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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?

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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.

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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!

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Gainesville Moving Company Teams Up With Student Maid

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Your Favorite Gainesville Movers and Cleaners Now Work Side by Side

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

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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.

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Quick Moving Tips for Your Success

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Moving Tips

3 Steps on How to Move Into Off-Campus Housing

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

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Find Residential Movers in Gainesville

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Finding the Right Residential Movers

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

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How to Choose the Best Moving Company

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10 Things You Must Ask a Moving Company

Choosing the Best Moving Company

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

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

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Reliable Furniture Shipping

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Dependable Furniture Shipping

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

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We Hire the Best, Forget the Rest

What We Look for in Employees

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

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How to get a moving job with 2 College Brothers.

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Jobs for Movers in Gainesville & Tampa

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

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Now Partnering with Gator Domino’s

2 College Brothers, Gainesville's movers have team up with Gator Domino's Pizza to bring you a free pizza after your Gainesville move.

Gator Domino’s Pizza Gainesville

We wanted to simplify the moving experience just a little bit more – that is why we are proud to announce that our Gainesville, FL moving company has teamed up with the number one Domino’s Pizza franchise in the country! Nobody likes to cook the night after a move, so don’t worry about unpacking all those pots, pans, and plates!

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