Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage 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. has been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

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As an essential industry business, 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. Moving and Storage

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. 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 Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage is Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and moving 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 moving crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and moving crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and moving 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.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with work gloves to be worn during the moving process and disinfected both during their work and between customers.
  • Moving crews will be furnished with appropriate masks (when available) to be worn during the moving process, as circumstances require.
  • Hansen Bros. is 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.
  • Hansen Bros. is offering Virtual Estimate Appointments! For more information, please visit our Virtual Estimate Appointment page or ask about this terrific option when speaking with one of our professional relocation consultants.

Steps We’re Asking Customers To Take Prior To Our Arrival At Your Residence:

  • Please notify us immediately if you or any members of your household have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing.
  • 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 residence and office windows open throughout the moving process as this allows for greater airflow and less potential containment of germs.

We are all in this together.  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 or your business will be moving down the street, across the country, or around the world, we are 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?

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    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

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    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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