Pop the champagne! The exhausting weekends of open houses, numerous negotiations, and lots of paperwork has finally led to this moment. The house is sold!
Celebrate this memorable moment by giving your seller a little something more than just a ‘thank you’ card. Here are seven unforgettable gift ideas that will keep this milestone, and you, on top of their mind.
Personalize your Gifts
Every agent does the same old bottle routine. While you can never go wrong with a good bottle of wine, try personalizing it with your own design on the label.
Also, consider giving household items such as blankets, pillows or even a cutting board with a set of knives. While a set of knives might seem like an odd gift, it has been a lifesaver to new homeowners in the past. A gift like this will help clients right away and leave them satisfied.
But keep in mind to not to personalize items too much, as it may come off as being too commercial like and not sincere.
Choose gifts that say ‘Welcome to your brand new home’ instead of gifts that say ‘Thank you for choosing me’.
An example of a great housewarming gift would be a ‘Just Moved’ card. The new homeowners can use these cards to let their friends and family know they’ve moved. It’s also a nice way to advertise your name. Some agents even go as far as sponsoring a catered housewarming party.
Moving can be very stressful, especially if the new homeowners have kids. Give them a helping hand by buying a few hours of professional organizing. They will be forever grateful for this thoughtful gift.
Paintings & Pictures
You’ve probably spent a lot of money on professional photos of their former home. So why not make good use of them by creating a photo album? This way they can keep a little piece of their former home as a memory.
For those who want to go a step further, how about a painting created by a local artist. This painting could be of their former home or their new home and will definitely keep you in your client’s mind.
Write a little note on the first page of the photo album or on the back of the painting, but don’t worry too much about branding these gifts.
More and more real estate agents are taking the phrase ‘it is better to give than to receive’ literally. They will choose to give money to a charity when closing a deal.
Choose a charity that is local and will help the community. For example, choose a charity that will bring toys to underprivileged children. Often these charities will provide you with some information on where your money will be spent.
Give the new homeowners a card with this information and the charity. If you want to give them something more tangible, a nice idea is to make a gift basket with some household items that also include the card.
To help get the homeowners started with decorating, think of gifting them a yearly subscription on interior design or DIY magazine. This will give them plenty ideas on how to decorate their new home.
If you would like to spend a little bit more on the gift, there are some really nice quarterly gift box services available. Based on your new homeowner’s interest, choose a nice gift box that will be sent each quarter.
Both these ideas will remind your seller of your service multiple times a year.
With a little extra planning, a gift card can go from tacky to thoughtful. Send a gift card to your clients when they celebrate their first anniversary as new homeowners. Some agents even go as far as sending gift cards on birthdays.
Choose your gift cards wisely. You can never go wrong with gift cards for favorite, local, restaurants.