House Warming Gifts And ...
House warming gifts are a very effective way of letting your clients know that you value their business. Don’t hesitate to show that in the form of respect and service as well as hospitality. The closing gift is a form of hospitality that will make your clients feel right at home and appreciated.
People remember what gift (if any) their agent gave them after the home closed. It’s also apparent, the more thought that’s put into the gift, the much more likely they’ll feel respected and want to refer their real estate agent to others.
The cost of the gift is not the focus, but rather, did it fit their lifestyle and was it practical, helpful and thoughtful?
Delivering your Realtor closing gift personally within a few days of closing could be an effective marketing strategy. Personal delivery offers you the opportunity check in on the clients as well as making them feel you appreciate them and went the additional mile for them. Make the visit short, sweet and happy.
House warming gifts to clients (particularly gifts that will last for a substantial amount of time and will be able to be used on a repeated basis) will ensure that your clients will be reminded of your services on a frequent basis. This will increase chances of repeat business with that client and will also increase chances of referrals for your business.
Studies have shown that personalized corporate gifts are an excellent means of increasing response rates, and of improving the profile of you and your company. We’ll discuss corporate gifts later.
Gifts That Keep Coming
Give something useful that brings your name back to memory.
Subscription to a magazine with your name on it. For out-of-town or out-of-state buyers, send the state's magazine as a closing gift. See examples of popular magazine subscriptions here.
Give self inking address stampers or labels and note cards. This could include change of address cards. Including postage stamps with the cards would be a helpful touch.
Send a flower arrangement on the move-in day along with a card wishing the new homeowners the best in their new home.
Gifts For Fixer-Upper Buyers
Gift cards from building and gardening supply stores such as Lowes, Home Depot or Rona’s will always be a welcome gesture.
House Warming Gifts - For The Home
If you are selecting a gift for use in the home, be sure it is something that the recipient will be able to use for their particular situation. This is not an easy type of gift to select, and will take some careful consideration. This gift should only be given if you know the recipient reasonably well.
Family House Warming Gift Ideas
A one year membership for the family to the Science Center, Museum, Amusement Park, or Zoo.
Be sure to include the children and pets when searching for house warming gift ideas. For example: If they have bought a beach or waterfront property, fill a cooler with all the items they’ll need for a day at the beach such as sunscreen, towels, toys and snacks for the children (and pets) as well as bottled water. Beach balls as well as buckets and shovels are always a hit with kids.
Get the house number carved on a stone or add a unique, distinctive finish to a front yard with an elegant personalized monogram yard stake
A bottle of champagne with champagne glasses along with a box of gourmet chocolates and snacks.
Personalized chrystal wine chillers or decanters made with their family name etched on it.
Wine is only an appropriate present if you know that quality wine is an enjoyment or a hobby of the recipient. Before giving wine, be sure that there is no other alternative that the recipient might be able to put to better use.
Gift Cards: Gift recipients can choose among hundreds of gift cards and gift certificates and even divide their purchases between multiple stores. Take the guessing out of gifting. Buy Online Gift Cards & Gift Certificates and email them instantly. They’re the perfect gift cards to give - and to receive for last minute gifts, holiday gifts, year-end gifts as well as corporate rewards and incentives.
Gift Basket Ideas
Personalized gift baskets are increasingly popular. As with gift vouchers, gift baskets provide an ideal means of giving a present that the whole family can enjoy. Gift Baskets are available with a range of different fillings, and can be a sociable present enjoyed by all. The type of 'fillings' that are selected should be done with the specific recipients in mind. This will ensure the gift selected is relevant, and appropriate.
House Warming Gift Ideas - Moving Day Survival KitA popular house warming gift idea is to fill a laundry hamper (wrapped with a big red bow) with those necessities that are on the moving van and never accessible at the moment they unlock the door to their new home. You could have it left in the house prior to their arrival or deliver it yourself. Here is a sample list, but by no means extensive.
Be sure to include some of your business cards, business pens and notepads.
On move in day, find out when the moving truck is scheduled to arrive, then show up a bit later with a simple home cooked meal or, if you are not into cooking, pick up a couple of fried chickens with salads, breads and drinks. They won’t have to go out for food, yet can take a break and continue unpacking.
House Warming Gifts - More Expensive Luxury Home Purchases
A gift from a high end shop such as Neiman Marcus.
Child care services for a year (if appropriate).
Maid Service for a year or two.
Don’t Stop At House Warming Gifts!
In fact, the corporate gift can be given at any time during the year, and for any number of reasons. Major holidays may include Christmas, Easter etc. but may not be relevant for all clients (due to differences in religion and culture etc). Actually, the corporate gift is often more effective when it isn’t sent on a specific holiday.
For most customers, sending corporate gifts on major holidays will be sufficient. For very important customers, such as those who provide a large number of referrals or new customers making a large purchase, corporate gifts may be sent more often.
Remember, it is the size and importance of the business a client or associate provides that should determine the quality and type of item they receive.
Tip: Save time and choose personalized corporate gifts online .
Here are a few more ideas for corporate gifts.
If you have other suggestions for unique house warming gifts, add them below.
~ Charles Dudley Warner (1829 - 1900)