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.

Your Lynnwood apartment move-out checklist

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Moving out of an apartment can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. With so many things to consider and take care of, it’s easy to forget something essential or leave something behind. To ensure you have a smooth and stress-free move-out, it’s necessary to have a checklist to follow. And to create a Lynnwood apartment move-out checklist, some simple tips will help you stay organized and on top of everything. Following a checklist will ensure that everything will run smoothly, and you won’t forget about a thing!

Start with cleaning your current apartment

Cleaning your Lynnwood apartment before moving out is one of the priority tasks. You need to make sure that you leave a clean apartment. Focus on cleaning the most cluttered areas first and make sure to have all the necessary cleaning supplies on hand. Clean the kitchen, bathroom, and living areas thoroughly.

One of the things that can make everything easier is to rent a storage unit while cleaning. We at PortaBox Storage Lynnwood often see people that rent units so they can declutter space and make cleaning easier. This will give you more space to move around, making it easier to clean and making it more likely to get your security deposit back.

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Cleaning your apartment should be on top of your Lynnwood apartment move-out checklist

Repair everything before you move out

Address any repairs that need to be done before moving out. Take a look around your apartment and make a list of any repairs that need to be done. The list can include fixing holes in the walls, replacing light fixtures, or fixing any leaks. Make sure to have any repairs done professionally and get a receipt for it.

Inform your landlord about the repairs that need to be done. This will help demonstrate that you have taken care of any issues in the apartment before moving out and increase the chances of getting your security deposit back. And while the repairs are happening, you can look for mobile storage containers in Seattle. It can really be useful and you will protect your belongings from any potential damage. 

Plan your moving out date in advance

Plan your move-out date in advance. Coordinate with your landlord or property manager to choose the best date to move out. Get all your belongings out of the apartment on the move-out date. Don’t forget to add those little steps to your Lynnwood apartment move-out checklist. For example, make sure to leave the apartment in the same condition as when you first moved in, or even better. Return all the keys to the landlord or property manager.

Look for storage units in Lynnwood WA for all of the belongings you won’t be moving right away. Don’t forget to disconnect all the utilities such as electricity, gas, and internet before you leave. And don’t forget to stop the mail forwarding service from your post office. By adding all of these items to your move-out checklist you can be sure that your relocation will be easy, fast, and stress-free.

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Plan your moving-out date in advance!

Make an inventory as a part of your Lynnwood apartment move-out checklist

One of the things that your checklist for moving out of your Lynnwood apartment should have is an inventory. This is especially important if you plan to use short term storage in Seattle. You need to know the exact number of all of your belongings and you need to have a clear list of them.

You need to know which ones are in storage and which ones are in your new apartment. An inventory list is an essential part of your checklist, and it can prevent you from losing items. Also, if you write a detailed list – you will be able to track every single item you have!

Renting a storage unit while you are between apartments

Where should you put all that furniture if your new home isn’t ready yet? Rent a storage unit when you’re between apartments. It allows you to store your belongings safely and securely while you transition to your new place. This way, you don’t have to worry about moving everything at once or finding temporary storage solutions. Accessing your belongings will be much easier and faster.

Keep important documents, valuables, and sentimental items with you. Renting a storage unit gives you the flexibility to move into your new apartment on your own schedule and at your own pace. It also allows you to declutter your possessions before you move into your new apartment, giving you a fresh start.

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Prepare your belongings for storage, even if you plan to store them for a short time

You need to maintain your storage unit

Maintain your Lynnwood storage unit to ensure the safety of your belongings. Keep it clean, organized, and free of pests. Use airtight containers to protect your items from dust and moisture. Avoid storing anything that could be flammable or hazardous. Label your boxes and create an inventory of what is stored in the unit, making it easier to find what you need. It’s essential to keep the storage unit in good condition as well as to be sure that your belongings are safe and secure.

Renovate your new apartment before moving in

And the final item on your Lynnwood apartment move-out checklist – rent a storage unit when renovating your new apartment before moving in. It allows you to keep your belongings safe and secure while the renovations are being done. This way, you don’t have to worry about your belongings getting damaged during the renovation process. Plan your renovation carefully and make sure to have all the necessary materials and equipment on hand. Hire professionals if necessary and make sure to get permits if required. Once the renovation is complete, use your storage unit to store any excess materials or tools. Moving into a newly renovated apartment will give you a fresh start and a home that is tailored to your needs.

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