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.

Summertime college storage tips

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In case you are a college student, you certainly start thinking about how to store your belongings once summer starts approaching. If you are going home for the summer, it is quite complicated bringing everything with you and bringing it back after some time. So, avoid going through complications of this kind and store your items. We are going to provide you with some summertime college storage tips and we hope you will find them useful. Go through your options and choose the one that suits you best.

Which size of storage unit is perfect for you?

This certainly depends on the number of items you have and their size. However, since you are a college student and you are living in a dorm, you probably do not have too many items. The only large items you might have are sofas, twin beds, or some larger pieces of decoration.

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The size of the unit you want to rent depends on how many items you want to store

However, if this is not the case and you just have several boxes, almost any storage size will be of use. Of course, Lynnwood self storage containers are always at your disposal. Your belongings are going to be perfectly safe inside. You are going to have them stored in perfect condition and won’t have to worry all summer long.

How much is this going to cost?

If you do not have much experience in this area, you should know that the prices can vary from one company to another. So, what you should do is ask several companies and see the services of which one will be a good choice budget-wise. In fact, you should bear in mind that probably a lot of companies have special offers for students. You can probably count on some type of discount – just make sure you choose the one that suits you best. Most storage providers offer a month-to-month lease contract or other types of short-term leases. In a situation of this kind, you can feel free to choose whether you would like your belongings to remain there for a month, two, or maybe longer. The best thing you can do is contact PortaBox Storage and check everything by yourself.

One of the summertime college storage tips is to pack your items properly

In case you have packed your belongings when you relocated to college, you probably already know what to do now. However, if you had some help, we are going to point out what is the most important when you are preparing your items for storage. First of all, you should use packing paper and bubble packs, especially for fragile items. In addition to this, you should make sure the boxes you are using are in good condition.

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One of the summertime college storage tips is using packing supplies of good quality

They should not be damaged because this means that your items are not going to be safe. Also, when you are putting items in a box, do your best not to overload it. Should you follow these tips, you will know that your items are going to be safe in your unit.

You should make sure you choose a reliable storage provider

What you certainly want to avoid is worrying about whether your items are going to remain in good condition once you get them back. In order to avoid thinking about this and stressing yourself, choose a storage facility wisely. Above all, you should check the company itself. If they have good reviews and if your interaction with them is great, then you can be sure that you have found a professional. This is going to be the case if you are trying to find self storage Boise. Feel free to ask everything you would like to know end expect a detailed description of services rendered. With helpful representatives providing you with all of the details you will have nothing to worry about and be able to enjoy your summer to the fullest.

Storing your items can be quite a simple process

Something that makes this entire process much less complex is not putting too much effort into transporting your items. So, if there is storage near you it will solve your problem. On the other hand, if they are too expensive, the good thing is that there is another good solution. Namely, you should consider renting one of the most convenient self storage Seattle has to offer. With professionals who are going to deliver a storage container to you, you practically get the service at your doorstep. Once you pack everything inside, the storage container will be transported to a facility for safe-keeping. Your unit is going to be in storage until the end of summer when you need it back. Besides being a convenient way of storing your items during summer it is a time-saving solution as well.

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Let PortaBox help you and you will not have to carry your belongings to the storage facility by yourself

If you are thinking about whether to bring all of your items with you wherever you are spending your summer break or to store them, go for the latter. It is much more convenient not to be in a situation to pack and unpack everything several times. We have provided you with some of the most important summertime college storage tips. All you should do now is choose a unit that suits you best, think about for how long to rent it, and start packing your items. When you go home for the summer, you will not worry about their safety. You will know that everything will be waiting for you exactly in the same condition in which you left it. Use this chance and spend the entire summer in a stress-free manner, as you should.

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