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Moving Tips: Fill Out Your Move-in Condition Report Like A Pro

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Moving into your Gainesville apartment can be an exciting new experience. But before you begin moving in your furniture and decorating your new home, it’s important to make your Move-In Condition Report your first priority. When you move into your new apartment, the leasing office will provide you with a Move-In Condition Report, or what we like to call a “Not My Fault Report.” You will be given a time limit to fill out this form and return it to the office with any damages or issues you may find in your new Gainesville apartment.

This report’s first purpose is to protect you as The Renter, so it’s important to note or write down anything you may find! Following the tips below will ensure that you can return your report back to the office and rest easy knowing that you thoroughly checked your apartment and will not be charged for any previous damage.

7 Tips for Filling Out Your Move-In Condition Report

  1. Keep your condition report for the maximum allowed amount of time. This will give you plenty of time to ensure that everything is working properly and look for any damages you might not have noticed before.
  2. Get there early! This report is a lot easier to fill out in an empty apartment. Pick up your keys a day before you schedule your movers or arrive to your apartment early so you can finish the report while the apartment is still empty. You’ll be able to fill out the report with limited distractions so you’ll be less likely to miss any small damages you may have overlooked otherwise.
  3. Check every single window and door. Thoroughly examine the cabinets, front and back doors, and every window screen. Don’t forget to lock and unlock every window to ensure that they’re all working properly. Additionally, be sure to look for any damage on the walls where doors open. Damages can be very common in these areas so it’s extremely important not to overlook even the smallest mark or scuff.
  4. Make sure all appliances are in working order. Keeping the report for the maximum amount of time allows you to cook dinner and do a load of laundry before you hand in the report, ensuring that any issues with your appliances are noted and on record.
  5. Highlight any items on the report that need maintenance’s attention so that the office can submit work orders. If any of your appliances aren’t working properly, just make a note of it and maintenance should be by soon to fix any issues you may be having.
  6. When in doubt, just report it! Not sure if a stain is significant enough? Note it on the report anyways. It’s much better to be safe rather than sorry. There is no limit to how much you can put on the report, so making note of any stain, mark, or scuff will ensure that you’re not charged for the damages later.
  7. When you return the report, have a person in the office sign off on it with the date and time and retain a copy for your records. Once this is finished, congratulations! You’ve officially finished your Move-In Condition Report like a pro.

This is a guest blog post from the team at Swamp Rentals, a local Gainesville apartment guide that helps renters connect with apartments that meet their lifestyle and budget.

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Why We’re Thankful to be Your Gainesville and Tampa, Florida Moving Service

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for many of us, it’s a time to visit with friends and family… and overload on food.

It’s also a time to think about the things that are important in our lives and give thanks.

That’s why we’re putting this list together of why we’re so thankful to live and work in Florida. As a Florida moving service serving Gainesville and Tampa Bay, we get to be a part of two of the greatest communities int the world! There’s a lot to love about these communties. From the people to the sights, here’s why we’re thankful to be YOUR Florida moving service for Gainesville and Tampa Bay!

The People

We’re a homegrown group. Starting small as student movers-for-hire, we helped friends, neighbors and others in our community. It’s because of them that we’re where we are today. Bringing that same mindset towards community involvement to Gainesville, we were able to grow along with the community. Now we’ve brought that same commitment to Tampa. We’re so happy to be a part of these two great areas.

We’ve made so many great connections with the people of these communities and we’d like to give a big “Thank You” to all who’ve helped us grow.

Things to Do

Living in Gainesville or Tampa, you’ve got access to tons of awesome things to see and do. From outdoor recreation, to sports, entertainment and nightlife Tampa and Gainesville both have a lot to offer. We are so thankful to live and work in a place that offers the best of what Florida has to offer plus the history and culture to add vibrancy.

In fact, there’s so much to do in both Gainesville and Tampa that we’ve got an entire recurring segment devoted to it in our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segment features the best of Tampa and Gainesville culture and entertainment, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Thank You!

We’re so happy to be a part of these vibrant, growing communities. Our focus as a Florida moving service is to provide professional, personalized support for your move. We believe in being a part of the communties we serve because they are our communities too. We want to thank our clients for welcoming us in and allowing us to grow along side you.

Happy Thanksgiving from 2 College Brothers!

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4 Reasons to Love Living in Gainesville, Florida!

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Living in Gainesville

There’s a lot to love about living in Gainesville. From the abundance of natural beauty surrounding us, to cultural events and of course, Gatornation, living in Gainesville has got a lot to offer.

Here are just a few reasons why we love living in Gainesville!

The Gators

How could this not be first on anybody’s mind? In Gainesville, Gator spirit runs deep. Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ll find Gator pride infectious. Sooner than later you’ll end up at a game at the Swamp packed with 90,000 other fans and realize why.

Gatorade

The brand now synonymous with with the term “sports drink” got its start right here in Gainesville. Originally invented as an effective thirst quencher for UF athletes, the drink has grown to dominate sporting culture.

Tom Petty

That’s right, Gainesville’s #1 son is none other than the birthplace of the legendary rocker and much of the original Heartbreakers. While we were all saddened by his sudden passing earlier this year, Tom Petty remains a beloved hometown hero.

Natural Springs

By far, one of the most iconic features of Gainesville and the surrounding area is the high density of natural, freshwater springs. Offering scenic, natural beauty and crystal-clear waters at year-round temps of 72 degrees, the springs are a favorite among residents. Its also a popular spot for tourists visiting Florida.

Check out our list of the top five natural springs near Gainesville!

More Reasons to Love Gainesville!

Of course, these are just a few reason why we love living in Gainesville. With always something happening, there’s so much to see and do!

If you’re considering a move to Gainesville check out our moving blog. Our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ segments provide a breakdown of everything Gainesville has to offer, neighborhood-by-neighborhood. We also offer moving tips and hacks to make your move easier.

 

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Where to Find Fun and Frights This Halloween in Gainesville

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Looking for Halloween Fun?

Who doesn’t love Halloween? From candy and costumes, to scary movies and parties, Halloween is a fun time for everyone.

If you live in Gainesville, you’re lucky enough to be in a town that loves its Halloween festivities. With parties and events for both the college crowd as well as family-friendly, Halloween in Gainesville offers fun for all ages.

Halloween in Gainesville

With events going on all weekend leading up to Halloween, there’s tons of stuff to do. Here’s a list of this year’s events and festivities going on in Gainesville!

Zombie Safari (10/27-10/31)

Got a sharp eye and strong resolution? You’ll need both if you’re gonna join the Zombie Safari at First Strike Paintball this Halloween!

The charity event, put on by Charity Nerds, takes zombie hunters on a train tour through zombie-infested woods and its up to everyone on board to defend the train and clear the woods of the undead horde!

If zombie-hunting isn’t your thing, they’ve also got  family-friendly games, food and entertainment.

Boo at the Zoo (10/31)

Family fun abounds at Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo! With 7 “candy zones”, games and animals, Boo at the Zoo has been a family favorite for over 20 years.

The best part is admission only requires one (1) canned food item! Cans are collected and donated to local charities.

Fun4GatorKids Playgroup @ Buy a Pumpkin Feed a Child Pumpkin Patch (10/31)

Join the Fun4GatorKids (F4GK) Playgroup for a day of fun and games at the Buy a Pumpkin. Feed a Child. Pumpkin Patch. This free will feature games, food and a costume contest, with all proceeds going to charity.

The pumpkin patch has also been open to the public since Oct. 1.

Halloween Party at Brass Tap (10/31)

Looking for libations to help celebrate Halloween? Head over to Brass Tap for adult Halloween fun. Make sure to wear a costume – there will be a contest for the best one. In addition to the costume contest, they’ll also have weekly trivia going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Natural Springs Near Gainesville

One of the great things about living in Gainesville is how much access you have to North Central Florida’s natural attractions. The area’s unique geography and temperate climate provide for some of the greatest outdoors recreation in the U.S.

One of the area’s most treasured features is the extensive natural springs system. These freshwater springs pump crystal clear water up from the ground year-round. Several springs feed into rivers, offering a variety of water recreation. At 72 degrees any time of the year, the natural springs are beloved among locals and tourists alike.

North Central Florida is choc full of springs, and there are tons open to the public! From Gainesville, you’re just short drive from many of the finest natural springs the area has to offer. If you are moving to Gainesville, be sure to check out these top-rated springs!

Top 5 Natural Springs Near Gainesville

Ginnie Springs

natural springs near GainesvilleGinnie is one of the most popular springs in the area, especially among the college crowd. The privately owned site features several impressive springs that all empty into the Santa Fe River. You can swim in the springs or meander down the river on tubes. The more adventurous (and properly trained) explore the extensive underwater cave system

Ginnie Springs is a popular camping spot year-round and at a roughly 30 min. drive from Gainesville, it makes a perfect day trip too.

Ichetucknee Springs

tubing near GainesvilleFor some serious floating, you’ve got to hit Ichetucknee Springs. Tubers can choose from either a 3 1/2 hrs. float or a roughly 1 hr float down the Ichetucknee River. Crystal clear waters, scenic foliage and abundant wildlife make this one of the most relaxing, enjoyable floats in the area.

Ichetucknee State Park is about a 50 min. drive from Gainesville.

 

Blue Springs

things to do in GainesvilleYou wouldn’t expect to see a beach in North Central Florida, but at Blue Springs, that’s exactly what you’ll find. These natural springs feature a stretch of white sand beach in addition to boardwalks and nature trails along the Santa Fe River. With four natural springs on-site, Blue Springs is a popular recreation spot year-round.

Blue Springs offers day access as well as camping and is about a 40 min. drive from Gainesville.

Otter Springs

natural springs FloridaNestled along the Suwanee River sits Otter Springs. The springs site and sprawling park offers ample options for tent and RV camping. They also offer cabins. You can swim in the springs, or float or paddle along the scenic Suwanee River.

Otter Springs is about an hour drive from Gainesville.
 

 

Alexander Springs

freshwater springs near GainesvilleOne of the few first-magnitude natural springs in the area, Alexander is a favorite among families. The large, sloping spring pool provides ample wading and splash pad-type activities for younger children.

Alexander Springs is located in Ocala National Forest, about 1 1/2 hrs. drive from Gainesville.

 

 

 

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The 5 Best Gainesville Trails for Hiking and Biking

One of the biggest perks to living in Gainesville is the abundance of natural beauty. Living in Gainesville, you have access to some of the most scenic vistas in Florida. Gainesville’s unique geographical make-up provide for some of the best outdoor trails.

Whether you’re a hiker, a biker, or just enjoy the outdoors, you’re going to love Gainesville trails.

Here are the five best Gainesville trails for hiking and biking:

Paynes Prairie

Gainesville trailsThe first on our list also happens to be the largest of our list. When we say Paynes Prairie is big, we mean big – the 22,000 acre park is bigger than the city of Gainesville itself! Paynes Prairie features an extensive network of paved and off-road trails winding through some of the most beautiful scenery in Central Florida.

If you’re up for a long haul, you can ride the entire Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail; a 30 mi. stretch of paved bike trail that runs through the prairie!

Archer Braid Trail

things to do in GainesvilleRunning six miles from Archer towards Gainesville, Archer Braid is a nice, leisurely paved path cruise. Future construction on the trail plans for the path to extend east towards UF.

 
 
 
 
 

Newnans Lake

Gainesville bike trailsNewnans Lake is located just east of Gainesville. The 1.2 mi. lake is an ecological hotspot and supports a diverse wildlife. As a designated conservation area, its undeveloped surroundings provide a scenic backdrop for outdoors lovers.

Newnans Lake offers several hiking and biking trails to enjoy.

 
 

Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park

hiking trails GainesvilleOne of Gainesville’s most notable geological attractions, Devil’s Millhopper State Park extends out of one of Florida’s largest sinkholes.

Descending into the sinkhole, you can find many different forms of vegetation as well as trickling streams of water winding through the rocks and plant-life. At the rim of the sinkhole, you can choose to hike the .9 mile nature trail for a more traditional bout.

Depot Park

recreation GainesvilleIn the heart of downtown Gainesville, you’ll find an unlikely trail location. Dubbed “The Central Park of Gainesville”, Depot Park offers a dedicated park and recreation area in the urban center. Located on the site of an historic train depot, Depot Park offers many outdoor activities for children, families and couples.

A paved path meanders along ponds and through a scenic conservation area on an easy loop.

 

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Top 5 Gainesville Restaurants for the College Crowd

Another semester is starting and Gainesville is bustling with students moving in. If you’re just starting at University of Florida, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed. Starting college can be a big experience, and stressful. Between moving, finding your classes and getting to know the place where you’ll be spending the next four years, it can be a lot to take in. That’s why we want to make it easier for you to get adjusted.

The great thing about living in a college town like Gainesville is the awesome variety of eating and drinking options. Within walking distance from campus especially, there’s tons of great Gainesville restaurants and eateries that are popular among the college crowd.

Here is a list of the Top 5 Gainesville Restaurants for the College Crowd:

places to eat in GainesvilleCaribbean Spice

This place brings the taste of the islands to Central Florida. Caribbean Spice has been serving up homestyle Caribbean/Jamaican favorites in Gainesville for over 20 years.

Their beef patties and coco bread is made fresh, daily. Trust us, one bit of a beef patty from Caribbean Spice and you’ll be hooked. But you better get in quick if the craving hit, because those things go quick!

restaurants in GainesvilleLeonardo’s by the Slice

A UF mainstay, Leonardo’s by the Slice has been serving up hot, delicious pizza to Gainesville’s college crowd for years. Whether you’re preference is a thick slice or thin, you’re gonna love these pies!

You better make this place a priority stop though; we are saddened by the news that Leonardo’s will be closing within a year from now following a purchase of the property by UF. In the meantime, soak up your tears with some garlic knots.

Vietnamese food GainesvilleBagels & Noodles

As their name implies: they’ve got bagels and they’ve got noodles. But it’s really so much more than that.

From American comfort foods to Vietnamese comfort foods, you’ll always find something to satisfy your appetite. The moderate decor and insanely reasonable prices make this one of the most popular Gainesville restaurants for students.

food GainesvilleFlaco’s Cuban Bakery

Located just on the outskirts of downtown, Flaco’s original location is a little more than an quick walk from campus – but that never stopped this Cuban bakery and cafe from being a favorite among the college crowd. They are so popular in fact, that Flaco’s has opened a second location in Midtown and that is an easy walk!

The flavors coming out of this place are just irresistible; you can find everything from Cuban sandwiches to empañadas and pastelitos to settle all your Cuban culinary cravings. They also offer a variety of rice bowls. Don’t forget the coffee!

eating in GainesvilleThe Swamp

A collegetown staple, especially on game days, The Swamp has been a university favorite since 1994. Their menu is classic American fare and the spirit is 100 percent UF. Gators memorabilia lines the walls and you’re bound to see a lot of people wearing blue and orange.

The Swamp’s casual vibe makes it a great spot for any occasion.

 

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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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