One way to ostracize yourself fairly quickly in your new condo building would be to get on the wrong side of the staff. If you want your packages and your guests to come and go without being tortured or be put through a lengthy inquiry, then perhaps you should listen up.
Folks who live in doorman buildings quickly learn that the way to get anything done through the building is through the doorman. From allowing your guests access through the front door to helping you with you packages, a great relationship with staff can certainly make your living arrangements more enjoyable. And from fetching your car, to walking your dog- doormen can make your life easy and they often will go the extra mile for Philly condo
owners who are friendly. And being greeted with a smile each time you come home is a nice thing. Having a doorman who doesn’t like you is not a walk in the park. Believe me, I learned the hard way back in the late 1980’s by being rude and pushy. I no longer live in that building, and I now treat doormen with respect. You should too. Your life will be made much easier if you never piss off your doorman. They are great for learning of building gossip too…they seem to know everything. Oh, and tipping is generally done at the holiday season either via a pooled fund which is collected by the building, or done individually. I would suggest you get yourself a stack of $20 bills and pass them out like Halloween Candy. This is not the time or place to be stingy 🙂