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.

Things To Know Before Renting Portable Storage Containers

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Are you about to move? Need to stay in a temporary home until the moving day comes? Need more space for your belongings? No problem. Self storage Seattle and portable storage containers are the best solutions. Wonder how and when to use it best? Check the main factors to know before renting portable storage containers and make the best decision and plan. Save time, money, space, and energy and ensure peace of mind.

Why do you need portable storage containers in the first place and what are the benefits of renting one?

If you are having second thoughts about renting portable storage containers, check the main reasons for using one:

  • Save space – Whether you are moving or just decluttering, using is a perfect solution to save space and organize.
  • By hiring storage services, you’ll ensure the safety of your belongings.
  • You’ll have all the items at hand.
  • You can move portable storage containers to a warehouse.
  • There’s no heavy lifting.
  • If you have your own business and it expands, you’ll need space where to keep new items.
  • It’s cost-effective.
  • Flexibility – add or remove storage pods.

Important steps when renting portable storage

Renting portable storage containers Seattle is much easier than renting a storage unit. The process consists of several steps. However, you first need to define what you need a portable storage container for and for how long. This is a crucial step so that you can organize well and avoid all potential issues.

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Lack of space is not a problem anymore – renting portable storage containers is a perfect solution

However, it is important that you store a container in a warehouse where your belongings will be safe from any damage. So, if you are moving, you can store your container in one of our storage centers. Then, you need to decide whether you need long-term or short-term storage solutions.

Then, you should determine the size. Our containers are 5′ wide x 8′ deep x 7′ 6″ tall (outside) and 4′ 6″ wide X 7′ 6″ deep x 7′ tall (inside). Based on this, you can make a floor plan but before that measure your belongings.

FAQ about renting portable storage containers

Although hiring portable storage services is pretty simple, it won’t be a bad idea to check the main traits. Here are some FAQs about renting mobile storage containers:

  1. How to order a storage container – you can do it online or call us
  2. Minimum time for renting mobile storage containers – one month
  3. How much time do you have to load your belongings – three days
  4. How much can portable storage containers handle – up to 2,000 pounds. Check the Size Guide.

Packing and loading your Portabox

Before you even think about loading, you should make an efficient packing plan. Then you can organize the loading. Here are some of the most useful packing tips:

  • Make a packing plan – preferably room by room
  • Declutter as you pack and save space
  • Obtain quality packing supplies – use foam bags, bubble wrap, cushioning, and other suitable materials
  • Disassemble your furniture – remove the legs, for example. Don’t take out the drawers. This way, you’ll save time unpacking.
  • Wrap the furniture – use furniture pads
  • Use original boxes if possible

However, you don’t need to deal with packing alone. You can always count on our packing services in Seattle. By using packing services, you won’t have to worry about loading or unloading your portable storage container.

The cost of renting portable storage containers

Wonder how much it costs to rent a portable storage container? Well, there is no universal answer to this question. The price will largely depend on your zip code. Besides, the price will depend on whether you want to order additional valuation insurance, or whether you need packing supplies, locks, etc.

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Loading portable storage containers is easy.

All in all, renting a mobile storage container is certainly more affordable than renting a storage unit. When it comes to renting our portable storage containers, you can expect monthly charges at the beginning of the month.

Portable storage container delivery details

When it comes to the delivery, it is preferred that you are present at the location at the time of the delivery due to practical reasons, such as signing the contract. Now you probably wonder whether you can move the container to another country. If so, please contact our customer service for more information. And following are some of the most important delivery details:

  • The container should be placed on a flat, firm surface, meaning you can not place it in a garage.
  • We can deliver up to five containers at once. However, you can hire as many containers as you want but keep in mind that we charge additional delivery for 5-set containers.
  • You can move the container into storage such as Redmond self storage.

Besides, you should let us know when to pick up your container for storage in one of our warehouses. When placing your portable storage containers into one of our warehouses, you can get access whenever you want but let us know 24 hours in advance. Don’t forget to bring your ID.

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Get your Portabox now and ensure the safety of your stuff

Renting portable storage containers has never been easier. PortaBox Storage offers you premium portable containers that will come in handy whenever you want to declutter your belongings. Check our services, contact us, get your estimate, and ensure the safety of your items. Don’t miss the opportunity of a premium self-storage alternative. We promise you won’t regret your decision. Get your PortaBox today.

Final words

Renting portable storage containers is an excellent decision if you need to declutter your home. It is certainly more affordable than renting a storage unit. You get valuation insurance, and you can place the container in a warehouse thus making sure your belongings are safe. All in all, there are numerous benefits of using a portabox. And if you want to use all the benefits, apply for one – get your quote. By the way, check our Seattle mini storage and choose the best option for your belongings.

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