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.

What are common storage rental disclaimers

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In case you are thinking about renting a storage unit, you should read the contract carefully in order to understand all the parts. This is where all of the details, such as working hours, fees, types of service, safety, etc. are pointed out. If you have a clear contract, it will protect you from all the different issues and situations you may come across. In order for this process to run smoothly, here are some guidelines on common storage rental disclaimers. All you should do is to read the article and you will make the best use of your contract.

The first point is accessibility

One of the most important parts of your contract is accessibility. This is part of your contract where the owner of the property clearly states the disclaimer regarding the working hours of the facility. You should know that most storage units are open throughout the year. However, this does not mean that they are available 24/7.

Before signing the contract, make sure you are familiar with some of the most common storage rental disclaimers

The common working hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. So, depending on what you are going to store in your unit, you should make sure the working hours suit you. If the items in question are sensitive or fragile, you will have to check them regularly. On occasions like this, you can put your trust in our Everett self-storage containers.

Some of the common storage rental disclaimers are related to their use

There are several storage rental rules the property owners should know about and inform their tenants. In general, these rules are usually related to what items are allowed and what is forbidden to store in the unit. Some of the forbidden ones are the following:

  • paints,
  • hazardous materials and liquids,
  • lamp oils,
  • batteries,
  • matches,
  • chemicals of different kinds, etc.

Basically, you are not going to be allowed to store anything that can cause danger to your property. In addition to this, it should also be noted that using a storage unit as a residence is forbidden. The same goes for animals. If something like this happens, the owner usually charges additional fees.

You should also be familiar with rates and fees

Another important part you should read is the one that concerns rates and fees. A majority of storage facilities propose payments monthly. In this case, you will have to pay the rent at the beginning of each month. In addition to this, some facilities require you to pay a deposit first. If it happens that you would like to know what would happen if you are late with the rent and this is not specified in the contract, ask the manager or the owner. In most of the cases, the renter will charge an additional fee.

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Pay special attention to the part of the contract where rates and fees are specified

However, you should also be familiar with another one of the common storage rental disclaimers which is changing the rent. This is part of most of the contracts. Namely, the owner of the property is allowed to change the rent amount as well as some other parts of the contract. Of course, in case this happens, the owner should notify you at least a month in advance.

Responsibility also plays a major role

This means that you should know what your, as well as the owner’s, responsibilities are. It is usually the case that the owner is not responsible for the items that are inside of a storage unit. In case any damage happens because the items are not properly stored, the facility is not going to be responsible. So, as someone who is thinking about renting a unit, you should be aware of this. The facility is only responsible for the items that belong to them. Feel free to rent a Bothell self-storage unit- the representatives are certainly going to let you know what you can expect.

You should also know the rights of the storage owner

Yet another of the common storage rental disclaimers is related to the rights of the owner. Since they are often the cause of disagreement, it is advisable to know them from the start. For example, in most of the contracts, you will find that the property owners are allowed to enter the units. Of course, this applies only to certain situations. They include the repairs (both expected and unexpected ones) and other circumstances that should be announced in advance. Also, the owner has the right to lock the renter out, but also under certain conditions.

Terminating the rental agreement

With a 30 days notice, both the renter and the owner can cancel the agreement. If this happens, you should know that you have a certain amount of time to remove your items from the unit. This time-frame is also very important if you are the property owner.

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It is possible to cancel the agreement even if you have signed it- it does not matter whether you are the owner or the renter

If you do not pick up the items within the specified span of time, the owner of the property will become the owner of the items inside, as well. In order to protect yourself, you can include in the agreement the abandonment form.

You are now familiar with the most common storage rental disclaimers. Either if you are the owner or the renter, it will be much easier for you to make some important decisions. You will know what to pay special attention to and both parties will be satisfied. Just make sure you do everything by the book and you will have nothing to worry about. It may take some time to get familiar with all the details but it will certainly be worth it.

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