New tenant gift (by Steve [WA]) Sep 20, 2017 7:15 PM|
New tenant gift (by LindaJ [NY]) Sep 20, 2017 7:30 PM
New tenant gift (by James [MO]) Sep 20, 2017 7:36 PM
New tenant gift (by Jim in O C [CA]) Sep 20, 2017 8:15 PM
New tenant gift (by JLK [TN]) Sep 20, 2017 9:23 PM
New tenant gift (by Gail K [GA]) Sep 21, 2017 4:38 AM
New tenant gift (by Still Learning [NH]) Sep 21, 2017 4:44 AM
New tenant gift (by RR78 [VA]) Sep 21, 2017 4:52 AM
New tenant gift (by RB [MI]) Sep 21, 2017 5:40 AM
New tenant gift (by Andrew, Canada [ON]) Sep 21, 2017 5:47 AM
New tenant gift (by WMH [NC]) Sep 21, 2017 5:58 AM
New tenant gift (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Sep 21, 2017 7:42 AM
New tenant gift (by S i d [MO]) Sep 21, 2017 8:41 AM
New tenant gift (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Sep 21, 2017 9:52 AM
New tenant gift (by cjo'h [CT]) Sep 21, 2017 2:39 PM
New tenant gift (by cjo'h [CT]) Sep 21, 2017 2:47 PM
New tenant gift (by cjo'h [CT]) Sep 21, 2017 2:54 PM
New tenant gift (by David [NC]) Sep 21, 2017 3:36 PM
New tenant gift (by Alan [CA]) Sep 22, 2017 8:23 AM
New tenant gift (by cjo'h [CT]) Sep 22, 2017 2:50 PM
New tenant gift (by Elena [PA]) Sep 23, 2017 5:11 AM
New tenant gift (by Jeffrey [VA]) Sep 23, 2017 6:15 AM
New tenant gift (by WMH [NC]) Sep 23, 2017 6:37 AM
New tenant gift (by Miller [WI]) Sep 23, 2017 8:57 AM
New tenant gift (by George [NY]) Sep 23, 2017 9:47 AM
New tenant gift (by Carmen [O]) Sep 23, 2017 10:00 AM
New tenant gift (by Karen [MD]) Sep 23, 2017 10:56 AM
New tenant gift (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 23, 2017 11:10 AM
New tenant gift (by Jeanie B [NY]) Sep 23, 2017 11:53 AM
New tenant gift (by Homer [TX]) Sep 23, 2017 12:11 PM
New tenant gift (by Jawja [GA]) Sep 23, 2017 11:41 PM
New tenant gift (by Richard [MD]) Sep 24, 2017 10:17 AM
New tenant gift (by RentsDue [MA]) Sep 25, 2017 5:12 AM
New tenant gift (by Nicole [PA]) Sep 25, 2017 6:35 AM
New tenant gift (by Blue [IL]) Sep 25, 2017 7:13 AM
New tenant gift (by Dwaine [VA]) Oct 5, 2017 10:58 PM
New tenant gift (by Steve [WA]) Posted on: Sep 20, 2017 7:15 PM
I have a new tenant moving in next week. What is an appropriate
gift for this person? He is a RN. Does anyone do this? Thanks. --73.96.xxx.x
New tenant gift (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Sep 20, 2017 7:30 PM
I used to leave a local phone book, but there isn't anything in it any more and a local map, but google does that.
A list of the particulars of the unit. - "The wall switch on the left of the front door is the overhead light in the shed", my telephone number and email. Some cards and menus of the local eateries, full rolls of toilet paper, a shower curtain, paper towels. Sometimes I leave a bottle of wine for newlyweds. If they don't drink, they probably know someone that does. --96.236.xx.xx
New tenant gift (by James [MO]) Posted on: Sep 20, 2017 7:36 PM
I usually give them a shower curtain liner and hooks. --24.243.xx.xx
New tenant gift (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Sep 20, 2017 8:15 PM
I start each tenant with the items they will need to get clean dishes and glassware from the dishwasher. I Show them a sample glass with no spots or cloudiness possible by following my instructions. --70.211.xxx.xxx
New tenant gift (by JLK [TN]) Posted on: Sep 20, 2017 9:23 PM
The gift I give them is keys to the place....after rent is paid, of course --184.52.x.xx
New tenant gift (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 4:38 AM
Shower curtain (or a least a liner) and hooks; I make sure each bathroom has a full roll of toilet paper. I leave a small bottle of dish detergent at the kitchen sink and if the house has a dishwasher a small box of those dishwasher pellets. Usually a full roll of paper towels. I used to leave a bar of soap (wrapped) in each bathroom but I noticed many were not used at move out.
New tenant gift (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 4:44 AM
Shower curtain liner and hooks, roll of toilet paper and paper towels, hand soap, sponge, box of Kleenex, trash bag, a few waters and some command strip hooks. --24.61.xxx.xx
New tenant gift (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 4:52 AM
I like to give them an envelop with some nice deposit slips. So they can just direct deposit the rent payments directly into our account. --73.177.xxx.xx
New tenant gift (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 5:40 AM
A very clean, code compliant, well managed and maintained
SFH to rent.
It also comes with a signed lease agreement,including
and a no nonsense LL to boot. --71.13.xx.xxx
New tenant gift (by Andrew, Canada [ON]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 5:47 AM
I dont give gifts on move in. The tenant gets a spotless home, usually freshly painted and at below market rent.
Landlords who give gifts are sometimes portrayed as rich condescending land barons who should be giving gifts every holiday.
I dont think it will be appreciated. And if you dont continue to give gifts, (to all tenants) they may become angry and resentful.
If a tenant clears snow from a walkway, or salts a pathway before I can get there, I will often give a tim hortons coffee gift certificate. --70.48.xxx.xx
New tenant gift (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 5:58 AM
No gifts anymore. We install a nice new shower curtain, leave a full roll of TP in each bath and usually paper towels. That's about it.
At some point after they move in, DH usually brings them a nice freshly baked loaf of french bread. People love that! --173.22.xx.xx
New tenant gift (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 7:42 AM
WMH -- I love the french bread idea! Not only is is a thoughtful gift, it gives you the chance to ask if everything is all right with their unit, and gives you the opportunity to make sure there are no signs of unauthorized pets or tenants! --98.146.xxx.xx
New tenant gift (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 8:41 AM
I don't do gifts, but I always leave a 4-pack of light bulbs in case we missed any or any fail shortly after move-in, and a Zip-it so they clear their own hair clogs without bugging me. --173.19.xx.xxx
New tenant gift (by NC INVESTOR [NC]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 9:52 AM
We no longer do gifts but when we did we'd drop off a platter of food and some beverages or hve a few pizzas for move-in day. It wasn't expensive (although more than a shower curtain) and it was really appreciated. --75.181.xxx.xx
New tenant gift (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 2:39 PM
Steve,why,why didn't you complete the unit,did you not have enough time.Shouldn't show it until its ready .Charlie --174.199.x.xx
New tenant gift (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 2:47 PM
Rathdrum Gal, you're making me hungry.How you make it.I'm now the chief cook and bottle washer. Learned to cook on the hydro job in Perthshire...Charlie. --174.199.x.xx
New tenant gift (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 2:54 PM
WMH, sorry, I got you mixed up with our square dancing friend from Idaho. ..Charlie... --174.199.x.xx
New tenant gift (by David [NC]) Posted on: Sep 21, 2017 3:36 PM
I don't give a move in gift but at the quarterly inspections I give some Bath and body work soap and a restaurant gift card to local restuarant --8.42.xxx.x
New tenant gift (by Alan [CA]) Posted on: Sep 22, 2017 8:23 AM
We do same as RB(MI) --73.158.xxx.xxx
New tenant gift (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Sep 22, 2017 2:50 PM
David,didn't think any of them smelled that bad? Charlie.................................t --174.199.x.xx
New tenant gift (by Elena [PA]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 5:11 AM
No gifts anymore. It doesn't return on investment. I provide nice clean affordable housing, and we are addressing repairs within 24 hours of notice. Tenants give US a nice gift though: after each signed lease we take the kids to a nice dinner (using first month rent money) at which we talk about the experience of renting the last one. :) --73.13.xxx.xxx
New tenant gift (by Jeffrey [VA]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 6:15 AM
LOL, I'm not sure why some of you guys say you do not do gifts, yet you give deposit slips, a full roll of toilet pager, paper towels, food, beverages, light bulbs and zip it. I even give a plunger as well.
I understand that these items do not fall under the category of traditional "gifts". But for me I prefer presenting them as "gifts". The only thing different for me is that I will put these items in a gift bag or welcome basket and "present" them as a gift. It's all about the presentation and doing it in such a way as to make more of a positive impression.
Even the lease should be given or presented in a professional looking Move in folder or packet as a "gift" to the residents:) And the keys can be given on a very nice key chain with your company name and reminder of referral bonuses. Again given as an additional move-in "gift".
I see a couple of you having a slight chuckle at my comments, even wondering if this guy is serious. Those who have seen my trainings, know that I am quite serious. How you communicate is one of the keys to long term residents and success in this business. --96.238.xx.xx
New tenant gift (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 6:37 AM
I need to get more professional with the handing over of their copy of the lease. I do give a key chain with my business card on it - I'm sure most don't USE it that way as it's big for a key chain but they get it and many give the key back that way.
I do like the idea of a gift bag or basket with those basics in it...hmmm. --173.22.xx.xx
New tenant gift (by Miller [WI]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 8:57 AM
I go to dollars tore mostly and pick up a bucket, a plunger, basic supplies they not be able to locate when the first move in like a dish towel, paper towel, roll toilet paper, tooth paste & brush. When I find good clearance deals I'll add in something like the screwdriver with multiple heads or other things I can get under a $1. Wrap it up with clear wrap and a bow and a note Welcoming and asking the to break down boxes to make flat before dumping in recycle bin. --75.86.x.xx
New tenant gift (by George [NY]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 9:47 AM
We rent an apartment for ten months and use it for two. We have a tenant that leaves for the two months we use it. When they return, after leaving the apartment neat and clean, we left them a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio. --72.80.xxx.xxx
New tenant gift (by Carmen [O]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 10:00 AM
Giving something useful and what will remind new resident to take a good care of the apartment.
Couple of kitchen towels, plunger, Dw pellets, roll of toilet paper and new resident handbook ( advices what to do and what to expect) compiled from years of experience:) --76.115.xx.xxx
New tenant gift (by Karen [MD]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 10:56 AM
I leave a packet of ways to get connected in their new community--local magazine, activities, website, etc...
Also--a little soap detergent container and roll of papertowels! --173.66.xxx.xx
New tenant gift (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 11:10 AM
I use Jeffrey's concepts cuz they work! I have happier residents who give me less stress and I make more money. And at Convention we learned that a new resident decides AT MOVE IN if they will renew next year.
In my market "good and clean" is not enough. To compete, our homes and customer service have to be better than "good enough". We already have a plunger, zip tool, and new shower curtain at the home.
We give a gift bag at lease signing. It has gone thru different variations depending on what's on sale! And what's easy to carry. Currently it's your basic gifty bag with our company sticker, filled with goodies.
We tried to be clever but in the end people love chocolate. M&Ms to keep little ones busy during lease signing, microwave popcorn, NutriGrain bars, juice boxes, Snickers...and a sandwich bag with a dozen tiny brad nails for pictures. (An idea from this site!)
Occaisionally we have buy one/get one free coupons for pizza, DairyQueen, bbq, McD's, laundromat, Not as creative as Jeffrey's but they smile, laugh, and feel good about our new relationship.
Keys are on a nice company key tag. I hold up the keys ceremoniously, look at the lady of the house and say "Mi lady, the keys to your new castle!" She ALWAYS grins ear to ear and looks at her mate with an "It's really MINE!" look.
Here's a step further: we now deliver a fresh gift bag when doing the twice a year Preventive Maint visit.
Side Tip: we don't give out ugly, used looking keys. As we recycle cylinders we soak the brass keys in vinegar to make them clean and bright. BRAD -- 126.96.36.199 --96.238.xx.xx
New tenant gift (by Jeanie B [NY]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 11:53 AM
I do not give "move in" or "welcome" gifts...However, I do have a "pay on time and keep the place nice" gift I do for "good" tenants at their annual inspection. If they pass with flying colors, I may give them $100 off the next months rent or an upgrade. New stoves then new hoods (which were already on my "to do list" and one tenant got a nice ceiling fan installed in the kitchen. Sometimes I ask what they might like me to improve on the apartment....Sometimes I know what I want to do. This comes back to me when the next tenant sees a fairly new and shiny appliance when then come to check out the place. I think I want to chang carpet in the living rooms to a quality laminate wood look down the road. That's on my to-do list for my tenants...and an upgrade to MY property! --24.193.xxx.xx
New tenant gift (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 12:11 PM
I have never thought of this as a gift, but I do leave a few things, including a water meter key, and I show the new tenant the water meter and how to use the key, they cost $11 at a home improvement store, and could save me thousands in damages in case of a busted water supply line. --75.141.xxx.xxx
New tenant gift (by Jawja [GA]) Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 11:41 PM
I do the same as most, but do it like Miller.
I put it all in a Bucket and call it a "move-in Day Survival Kit." Contents vary by size of house, what is available. It's a gift to myself as well - it's a subtle hint to keep the house clean;
TP, paper towels, spray cleaner or wipes, sponge, dish soap, liquid soap, snacks & water, pen and note pad, broom or Swiffer, FLASHLIGHT and always a Zip-It. And I always tell them how terrible Drano is and they should only use the Zip-It.
If I have time, I print a list of local destinations - grocery, transit station, Home Depot (there is one near most of my rentals)
When we bake for the holidays, we will give a small basket with sweets for the family, and 9V batteries for the smoke detector --50.194.xxx.xx
New tenant gift (by Richard [MD]) Posted on: Sep 24, 2017 10:17 AM
Two of our commercial tenants are restaurants so we alternate giving gifts certificates printed with our company name and information and signed by me. This helps promote 2 of our commercial tenants, our new residents are very appreciative and the restaurants appreciate us helping to market them to our new residents. Its a win win situation for all 3 parties. --173.73.xxx.xxx
New tenant gift (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2017 5:12 AM
I always leave fresh flowers. The kind that last a good week at least. That always gets noticed, usually people only get flowers for special occasions so it's a pleasant surprise. You have to leave toilet paper in every bathroom- there's something wrong with you if you leave people without any toilet paper. I also leave the cleaner for the granite and the smooth top stoves ( where applicable). Not a sample size, about a years worth. That's not really a gift as much as it is protecting my investment. --66.189.xx.xxx
New tenant gift (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2017 6:35 AM
like many others, I let a lot of stuff ... but I don't use a gift bag. I use a medium sized new trash can, a bucket, a bin or basket.
paper towels, soap for kitchen & bath, toilet paper, a few black & kitchen trash bags, used to be a 4-pack but now a 2-packof light bulbs, kitchen t-towel & oven mitt, small bowl by sink with sponge and nonabrasive scrubby, windex, scrubbing bubbles, dish drainer, dollar store broom & dust pan, plunger, zip it, etc. cost is minimal and they all seem appreciative.
I have also the past few years begun always putting up kitchen & bathroom curtains, throw rug, new dish drainer, etc. Have put up a new shower curtain for years. when they walk into the bathroom and can step into the shower, tissues on the back of the toilet tank, clean new rug on the floor, etc., it sets a nice tone for the "sheets in the window" tenant pool I have.
Total cost of all I do, including a $ Store season appropriate wreath on the door they will use most, is seldom more than $25. It's not going to change how they live but for folks with no money, all that means a lot and helps me - no flushing paper towels because someone can't find the toilet paper, enough trash bags to get the initial moving trash out the door, etc. I was tired of going in houses and seeing clean dishes heaped on tea towels which will never dry out and stay on the counter top so I started buying dish drainers.
I rent to people whose lifestyle priorities are different than middle class America. --72.95.xx.xxx
New tenant gift (by Blue [IL]) Posted on: Sep 25, 2017 7:13 AM
Shower curtain liner, if unit has any special sized lightbulbs, I leave a couple extra of those. Fresh toilet seat! And a cutting board. That saves my counters for at least a couple of months. --75.132.xxx.xxx
New tenant gift (by Dwaine [VA]) Posted on: Oct 5, 2017 10:58 PM
I think new move in gifts are a great idea. They create an atmosphere of a "home warming". Which is what us as LLs want, our residents to feel their rental is not just a house but indeed their home. Create an ownership mentality right from the very beginning. So I mail out a nicely packaged set of address labels along with a brochure of -New Home/Community Phone Numbers Contact List-. The brochure includes contacts such as nice restaurants in the area, local cinemas & grocery stores, & direct phone #s to emergency & medical agencies. I've been told the "icing on the cake" though is the mailing labels. It leaves the resident thinking long term about their new home, as its @least a 6 month supply. Depending on resident usage of course. --100.36.xx.xx