Congratulations! And welcome to our fair city! First thing I would do if I were you-Get your locks changed. You have no idea of how many people have had access to your Philadelphia loft or condominium unit prior to your purchase. From the past owners best friend, to the home inspector, to that odd Philadelphia realtor, or odd plumber for that matter. You have no idea. So change your locks.Make sure that you have called PECO, and if you have gas service, that you have called the gas company. And good luck with the gas company. Also, the cable company, and the phone company are calls you will want to make soon after purchasing your Center City condominium. You don’t need to call the water company, regardless if you buy a Philadelphia condo, or a townhouse, as the title company will make that adjustment at the settlement table. Certainly, you will want to make sure your mail gets forwarded to your new (say) Rittenhouse Square condo, or your Old City loft, whatever.
More often than not, the closet space inside the new piece of Philadelphia real estate you just purchased is not up to snuff. I would call Lowe’s or Home Depot, or wherever, and have them re-do the insides of your closets. It seems like a fairly minimal cost, and you honestly will be able to double the usable space inside the closets of your new place. And certainly a good investment for resale, as a lot of Center City lofts lack such organization inside the closets.
Oh, and make sure you read through the local, mostly free publications like the Philadelphia Weekly, or something similar to stay on top of events, social networks, and general goings-on’s here in town. There is ALWAYS something going on….from glass blowing demonstrations, to fun little dog park get togethers.
It is hard to be without something to do here in Philadelphia, and once you have made arrangements for your locks and utilities, it is time to get out there and enjoy everything the Center City condominium life has to offer – Now go live your life, and have a blast doing so!!
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