A BIG Thank You to Those in ActiveRain's Q&A

Real Estate Agent with Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 228209

A Big Thank You to Those in ActiveRain's Q&A

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a question in Q&A about putting together a list as a gift for a seller transitioning to another state. The senior seller, venturing into unexplored territory as he had never been responsible for a move in his entire life, needed some guidance on moving. His wife had always masterfully choreographed every move… From packing their life into boxes, hiring the movers, overseeing the delivery and set-up in their new home. He never, in their many decades of marriage, ever lifted a finger so, this was foreign to him!

I wanted to share the list that I wound up putting together for him and delivered it last week. His response was a mix of surprise and pure joy, as he hadn't even thought about assembling items essential for his first night in his new home. To add a cherry on top, I also included a few comfort items like a favorite snack to make the first night less daunting and more homey. It warmed my heart to see his relief and gratitude - proof that small gestures can indeed, make a big difference.

Here is the list of items I curated for him and placed in a transparent, ‘portable’ package for him:

  • Set of sheets
  • Set bath towels
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Disposable Utensils
  • Tissues
  • WetOnes
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Pair of scissors
  • Disposable plates and bowls
  • Hand Soap
  • Liquid shower/bath soap
  • Box of garbage bags (kitchen - 13 Gallon)
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Washing pods & dryer sheets
  • Flashlight 

I gave him a second, empty, transparent bag to add the following items himself:

  • His kitty’s food
  • A change of clothes
  • Pillow
  • prescription medicines & toiletries
  • Phone & iPad charger

And, of course, I reminded him not to forget the litter box!

Again, thanks everyone! ActiveRain ROCKS! Your suggestions helped tremendously.

© Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | Savvy + Company | SavvyBroker@me.com | A BIG Thank You to Those in ActiveRain's Q&A

Comments (41)

Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Thanks for the follow up.  I was curious what others felt was important.  

Jul 28, 2023 04:43 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am sure anyone would appreciate a gift like that where so much care and concern was put into it.

Jul 28, 2023 05:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Aww, what a sweet thing to say, Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - thank you so much! It was definitely a 'fun' outcome but, something that was more of a need for this gentleman, than anything.

Jul 28, 2023 05:07 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Of course it was much needed Debe....and I might add many folks wouldn't have taken the time to care enough to do so for this man.  You are extraordinary in all that you do for your clients!

Jul 28, 2023 10:52 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

It's a very helpful group, Laura Cerrano. I often learn something there - if not an educational 'find,' something about someone, based upon their comment!

Jul 28, 2023 05:08 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

It's a great thing to share and this has inspired me to prepare a nice, "branded" list for all of my clients, Lise Howe. The first night can be rough if you aren't prepared and most people don't want to realize at 10PM that they have no toilet paper and have to venture out to the grocer!

Jul 28, 2023 05:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

You're so welcome, Peter Mohylsky 850-517-7098! I'm glad I asked the question- I got some great answers.

Jul 28, 2023 05:11 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Brian England! A lot of thought was definitely put into it - from me and from our wonderful members in the Q&A!

Jul 28, 2023 05:11 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Wow, this is so incredibly thoughtful and I'm sure he was so thankful. These items are what you have to be able to put your hands on very quickly and  you covered it!

Jul 28, 2023 05:40 AM
Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

Oh, wow!! Love this! What a wonderful way to show support, care and compassion to this client. Well done!!

Jul 28, 2023 06:43 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sounds like you did a great job and I'm certain he really appreciated it.

Jul 28, 2023 07:33 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

What a great idea and thank you for sharing it with us. Also, don't forget to call when you can to discuss the challenge.

Jul 28, 2023 10:05 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

It looks really great Debe Maxwell, CRS! Even better is it a well thought out survival package that your client will remember for the rest of his life. I am certain it will make the transition that much "easier" for him.

Jul 28, 2023 11:13 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Ha! Say what they will about Q/A, the info shared is often valuable. Now how about that weather? LOLLLLL

Jul 28, 2023 11:58 AM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor" RETIRED

WOW, what a way to step of your service Debe Maxwell, CRS for sure you're living UP to my old saying I like "Under Promise and Over Deliver!"... 

Jul 28, 2023 12:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Why am I not surprised Debe Maxwell, CRS  that you did this for your client? as to the Q & A I am sure you would have come up with out the answers:))) now with that said I have to post a picture I have been meaning to for about four or five days...Diane took it many years ago:) Endre

Jul 28, 2023 12:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a great idea, Debe, and so cool there was input from AR members. I love the list - thank you for sharing it with us! Bet your client was totally thrilled!


Jul 28, 2023 03:44 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe that list is very well thought out.  However, I can count on one hand the number of times I have been in the Q&A.

Jul 28, 2023 05:10 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

I love this Debe!  What a nice thing to do for someone.  Although I didn't contribute as I haven't been on for a while, the Q & A is one of my favorite spots on AR.

Aug 04, 2023 11:28 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Awesome 1st night box Debe - thanks for sharing!

Your clients appreciated the thoughtfulness that went into this!



Aug 05, 2023 10:57 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Wow!  That's quite a list of items needed for the first night!  Well I am sure he was not only very thankful but well equipped for the first few days.  You are amazing Debe Maxwell, CRS -- Appreciate you giving us the update!

Aug 08, 2023 03:59 PM