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Old 06-17-2013, 02:42 PM
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When you get here, drive around everywhere and observe the place. Find out where everything is located, and check out what everyone has done with landscaping, driveways, gutters, etc. It's a pretty fascinating place and you can learn a lot just by looking at what's here.
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Let's do a thread with some advice for newbies, things to do and NOT to do when you first move here.

First I will say not to buy from the door pounders who come to you in the weeks right after you move in. Not because they are all unworthy contractors, but some of them are, and nothing, NOTHING has to be done at once. Take your time and wait for changes to water supply, adding pest treatments, painting driveways or even if you will add downspouts to the back of your home. Wait to see who your neighbors use for lawn maintainance.

Please jump in here and add your comments here everyone.
ABSOLUTELY great advice and couldn't have put it better. We're retired. We have the time to scope things out, talk to neighbors etc. There is NO urgency to hurry anything.
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TO MOD:

Great idea to make this a sticky !!!!


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Smile Newbie in Village of Pinellas

Our close date is July 2nd. Move in date July 9th. Thanks for all of the "newbie" advice. I like to have my eyes wide open!!!
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Call Seniors vs Crimes first before you hire someone. I did exactly what your not suppose to do, I paid a tree trimmer Rob Williams of "Quality Tree" for work and he took off. I reported it to SVC and learned he did the same thing to at least 8 other people.
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Be aware about leaving your garage door open when just moving in. Car in the driveway, garage packed full of boxes and all your stuff from your former home. It's an open invitation to the "Village Street Cruisers", looking for the new one moving in, deals, one time offers, trees, driveway, lightning rods, lawn & shrubs, pine mulch, stones, water softners, etc, etc.
Yee Gods, Our first weeks of residency just passed before my eyes..........
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Duplicate post sorry
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I had a real welcome wagon lady and she was very nice. Left lots of stuff.
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Let's do a thread with some advice for newbies, things to do and NOT to do when you first move here.

First I will say not to buy from the door pounders who come to you in the weeks right after you move in. Not because they are all unworthy contractors, but some of them are, and nothing, NOTHING has to be done at once. Take your time and wait for changes to water supply, adding pest treatments, painting driveways or even if you will add downspouts to the back of your home. Wait to see who your neighbors use for lawn maintainance.

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Do you know anything about a mosquito problem in any of The Villages?
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Angry New Mattress

For those looking for new bedding.

Make sure everything is in writting when dealing with Mattress Barn.

What they tell you and what they do are two different things
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Scammed Newbie,

New Fernandina Villager. Got a paver contractor name and number from The Village classified. Took our money and never heard from him. He went under Premiere Pavers name Tim Connell - so beware!

Hope others will be more careful who they choose, I know we will from now on.

thanks for the post,
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Do you know anything about a mosquito problem in any of The Villages?

Once in awhile we will see a mosquito or two. And there are seasons where there are houseflies. But not tons of them. One is too many.

I think that they spray for them at night.
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I heard that this is the Friendliest Hometown- but not my street. After a year here, I still haven't met my neighbors. Most have been here for a few years and already have their friends and "groups." So- don't wait for your neighbors to knock on your door, give yourself a moving party and invite your neighbors, form your own groups, try different clubs. Go to your pool. It is hard moving into an established neighborhood- good luck.
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Does anyone know how hard the water is? Moderate, hard or very hard? Does most everyone get their water softened? Has anyone had hot water only softened? Thanks for all the hints to newcomers!
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Wish I had known about Talk of The Villages before I bought a water system. Not saying I am not happy with it, but every comment I read happen to me. Need to slow down & enjoy my neighbors & new lifestyle.
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