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 importance of labeling storage boxes

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Do you have any hoarding tendencies? Or do you tend to lose your things easily? If yes, moving your household might quickly turn into a nightmare for you. You don’t want to lose some of your precious items during a move. And you certainly don’t want to look for them for hours once you relocate and test your patience. Luckily, there is a solution. Labeling storage boxes. It’s such a simple thing yet so many people skip this step. If you do, we promise you, you’re gonna regret it later. And here’s why.

How does labeling storage boxes make a difference?

Good organization is crucial when moving long distances. If you’re going to be moving across the country or overseas, you have to have a very good strategy in place. Labeling is just one small part of your moving strategy. But it is just as significant as having a good moving company by your side. Any professional mover will not start packing your boxes into the truck unless he labels them first. If you want to learn more about what impact on your moving outcome labeling storage boxes has, read on.

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This is one of the most crucial steps for a successful relocation.

1. Labels will save you a lot of time

You can see what’s inside a container, basket, box, and folder or on a shelf without having to open them up and search through each item. The use of labels also increases the likelihood that an item will be returned to its place. Rather than stuffing it in the first box, you notice after taking it out. It saves you the time and effort of looking through many places for an item when you need it.

2. Labeling makes it easier to keep track of things

With an efficient system in place, you don’t have to spend time and effort reorganizing the same area over and again, which saves you both time and money as well. Whether at home or at work, most individuals must share their possessions and space with others. Labels are a simple technique that makes it easy for everyone to locate and return their belongings. Picture labels are an excellent solution if your system has to be accessible to those who cannot read. And if you’re moving an office, for example.

3. It will help protect your belongings from mishandling

Including just one phrase in your packing can ensure that your belongings reach your new house in the same condition in which they were sent. There should be a “fragile” label on any object that is easily damaged or broken. Everyone who sees the box should be able to decipher what’s inside thanks to the use of block letters. It’s best to use the term “delicate” when putting fragile objects like pottery and glass into shipping boxes. If you’re not sure where to get the best packing services Seattle to take care of all of your delicate objects, feel free to contact us at PortaBox.

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Labeling storage boxes is especially important if you need to move your office as well.

4. Unloading will be a breeze

With labels, you can plan ahead of time how many items you’ll need and don’t attempt to squeeze everything in at once. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to move and unpack everything at the same time, so plan beforehand. You’ll have a much easier time unloading the truck if everything is labeled neatly. You’ll know exactly what goes into which room. If you don’t want to hassle with loading and unloading, on demand storage Seattle is the best possible option for you. You’ll easily have all your stuff packed, picked up, and neatly stored for your maximum convenience.

5. It allows for much easier unpacking

It’s also a breeze to unpack and settle in. Even if your belongings are still in boxes, moving into a new home may be quite a challenge. Labeling your boxes might help you locate what you’re searching for if you’re in a hurry. If you’re gonna be storing the boxes using storage pods Seattle, you will have a much easier time organizing your pod as well.

6. You’ll be less stressed if you label

As long as it’s simple to locate what you need when you need it, you don’t have to worry about wasting time and energy hunting for things you know you have, but can never find! As a result, the amount of clutter in your living area is reduced, which has a positive impact on your overall well-being. And you won’t be irritated once you get to your new house and you don’t remember where you put an item.

7. Labels will help you get the job done faster

If you use labels, you’ll be much more productive. You’ll be more focused when you don’t spend time hunting for things and aren’t upset or concerned about not being able to locate what you need. Labeling will not take you much time out of your day. And it can save you a bunch of time and energy once you get to your storage unit or your new house and everything is labeled and organized. Wouldn’t you want to spend less time on moving and more time with your family? Besides labeling your storage boxes, you should also consider having an essentials bag where you’ll have everything you’ll need right away.

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It will only take you about an hour to label all of your storage boxes.

For more moving and storage advice, feel free to visit our blog at PortaBox Storage Seattle! On our blog, you’ll find information on relocating, storing, and keeping your house organized. You can count on us for all of your moving and storage requirements! Good preparation will boost your morale and make your relocation an easier hurdle to overcome and labeling storage boxes the right way is how you start.


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