciate all the safety a storage unit can bring, as they are monitored and guarded 24/7.

How to approach reorganizing your business with self storage?

The first thing you ought to know is that, with good organization, this doesn’t have to a disruptive process for your business. Of course, the entire office will probably have to pitch in and provide assistance. But if the chores are equally divided among staff members and everyone knows what their job is, it’s going to be much easier to organize your office. With everyone working towards the same goal, there aren’t going to be any problems and you’ll place your items in storage in no time.

Sort out your items

Quite possibly the biggest part of the job is sorting out your items. One of the biggest mistakes business owners make is mistaking their unit for a dumpster. You are paying for storage services in Seattle with the goal of temporarily removing some necessary items from your office, not with the goal of turning your brand new unit into a dumpster. That’s why you have a lot of work in front before you can actually place your items in storage. First and foremost, you need to figure out what goes and what stays.

Files on shelves after reorganizing your business with self storage.
You are trying to turn your office into a more orderly space – but don’t turn your unit into a mess.

Instruct all of your employees to go through the items related to their position in the company. When it comes to your job as a business owner, you can sort through the most sensitive pieces related to your business. The goal is to end up with a pile of items that will be thrown away for good and a pile of items containing all the things that belong in storage. By placing only the essential items inside your unit, you will be able to maximize the storage space, as well as make your office more workable.

Draw up a map

Do you want to avoid needless rummaging through your Bellevue storage unit when placing your items in storage? Then the best thing you can do for yourself (and for your items) is to draw up a map. Create the most logical layout that will allow you to place all of your items without cramming anything inside. Once you allocate space to each group of items, you will be able to maximize the space inside your unit, not to mention save your precious time. Just beware – it might not seem like it, but it’s going to take you some time to create the best layout. You probably have a variety of different items that need to be stored. The more stuff you have, the harder it will be to place them.

Store the most important items

It doesn’t matter what your line of work is – you most likely possess documents with sensitive pieces of information about your clients and customers. Any document that contains sensitive information is considered to be of high importance and value. The good news is that you can reorganize your business with self storage, as well as improve the safety of your business proceedings, by placing important documents in your unit. It’s important for you to be the only person that can access documents of such high importance.

Three books stacked one on top of another.
Keep your books and documents in a safe and guarded place.

This goes for both paper files and documents stored in cloud storage. Documents are a necessary component of every business but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they take up a lot of space. That’s what makes a storage unit the perfect solution. It will free up some space in your office without compromising the safety of your files.

The bottom line

The question isn’t whether you should be reorganizing your business with self storage, as you definitely should. The real question is how long it’s going to take you to clean out your office. To achieve the fastest results, it’s a good idea to divide the tasks among your employees. The entire office needs to work in unison, as that’s the only way to succeed. After all, there is no reason for you to carry the entire burden by yourself.

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