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Although many unknowns still remain, rest assured that Hansen Bros. will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs. Our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.


All Hansen Bros. Employees are instructed and expected to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. This includes:

  • Staying home from work if ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or having been exposed to someone with the virus
  • Washing hands frequently with soap or using proper hand sanitizer when soap is not available
  • Maintaining a 6’ social distance from others to the highest degree possible
  • Wearing appropriate face masks when/if requested or required

Hansen Bros. continues to take the following steps:

  • Regularly refreshing and reinforcing prevention guidelines among all staff members to reduce the risk of spreading infection
  • Daily monitoring of staff for symptoms of illness and sending anyone with symptoms home
  • Offering customers the option of contact-free virtual estimate appointments – More Information About Virtual Estimates
  • Following all guidelines and protocols required by Retirement Living Communities, Apartment Complexes, Condominiums, Commercial Buildings, etc.
  • Upon request and at no charge, our crew members can wear masks while performing your move. Please simply notify your Relocation Consultant if this is your preference.

Hansen Bros. requests the following of our customers:

  • If you have a scheduled estimate appointment or booked move, please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. Please rest assured there is NO CHARGE to reschedule your estimate or move due to illness – we will work together to find an alternate date that works for you.
  • Please use disinfectant/cleaner to wipe down commonly touched surfaces, objects, door handles, etc. at your residence.
  • Please make a sink, hand soap, and paper towels available to your outside salesperson and moving crew for handwashing during their time within your home.
  • Please keep all windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and reduces the containment of germs.
  • Please maintain a social distance of 6’ or greater during both your in-person estimate appointment and while moving services are being performed.

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The team at Hansen Bros. is proud to continue offering our wide range of services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. Whether you are planning to move your household or business down the street, across the country, or around the world, we’re here to make the process seamless & safe for you, just as we’ve done for well over a century!

~Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage  

Common mistakes when storing a flat screen TV

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    We all love coming home after a long day at work, grabbing a beer or a snack, and sitting down in the living room to watch our favorite TV show or sports game. And there is no better device for viewing our favorite programs than a flat screen TV. Unfortunately, flat screen TVs are pretty sensitive. So whenever you’re moving one around, you must do so carefully. This is especially a problem when you’re moving and need to either store or transport your TV. For the safety of your TV and other belongings, it’s always best to hire Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage and let professionals handle the work. But if you’re saving money and renting self-storage, then you’ll need to know the common mistakes when storing a flat screen TV and how to avoid them.

    Why do you need to worry about common mistakes when storing a flat screen TV?

    TV in a living room.
    It is important to avoid mistakes when storing a flat screen TV if you want to use it again.

    Electronics and appliances are generally pretty sensitive. One pulled wire or bad bump in the wrong place and they’re done for. Sometimes, repairs cost more than simply buying a new one. However, flat screen TVs are even more fragile than most. After all, they consist almost entirely of a very fragile and easily damaged screen. Even just handling the TV poorly can damage it. But once you put it in Seattle storage, everything will be fine, right? Well, not quite – dust and debris are always a risk in storage. So it’s very important to store your flat-screen TV properly if you plan on using it again.

    What are the biggest mistakes when storing a flat screen TV?

    You shouldn’t let the potential risks prevent you from using Newcastle storage for your flat screen TV. The truth is that most damage occurs due to our own mistakes and improper storing techniques. So if you just know what practices to avoid and how to store your TV the right way, you should have no problems.

    Not documenting the hookup before taking it apart

    For your TV to work, it needs to be properly hooked up. The electrical lines are the most obvious requirement here. However, you may also connect your flat screen TV to other things like DVD and VHS players, your Playstation, your laptop, a sound system, and more. This often results in a complicated system of cables running in and out of the TV. It’s likely that you set this up one thing at a time, simply adding a new cable as necessary. It didn’t seem complicated at the time. But when you take that system apart, putting it all back together the exact same way may prove complicated. So don’t just yank all the cables out and leave worrying about them for the future – that’s just inviting trouble.

    Not cleaning the TV before storing it

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    Dusting and cleaning the TV is an important step in storing it.

    If left unchecked, dust and debris can be just as detrimental to your screens as improper handling. They can cause staining, scratches, and distortions that will ruin the picture even if the screen turns on again. And it’s worth remembering that dust is a common issue in storage. So your TV is likely to gather some while in there, especially if you’re looking at storage as a long-term solution. Don’t make the situation worse by storing your TV without cleaning it first.

    Using the wrong packing materials

    You’re obviously not going to simply put your TV in storage as it is. You need to pack it first. The packing materials you choose are the best protection your TV will have during transportation and storage. So it is very important not to rely on low-quality materials – you need something durable that offers good protection. Simply wrapping your TV in tissue paper or putting it in any old box you can find is not enough.

    Moving and storing the TV on its side

    There’s a reason why your TV is positioned the way it is in your home – that’s how it’s meant to stand up. This doesn’t change just because you’re putting your TV in storage. Your TV should still stand upright because leaving it for too long on its side can damage the screen.

    Choosing the wrong type of storage unit

    TV on in a living room.
    Store your TV in similar conditions to those you’d normally keep it in.

    Ideally, you should store your TV in a temperature-controlled unit. Short-term, this isn’t going to make much of a difference. But long-term, large fluctuations in temperature can be detrimental to electronics. Units without either temperature or climate control are also more likely to have issues with moisture and mold. Both of these could ruin your TV.

    Putting the TV on the ground or under something else

    Where you put your TV inside the storage unit can make as much of a difference as the unit you choose. In order to protect your TV from damage, you need to choose a place where it’ll be out of the way. Storing your TV on the floor can cause you to unintentionally kick it or trip over it. It’ll also put it in greater danger in case of catastrophes like flooding. Finally, with your TV on the floor, you may be tempted to put something on it. This would be yet another mistake. Prolonged pressure on the fragile screen will almost certainly cause dents and even cracks which will render it useless.

    How to avoid mistakes when storing a flat screen TV?

    Now that you’re aware of what not to do, avoiding major mistakes shouldn’t be a problem. All you have to do is:

    1. take photos before packing: documenting the set up will make it easier to replicate when you get your TV out of storage and need to reinstall it
    2. dust and protect the TV: clean your TV thoroughly of any dust before packing it; then wrap it with fabric, clean tissue paper, or plastic wrap for protection
    3. find the perfect packaging: ideally, you should use the original packaging for all electronics; if that is not possible, use a sturdy and durable cardboard box of a similar size and fill any remaining space with tissue paper, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts
    4. store properly: keep your TV upright, store it on a shelf or on top of something sturdy, and don’t put anything on top of it

    Don’t worry – if you avoid mistakes when storing a flat screen TV and follow best practices, you can keep your appliance safe. Despite how fragile it is, a flat screen TV can be stored safely if you know what you’re doing.

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