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Moving Tips: Packing Boxes

Hello and welcome!

Today we’re going to talk a little bit
about how to properly pack a box.

Now packing is probably one of
the most dreadful times
when somebody is moving.

You get intimidated by the stuff you
have accumulated, year over year
and you have to go through stuff
which makes it a very not fun task
but an absolutely necessary task
when you are moving.

So today, I am going to talk a little
bit about how to make that easier,
how to have a systematic approach,
so that you can get packed up
in time for your movers to get there
and get you all located and
transitioned into your new home.

So the first thing I want to talk about
is setting a timeline for packing.

Set a goal for yourself.

Try to have one room each day
leading up to move packed up.

Obviously your going to have
to set aside some essentials
to get you through until the move
and it depends how big your home is
how many days out you start.

The last thing you want to avoid
is the movers showing up on moving
day and not everything being packed.

Which can add time for them,
maybe making things more complicated,
potentially more expensive.

So I want make sure that you guys
understand how to pack properly but
also have a good timeline.

If you set a goal to pack one
room per day then count how
many rooms you have in your house
and hold yourself to that goal.

If it is a big room, or if it’s
a room with a lot of odds and ends
like a kitchen that is going to require
more boxes than something just like
a bathroom, then maybe make it
a goal for two days
to have that room packed up.

So first as we get started here
we have some basic supplies
and materials that are going to
be needed for packing.

We have your standard cardboard
box, we’ve got some packing paper
also referred to as newsprint.

Now it is referred to as newsprint
however, I do caution you against
using newspaper because the ink
from the newspaper can wear off
on the things that you are packing.

If you don’t care about the stuff
that you are packing that much
or it’s just going to be a real
short term thing, sometimes that’s ok.

We always use blank newsprint,
it protects the items well and
also prevents ink from wearing off.

We have a marker for labeling the
box when we’re done with the pack,
and of course some packing tape,
and then the example dishes that
we are going to be packing today.

So first, we are going to go
ahead and get the box ready
for packing.

As you can see here, you’re got
a pretty standard box, you might
see when packing a kitchen.

So what I am going to do here
is fold over these two flaps here.
They are going to be kind of like
the brace flaps and then I am going
to fold over the two longer flaps here,
so that you’ll see it, like that.

Then I’m going to take my tape.

Now it’s really important to tape off
the bottom.

Sometimes what we’ll see when we go
to move people is that they’ve just
folded the corners of the box
flaps over one another.

That is something that I don’t recommend,
it’s not the strongest way to do it.

I recommend giving it a round there,
potentially double taping it.

So for all intensive purposes
we have the bottom taped up.

Now when you are packing
these boxes make sure that
they don’t weigh more than
50 pounds.

This can not only make them
harder to move but they are
also harder to stack on top
of one another.

They can crush boxes under them
if they are not loaded properly
or if too many boxes weigh too much.

There is just no way to create a base
with that many boxes.

It can also damage the integrity of the
box, so items can fall through the
bottom of the box when you go to pick them
up.

That leaves a mess, nobody wants
to deal with that.

So assuming that the bottoms of
your boxes are properly taped up,
and they’re ready to go,
then they shouldn’t weigh
more than 50 pounds.

So what we are going to do next
is we are going to take
each of our model dishes,
actually, before we do that,
it’s always a good idea to
pad the bottom of your box
with some packing paper.

This way, if your box is set
down on something, maybe a little
too hard, or you have stuff underneath it,
if you have glass on the bottom
of it, it is not just coming into
direct contact with the solid surface
the box is going down on.

I like to put a few pieces of packing
paper in my box to insulate
at the bottom of it.

Ok then once you have the baseline
covered down there, you can start doing
the individual items.

Now it’s really
important here to wrap each individual
item that you are going to be packing.

So as you are wraping them up,
something like a coffee pot
a lot of times, I going to stuff
some paper down into it to help
try and reinforce the sides and
the edges.

So you have that and going to put
one more for good measure down in there.

You’re going to want to put
your bigger dishes on the bottom.

So the bigger items you have,
put them on the bottom, so
you’re not just stacking big dishes
on top of little dishes.

So I’m just going to go item by item
here.

Cups you can just going to roll
them on up.

Cram that down
into the cup like so.

More glassware, notice how I’m
putting the items in the middle of
the paper and folding it into the paper.

This covers the edges and it also covers
the inside of the item.

Generally one piece of paper
per item works, but if it doesn’t
quite cover the entire thing,
it’s definitely ok to use more
than one piece of paper per item.

I always like to be safer than sorry
when packing a box.

This is just so
that items don’t have glass shards.

You want to make sure that you are
covering all the glass if you’ve got
nice books, figurines, or whatever
the case may be that you are packing.

Make sure that every area, ever portion
of that is completely wrapped up.

So we have everything wrapped up
here and we’ve actually played some
Tetris in this box and fit everything
fairly tightly.

So as you see, everything is in
there well.

Now we don’t have anything else
to pack right now and there is
still some room on the top.

So to prevent the top of the box
from caving downward, we’re going
to go ahead and just take some paper
and fill in the areas that could
potentially have air, to make them
more air tight, to fill that gap

This is going to provide cushioning
and support in case something gets
stacked on top of this box inside
the truck.

Alright, now that we have that all
packed in so that there are no gaps
in there to keep things from shifting
and also to add some support to the
top of the box
we’ll go ahead and close up the
top of the box the same as we
closed the bottom, like so.

and the final thing before
we tape off the top is going to
be to label the top

So remember when you are
bringing the boxes into your new
home, you are not going to
remember what is in each individual box.

Especially blank boxes if they aren’t
labeled.

You’re also not going to
remember what room they came out of.

So if you are looking for your
George Foreman grill or you’re
favorite Florida Gators coffee mug
the next morning when you are
trying to drink your coffee,
instead of having to go through
every room of your house
and every single box,
write on there.

So what I’m going to write on
this one, looks like all these
items came from the kitchen.

I’m going to write what’s in
the box, so coffee pot, bowl,
(there’s a few bowls in there
so I’m going to write 3)
I think there are about three
cups in there, and a couple other random dishes.

So I now know what is in the box
and I’m also going to write what room
it is from, so that I know
where to find it, where to put it.

But also, the movers know where
to put it.

Because remember when
they are all loaded up onto the
truck, the movers may not have
a photographic memory exactly
what box came from which room.

So it’s really important that
those boxes are labeled,
this way you don’t have to open up
every single box when it comes off
the truck and say it goes into the
bedroom or it goes into the kitchen.

They can just look at the top of
the box and say “oh it says kitchen”
and bring it directly into the kitchen.

Then that way you know which room to
go to when you are looking for
that Florida Gators coffee mug and
then you’ll see on there Florida Gators coffee
mug on the top.

So I hope this video helps with
some how to on packing and how to
at least get started.

Remember one room per day leading
up to your move is
a good goal to shoot for.

It’s going to not be as overwhelming
as you might think.
Packing can go quickly.

If you really dread it,
and want somebody to come
help you, we definitely
offer packing services and
are happy to come help do this
for you.

So that’s all I have for today,
thanks for tuning in.

 


Music Credit:

Guitalele’s Happy Place by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Kara Square (mindmapthat)


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Caves in Florida and Beyond

Terra Ronca Caves, Cape Verde, caves near me & beyondImage Credit: Caio Ribeiro, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Looking for something you haven’t tried for the summer? Plan a trip to visit a cave in Florida or beyond! Search for the closest local caves with, caves near me. Check out some natural wonders below:

Warren’s Cave:

Near Gainesville, FL

Warren’s Cave is best known as the longest dry cave in Florida. Roughly four miles long, its tight navigation is worth a trip to see. Fossils dating from the Miocence era have been found there!

Florida Caverns:Florida Caverns

Marianna, FL

Follow a guided tour of limestone stalagmites, take a break and go camping, fish, hike, horseback ride, have a picknick, and boat all in one place! For more on Florida Caverns, visit the Florida State Parks website.

Ginnie Springs Ginnie Springs:

High Springs, FL

Dive below to find beautiful caves and an adventure not to forget. Ginnie Springs is home to an underwater cave, river tubing, overnight lodging, picnicking, canoeing, and volleyball.

Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons,CC 2.0


Terra Ronca:Angélica Grotto, Terra Ronca

São Domingos, Brazil

Feeling adventurous? If you want to feel like you walked into a movie, visit the Terra Ronca caves in Brazil. Shown at the top and right, the Terra Ronca caves are filled with towering views from over 200 tunnels and caves.

Image Credit: Rafael Rodrigues Camargo, CC 4.0.


Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, MexicoCave of Crystals:

Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico

Walk into gleaming views at the Cave of Crystals. Massive selenite crystals fill the expanse at one of the largest crystal mines in the world.

Image Credit: Alexander Van Driessche, CC 3.0.


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High Impact Upgrades for Your Home

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 Image Credit: Mark Moz, cc 2.0.

Getting closer to moving season, are you planning to sell your home and buy a new one? Maybe it is time to make some worthwhile upgrades to your home?

Check out some of the highest impact ways to improve home value and sell your home more quickly. These improvements are great to update your home, become more energy efficient, and create a space that feels brand new.

Highest Priority Upgrades :

– Roof: if you have an older home, the roof and insulation can be a huge selling feature. Selling a home with a new roof in Florida helps with security against hurricanes and makes the house look updated. Tip: Ask a roofer about a magnet tool to clean up any left over nails from the yard. They will usually include it as part of the job.

– Ac/Heat: a new ac unit can literally be lifesaving in Florida heat! Upgrade your old ac unit to help with your energy bill going forward.

– Water Heater: replace the house’s water heater with a more energy efficient version. There are five main types of water heaters, see more information about them here if you are considering which one is the best fit for your space!

– Plumbing: fixing a broken water pipe can save a huge project like replacing water damaged drywall. Be careful of small leaks around the house from plumbing breaks, they can lead to a mess with mold.

– Electricity: wiring can get old and not work well anymore. You might have noticed old outlets around the house no longer work. If outlets no longer work in an older house or there is a lot of static shock, the house should get an estimate for rewiring the electricity. Old wiring can cause shorts, inefficient energy use, and eventually home fires so they should get repaired for safety!

– Insect Repel: Florida is well known for having termites issues in homes. Have an insect protection plan to save large bills later for demolished wood around the house. Other bugs and animals may be common in your area, research to help with prevention for them. Ants, bees, wasps, spiders, cockroaches, squirrels, armadillo, snakes, bats, and owls are other common home threats.

Pro Tip: Weirdly enough squirrels can eat through roofs or even the wiring of your car! Avoid having too many things that attract them around your house. For example, trim back trees around your house so it is more difficult for squirrels to get on the roof!

Pro Tip: A fake owl can go on a fence to protect a yard from smaller animals.

Pro Tip: Use careful consideration of what plants you have around the house, generally avoid having any plants too close to the house because they can attract bugs and animals. It can be safer to keep bushes at the edges of a backyard instead of near the windows.

Overall, make your house more energy efficient, protect against damages, and improve home value by making your home safer and masterfully upgraded!

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Planning for Summer

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Ready for a summer adventure? Today is officially two months before the start of summer! Planning for summer can start now!

Plan a Trip:

Remember to book hotels, car reservations, and purchase anything needed for a trip in advance. Hotels and popular locations can fill up and increase in price closer to summer. Booking in advance can save extra money for other parts of the trip or save a better spot that might be unavailable later.

Other items to consider in advance are: tickets (airplane, events), non-perishable supplies (sunscreen, beach chairs, swimsuits), and help for the trip. Talk with friends if you would like help with pet sitting to see if they are available and could schedule it in advance.

Activities:

Summer camps, concerts, shows, and activities are great for the summer! Check out some local activities below:

Gainesville: summer camps  concerts  shows  activities

Tampa: summer camps  concerts  shows  activities

Places to Go:

Find places to visit outside home with a location suggestion website to see a wide range of ideas for places to go! Many sites have options to sort how close you would like to travel, the type of activities you are looking for, and important landmarks around the location.

The website above offers an option to plan an entire trip if you already know some of the locations you would like to visit. It can be a great option if you know the start and end destinations and would like to visit some places along the way.

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Spring Activities in Gainesville (4/6 – 4/10)

Spring Activities 4/6/ - 4/10: strawberries, festivals, and gainesville movies

Join spring events around Gainesville from April 6th through April 10th!

Pick Your Own Strawberries

4/6/18 – on-going (call for availability)

Pick your own strawberries for $2/lb at Roger’s or Brown’s Farm. Bring a basket or bag to carry home the strawberries!

Hippvana Nights

4/6/18 – 4/7/18 @ 8:45pm – 12:30am

Want to experience something new? Try out salsa dancing for $5 a person with Elio Piedra at the Hippodrome. Cuban sandwiches and empanadas are available for dinner by Abuella’s.

11th Annual O’Leno Ole’s Chili Cookoff

4/7/18 @ 9am – 3pm

Visit O’Leno State Park in High Springs to complete for the best chili recipe! Enjoy live music, a guided walk, and exhibits. Admission is one can of food per person, registration for the competition is $20 per team for one category or $35 for both. For more information about the Annual Chili Cookoff see here.

10 Years of Beer

4/7/18 @ 1pm – 11pm

Visit Swamp Head Brewery’s 10 Years of Beer Celebration on Saturday April 7th! Join a free family friendly event with music, food, games, and giveaways. Enjoy part of Gainesville with activities from bounce houses to a dunk tank.

India Fest

4/7/18 @ 9am – 6pm

Experience part of India with the Indian Cultural and Education Center located at the Santa Fe Auditorium! Check out amazing food, snacks, clothes, exhibitions, shopping, and a show. Admission is $5 per person, children under five are free.

Gainesville Movies – Grand Opening

4/8/18 – 4/10/18

Searching for Gainesville movies? Come visit the grand opening of Regal Cinemas at Celebration Pointe 10 is happening on Sunday April 8th through April 10th! They are holding a special event with $3 tickets, popcorn, and soft drinks benefiting the March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House, and Child Advocacy Center of North Florida. See the movies and times for the event days here.

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Ready for Spring?

spring cleaning - furniture assembly gainesville help

Need a hand with spring cleaning?

Tired of seeing piles of things all around the place?

Now is the perfect time to make things into a completely new space! If you need a help with some spring cleaning we can help!

  • Packing & Sorting:
    • Maybe you would like to get things in order by sorting through old boxes or packing things that you do not use much anymore?
  • Fixing & A Helping Hand:
    • Fix anything broken and make it look like new! Get a helping hand with disassembling and assembling new furniture.
  • Junk Removal:
    • Need an old sofa removed? Maybe there are tons of old boxes in a garage to get rid of? We can help with getting rid of any extra things you would like to get rid of while spring cleaning.
  • Item Delivery:
    • That patio set you wanted to set up for spring is available now but delivery can be a problem sometimes. We can help deliver furniture for a the new space you want to create for spring!
  • Storage:
    • After cleaning out the house, apartment, or office some items might want to go into storage. Call about storage options in your area to help store away some items.

Ideas for Spring Cleaning:

Also, try out some of these ideas while spring cleaning to save time and money!

– Repurpose old furniture into new ones

– Try cutting cardboard boxes to make dividers for office supplies

– create wire labels for electronics with post-its

– label boxes when sorting items to make them find later

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Timing a Move

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How far in advance should a move be planned? When should you call a mover?

Plan a move one to two months in advance. For a home, a moving timeline might look something like:

8 weeks out – Set closing or move-in dates
7 weeks out – Decide what will be going
6 weeks out – Schedule three estimates from movers
5 weeks out- Have termite inspections, home inspections, appraisal, survey, etc
4 weeks out – Begin packing and going through items
3 weeks out – Bind home insurance, verify compliance with lender
2 weeks out – Lock down moving dates with mover
1 week out – Finalize packing, or hire packers to come
Moving Day! – Welcome to your new home

Plan when to move based on how quickly you need to move, what items there are to move, and where you are moving. A home or new office will likely need more time to prepare for a move than an apartment or dorm. Timing a move can include time for anything from house repairs to packing.

When should you call a mover depends on what you would like help with and the time of year. Movers can help with packing, a helping hand, junk removal, storage unit assistance, delivery services, item assembly/disassembly, and moving for individuals or companies. Try to call in advance if booking a move in the busy season from May through September or if you would like additional assistance for a move.

Call movers around six weeks before moving. Moves outside of May through September can be scheduled with less time due to more availability. Although you may want to book in advance to get the date and time you would like to move or leave extra time for moving services. Other moving services can be requested around one week to two months in advance depending on the type of service.

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Guide to Unpacking

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Ready for some reverse spring cleaning? Try out some of these space saving techniques during your next move-in.

Planning a space

Plan out what you would like in a new space with a few quick notes. Something like, “Twin size bed near window, moving planning notedesk on right, storage in front of the bed, shoe holder on back of door.” A few notes will help minimize clutter by choosing what you would like in the space. For more tips on creating a plan for a new space, check out here.

Removing clutter

Unpacking can sometimes lead to a lot of clutter even in a new space by bringing in old items. Reduce clutter by getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit a rough idea of what you would like a new space to look like. Boxes stacked full of old magazines might not fit well with new furniture for example. Moving into a new place is a great time to get rid of a few things that are adding up to a lot of clutter.

Space saving techniques

Organize items with space saving techniques like airplane folding and stacking. Roll clothing that is not on hangers to fit them more easily in a dresser. Lay items like blankets flat so they can be stacked to save space. Space bags can be helpful for comforters and blankets that are not used often. Bulky and less used items can be put in containers under a bed or in a closet for easier storage.

Use items with multiple functions

Sometimes saving space can be done by reducing how many items you have by replacing them ones with multiple uses. Bedding with build-in storage, a desk lamp with office supplies, a multi-color pen instead of five pens, or one multiple size measuring cup could save a lot of space!

Simplify the space

Reduce the total number of items and keep like items together in a room to keep things simple and less cluttered. Place similar items together in a way that is easy to remember helps make things easier to find. It is never fun trying to find something in a drawer with tons of random items. Keep up with clutter as it happens easily by making it easy not to clutter a space with a trash can, organized spaces, and a easy to manage room layout.

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Redesign Your New Space

Planning a move this spring? Completely redesign a new space by decluttering for a move.

decluttering for a move

Plan out how to organize things for your next location to save time unpacking and have a chance to redesign a new space. The dream office or bedroom is right around the corner!

Planning & sorting through items:

Sort through items and get boxes to ready to unpack by planning the new space. What is the space you are moving into like? Try using a few sheets of paper to draw out a few ideas of how you would like everything to look. From there, make a list of how you would like to sort through items and how they should be labeled. A new office’s boxes could be labeled: office supplies, books, electronics, and accessories.

Boxes can be divided into sections if there are not enough items for one box. For example, you could get a piece of cardboard to divide one box in half and have the right side for office supplies and the left for books. Cardboard sections are also great for creating dividers for office supplies when unpacking.

Decluttering for a move:

While sorting items keep in mind the new space. Declutter for a move by sorting all items into three piles: items to keep, undecided, and not keeping. For items that are undecided, consider how they would be in the new space, how likely they will be used, or if you would like to keep them. It would be a great chance to consider if you want to keep things like a huge dvd collection, books, old notebooks, or anything that is not used too often. Sorting items before moving will help keep things more organized when unpacking.

Unpacking & designing a new space:

When you are ready to move and everything is packed and ready to go based roughly on the plan you made, it is time to unpack! Set up for the new space should be a lot easier. Place boxes in each room based on labels and easily sort them based on the plan for the space. Fewer boxes to unpack will help unpacking go faster. Enjoy the new space with a movie and pizza by decluttering for a move!

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Moving to Gainesville

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Are you considering moving to Gainesville, FL? Learn more about Gainesville and see if it is a match for you.

History:

Today Gainesville is expanding with roughly 131,000 people as of 2016. Recent expansions are in progress around the new Butler Town Center on Archer Road. Roughly half the population of Orlando, Gainesville has a wide variety of people to meet.

Gainesville transformed since being founded in 1869. It was founded as a small railroad throughway and slowly grew from a swamp-land into an a medical and educational center.

What’s in Gainesville:

Visit Gainesville for the Florida Gators, UF, Shands, Gatorade, Prayne’s Prairie, Gainesville Raceway, Lake Alice, and Ginnie Springs. Gainesville is full of activities like close-by springs, lakes, walking trails, alligators, downtown, theaters, and sports activities. Don’t pet the alligators!

Moving to Gainesville 101:

Gainesville works to be a healthy and eco-friendly city that is friendly to biking, natural landmarks, and animals. If you enjoy being outdoors, pack your bike and a swimsuit. Gainesville is about an two hours from Daytona Beach or nearby several springs. Other items you might want to pack: sunscreen, an umbrella, beach chair, orange & blue, a fishing pole, shorts, flip flops, and maybe a season pass to Disney.

Moving to Gainesville, FL is a great idea if you like the Gators, beaches, Disney, outdoor activities, a variety of cuisine, researching, or assisting others in a medical practice.

Companies in Gainesville:

The top employers in Gainesville are UF, Shands, Veteran Affairs, Alachua Country School Board, City of Gainesville, Publix, North Florida Regional, Nationwide, Alachua Country, and Santa Fe College. Gainesville is home to a wide variety of medical, educational, agriculture, and start-up technology companies. Also, 2 College Brothers hires in Gainesville, if you would like to help as a mover!

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Supporting Families with Gainesville Family Promise

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Help families in Gainesville with Family Promise and 2 College Brothers. Family Promise is a nonprofit that supports families in need of care, food, and a place to stay.

Throughout the year, Family Promise helps the community with donation drives, volunteering, and events. All support goes towards assisting families with a helping hand, meals, and housing assistance. 2 College Brothers moves those needing help with Family Promise into new housing.

Ways to help:

Events:

Keep an eye out for events the on the Family Promise Facebook page. Come out to enjoy an activity, volunteer, or donate items for an upcoming yard sale. Past events have been yard sales, potlucks, concerts, spirit nights, and an annual bed race.

Donation Drives:

Donations are always needed and can be sent directly to Family Promise of Gainesville.

Most wanted items are: new pillows, pillow protectors, mattress protectors, twin size blankets, twin bed sets, toilet bowl cleaner, general purpose cleaner, or any items on their current wishlist.

Volunteering:

Family Promise can always use help from volunteers for events. Contact Family Promise if you would like to volunteer for events like yard sales or family hosting and assistance.

Have some fun and support families at the same time! Come join an upcoming event with Family Promise and 2 College Brothers. Family Promise’s 4th annual bed race is coming up on May 5th, sign up to join today.


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Valentine’s Ideas for Everyone

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Make this Valentine’s Day special for everyone with some heartfelt ideas that will make their day brighter.


1. Create a delicious Valentine’s treat

• Make heart shaped muffins, desserts, or a fruit and vegetable tray to share with everyone.

2. Write a note

• Let someone know you care with a short written note. “Thinking about you”, “Thanks for being you”, or “Happy Valentine’s Day” are a simple reminders you are thinking about someone.

3. Give flowers or a grown gift

• Fresh flowers from a local store always make people smile. Buy a few dozen flowers and attach a small note to each flower. Then give one to everyone you know for a simple gift.

• Also, check out heart shaped fruit for a fun idea for growing or buying fruit you could give to others for Valentine’s Day.

4. Give a compliment or offer to help

• Tell someone you like something about them to let them know you care.

• You could offer to help by pick up everyone’s lunch orders if you are at work, pay for the person behind you’s order at a restaurant, pay for a toll for the next person if you are traveling, hold open a door, pick up dropped items, or say something thoughtful.

5. Spend time together

• Spend time together by going to the movies, taking a walk together, or spending time together just to talk.

6. Do something you have been meaning to

• You planned to go shopping or put together an entertainment center but it was slowly put off. Surprise someone by doing something you planned to do but didn’t have a chance to yet!

7. A thoughtful gift

• Someone you know likes gardening, try bringing them a gardening magazine or something related to their hobby to bring a thoughtful gift.


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Weatherproof Items for Heat, Cold, and Water

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Moving from one place to another or just keeping items in one place has its challenges. Sometimes you could use help packing with a Gainesville moving company.

Weatherproofing items for heat, cold, and water is one of the best ideas if you are keeping items in storage to protect them against damages.

Going through your garage or storage, are your items packed in boxes or plastic containers? How many times do you go to put something out there unpackaged and completely forget it’s there for months to find it eaten, broken, wet, or damaged?

A few quick fixes will save lots of damaged items.

Weatherproofing Tips:


Try keeping a few extra boxes near where you store items. The small space between your washer and dryer is perfect for keeping them close by. Many Gainesville moving companies sell boxes and will deliver them if you request help packing.

Next, keep a roll of packing tape near the boxes to make sure any boxes are sealed completely. The tape helps items from being reached by bugs and better insulates them from temperature.

To make items more water resistant, wrap items that could be damaged by water with plastic wrap. Try using plastic containers for more vulnerable items like books or documents. Boxes are great for more waterproof items and make packing more cost efficient. Mold can be a major problem when the temperature changes, so protecting items with a box and wrap within the container adds resistance from moisture.

Careful consideration of what should go into storage is important for less weatherproof items. Some items don’t handle heat and cold well even in good packaging like paper, fabrics, food, medicine, and electronics. They can be damaged easily by mold, heat, and cold. Try to keep these kinds of items in storage at room temperature. If you are looking for storage, check if they offer temperature controlled units if items are less weatherproof.

Save your favorite baseball cards by keeping them inside to avoid warping from heat. Protect a wedding dress by putting it in a storage bag in a closet with silica gel packs to avoid mold. Last but not least, keep electronics away from the outdoors to keep an air hockey table working.


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11 Gainesville Events to Experience in 2018

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“Basking Alligator” by Reisner Fonseca

1.) Paynes Prairie Preserves Bird Trail Hike

Ever wanted to see the wild side of Florida? Paynes Prairie offers a chance to see Florida’s wildlife up close (but not too close) and personal. A chance of seeing a gator up close shouldn’t be missed! Hikes are held the first Saturday of each month from January 6th through April 7th, with a limit of 20 people per hike. Reserve your spot now at Friends of Paynes Prairie. Hikes are free, parking is $4 per car.

2.) The Royale at The Hippodrome

January 10 through February 11, come see The Royale, a new show at The Hippodrome Mainstage. Follow Jack Johnson’s fight to the top as the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion. Ticket prices range from $30 to $8. Every Tuesday, all tickets are $10.

3.) Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Come visit the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire on January 27th – 28th and February 2nd – 4th. Watch a live chess board, cheer on jousting knights, experience old world activities, rides, and food in a medieval marketplace and event square. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, $8 for youth (5-17), and free for children under five. Make sure to visit on February 2nd for Family Friday when tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for youth (5-17), and children under five are free!

4.) Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival

Try a variety of strawberry dishes for a good cause! Celebrate spring with strawberry shortcake, entertainment, a 5k run, car show, and more at the 5th annual Habitat for Humanity Strawberry Festival on March 3rd. Admission to the event is free but they would like a donation for parking, food can be purchased at the event.

Tickets for the Strawberry Jam 5k race are $30 per person before the event and $35 on the day of the event. Use the promo code HABITAT for $5 off your 5k registration ticket here in January.

5.) Gator Nationals

Visit the Gainesville Raceway on March 15th – 18th to see the world’s best NHRA drag racers in action. Ticket prices range from $17 to $69 for adults and free to $24 for juniors (12 and under). Tickets include the opportunity to meet your favorite drivers and recieve autographs.

6.) Festival of the Sea

Sample a variety of different seafood dishes at the Festival of the Sea on March 24th. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, $20 on the day of the event. There is a small additional event fee and tax added to the price of the ticket, food is sold separately. A Beer and Wine Garden ticket can be purchased for $40 plus event fee and tax, which includes access to sample a selection of beer and wine and admission to the event.

7.) Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

Walk through a one and a half mile walkway with around 150 vendors for plants and gardening supplies while being surrounded in a spring garden. A great place to have a picnic! No need to bring the picnic supplies, they have a picnic area and food vendors. Tickets for the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival are $8 for adults, $5 for children (3-13 years old), parking is free. The event is held from March 24th through March 25th.

8.) Butterfly Rainforest & Florida Fossils

Watch live butterflies, birds, turtles, and fish in The Florida Museum‘s Butterfly Rainforest and experience ancient discoveries of Florida’s past in the Florida Fossils display. Admission to Florida Fossils and all other Florida Museum displays are free except the Butterfly Rainforest. Tickets to the Butterfly Rainforest are $13 for adults, $11 for Florida residents, college students, and seniors, and $6 for juniors (3-17 years old). They are open year-round (weather permitting), Sunday through Saturday.

9.) Roger’s Farm

Join Roger’s Farm for Octoberfest from September 30th through October 29th. Walk through a spooky trail, 12 acre corn maze, and events for kids and adults. Admission is $10 for the attractions or the corn maze, or $14 for both. Children under the age of three are free.

10.) Alachua County Fair

Visit The Alachua County Fair in October for big and small attractions for kids and adults. Enjoy fair food, games, and rides! Prices vary by day, check back in October for current prices per day. The Alachua County Fair usually offers Midnight Madness from 9pm to 1am for $20 including gate admission and activities.

11.) Pond Lighting

See Christmas lights and activities on December 1st at the North Florida Regional Medical Center’s annual Pond Lighting ceremony! Previous events have included a real snow sledding hill, ornament decorating, letters to Santa, carriage rides, cookie decorating, music, food trucks, and the pond lighting ceremony. Entry to the event is free.


See Gainesville Eventbrite for more events!


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

move-in condition reports

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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