While some realtors spend tens of thousands to thank their clients for a multi-million dollar purchase, the rule of thumb for closing gifts is less than $50.
Being a realtor can be an experience where you get to know your clients intimately and personally. Buying a closing gift may be as much of a formality as it reflects how sincerely happy you are for your client.
It can be hard to know what to get for your client, but you can take cues from their age, income, and family size. If they have pets, you could always get something for their furry friends. Buying a gift card could feel a little impersonal if you’re working with someone who could be a repeat client.
If you’re stumped as far as closing gifts, check out these five ideas for inspiration:
1. Order Cleaning Services
When moving to or from a new place, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning. Once you finally get all of your things through the door, you often want to get set up and get on with your life.
Taking this approach could leave you to ignore some obviously dirty areas out of exhaustion. Having cleaning services take care of it for you can be a godsend.
2. A Custom Piece of Art
If you happened to see a great photo of their pet online or on their phone, have them send it to you. Ask a local artist to draw or create a watercolor. Place it in a frame and it could be the first thing they hang up in their new home.
If it feels like this new place is your client’s dream home, have an artist sketch or paint a watercolor of the house for them.
3. Moving Day Supplies
Moving day is a nightmare for everyone. With all of the dishes, utensils, and supplies packed, you might need some additional items. Buy disposable paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates and utensils for them.
If you know them well enough, find out when they arrive and tell them to expect dinner. Order pizza and wings delivered to their house to reward everyone for a job well done.
4. Relaxation Kit
After all that moving, your clients could be stressed out. Set them up with tools for relaxing in their new home.
Get them bubble baths and candles. Pair it with wine or a basket of craft beer. Add a great book or magazine to help take their mind of the tasks at hand.
Tea and mugs are a great gift that will help them remember you by.
5. Fire Extinguisher
Probably the most overlooked safety item in any home is a fire extinguisher. It’s a practical gift that shows you care.
As an added bonus, it can also lower their insurance costs.
Closing Gifts Can Be Fancy or Practical
After spending so many hours looking at homes and talking about their needs, you’ll know what kind of person your buyer is. They might like a little extra flair on things, or they might be purely practical. Shape your gift around who they are as people.
You’ve got a great opportunity to thank your client, so be sure you thank them with a great gift today.