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.

The benefits of self-storage for seniors

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Once you reach senior age, you can settle down, retire, and enjoy some well-earned rest. For most people, enjoying the rest of their adult life and reflecting on their life’s successes is the main agenda. Through the years, people acquire many possessions, and sometimes it can be difficult letting go of things. Soon enough, your home is full of clutter, and maintenance becomes an issue. This is where temporary storage Seattle comes in to help the situation. With self-storage, you can do so much to make your life easier and simpler. Declutter your home, move elsewhere, or use it as a makeshift workshop for your hobbies and interests. Sure enough, the benefits of self-storage for seniors are too many to count. Here, we’ll list only a few of them, and help you alleviate the stresses of daily life.

Downsizing is a breeze with self-storage

Many people downsize after they retire, in most cases out of necessity. You may need to relocate to a smaller home, or simply make more living space in your current one. In either case, self storage Lynnwood WA is the perfect solution. Seniors often have a hard time parting with items they’ve collected throughout their life. If they don’t want to sell or throw away their items, the next best solution is to place them in storage. For a fraction of the price, they can store items such as home decorations, furniture pieces, old letters, and clothes. One of the greatest benefits of self storage is the affordability, which allows seniors to have their keepsakes stored for as long as they want, without having to throw them away. All of your cherished items will remain safe, and your home will remain clean and clutter-free.

As a senior you have probably already moved a couple of times, given away your stuff or sold some of your belongings. However, you still have a lot of memories in your photos, photo albums and other cherished personal belongings. It is only normal that you want everything safe and secure without having to worry about anything. Finding adequate storage might be extra work but once you place your belongings in the safety of a self-storage container, you can have piece of mind.

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Self-storage units can bring many benefits to our beloved seniors.

Seniors can use self-storage for hobbies and health benefits

People have been fascinated with collecting different items for a very long time. These collections can be very different, and vary from rare items, to handmade items. In most cases, people choose to collect books, vinyl records, figurines, statues, comic books, and sports memorabilia. Many seniors decide to start a collection once their retirement begins. This seems ideal given that they now have plenty of time to pursue their interests. But, at some point, collectors realize that they need some extra space for their beloved items. Many hobbies can benefit from renting self-storage. All you have to do is modify it to your needs. Self-storage also works if you want to pick up modeling as a hobby. You can use the space for keeping your models and your painting equipment.

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Use the extra space in your home to do some exercise and worry not about your furniture in storage.

We also have to mention the health benefits of self-storage for seniors. Once you reach retirement age, staying healthy and active is very important. However, it can be difficult to find the proper space for working out. If you live in a small apartment or don’t have a garage, you can use a storage to your advantage. Transferring some of your furniture or household decoration to storage, will leave you extra space to exercise. It will not only be beneficial to your health but also a fun retirement activity. You don’t have to overdo it, so a yoga mat will be more than enough. You can then work on keeping your body and mind in great shape while having some fun along the way.

One of the main benefits of self-storage for seniors is the long-term security

Aside from miscellaneous items like clothes and furniture, seniors often need a place for their more valuable items. Thanks to short term storage Seattle, they can keep their family heirlooms, old photos, and important documents, without worrying about their safety. Modern storage companies have remote monitoring features and security cameras, which guarantee the safety of your items. In addition, the facilities are gated and have all the necessary  security measures present. All of this ensures that nobody suspicions or untrustworthy but you can access your belongings. Besides the safety aspect, self-storage also offer a long term solution to storing your more delicate items. Placing items in a secure unit is a much safer option than keeping them in your attic or basement. Storage units are properly isolated and well maintained, which means your items are perfectly safe from the elements. This all-around safety is something many seniors can benefit from.

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Reap the benefits of self-storage for seniors by staging your home with ease

Relocate faster and simpler with the help of self-storage

Once people reach the retirement age, they tend to relocate to a different home. The reasons for this move can vary from financial issues, the passing of a spouse, or health benefits. And sometimes, the relocation needs to happen before they can figure out what to do with their items. This is where the benefits of self-storage for seniors come into the spotlight yet again. Renting a secure unit allows you to store your items until you can decide what to do with them, or until a new home is purchased. You can use storage to your advantage at the same time to speed up the sale of your home. By removing personal belongings from it, you’re able to easily stage the home for sale, and make it more appealing to future buyers. Furthermore, potential buyers will be able to move through the home, without the risk of damaging anything.

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