Between qualifying for a mortgage, the home search and getting through closing, buying a home is an overwhelming process. It might take months to help your clients find the right property for their family. But once everything is said and done and clients get the keys to their new property, they’ll no doubt express appreciation for your hard work and refer you to their friends and family.
You can also show appreciation. It’s not uncommon for realtors to give buyers a housewarming or closing gift. This isn’t required, but going over and beyond the call of duty can result in repeat business and more referrals.
Here are several housewarming/closing gift ideas for homebuyers.
1. Gift card to a home improvement store
Moving into a new home involves more than unpacking boxes and organizing personal stuff. Many homeowners are also excited to design their homes and make improvements. This, however, takes money. And unfortunately, after spending thousands on down payments and closing costs, there often isn’t a lot of money to go around after buying a home.
If your client has big plans for improving the property, giving a gift card to Home Depot, Lowes or another home improvement store is exactly what they need. The good thing about a housewarming or closing gift is that you don't have to spend a lot of money. Choose a gift card denomination based on what you can afford, maybe $100, $200, or more for high-end clients.
2. Gift card to a restaurant
In the first couple of days of moving into a new place, most people don’t have time or energy for cooking. But they still have to eat. Many clients will greatly appreciate gift cards to different restaurants in the area. It takes time to settle into a new place, and because of your generosity, cooking is one less thing they have to worry about while they’re getting settled.
To get an idea of where your clients like to dine, be observant and listen for information or clues about their favorite restaurants or favorite types of food. While you’re out looking for properties, strike up casual conversations and ask questions to figure out which gift cards they'll appreciate.
3. Home decor pieces
Buying home decor pieces for someone else is challenging, especially if you don’t know their style or color scheme for the new place. But this doesn’t mean you can’t give a decor piece as a closing gift. The key is finding neutral or personalized pieces that work in any space. These can include drink coasters, a monogram doormat with the family's last name, candles, or perhaps a gardening set if your client is moving from an apartment to a house. Another option is taking a professional photo of the outside of their new home and framing the photo as a surprise.
4. Couples massage
Buying a house can be stressful, so your clients will likely need a little rest and relaxation after closing—more so if they’ve encountered problems throughout the process. A gift card to a spa can help them blow off steam and bask in their achievement. Select an establishment that offers a variety of services for them to choose between, such as a couples massage, a manicure and pedicure, a facial, hair services, etc.
5. Pay for an interior design consultation
If a client is obsessed with HGTV and they want their home to look straight out of an interior design magazine, you can pay for a consultation with a home interior designer as closing gift. Your client can receive professional insight and ideas on color palettes, as well as advice on decor pieces to give their new space that wow factor. Another option is giving your client a one-year subscription to a home interior design magazine. Many people want a beautifully decorated home, but they don't know where to begin.
6. Closing gift basket
You can't go wrong with a housewarming gift basket. Put together a basket full of goodies like chocolate, a bottle of wine, scented candles, and maybe include a vase of flowers. If your client has children or pets, incorporate items for them in the gift basket. Perhaps an annual membership to a local zoo for the kids, or toys and treats for their four-legged friend.
Express your appreciation and go the extra mile with a thoughtful housewarming gift.