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.

Tips for storing your summer clothes

    With summer over and cooler days coming, it’s time to tackle your summer wardrobe. We are sure that this summer you renewed your summer wardrobe, which means that you now have a lot more things and a lot of work awaits you. If you lack space in your wardrobe or in your home, Portabox Storage Seattle can be your excellent choice. Renting a storage unit will be the smartest move you will make at that moment. And also, one of the most common purposes of storage is storing seasonal clothes, equipment, and other things. But storage doesn’t just mean packing things in boxes. In fact, it’s somewhat like that, but there are several useful tips and tricks when it comes to storing your summer clothes that can be of great help to you. We will reveal them to you. Take a look!

    Find a perfect storage unit

    If you don’t have a rented storage unit, now is the time to find one. But before that, determine your needs. Therefore, you need to decide whether you will store anything else besides your summer wardrobe. If, in addition to the clothes, if you plan to store some furniture, devices, or something bulkier, look for a more spacious storage unit, according to your needs.

    Storage units
    Find the right size storage unit based on the number of things you will be storing.

    Storage offers you many options, including short-term and long-term storage. Also, one of your best options could be mobile storage containers Seattle. Your clothes will be in a clean, dry, and safe place until it’s used again.

    When storing your summer clothes, start with sorting

    Sorting is one of the mandatory steps that will make everything easier for you. And before you start sorting, make sure that all your wardrobe is washed, dried, and ironed. Also, storing wet things can cause moisture to appear and permanently damage your things in the form of spots and stains. So, check it all out!

    During the sorting, you can also do a “big cleaning”, which means that you can get rid of things that are small, that you no longer wear, or that have been damaged and taken out. Also, you can always separate things that you can donate. But, separate only those things that can be worn again, and which are clean. And now, sort your things before packing them for storage. Separate dresses, t-shirts, shorts, summer shoes, hats, etc. It will be much easier for you to pack things separately. And at the same time, you will make it easier to find them when you need them again.

    Packing tips and tricks

    There are many tips and tricks that will make packing your things easier at any time. Whether you’re going on vacation, moving, or just want to store your belongings for a while, sorting is key. Now that you have sorted your things, start packing. But before that, you need to get the right packaging. And packing materials Seattle can be a good choice. We advise you to choose a vacuum bag for T-shirts and trousers. They will preserve the freshness of your things and protect your things from dust and moisture. Also, boxes are a good choice for shoes, bras, etc. And when it comes to dresses, jackets, and capes, you can always use a storage bag and hang such things on the hangers.

    Sorted clothes
    Sorting is the key to fast, easy, and accurate packing.

    When you start packing, one of the oldest tips isn’t to mix your things, but to pack them separately. For example, choose boxes for shirts, pants, shoes, dresses, etc. And what is very important is that you have a marker next to you to mark the boxes. And be sure to write on them what is inside.

    Don’t forget moth repellents when storing your clothes

    One of the important things that you mustn’t forget is the means against moths. They usually come in small bags, tablets, or plastic cards. These products usually contain some chemical ingredient that prevents the appearance of moths among your belongings. But, you can always find something on natural wood such as lavender or cedar wood. At the same time, this can give you freshness and a pleasant smell to your clothes, but also prevent the appearance of moths.

    You can simply insert the means against moths among your things, or at the bottom of the box. Also, if you have shelves in your storage unit on which you will place boxes directly, it would be desirable to hang some anti-moth agent somewhere near the boxes. If you don’t prevent them, they can make some small holes in your wardrobe and permanently damage it.

    Make full use of the space in your storage unit

    If you choose Issaquah self storage, you have many storage options available. You can choose between short and long-term storage. And also, you have at your disposal the help of professional staff who will make sure to provide you with the best service. But the most important thing is to make the most of the space you have available.

    Packing summer clothes for storing
    Try to be neat and precise when storing your summer clothes.

    Therefore, carefully consider how much space you have available as well as the number, quantity, and size of things you want to store. If you have shelves, try to make the most of them by packing things or boxes on them. Also, in the hanging area, try to hang as many clothes as possible so that they are neatly stored and ready for reuse at any time. And now, finally, we note that when storing your summer clothes, you must always be aware of the way of storing and packing your things. Don’t forget the regular maintenance of your storage, as well as checking the humidity level. Check whether your belongings require climate controlled storage if you aren’t sure.

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