Closing Gift For Your Buyer
I read a blog post that was recently written by Kathleen Daniels called: Simple Question: Closing Gift to a Cooperating Agent. The comment thread on that blog post generated a plethora of fantastic ideas when it comes to closing gifts.
I used to give my buyers a bottle of champagne and champagne flutes, or a nice bottle of Sonoma County wine. For those who don't drink alcohol, they would normally receive a house plant.
Not anymore. About two years ago a buyer client of mine closed on a foreclosure that needed a lot of work. I let my buyer "borrow" one of my contractor lockboxes. About 6 months later, I called to ask if she wanted me to remove my lockbox from her side garage door. The response was "no, I'm still using it!"
So I called again another 6 months later with the same question. I received the same response. I said "I'm never going to see that lockbox again, am I?" The answer was "nope".
I haven't met a buyer yet who didn't plan to update their new home. Having a contractors lockbox on a side or back door is the simplest way for a contractor to gain access to your home while you are not there. After the work is done, you can easily change the combination and keep it as a spare key holder for when you inevitably lock yourself out of your home. I know this from personal experience. I have this same lockbox on my gas meter. I'll never be locked out again!