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  • JACKSONVILLEHOMEOWNERS GUIDE TO

    PRESENTED BY: PAULS PEST

  • HOMEOWNER RESOURCES 2

    MOVING TIPS AND TRICKS 4

    LOCAL INFORMATION 6

    LOCAL ATTRACTIONS 12

    CONTENTSTABLE OF

  • MOVING TO JACKSONVILLE?

    Here at Pauls Pest Control, we are locals and have been in this area for years - even decades! With so much time spent in the Jacksonville area, we count ourselves lucky to know this place like the back of our hand. To welcome you to your

    new home in Jacksonville, weve created this Homeowners Guide to Moving to Jacksonville, so you can hit the ground running on your very first day and know all the ins and outs of living here.

    HERES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

    Jacksonville is a gorgeous, vibrant, and exciting community that more than 800,000 people choose to call home. Now that youve decided to make a move to this wonderful and happening city, youre likely swimming in excitement and ready to take on your new Florida adventure! But before you move, there are a

    few basics that you will want to know before you make the trip.

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  • HOMEOWNERS RESOURCESThere are a lot of things that go into a successful move to Jacksonville, and

    having your ducks in a row on your home ownership responsibilities is a

    great place to start. Check out the following homeowner resources so you

    can make great decisions without the hassle of digging through options

    yourself.

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  • REAL ESTATE AGENTSLets face it--buying a home is hard work, especially if you are traveling from out of the state or across the country. Enlisting the help of an experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent can make or break your home buying experience, and can help you enjoy your move instead of dreading it. Here are just a few recommendations for quality real estate agents in the Jacksonville area:

    Magnolia Properties

    Watson Realty Corporation

    Jacksonville REALTORs

    UTILITY COMPANIESSo youve already got your real estate situation figured out, huh? Well, what happens when you move in? Here are our recommendations for the best utility companies in Jacksonville:

    The help of an experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent can make or break your home buying experience.

    Natural Gas:Peoples Gas, AmeriGas, Western Natural Gas

    Electric Company:Jacksonville Electric

    Authority

    Cable Company:Time Warner Cable,

    AT&T

    Lawn and Pest:Pauls Pest

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  • MOVING RESOURCESWhile making your home in Jacksonville might be the best idea youve ever had,

    the moving process can make anyone want to cry uncle. Moving is stressful for

    everyone, and nobody truly likes to go through it--but just remember that it is worth

    all the trouble to live in a place as amazing and beautiful as Jacksonville. To make

    your moving process just a little bit easier to manage, check out these quick tips for

    an easy peasy move so you can start enjoying the spoils of Jacksonville sooner!

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  • MOVING TIPS AND TRICKS Plan ahead before you start packing.

    Dont leave all your packing until the last minute--instead, think about items that you will need while you are still in your new home, and pack rooms up in stages.

    Choose your movers wisely. A few friends with trucks might cut it for a cross-town move, but if youre moving into a new home in Jacksonville from far away, it might be advisable to hire professional movers. Although professional movers can be expensive, what you gain in peace of mind will likely make up the difference. Some great moving companies that we can recommend include:

    Two Men and a Truck

    First Choice Movers

    Royal Movers

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    Declutter before you pack up your whole house. Go through your closets, your bathrooms, and your storage areas and only pack the items you use frequently or truly need. Then, sell the rest in a yard sale or donate items to charity that might be useful to someone else. Toss items that are damaged or that cant be donated. At the end of the process, youll have sub-stantially less to pack and you will have lightened your load for your journey.

    Plan for pets and kids. Moving is stressful for even the most strong-minded adult--imagine what the process is like for your little ones and your furry friends. If possible, arrange child and pet care during the most trying parts of the move to alleviate their stress--and yours.

  • LOCAL INFORMATIONMoving to Jacksonville is an overwhelming process as it is, let us make it a

    little bit easier once you get here. Below, we have listed some of the most

    important local information that you will need to know once you get here.

    It may seem like a lot to take in, but trust us, once you get here, youll start

    feeling like a local in no time!

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  • LOCAL COMMUNITIESWhether you are looking to start your career, raise a family, or enjoy your hard-earned retirement, Jacksonville has a place for everyone. Check out our list of the best places to live in this area to help you find the community that is right for you!

    Northside: The Northside neighborhood is the perfect community for growing families to call home. Located right on the riverfront, residents of this community enjoy close proximity to exciting attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and the downtown area.

    San Marco: For those with a more eclectic taste, San Marco is an artsy district with exciting vibes that are perfect for young professionals and families. Charming homes reflect the 1920s style, while nearby shops offer closeby entertainment and excitement.

    The Beaches: The Beaches, usually known as Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Neptune Beach is a pricier part of Jacksonville, but is a perfect home for those who are moving to Florida to truly experience coastal living.

    Orange Park: If you are looking for a modest home on a large plot of land, Orange Park is right up your alley. Home to many growing families who need a little elbow room, folks in Orange Park can enjoy spacious accommodations with a modest commute to the downtown area.

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  • High Schools: Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Darnell Cookman Middle/High School

    Middle Schools: Alfred I. Dupont Middle School, Arlington Middle School, Eugene Butler Middle School

    Elementary School: John Stockton Elementary School, Beauclerc Elementary School, Sabal Palm Elementary School

    University of North Florida

    Jacksonville University

    Florida State College at Jacksonville

    Edward Waters College

    Trinity Baptist College

    Jones College

    Art Institute of Jacksonville

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    COLLEGESWhether you have children nearing college age, or if you just want to pursue some higher education yourself, living in the Jacksonville area affords you a choice of many different colleges and universities nearby. Check out the following list to help you choose from the best places for higher education in the Jacksonville area.

    SCHOOLSIf youre moving to the Jacksonville area with kids in tow, or if youre planning on building a family in the near future, you might be wondering which schools are the best ones in the area. Worry no more! Read on to learn about the best school for your kids to help make your decision easier:

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    CAR DEALERSHIPSSo youve got a new home in Jacksonville, why not spring for a new car as well? Whether you need a new car to go with your new commute, or if its time to trade up for a newer model, there are many car dealerships in the area that can help you find the perfect set of wheels for your needs. Here are our picks!

    Arlington Toyota

    Duval Honda

    Duval Ford

    Coggin Automotive Group

    PROFESSIONAL COMPANIESOne of the hardest parts of moving is finding new professional companies to help you out once youve moved. Here are our suggestions to help you get started.

    Accountant: Ennis, Pellum & Associates, Katherine B. Ashley, Ross Hughes and

    Associates

    Attorneys: Law Office of David M. Goldman, Law Office of Eric S. Block, Farah and Farah

    Financial Planner: TrustWell Financial Advisors, Paragon Wealth Strategies

    Youve got a new home in Jacksonville, why not spring for a new car as well?

  • HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALSAre you having trouble trying to find the right doctors and medical services for your family? Were here to help! Check out our list of the best medical professionals in the area to help make your search for a physician much easier.

    Hospital: Memorial Hospital, Baptist Medical Center

    Pediatrician: Jacksonville PediatricsDentist: Riverside DentalGeneral Practitioner: Arthur Browning, MD, John Butcher, MD

    Urgent Care: AFC Urgent Care, CareSpot

    EMPLOYMENT/COST OF LIVINGJacksonville Unemployment Rate: 5.9%

    Florida Unemployment Rate: 4.9%

    Cost of Living: 91/100

    WEATHER AND CLIMATEJacksonville Florida is a beautiful place to live, famous for warm, breezy summers and mild seasons all year long. But there are definitely a few things you will need to know about Jacksonvilles weather and climate before you make the commitment to making this amazing place your home.It is quite warm here--very warm. In fact,

    the annual average temperature hovers around 70 degrees!It rains a lot in Florida, and Jacksonville is

    no different. If you live here, you should be prepared for many sunny days, but also for showers and sprinkles each week. In Florida, hurricanes are prevalent during

    the hurricane season which stretches from June 1 through the end of November. If you live in this area, you need to expect and be prepared for strong storms almost every year.

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  • GROCERY STORESGrocery stores are