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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

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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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Hottest Attractions in Tampa Bay

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Moving to Tampa Bay?

Tampa is a great city to be in. Every year Tampa sees continued growth as industries, families and young professionals move to the bay area. In addition to great weather year-round, Tampa and the bay area feature some of the biggest area attractions in Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Here’s a list of some of the top area attractions that make Tampa Bay bay one of the coolest places to live in Florida.

Sports

Tampa has not one, not two, not three, but FOUR professional sports teams!

  • Baseball:
    • The Tampa Bay Rays play their home games just across the bay, in St. Petersburg
  • Soccer:
    • Tampa Bay’s own USL team, The Rowdies, have their stadium in downtown St. Petersburg

Nightlife

Tampa is home to a fantastic and evolving food, drink and entertainment culture. With tons of great breweries, bars and restaurants on either side of the bay, Tampa Bay enjoys a well-known reputation as a cultural hub.

Recreation

There’s lots of great things to do in Tampa and the bay area:

  • Florida State Fairgrounds
    • Concerts and events happen here year-round, and, of course, the State Fair!
  • Busch Gardens/Adventure Islands
    • One of Florida’s biggest attractions, Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands offer up a hefty dose of roller coasters, water slides and close encounters with wildlife.
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino
    • You can get your gambling fix or enjoy a world-class show at this popular resort and casino located in east Tampa.
  • Swimming/Boating
    • The bay area boasts some of the best swimming and boating spots in Florida. With miles of beautiful coastline in St. Pete Beach, stunning vistas on Tampa Bay or serene intimacy of the Hillsborough River, Tampa Bay is a great spot for water activities.
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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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7 Moving Tips for a Safe and Smooth Move

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Save Money. Be Protected. Enjoy a Smooth Move.

We know everybody’s moving situation is unique. We train our Gainesville movers and Tampa Movers to adapt to whatever special circumstances are needed, however, the more uniform the situation, the more likely the smoothest possible relocation will take place. Below are some tips to ensure that your experience with 2 College Brothers, or whichever mover you choose, is the best move you have ever had!

  1. Book your move as far in advance as you can, as early in the day as possible.

  2. Most movers can only guarantee the start time of the first job of the day. Your mover will shoot to always be on schedule, however, sometimes prior jobs take longer than expected, and inclement weather, particularly afternoon thunderstorms, can become a factor. 2 College Brothers moves close to 2,000 people per year, which means there will be multiple jobs each day, especially during peak season, so keep this in mind!

  3. Provide as many details about your move as you can.

  4. Oftentimes people think they will save money by under reporting the items needed to be moved. Because most local moving companies charge on an hourly basis, this generally results in the price going above the estimated total. By letting your mover know as many details about the move as you can, they can give you the most accurate estimate to budget for, and it ensures that we will be properly equipped with the right sized truck, amount of movers, protective materials, and special equipment or tools that will help expedite the process and protect your items. Details to look for include:

    • List of furniture and number of boxes being moved
    • Anything requiring assembly or disassembly
    • Anything particularly heavy, valuable, or fragile
      • Pianos, pool tables, armoires, artwork, electronics, etc.
    • List any special circumstances such as:
      • Gate codes
      • Long hallways
      • Difficult to find locations
      • Extra stops
      • Extra garage, attic, or storage space
  5. Notify management of any pets or potentially hazardous conditions.

    Some people are allergic to pets and nobody likes their furniture sneezed on! It’s ok if something isn’t clean, that’s part of why you are moving! Just let your mover know so they can bring gloves, masks or anything else to protect the health of their team members.

  6. Have everything packed and ready to go!

  7. Good movers are happy to provide packing services, however this may result in an additional charge. Unless you specifically request packing services, your movers may not know to bring the materials needed to do the job right. Small or awkward items are difficult to stack safely inside of a truck if they are not packed into boxes, and several small items means more trips back and forth to the truck, causing the job to take longer, costing more money!

    Pack the heaviest items like books, canned goods or files into small boxes. Boxes should never weigh more than 50 pounds, as this can jeopardize the integrity of the box. Make sure fragile items are individually wrapped in boxes, and packing paper or peanuts are used to fill in open gaps.

  8. Save money by being organized!

    • If you have all boxes in a central location, your movers can work as quickly as possible
    • If boxes are labeled, your mover will know exactly which rooms they go in
    • Break down beds, dressers, couches, desks, etc. It is no problem if you do not know how, or do not have time, a good mover has the tools to do so, but this will save them time, and save you money!
  9. Transport any small, awkward, fragile and sentimental items yourself.

  10. These items may take extra time and cost securing and protecting. If something small like a laptop, heirloom, or piece of art is extremely important to you, it just makes sense to transport it yourself. Make sure to be very clear with the movers of the item’s significance if you would still like them to transport it. Depending on the item and situation, they may have you sign a release of liability.

  11. If loading a rental truck make sure to provide blankets and tie downs.

  12. Because you will be moving out of the area, you must provide your own pads and tie downs as the local mover you hire will not be able to get their own back. They should still bring out stretch wrap, but you will want max padding for a long distance move. The mover may not be responsible for any damages that may result in transportation of a truck not driven by its team. Once you are satisfied with the load up and sign off, the mover is no longer liable, so make sure the crew has everything they need to pack the truck safely. You can rent moving pads and other equipment from the truck rental facility.

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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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How our Tampa Professionals Move a Piano

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Piano Movers Tampa – How to Successfully Move a Piano

Pianos are essentially the Holy Grail for moving companies when it comes to some of the most difficult pieces they can be faced with. They can weigh in excess of 1000 pounds, and potentially be worth tens of thousands of dollars. Fortunately, 2 College Brothers has a designated Tampa piano moving team, that has moved countless pianos over the years. We also have one million dollars in insurance, enough to cover just about any piano!

There are many different sizes and styles of pianos, ranging from concert grand pianos, to smaller upright spinet pianos. Each type has a specific method, and requires different equipment, skill level, and varying amounts of man power.

When selecting a moving company to move your piano, it is important to make sure they have experience, and the management is aware of the different methods to make sure your piano gets the proper attention.

This article focuses mainly on moving a grand or baby grand piano, as these are generally the trickiest (not to mention most expensive) types of pianos, and should always be left to a professional.   Fortunately, 2 College Brothers, Inc, utilizes training from the American Moving and Storage Association on how to move these types of pianos, and only our experienced piano moving team will be handling it.

Materials needed to move a grand piano

  • Piano Board
  • Arm straps
  • Screwdriver
  • Allen wrench
  • Plastic baggies
  • Moving pads or blankets
  • Tape
  • Stretch wrap
  • Floor dolly
  • 3 experienced movers
  • Truck with a lift gate or wench (Optional but preferred)
  • Buckle straps
  • Nylon tie downs

Step 1: Inspect the environment

Look over the piano for any pre-existing damages. Note any and point them out to the customer. Survey the area around the piano. Make sure it is clear of any obstacles. You will need plenty of room for three people to move around, as well as for the piano to move freely to the front door. Because the piano will be length wise on its side, make sure there is plenty of clearance around corners.

Step 2: Protect the ancillary pieces

Use the screwdriver or Allen wrench to undo the hinges on the piano topper. You will want to prepare a spread out blanket off to the side. Remove the topper from the piano, and set it on the blanket. Wrap this up in the blanket using tape and stretch wrap. Set this out of the way. Do the same with the music rack and keyboard cover. If the keyboard cover does not come off, wedge wound up stretch wrap, or cardboard on the ends to hold it in place and keep it from flapping open. Place any screws, washers, or bolts into a labeled plastic baggie.

Step 3: Protecting the tuning pedals

This next step will focus on the bottom of the piano. We want to pay special attention to the tuning pedals, as these can be easily damaged if not properly removed and protected. Have one mover crawl under the piano, and use the screwdriver or Allen wrench to dismount the rack that supports the tuning pedals. Once these are removed, insulate each pedal with plastic wrap and moving pads. Wrap these as you did the piano topper and music rack. Make sure nothing can interfere with these as they can easily become bent, rendering them ineffective. A common mistake amongst inexperienced piano movers is to not properly protect the tuning pedals. Make sure your movers take extra care of these like 2 College Brothers does!

Step 4: Un-attaching the legs and the “piano flip”

This is where some skill and experience comes into play for a piano mover. If you were to be facing the keys, you will want to focus the front left leg. You will also be using the piano board for this segment. Place the piano board about three feet to the left of the piano. One mover should hold the front left corner of the piano, and another the back left. The third mover must un screw the front left leg, while the other two movers hold their end up. Once the leg is off, the third mover should set it on a moving pad, as he hustles around to the front right side. In a controlled movement, the front left mover lowers his end onto the piano board, while the other two moves lift their ends up, keeping as much tension off the remaining legs as possible. Once the front left end is resting safely on the board, the first mover can help to finish turning the piano onto its side, so that it rests safely on the piano board. From here, the remaining legs are to be taken off, and protected.
Grand piano

Step 5: Relocating the piano to the truck

Once the Piano is safely resting on its side on the piano board, be sure to wrap it completely in moving pads, tape, and stretch wrap. Then, buckle the protected piano to the piano board with the buckle straps. With two movers lifting, and one stabilizing, use arm straps to lift the piano onto a flat dolly. The piano may not be rolled to the entryway, with one mover in front, one mover in back, and one mover stabilizing. To get the piano over any thresholds or bumps, utilize this same lifting technique. Please note that any stairs or large steps will require at least 1 more additional mover, preferably 2. DO NOT attempt to move even a baby grand piano up stairs without the adequate manpower.

Step 6: Transporting the piano in the moving truck

Once you safely get the piano to the moving truck, use the lift gate or winch to lift the piano up into the truck. Additional manpower may be required to roll it up a ramp. Secure the piano to on of the walls of the truck using buckle straps, or heavy duty nylon rope. There is no need to remove the piano from the flat dolly as long as it is secured properly in the truck, however do put the wheel locks on the flat dolly. Once the truck reaches its destination, un fasten the piano and slowly lower the piano off the truck using the lift gate wench, or with additional manpower, the ramp.

Step 6 Setting the piano back up

Wheel the piano to its desired location at the new destination. Unwrap it, putting all materials to the side. Using arm straps, lower the piano board off of the flat dolly and directly next to it. Essentially, you will be doing an exact reverse of steps 1-4. Screw the Back left and front right legs back onto the piano. Have one mover ready to receive the top (front right) end of the piano as it is tilted toward him. The other two movers should deadlift the front and back left ends of the piano, keeping as much tension off the legs as possible. Once upright, the mover on the receiving end of the front right must hustle around and re-attach the front left leg. Congratulations, the piano should now be resting safely upright at the new location! Simply re-attach the tuning pedals, music rack, and topper. Remove any insulation from the keyboard cover. If necessary per the client’s request, move the piano to the desired location of the room by having each mover lift each end, slowing carrying the piano to the assigned spot. Do not slide roll (if it has wheels) the piano as this can damage the floor or legs.

And there you have it! Moving a piano, simplified into 6 easy steps the 2 College Brothers “Master’s Degree in Moving” way! Don’t forget, we also move upright pianos, billiard tables, appliances, and gun safes! Stay tuned to hear more about how these “beasts” get moved from point A to B!

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Body Mechanics for Movers: Moving Furniture With the Deadlift

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The Deadlift and Moving Furniture

The deadlift is perhaps the most used lifting technique in every day life… especially if every day life consists of moving furniture in Gainesville, FL. It engages nearly every muscle in the body and is one of the most beneficial exercises to gaining overall body strength. Many people are often concerned with hurting their backs if they are moving furniture. Insurance companies hate to insure movers for this exact reason.

However, if practiced correctly, the deadlift can actually prevent injuries, both inside and outside of the moving industry.

This article goes into detail on how 2 College Brothers, Inc, a moving company in Gainesville, FL, trains its movers on the importance of the deadlift, and utilizes tried and true techniques to ensure safety on every move. The techniques listed below are contributed with assistance from the certified personal trainers at Body By Boris, a gym in Gainesville, FL.

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Starting Out

It is important to limber up. Blood should be flowing to all parts of the body (well most parts… but that’s an article for another time). Get a quick jog in, or if you want to work on coordination, try jumping rope. After you activate your muscles, get a 5 to 10 minute stretch in:

Core: Having a limber and strong core is crucial to safety when moving furniture. Take some time to strengthen your core and stretch it before and after the lift. This includes your abs, obliques, lower back, and stabilizing muscles. Here are some suggested techniques:

  • Cobra Stretch:
    • Lie face down on the floor, place both palms on the floor to your sides, and lift your head and chest up like a cobra, keeping your toes pointed away and your quads on the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, repeat 3 times.
  • Seated Trunk Rotation:
    • Sit on the floor or mat with one leg extended and the other crossed over at about 90 degrees. Place the elbow opposite of the bent leg on the outside of the bent knee. Twist. Hold for 20 seconds, and switch sides and repeat.

Legs and hips: Your legs and hips will be primary muscle groups utilized during the deadlift and when moving heavy furniture. It is important to adequately warm these up. Stretches include:

  • Lying Hamstring Stretch:
    • Lie flat on your back, with one leg extended. Grasp the other leg and slowly pull it towards the body. Rope or bands are helpful here. Pull slightly harder for 15 seconds, switch and repeat.
  • Lying Quad Stretch
    • Lie flat on your back with one leg extended, bend your other leg back with your foot extending towards your buttocks. Grab your foot with the corresponding hand and pull. Hold for 15 seconds, switch repeat.
  • Spiderman Stretch
    • Get into a lunge position with right leg in front of the left. Place left hand on the floor for stability, and right hand on the foot. Push right leg out with your right elbow. Keep your head and your chest up. You should position yourself so you feel the stretch in your outer hips. Push for 5-10 seconds, release, then push a little deeper for 5-10 seconds.

Upper Body: Your upper body will be activated in addition to the core and lower body. So you must stretch this as well. Some useful stretches include:

  • Lateral Trunk Flexion
    • Stand tall, and reach for the sky with one hand. Tilt the torso the opposite direction, keeping the body facing forward. Hold 10 seconds and repeat.
  • Bicep and Pectoralis Extension
    • Grab onto a wall or post with one hand standing upright. Slowly twist, so that you feel tension in your biceps and chest muscles. Inch farther and farther until for about 20 seconds. Switch arms.

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The Move

Now that you are properly warmed up, you are ready to approach the heavy furniture that needs to be moved. For consistency, let’s say the item we will be moving is a couch. However, these techniques apply to moving boxes, dressers, beds, and just about any other heavy item.

  1. Approach the couch with feet shoulder width apart. Keep the spine straight, but tilt it approximately 45 degrees towards thecouch. Assume a half squat position, with the thighs bent at about a 45 degree angle, keeping your buttocks back. Grab the sides of the couch, slightly wrapping your arms around it for support (you may have to tilt the couch from side to side to get your hands in a solid gripping position).
  2. Once you are in position to move the couch, tighten every muscle in your body. Clench your glutes, abs, arms and back. Visualize you are trying to pinch a penny between your glutes and shoulder blades. This should result in a “pre-loading the couch” situation, where the couch is almost floating off of the ground, but not yet lifted. The reason for this is because maintaining muscle tension from the onset will provide more strength to the mover, as well as keep the activated muscles safe. Think of a rope, if you have pre-existing tension on it, you can pull heavier objects. But if you jerk it to pull something heavy, you are much more likely to snap it!
  3. Communicate with your partner. Count down to three before lifting the couch. Failure to do this could result in injury or damage to the couch from dropping it.
  4. After you have counted to three, simultaneously come up, keeping your back straight, and muscles locked. Move your body as one unit, thrusting your hips forward and bringing your spine to an erect position.
  5. As you walk with the couch, communicate to your partner as to any steps or obstacles that may be in the way, as they likely won’t be able to see what you can see.
  6. Once you reach the destination, set the couch down slowly, following a reverse order of the lift up. Keep back straight and in unison with the bending of the hips and knees, while still communicating with your partner and counting down.

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Congratulations! You just safely moved a couch! Now don’t forget to stretch again! This is a commonly over looked practice, but so crucial to safety. Post move stretching is a must to keep your muscles from tightening up, especially if you are moving furniture everyday. Remember a flexible mover is a strong and safe mover!

Moving furniture is actually a great total body workout if you do it correctly. You can even burn 400 to 600 calories per hour!

Practice this technique in the gym with a barbell, or at home with lighter objects until the proper moving form becomes second nature. Gloves, back braces, or arm straps may be used if you prefer more stability. Moving furniture is actually a great total body workout if you do it correctly. You can even burn 400 to 600 calories per hour!

Our movers in Gainesville enjoy all the perks of being fit, especially in the Florida climate where they can show it off! And best of all, when you are a mover for 2 College Brothers, you essentially get paid to work out! What more could a college student ask for? So, what are you waiting for? Make moves!

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How to Choose the Best Moving Company

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10 Things You Must Ask a Moving Company

Choosing the Best Moving Company

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

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

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Student Moving In Gainesville

Gainesville Student Moving

When 50,000 University of Florida students need to move out at once, you can bet you’ll see our professional movers helping thousands of students get to their new dorms and apartments.

Our Gainesville movers have been there first-hand when it comes to moving on a budget! Avoid multiple trips in small 4-door cars by using our reliable moving trucks. Avoid damaging your personal belongings by letting us provide safety equipment suitable for all furniture sizes.

2 College Brothers is Gainesville’s most recognized student moving company in the area! Let’s make this day hassle-free!

Tips Before you Move out of Your Dorm

    1. Sign out with your Residential Assistant
      After a semester or two with your beloved RA, it’s only fair you double check with them that you’ve returned all important keys and passes before your last day.
    2. Confirm your move-in time
      Apartments and dorms have various move in times to avoid a back-up in their process. Show up at your designated time, if applicable, and have your necessary documents ready.
    3. Don’t take on too many responsibilities
      Don’t leave this day for all of your errands. Lines will be long at the supermarkets, utility offices and gas stations. Plan ahead and focus on moving in your belongings only!

Student Moving Packages

We offer unique moving services for all of our lucky students. From rates in-state rates to our exclusive partnership with Student Maid Cleaning Service, 2 College Brothers will offer you the most beneficial package.

Ask us for a free quote and we will help you budget your moving day! Call us now 352-448-9095.

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Tips on Storage Units in Gainesville

Storage Units Near You

We are partnered with storage unit facilities across all of Central Florida! From climate-controlled units to public storage units, we will help you find what’s right for your needs.

Typically, storage units near your old residence may not be the most convenient when you decide to move across town. Consider storage units near interstates or highways for easier access if you need to move something out of state.

The Right Storage Units for Your Needs

We’ve compared different units for you to better understand which type is right for you. If you’re unsure about which unit will give you the most bang for your buck, give us a call!

Depending on the size of your furniture, typical storage unit businesses will recommend larger or smaller storage units. If you have personal belongings that required a temperature-controlled system, we can also recommend the best options in town.

Tips on Where to Store Your Belongings

  1. Don’t leave things at your old residence
    Even if there is an extra storage room or shack in the backyard of your last place, it isn’t wise to leave your things behind. Access may be granted to new residents leaving your belongings vulnerable to theft or damage.
  2. Don’t depend on your old roommate
    Let’s admit it, things happen when we least expect it. Your old roommate/friend may have bad news one day about where your belongings may have ended up and you have nothing to hold against them. Be responsible, take care of your belongings.
  3. Search “Storage Units Near Me”
    Calculate distance, hours of operation, and types of storage units offered. Do your homework!
  4. Be wary of monthly payments
    Forgetting to pay your monthly installments at a rental storage unit can turn ugly. Create a monthly budget and add it to your total costs.
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Should I Hire a Moving Company or Just Do it Myself?

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Moving Company

Are you wiling to do the heavy lifting or hire a company?

Deciding to go with a reputable moving company is usually more cost effective than people think.

Looking for just ANY Help, Won’t Help

Here’s an example: Let’s say the Smith family is moving in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Smith calls several moving companies and finds that the average estimate for a one-bedroom move is $250. Realizing that’s more than he wanted to dish out to a moving company, he decides they’ll make the move happen on their own. Mr. Smith thinks to himself, “All I need is a truck and some dudes. Maybe I’ll hire a few guys standing outside of Home Depot.”

OK, sure, no problem…

“I’ll buy them lunch and throw them a few extra bucks.”

Comparing Costs and Benefits

The Smith family needs to rent a truck; let’s assume the daily rate is $40. WRONG. Don’t forget the mileage rate, mandatory insurance, and refilling the gas. So now we’re looking at $75 at least. Next, unless you’re superman, the Smiths will need to rent a hand truck and dolly to move boxes and furniture around as well as some extras like furniture pads and cling wrap to make sure nothing gets damaged. Another $45 or so in materials. The Smiths are now ready to get moving. Their cost is already between 50%-70% of the initial quoted price for the move, but now they’ll have to worry that the “movers” won’t damage, brake, scratch, or drop your belongings. They have zero experience maneuvering around stairs, narrow hallways, elevators, etc.

Finding Relief in a Trusted Company

Eliminate the hassle. If you’re moving near Gainesville, FL or need a long distance moving quote within Florida contact 2 College Brothers. A qualified moving consultant will provide you with a complimentary in-house estimate. Our experienced movers will take it from there providing you, the valued client, with a smooth, successful, and stress-free moving experience.

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