New to the Neighborhood Guide: Fishtown

New to the Neighborhood Guide: Fishtown

We love Fishtown! Here’s the Pad Porter list of essential places to explore as soon as you move to Fishtown, so you can begin to love your new hood even faster. Image source Get to the know your neighbors   The best part of Fishtown are the people so you should...

Top 8 Hotspots for Arts & History in Philadelphia

One of my favorite things about Philly is having out- of- towners come and visit so I can show them Philly’s arts and history collection. Here’s my favorite spots to get cultured in Philadelphia: The Ben Franklin Museum. This museum is a bit small but it...
Meet the Pad Porter Founder

Meet the Pad Porter Founder

  Moving– it’s a universal truth that everyone hates it. I’ve moved twenty-six times in my life, from Baltimore to Brooklyn, from Panama to Philadelphia. And with every move, although I picked up some really great tips, I also had some nightmares (mattress...
From New York to Philly: Sarah’s Moving Story

From New York to Philly: Sarah’s Moving Story

Name: Sarah M. Location: Fitler Square Move date: October 2016 Services used: Unpacking a three-bedroom house Sarah recently moved from New York City to Philadelphia three-bedroom home with her husband and toddler. They decided to travel for six months while getting...
How Jason Downsized to De-Stress

How Jason Downsized to De-Stress

Whether you’re an empty nester moving from a house into a condo, or a renter trading in a two-bedroom for a studio, you’ll end up having to say farewell to some of your stuff. Stressed by the prospect? Don’t be. Jason is a recently separated, thirty-three year old...
The Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist: Fall Edition

The Ultimate Deep Cleaning Checklist: Fall Edition

It’s darker earlier, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin spice has taken over our lives (whether you’re into it or not). Fall has finally arrived – and I’m sure we can all agree it’s the beginning of the home-y season. But before you...
Talks with a Realtor: The Philadelphia Row Home

Talks with a Realtor: The Philadelphia Row Home

For both the young and the old, Philadelphia row homes are being seen as a sensible solution to living in the city – you can own your home, leave a much smaller footprint on the environment, and live in middle of it all. Row homes have a lot of history, and with...
Making Friends in your 30s (the Philly way)

Making Friends in your 30s (the Philly way)

So you’ve just moved to Philly – congratulations! The best part of living in Philly is truly getting to know what our brotherly love and sisterly affection is all about. Building a social network takes time and effort, especially for the 30+ crowd. Here’s a few...
Your Guide to Purchasing Used Furniture

Your Guide to Purchasing Used Furniture

So you’ve signed the lease to your new apartment and started to daydream about your new home. And chances are your daydreams included at a minimum a bed, couch and table.  You’ve quickly realized that sleeping on the ground is best left for camping. So here’s our top...
How to de-stress post moving day

How to de-stress post moving day

Congratulations! Your moving day is finally over, and all your stuff is safely inside your new home. It’s a huge accomplishment – there’s so much to celebrate! But it’s tough to turn off the anxiety when there is still so much unpacking to come. While it may be...
When You Have Less Than a Week to Pack for Your Move

When You Have Less Than a Week to Pack for Your Move

Life is busy, and sometimes procrastination gets the best of us. Now you’re moving in less than a week — and you haven’t started packing. Because of the lack of time on your end, I’m going to skip the rest of this intro and jump right into a few tips for packing...
Turn Your Move into a Five-Star Vacation

Turn Your Move into a Five-Star Vacation

In a conversation about moving, one rarely hears the words relaxing, pampered, and happy. More likely than not, you’ll hear stressed, exhausted, and drained. But what if we could make your move feel like a five-star vacation? Here’s our suggestions for making your...
The latest in home gadgets

The latest in home gadgets

New home = cool new stuff. I’ve never fancied myself a tech-savvy individual, and I don’t want to start fooling you here. However, after some extensive research, and my brother fielding many questions (he’s a techie), I am very excited to share this list of gadgets to...
4 steps to a better moving day with your dog

4 steps to a better moving day with your dog

We’re not the only ones who get stressed out when we move to a new home. Our canine buddies are also prone to anxiety when they’re uplifted from one location and placed into another. Not only are their surroundings new – new floor, new smells, new neighbors – but they...