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Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Gainesville

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Downtown Gainesville

Downtown Gainesville is a great place to live. It’s hip and happening but that’s not to say it’s not without the small town charm that for which Gainesville is known. There’s tons of great food and drink options and it’s well-connected to UF and business district.

Your going to love living in Downtown Gainesville. Here’s just a few things to help you get to know your neighborhood.

The Neighborhood

Downtown is most recognized as Gainesville’s cultural center. With theaters, outdoor events venues it supports a burgeoning art scene. Downtown is also home to a bevvy of bars, restaurants and cafes that cater to students, families and professionals alike. You’re going to love the urban vibe!

Food

restaurants downtown gainesvilleThe Top

A downtown Gainesville favorite… especially for brunch! The Top offers up modern takes on classic American comfort food. With an extensive menu, you’re bound to find something you love, but to be honest, you could really pick just about anything and be happy with it!

The Top is popular among the younger crowd for its great beer selection and signature cocktails. They’ve also got a revolving calendar of music and events.

eating in downtown GainesvilleCrane Ramen

This isn’t anything like the microwave ramen you’ll find in a college dorm! With a reliance on local ingredients and a focus on traditional cooking methods, Crane Ramen is serving up some of the finest noodle bowls this side of the Pacific.

In addition to out-of-this-world ramen, the menu also offers a smattering of traditional Japanese appetizers as well as sake and cocktails to whet your appetite.

Entertainment

things to do in downtown GainesvilleBo Diddley Plaza

Part community park, part music and events venue, Bo Diddley Plaza is a popular, family-friendly downtown destination. The plaza is home to variety of weekly, monthly and yearly events. From concerts to farmers markets, Bo Diddley Plaza always has something happening.

Check out their events calendar for more info!

arts downtown gainesvilleThe Hippodrome

The Hippodrome is more than a theater. Founded by artists, the Hippodrome serves as a theatrical and artistic anchor. It’s had a long-running series of mainstage productions that continues to be enjoyed today. It also screens foreign, independent and cult films year-round.

You can even get a taste of Florida’s vibrant arts culture when you visit the Hippodrome’s art gallery.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in downtown Gainesville is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

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Know Your Neighborhood: Northwest Gainesville

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Northwest Gainesville

Northwest Gainesville is a great place to live. It has the perfect balance of natural beauty and urban connectivity. If you’re moving to Northwest Gainesville, you’re going to find Old Florida charm within convenient distance to downtown Gainesville’s cultural and culinary scene.

Your going to love living in Northwest Gainesville. Here’s just a few things to help you get to know your neighborhood.

The Neighborhood

This because of its balance of aesthetics and convenience, Northwest Gainesville attracts a diverse, blended group of residents. You’ll find historic and modern homes and a mix of families, young professionals, students and workers.

living in Northwest GainesvilleConvenience

Northwest Gainesville is conveniently located near most major centers. It’s an easy, 15 min. drive to UF campus, shopping centers and I-75.

 

 

The Oaks Mall

Gainesville’s primary shopping center, Oak Mall is just a short drive from just about anywhere in Northwest Gainesville.

Northwest GainesvilleRecreation

If you love the outdoors and exploring Florida’s great natural bounty, Northwest Gainesville is the right place for you. There’s tons of great parks and walking trails in the area, with several featuring scenic water views.

 

 

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Hyde Park is awesome. There’s tons to do, its family-friendly and the location is tough to beat. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Gainesville’s Innovation District

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Innovation District

Founded on the principle of bringing the innovative studies at UF to practical application in the community, Innovation District was born. A place that exists in between academic and professional pursuits, Innovation District serves to establish a creative, communal space for students, professors, businesses and residents.

Expanding on the existing Innovation Square, the neighborhood is now a bustling hub in Gainesville’s midtown area.

There’s lots to offer if you’re moving to Gaineville’s Innovation District from walkability and convenience, to community events and cutting edge research, here’s some of the great things that Innovation District has to offer!

Location

Straddling UF’s campus to the east and University Dr. to the north, the neighborhood is incredibly convenient in terms of accessibility. It’s location is very walkable, whether you’re heading to campus or checking out the nightlife in midtown.

Food and Drink

Being in such a great location means there’s plenty of great food and drink options! From student haunts to casual and upscale options, there’s a little something for everybody. Here are some of our favorites:

Bistro 1245/Leonardo’s 706

These two restaurants make up some of the best of the Innovation District’s food scene and they both have the same owners!

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Dining area of Bistro 1245

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Bar area at Leonardo’s 706

Bistro 1245 is serving up gourmet sandwiches and modern takes on classic American dishes.

Leonardo’s 706 brings you tastes of Italy and the Mediterranean with fresh, modern flavors.

 

 

 

Mothers Pub & Grill

 

innovation district barsMothers is not your average sports dive. It may seem dingy from the outside, but Mothers is a Gainesville mainstay for a reason.

For starters, they’ve got a great selection of beers – for the craft connossieurs as well as the college students on a budget. Plus, a full liquor bar.

They’ve also got a killer menu of all your favorite pub food favorites. And they’re famous for their signature hamburgers.

Collaboration/Innovation

The Innovation District was founded on the concept of collaboration in order to stir innovation.

Innovation Hub

Centered around that concept is Innovation Hub at UF. Innovation Hub is a tech-startup incubator. It exists to provide start-up businesses and professionals in the technology industry a communal resource to learn, collaborate and grow.

The Innovation Hub provides work spaces, mentoring, and educational resources for tech-startups to grow their business.

Starter Space

Sharing the same values as the Innovation Hub, Starter Space serves to provide creative professionals and entrepreneurs with a collaborative business incubator.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Gainesville’s Innovation District is awesome. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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Know Your Neighborhood: Historic Duckpond

Moving to Gainesville or Tampa?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably feel a little anxious about moving to a new area. After all, It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Gainesville and Tampa that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Historic Duckpond

Gainesville’s Historic Duckpond neighborhood is beloved by its residents for its history and Old Florida charm.

Duckpond’s old, Colonial style homes, scenic beauty and proximity to downtown make it a favorite neighborhood for many. It’s worlds away from university life – making it a favorite among professors – and it has a unique and warm atmosphere, making it a great neighborhood to live in.

Here are some things to know about the neighborhood if you’re planning to move to Gainesville’s Historic Duckpond.

Culture

moving to gainesvilleThe Thomas Center

Nestled in the heart of Duckpond is the Thomas Center. Built in 1928 as a Mediterranean-Revival style hotel, the Thomas Center now reflects Gainesville’s history and culture through permanent galleries, period rooms, and other historical exhibits.

Make sure you take time to enjoy the serene beauty of the Thomas Center Gardens, which make up the Center’s grounds.

The Thomas Center also serves as an events hall and venue.

History

homes in historic duckpondArchitecture

Throughout Duckpond you’ll find the neighborhood’s most iconic features (and maybe the reason you’re moving here): historic, Colonial-style homes. Residents lovingly care for their homes and take great pride in them.

They represent Gainesville’s rich and vibrant history as a city – even before it was known as a college town.

Recreation

Outdoor Activities

Duckpond is a great neighborhood for recreation. Duckpond’s bounty of majestic, Live Oaks and historic homes provide a scenic backdrop for most any outdoor activity.

Sweetwater Branch Creek, which flows through Duckpond, provides an idyllic setting for a walk, jog, or bike ride. And yes, there are ducks in the pond…

You’ll also quickly find that residents of Historic Duckpond are incredibly friendly! If you’re out and about, don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with smiles and waves. You should probably be ready for be ready to make some friendly conversation too.

Convenience

Another plus for living in Duckpond is its closeness to downtown Gainesville. You’re just a short walk away from most great downtown shops, restaurants, and bars.

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! You can check out the Duckpond Neighborhood Association for more info on living in Historic Duckpond and other community events.

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10 Life-Hacks to Make Moving Easier

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Moving… It’s something no one likes to think about, let alone do.

Whether you’re leaving home for the first time or a life-long renter, moving is never fun… and it never seems to get any easier. First, there’s going through the house and taking inventory of what we need and don’t need – if you’re like me, then the need pile always seems to get bigger. Then there’s the packing and loading, and inevitable house cleaning that follows – and let’s not forget having to schedule a move or organize truck pick-up…

As professional movers, we’ve seen the stress that moving can cause on people. In an effort to save people some of the aggravation associated with moving, we’ve put together this list of 10 life-hacks to make your next move easier.

Moving Life-Hacks

  • Create a Schedule or Timeline
    • Make it as strict or loose as you like, but having a written plan in place really really helps to cut down on the amount of stuff to keep track of.
  • Get Your Supplies Together
    • A week or two before your move, start getting together the packing supplies you will need. Make sure you have enough boxes, tape, plastic wrap, moving blankets, etc. before your moving day.
  • Take Pictures of Your Electronics
    • This will save you the headache of trying to remember how your stereo, cable box and television were all plugged-in.
  • Use Your Drawers as Moving Boxes
    • Instead of emptying all the clothes out of your drawer or bureau and putting them in a box, you can save time and space by keeping everything in them and wrapping them completely in plastic wrap.
  • Keep Your Packing Organized
    • Don’t start throwing things from your bedroom into boxes for the living room. You’ll go insane unpacking after the move trying to find where you put everything. It may help to label, or list the contents of your box
  • Put Screws and Bolts in Bags
    • If you need to dismantle anything, make sure to keep screws and bolts organized in clearly labeled bags so you don’t lose them.
  • Use Soft Padding Around the House for Packing
    • Instead of buying bubble wrap or saving up newspaper, you can use soft items around the house for packing, like towels, jackets, blankets and pillows.
  • Use Paper Towel Rolls to Prevent Tangling
    • You can string electronics cords and wires through paper towel rolls to keep them from tangling during moving. Toilet paper rolls can also be used for necklaces and jewelry to prevent tangling.
  • Update Utilities and Addresses
    • Switch over your internet and turn on utilities for your residence before moving. Make sure any mail subscriptions or online accounts are updated with your new address.
  • Pack a 1st Day Box
    • Pack a dedicated box of items you will need immediately after moving: clothes for the week, toiletries, quick meals.

An easier move.

While moving is never totally stress-free, these tips will definitely make your next move a lot easier. Don’t forget, professional movers are here to help. We take the utmost care in moving our clients, whether it’s a residential or commercial move. Let us handle the stress, contact us before your next move.

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Watch Out for This Scam When Hiring Gainesville Movers

The Truth Behind Moving Employees

Most Gainesville moving companies that have been around for a while provide a great service. Otherwise, they wouldn’t still be in business! However, every summer, the local Gainesville moving industry sees companies pop up, only to fizzle out once the high demand of the busy season winds down around September. Most of these movers are well-intentioned, and simply have the desire to make a little extra money. However, often they lack experience, protection, and other business practices that can ultimately be a liability.

Established moving companies have a track record of satisfied clients, and generally, their reputation speaks for itself. But there is one business practice that even some established Gainesville Moving companies don’t always perform, and it is important for you as the consumer to know and understand this one thing, before you pay them your hard earned money.

Watch Out For Independent Contractors

Before hiring your Gainesville mover, make sure to ask if their workers are employees or independent contractors! The difference here could could have ramifications on what you as the consumer are liable for when the movers are inside your home.

Why Moving Companies Hire Independent Contractors

Many moving companies utilize independent contractors instead of employees for one reason, to save money! Employees can add up to an additional 30% or more of a company’s payroll over independent contractors who may receive cash under the table (perhaps another tax short-cut local movers may take). Even though you may feel like you are paying a premium for moving services, the local mover may be cutting corners to increase their bottom line. Independent contractors by law are not required to uphold company standards, not required to follow consistency procedures, and perhaps most importantly, are usually not covered by the company’s worker’s compensation insurance. You see, it is very difficult and expensive for moving companies to obtain worker’s compensation because of the inherent risk involved in the moving industry. Technically, independent contractors are supposed to have their own insurance, however, if the actual company does not, it is unlikely the contractors do either.

How to Protect Your Move From These Risks

So what does this mean for you? Well, if an independent contractor slips and hurts themselves while on your property, you could ultimately be held liable for their injury. This also means that the actual company may not be legally liable for any damage that could occur to your items, as technically it was not done by one of their employees. Overall, just a messy situation, but an avoidable one!

How do you tell if the Gainesville moving company you hire uses independent contractors or has its own employees? Start by asking! Even if a company says it is fully licensed and insured, you still must ask about worker’s comp. Although the labor department requires companies with more than three employees to carry worker’s compensation, the state of Florida only requires general liability and auto liability insurance to issue a mover’s license. Make sure to be specific when asking about worker’s comp, and see if they will provide a certificate. This is easy to do if the company truly has this insurance, so don’t let them give you the run-around!

Another thing to watch out for is any company that only accepts cash, or offers incentives and discounts to pay cash. Yes, it is true that credit card processing companies charge a fee to charge cards, so some companies may want to avoid paying this fee by taking cash. However, it is a legal requirement to accept at least two forms of payment. If a company offers a cash discount, they should also offer a discount for check, money order or cashier’s check. Take it as a red flag if they offer cash only incentives, as this could be a sign that they are paying workers under the table or illegally avoiding taxes.

Why 2 College Brothers Does Not Cut Corners

At 2 College Brothers, all of our movers are W-2 employees and completely covered by worker’s compensation. They are legal to work in the United States, uniformed, and extensively trained to provide the best and most consistent moving service in Gainesville. We revolve around a culture of transparency and doing business right. Yes, it is more expensive, and yes, it takes away from our bottom line, but we know that as we strive to be Gainesville’s best moving company, we cannot afford to cut corners, and neither can you.

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2 College Brothers is Your ‘Homeless Week’ Specialist!

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Gainesville’s ‘Homeless Week’ Specialist

It happens every year. Your roommate graduates, you find a new BFF, the next nicest apartment complex in town gets built, and you have to move. As if the sweltering hundred degree heat, 3 flights of stairs, and the “some assembly required” IKEA furniture wasn’t enough, your property management company or apartment complex kicks you out, and you can’t move into the new place for another 2 weeks… Sound familiar?

Highly Trained Gainesville Movers

But lucky for you, you know that 2 College Brothers moving and storage specializes in this exact situation! Our student and graduate movers are extensively trained in a classroom setting in customer service and moving techniques to understand the special circumstances of your situation. Furthermore, they must shadow a series of jobs before they are assigned to go out to moves on their own, so each individual mover can truly understand the needs of your move. We take into account the added stresses most students face of studying for finals and balancing a social life, let alone being without a place to live for that brief period of time.

Rather than deal with a separate company to handle storage needs, we have access to our own secured and insured 2000 square foot warehouse facility so that we can offer storage just for the brief time you need it. No need for a deposit or lengthy storage contract. When you and your new home are ready, we will deliver your items on the date you request, so that you can sleep in your own bed the first night it becomes available!

Book Your Movers Online

This year, we have added our online booking platform, to make moving and storage during the dreaded “homeless week” even easier! With access to some of the sharpest minds in the state of Florida, as a result of being located next to our state’s flagship university, we are the first Florida based moving company to offer this feature! Our friendly office staff will call and email you to confirm once you make your online booking, to prevent any sort of miscommunication, or to accommodate any changes you might need to make.

This means that you will receive confirmation 2 to 4 days before your initial move, and then again 2 to 4 days before the anticipated delivery date. Again, even if you book your move dates online, we are happy to make any special moving accommodations leading up to those dates, because we know moving circumstances change, and sometimes properties aren’t available when initially anticipated. We even have a partnership with Student Maid, to bring you outstanding cleaning discounts if you need to get your apartment or house move-out or move-in ready!

Gainesville’s Licensed & Insured Moving Professionals

When you trust your ‘turn’ week to 2 College Brothers, you know that you are trusting an established, licensed, and insured moving company! Our uniformed and trained Gainesville movers come equipped to every job with a full toolset, stretch wrap, moving pads, hand trucks, dollies, and other specialized moving equipment. Unlike other moving companies, we offer full value protection from the time your items are loaded into one of our signature moving trucks, to the time they are delivered to your new home. This means that we will repair or replace the items up to their full value in the unlikely event they are damaged throughout any of the moving or storage process. We offer up to $2,000,000 in insurance; much more protection than most college students will ever need!

Unlike other moving companies, we offer full value protection from the time your items are loaded into one of our signature moving trucks, to the time they are delivered to your new home.

One thing to watch out for are moving companies that do not carry adequate worker’s compensation insurance. If someone were to get hurt and a moving company did not have adequate worker’s comp, you could be on the hook! This is not the case with our Gainesville residential and commercial moving company. All of our professional movers are covered under worker’s comp, as we believe not only your items, but our valued team members should be protected.

Gainesville Community Involvement

Aside from providing the utmost care for your move, we are also among the most involved moving companies in Gainesville, FL. In fact, we are among the utmost involved organizations in general in the Gainesville community. We take pride in our charitable involvement, be it through our level 2 Small Business Partnership with the United Way of North Central Florida, our Bronze Level monetary commitment to Gainesville based research charity Tyler’s Hope, or through our philanthropic volunteer efforts of most major Greek and University sponsored events. We believe in not only moving people, but moving lives.

We also stay ahead in local events and trends through our participation in the Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors, the Builder’s Association of North Central Florida, and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. We are accredited with the Better Business Bureau, and members of the American Moving and Storage Association.

So join the new Social 28 apartments, and Trimark, Collier, & Union Properties in trusting the ‘homeless week’ specialists during turn to make sure your transition into your 2015/16 school year goes as smooth as possible!

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Make Your Summer Move With Gainesville’s Favorite Moving Company

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Ramping Up for the Summer Moving Season

The students just got back from warm beaches, or powdery slopes, both of which they had likely had on their minds since the turn of the new-year. Mid terms are done, but there is a new stress that is looming over their shoulders – where to live! Move out season is upon us, and for those that failed to re-sign their leases, it is time to start home shopping for the 2015-2016 school year. But this is Gainesville, and moving is never that simple. You see in Gainesville, the apartment complexes, dorms, landlords, and Greek houses are never on the same page. There is almost always a “homeless week” (or two) towards the end of July and beginning of August where students have nowhere to go, let alone to put their stuff.

But alas! 2 College Brothers is here to save the day! Last summer, we tried out offering storage for the first time, and it was a success! This time around we have it fine-tuned and are ready to fully integrate it into the array of moving services we offer in Gainesville!

Now, we have long been known as the student’s number one moving choice in Gainesville year after year with our 50 plus student movers on call and ready to get the job done right! And though we have been simplifying the moving experience through reliable and friendly service going on 5 years, it just wasn’t enough. We have worked out partnerships that will allow to not only move students and residents in and out of their new houses and apartments, but offer storage units if the new place just isn’t quite ready when the old lease expires. We can also offer climate controlled storage if so desired.

But we don’t just stop here. In addition to our moving company offering storage this moving season, we will also be offering packing supplies and services. We will now be selling boxes, packing paper, tape, and specialty items. And to make it even more convenient, we will be offering free delivery prior to your move, as well as post move pickup and recycling! And if your busy schedule still leaves you looking for the most simplified move ever, we offer packing and unpacking services too! That’s right, you will be able to literally go to work or class in the morning, and come home to your new home, all ready to go if you so desire! That’s the power of a Master’s Degree in Moving!

But we wont be just moving people this summer, as always, we will be moving lives! Throughout the summer we will be providing boxes at pickup locations like Greek houses, dorms, and our new office {link to new office blog} to put unwanted clothing and other items that you would like to donate when you are moving out! It will be a city-wide clothing drive, all summer long, in order to provide less fortunate people with your unwanted goods!

We also have a team member on the entertainment committee for The Hope Weekend, benefitting Tyler’s Hope, a philanthropy actively researching a cure for Dystonia. The Hope Weekend is an annual golf tournament that raises money for the cure.

In other preparations for our biggest moving season yet, we are currently implementing a campus ambassador scholarship program to represent different organizations on the UF and Santa Fe Campuses.

The ambassadors will be given training in professional networking, guerilla marketing, and entrepreneurship, and will compete for a grand prize scholarship of $1000 to be given at the end of the summer. Hundreds of dollars in additional scholarships will be given to those that hit certain goals.

Internally, we are wrapping up our Spring Master’s in Moving Leadership Development Program. The program was focused on bringing together employees in the company interested in obtaining a management position as our moving company grows. Many of the ideas we will be implementing are a direct result of this program, and we will be looking to implement another one for the Summer of 2015!

One of our favorite ideas to come out of the Master’s in Moving Program was the Brother Bucks bonus system. In order to encourage camaraderie, strong work ethic, fresh ideas, and a little bit of competition amongst our team, the Brother Bucks system was implemented and can be redeemed for ACTUAL CASH! Things like getting customers to leave Google Reviews, or reading a business or personal development book earn Brother Bucks. If a team member does something they are not supposed to, they can lose them. Periodically, we will have Brother Buck drives to see who can earn the most in a given amount of time, for an even greater bonus!

Another addition to our team, though a little less personable, is another new moving truck, just in time for moving season! We will be doing a campaign this summer called “Spot the Brothers”. Anytime someone sees our moving trucks driving around town and post a picture to social media, they will be eligible for that week’s give away!

We also still maintain our commercial accounts with Penske and Enterprise so we can accommodate any sized move or demand! Often times people think, “hmm, 2 College Brothers, they must only move college students…”. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! We love helping Gainesville families and residents move. In fact, year round, they are our main source of business! We provide all of the training, tools, protective equipment, and MUSCLE to tackle any sized move year round!

Photograph of Gainesville movers 2 College Brothers and a moving truck.

However, it just so happens, when the rest of business in Gainesville slows down, and the kids are out of school, the moving business picks up, for families and students alike! But that’s ok by us! We want to be the most family friendly movers in the nation! If someone is going to be in your home handling your valuable items, let it be some clean-cut college men!

But wait a minute; most businesses slow down in the summer time in Gainesville too. Well, this just so happens to be a perfect time for commercial moves as well! We have moved insurance agencies, home restoration companies, doctor’s offices, entire law firms, and even an international music startup! We can handle anything from a fireproof safe, to expensive servers, and even take apart desks and tables! Plus, summer is a great time to move a business because all of your customers are so busy moving themselves anyway!

So now you know why we put in so much time and effort to ramp up for the busy moving season this time of the year. Because everybody is on the move! Students, families, and business are getting ready for the best relocation possible, and we are working around the clock to make it happen! We must get ready and fine-tune our systems and marketing strategies, as we are anticipating our best moving season yet for 2015.

We are creating jobs for students and grads, and using innovative techniques in order to revolutionize and move forward an entire industry! So, ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars, because May 1st through September 1st marks moving season, and you can count on nobody but your friends at 2 College Brothers to be more prepared for it this year!

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Gainesville Moving Company Teams Up With Student Maid

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Your Favorite Gainesville Movers and Cleaners Now Work Side by Side

What happens when two similarly branded companies founded by students, each taking a different spin on traditionally blue-collar services, move in together? Did you guess state-of-the-art technology, integrated work-study stations, a full kitchen featuring a juice and coffee bar, golf practice range, X-Box gaming area, chalkboard covered walls, and the full functionality of an office for two of the fastest growing moving and cleaning companies in Gainesville, FL and in the state of Florida?! We are proud to announce that we have actually moved ourselves, as well as our friends over at Student Maid, into a brand new, completely remodeled office for the 2015 moving season!

Moving in with another like-minded company has created a culture coined as “Gainesville’s Google of the service industry”. 2 College Brothers, Inc , as well as new office mate Student Maid, only hires current students and graduates.

By hiring intelligent and motivated employees, and being surrounded by others with the same motivations, we are able to offer a moving experience second to none in an industry populated by traditional movers.

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The energy we feel when we step foot into the office each morning is filled with fast flowing ideas: anything from creative marketing approaches and unique scheduling applications to more comprehensive training methods and sustainable growth strategies. Maid Suite, a scheduling app developed by Kristen Hadeed, Student Maid’s founder, reduces scheduling time from ten hours to ten minutes. 2 College Brothers has also developed a scheduling system that allows movers to see all jobs on a cloud-based calendar and then actually pick which ones they are able to work based on their class and social schedules. Both methods eliminate the headaches and conflicts so often experienced by our competitors. The result? Movers on time and eager to work without the confusion otherwise brought on by traditional scheduling techniques, thereby ensuring a smooth start to every client’s new home transition.

Having other entrepreneurs and managers down the hall allows us to bounce new ideas off one another and share solutions to the problems that every business faces. We are now able to feed off one another and support each other when times get tough. There is also an element of fun in the air. Birthday and holiday parties, office competitions, and spontaneous acts of silliness create such an enjoyable climate that many of our employees actually come to the office when they aren’t working! Employee happiness creates client happiness, and client happiness is what has allowed us to explode in growth over the past five years!

Both companies previously incubated at the Santa Fe Center for Economic and Innovative Development, or CIED. The CIED is an area for start-ups to establish systems and drum up business when resources and capital are otherwise scarce. A Gainesville moving company and cleaning business would sound like unlikely inhabitants in such an environment typically dominated by tech-based firms; however, the founders had big plans: plans to revolutionize an industry! Student Maid moved out of the CIED four years ago. Five hundred employees and two locations later, they were ready for an upgrade from their previous seven hundred square foot office.

Student Maid approached our moving company about the possibility of sharing a cooperative mega space at the beginning of 2014 while we were still at the CIED. Our moving company was just then starting to outgrow the CIED, unaware of the breakthrough summer that lay ahead (where we more than tripled in sales from the previous year). Back and forth negotiations between the moving and cleaning companies, as well as landlords and contractors, delayed the move-in until the start of 2015. Agreements were reached, and now the companies share the incredible four thousand square foot space both had only dreamt about just a year before.

Even though we were still able to operate as one of the highest quality moving companies in the state of Florida in our previous work environment, we were stifling our growth potential by not having private space, storage, or 24/7 building access, and we were only able to offer a limited number of cultural benefits to our employees. Now we have it all! The new space allows us to take our moving company to different heights. With eight private offices, an open shared work-study space, a conference room connected with Apple TV, lounge area equipped with X-Box, a full kitchen and cooking area, dining area, storage rooms, washer and dryer, coffee bar, backyard with practice golf range, dumping access, and a five minute tour to the interstate, we will be fully prepared for our biggest moving season ever this summer!

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As our Gainesville moving company continues to grow locally, we have begun to seek out options for growth into other markets. Our short-term goal is to open a second location by inserting our model into a big city. Once proven successful, we hope to use it as proof to prospective franchisees that it can work in two completely different markets. The office in Gainesville would serve as a call center for each location, as well as a call center for future franchises! Down the road, we want our Gainesville moving company to serve as a cultural hub and corporate headquarters for a national franchise organization attracting several types of jobs and talented people from across the country! We envision a place where we can try out different cultural ideologies as well as new products or services.

It is said that when Mark Cuban bought the struggling Dallas Mavericks, he outfitted the arena with state-of-the-art locker rooms and other amenities, purchased a private jet for the team to travel on, and made sure they had the coolest “swag” to take with them. Shortly thereafter, they won a national championship! Not to say we will be supplying our movers with a private jet any time soon, but there is something to say for improving working conditions and how it relates to performance. Being next to an innovative and acclaimed company like Student Maid will no doubt increase our positive energy and enthusiasm in the workplace, and having comfortable and outstanding facilities in this collegiate-minded atmosphere will also exponentially magnify this response!

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Since moving into the new office about a month and a half ago, we have started to work on a myriad of new projects and company objectives. These projects include:

  • Our first ever eight week class of the Master’s in Moving ™ Leadership Development Program
    • This program is designed to mold interested management candidates into company leaders as we enter our busy season. We currently have six members in the group and meet Sunday evenings.
  • Box Sales
    • We are getting into the box business baby! This summer we will begin to sell boxes as add-ons to moves, offering free delivery before the move and free recycling pick-up afterwards.
  • Improving our storage for summer
    • Last summer was our first run at offering storage. We have worked out the kinks, and our new office location has allowed us to establish a partnership with a much closer location!
  • Improved customer feedback
    • Moving into a new office has allowed us to become more organized, and in doing so, we can improve client demographics and optimize feedback data. Ultimately, this helps us build a better Gainesville moving company!

So there you have it! A virtual look into our new office with another amazing company. Curious as to what it actually looks like? Stay tuned for an announcement of our OFFICIAL ribbon cutting coming a bit closer to moving season when you can get the inside scoop on “Gainesville’s Google of the service industry”!

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Quick Moving Tips for Your Success

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Moving Tips

3 Steps on How to Move Into Off-Campus Housing

If you’re going into your sophomore year at a university, chances are, you’ve had enough of the “social benefits” provided by dorm life and are ready for a little more independence. Although apartments and houses offer a ton of benefits that dorms do not provide, the process of selecting the right housing and making the move can be difficult. Here are a few tips that will make the process as easy as possible.

  1. Hunt for off-campus housing before the beginning of the school year.
    If you live in a college town, like Gainesville, students inhabit the majority of housing. To get ahead of the game, make sure to start looking way before you are planning on making your move. There are a variety of aspects you’ll need to look at when choosing off-campus housing.The location of the housing in proximity to where you go to school is a major factor for consideration. If the housing you are looking at is very close to your university, it will be the first to get booked for the upcoming school year. Don’t be left without a place to live and make moves early.
  2. Inspect the contract
    Although students have a tendency to skip over fine print, these are details you’ll want to look over when signing a lease. Ask questions. Will there be a cap on electricity? Are utilities included in your monthly rent? Are pets allowed? Asking questions and reading the fine print will allow you to make sure you are choosing the housing that provides you with everything on your checklist.
  3. Note the move-in dates
    Major apartment complexes in college towns are notorious for being an unorganized muddle on move-in day. Make sure you know what your move-in date will be ahead of time. This way, you will be able to book your move-in with 2 College Brothers ahead of time. If you’re trying to plan your move, chances are, there are thousands of other students trying to do the same. Eliminate the stress involved with leaving your cozy dorm and let 2CB do the job for you.

5 Tips on How to Have a Stress-Free Moving Day

  1. Don’t bring more than you need.
    Consider having a garage sale before your move to clear out items you no longer need. Charitable organizations like Goodwill, Children’s Home Society, and the Salvation Army will also take clothing, furniture, and other household items you no longer need.
  2. Do all of your packing BEFORE moving day.
    There’s so much craziness on moving day that the last thing you want is the added stress of packing last minute.
  3. Do a quick walk through with the movers before getting started.
    Inspect your furniture to make sure the inventory sheet is correct. Make sure the movers agree on the condition of the furniture before proceeding.
  4. Keep pets and kids away from the movers.
    It might be a good idea to have your pets and kids out of the house on moving day. This will protect the movers, your kids/pets, and belongings from any accidents. Your focus should be on the moving process, not distractions.
  5. Make sure you have a charger.
    The last thing you want on moving day is a dead phone. Your movers and family will need to contact you.

We will make your commercial or residential moving experience in Gainesville, FL the best one yet! Don’t procrastinate this busy day, we’re ready to help make it a quick and easy move.

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Corporate Relocation & Commercial Moving Tips in Gainesville

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Corporate Relocation and Commercial Moving

Commercial moving in a city is no easy task if you don’t have the right team to support your efforts. 2 College Brothers offers a reliable moving team of friendly staff with an incredible attention to detail.

No desk will go unturned when it’s time to move your office space to its new home. We will wrap office equipment and furniture, if necessary, to protect your most valuable assets. Our Gainesville movers will unplug, disassemble and pack electronics safely for your corporate relocation.

Tips Before You Relocate Your Business

  • Ask employees to remove personal belongings from desks
    Any valuable items from employees should not be held accountable for when relocating. Politely ask they remove their belongings at least a week before the move.
  • Dispose of any foods or liquids from common areas
    Check any refrigerators or cabinets for expired items and throw them away.
  • Forward office telephone numbers
    If you have to use a new number for your business, be sure to contact your telephone company to forward all calls to your new line.
  • Set up your internet before you arrive
    Plan ahead and be sure your internet (and wifi) is up and running before your employees get settled in. Same thing goes with electricity!

3 Unique Moving Circumstances

  1. Only half of your office is moving.
    If you’re expanding your business and only require half of your furniture to be moved, 2 College Brothers will offer a discounted moving package for your relocation.
  2. Some office furniture is still being ordered
    Even if your new office furniture is on backorder, our movers will come back to move your new items when you need the help. We’ll even help you assemble your furniture too!
  3. Business signage needs to be relocated
    If our movers can safely reach and remove your business signage, they will!
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Find Residential Movers in Gainesville

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Finding the Right Residential Movers

Did you know that the population in Gainesville is over 100,000 people? Every summer, 2 College Brothers prepares to move thousands of residents into their homes. From University of Florida students, Alachua County residents and newcomers from all over Central Florida – our licensed residential movers have put a lot of smiles on people’s faces after their big moving day.

Our Gainesville residential movers offer local and out of town moving services of all sizes! We have the healthiest, efficient, and clean-cut movers Gainesville residents are looking for. Our familiarity with the cities in Central Florida is remarkable – we know how to get around town!

Before you Make a Move

Tips From our Residential Movers

  1. Remove all junk and trash from common areas.
    Our movers can work more efficiently if hallways and common areas are safely cleared of debris and miscellaneous items.
  2. Label boxes for corresponding rooms.
    Use a bold marker or label maker to clearly identify which boxes or bags go where so our movers don’t have to ask you about each box.
  3. Pack your cleaning supplies last.
    If you need to do a final sweep of your old house/room, leave some fresh-smelling cleaners and trash bags to collect last minute dust.
  4. Call your electricity, internet, and cable providers before you move.
    During high moving season, these companies will be slammed with all of the new move-ins. Get ahead of the rush and have a stress-free day!

Cost for Residential Movers

At 2 College Brothers, we offer competitive pricing for anyone interested in residential moving services. We want to make your move a budget-friendly choice! Contact us for a free moving quote and let us lighten the load!

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How to Choose the Best Moving Company

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10 Things You Must Ask a Moving Company

Choosing the Best Moving Company

  1. Are you a licensed, bonded, and insured moving company?
    When looking for movers, this question is the most essential. If you hire a moving company that is not licensed nor insured, you run many risks such as: them not showing up (which happens all the time), breaking items, theft, etc. Before moving, do your homework. Research the movers. Call around and investigate.
  2. Is there a number I can call to reach a moving coordinator at any point throughout the moving process to address any question or concern?
    This is always good to have. You want to have a point of contact in case your movers are running late, you want to make a change, or if you just have a question. You will feel more at ease knowing you have someone you can contact directly for anything related to your move.
  3. How long have you been active in the moving business?
    How long a moving company has been in business is a direct reflection of their expertise. This question will be more relevant depending on the size and complexity of your move. Other questions that can help you hire the right movers. 2 College Brothers is going on 5+ strong years in the business.
  4. Will you come out to my property to look at my items for a moving quote?
    When moving locally or long distance, this is probably one of the most important questions to ask. About 80% of miscommunication between movers and clients would have to be on the conditions of the move. If your mover says they can’t make it out to you, or simply want to give you a moving quote over the phone, this should raise an eyebrow. 2 College Brothers will come out to your property free of charge and perform a complimentary in-house estimate to avoid any confusion down the road.
  5. Do you ask for a deposit? If so, how much?
    There is nothing wrong with a moving company asking for a deposit to reserve the date and time. Busy moving companies have a lot of moves and movers all over the place. The moving company wants to make sure you are serious in your decision and putting your move into the schedule. The thing to look out for is if the moving company asks you for a large deposit. 50% is a large deposit. At that point you may need to step back and research a little more. A fair deposit for your move can be anywhere in the ballpark of 5% to 15% of your moving job. So if your move costs $400, anywhere between $20-$60 is a fair deposit.
  6. What happens if something were to break during the move?
    This is a question many movers don’t like to hear or will avoid. But when hiring a moving company, make sure to have this answer beforehand. Hopefully nothing will go wrong, but at the end of the day movers are just people and accidents do happen. Ask your movers about their insurance policy, and if it’s possible to purchase extra insurance.
  7. What happens if the movers arrive late, or simply don’t arrive to the move?
    Make sure you have a time frame for when to expect your movers to arrive at the site. If your movers don’t arrive at all, you should ask to speak to the moving company’s upper level management. If you’re being toyed with over the phone, call the county and report a complaint. Of course, this shouldn’t happen if your mover is licensed and insured.
  8. How do you charge? Hourly or flat-rate? Are there extra fees or surcharges?
    It’s always good to know exactly what your mover will charge you. If it’s a flat-rate, make sure its binding agreement, meaning it cannot go over the calculated moving quote. If given an hourly moving quote, make sure the moving estimate is the final one, and that it will not be altered for any reason. Ask your moving company if they charge extra for stairs, longer hallways, fuel, travel time, etc. Other questions to ask: Do you provide moving pads or blankets, shrink wrap, and other protective materials to accomplish the move?
  9. You provide me with a written document stating all prices, details, inclusions, and exclusions?
    This is highly important for a consumer. You want to make sure that everything about the move is stated on black and white: moving quote, date and time, fees, materials, amount of movers, etc. Require your moving company to provide you with a written estimate with all the details of your move.
  10. What can I do, as a client, to make this move as smooth as possible?
    A moving company’s favorite question. There are many simple yet effective and time efficient things you can do to make it a smooth and affordable move. For example, rather than having clothes scattered all over the place, have your stuff ready to go in plastic bags or wardrobe boxes. This will reduce the labor time and in some cases reduce your final cost. Disassemble items if that’s what is necessary to move them through narrow doors or hallways. The biggest thing is to have everything packed and ready to go so that when the movers arrive they can quickly load the moving truck and be on their merry way.

Before making any costly choices with an inexperienced moving company make sure to give our moving company a shout!

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Reliable Furniture Shipping

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Dependable Furniture Shipping

At 2 College Brothers, we offer reliable delivery services of all kinds! From furniture shipping to office equipment delivery, call us to ensure your rooms are full of your recently purchased items. Our licensed Gainesville movers always handle your items with the upmost care and respect.

Delivery Services in Gainesville and Throughout Central Florida

At the peak of moving season, thousands of students and homeowners will browse endless Pinterest boards to recreate the most fashion-forward living spaces.

Whether you just bought a new sofa or entertainment center, our Gainesville movers will deliver your furniture to your new home! Ready to toss your boss’s printer out the window? Surprise him with a personal delivery of his new office equipment!

Delivery Rates

Our competitive delivery service rates are what all of Gainesville is chatting about. Don’t let your furniture get ruined because a delivery man left it outside in the heat or summer showers! Our movers will help you out while you’re at work or picking up some take out.

Single item delivery rates and packages are available to make sure your moving day costs are as low as possible.

Don’t know which warehouse your new bed is being shipped to? We’ll use your tracking information and get right to the source! Not sure how much your new furniture set weighs? That’s OK too – no move is too big for us.

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We Hire the Best, Forget the Rest

What We Look for in Employees

With a busy summer season right around the corner, we will be looking to take on a large number of seasonal employees as movers in Gainesville, FL. What this means is that 10 to 15 outstanding students at any one time will be given the opportunity to put their strength, people skills, and work ethic on display for the myriad of Gainesville, FL customers looking to move. Below is a list of some of the qualities we look for in our student movers:

  1. Appearance
    Our movers are the face of our company. Like the rest of our brand, we want them to be clean-cut, good looking, and well put together. We take pride in offering an image people trust with their belongings and in their homes. Additionally, because the job is physical by nature, our movers must appear strong enough to handle the responsibilities handed to them.
  2. Honesty
    Our movers have a lot of freedom. More so than other jobs. Because they get to go out to job sites on their own, we have to be able to trust them to not cut corners. Theft is never tolerated and has never been an issue because our movers are pre-screened to avoid it.
  3. Personality
    Our entire moving company is a team. We need our movers to get along with one another, and respond well to management. This is also very beneficial to our customers, because they often have to spend a few hours with them. It helps make the overall moving experience a little bit easier when movers and customers become friends!
  4. Work Ethic
    We expect all of our movers to work each job as if it were their own, and then some! This means doing things as carefully and efficiently as possible, without cutting corners. We expect them to be on time, have a great attitude, and sweat a little bit until the job gets done. A great way to determine this is to see how well they do in school a it often carries over into other aspects of their life. Our superior work ethic is why we are better than other moving companies in Gainesville!
  5. Intelligence
    This one is the easiest to find because we hire only students as movers! Problem solving is a part of the job and having an intelligent workforce allows things to get done as smoothly as possible. It also carries over in training once the movers get to apply what they learn.

This about sums up what we look for on our moving jobs in Gainesville. Bottom line, we want exceptional students with a desire to work hard! If you think you meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply here. We look forward to hearing from you!

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