Thursday, December 26, 2019

Gift Ideas for Welcoming New Tenants

The first few interactions you have with a new tenant can set you up for success - or failure. While tenants may not expect much from you besides the key to their new place, a welcome package can reassure them that they've made a good decision moving into your community. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management advises landlords to put together a small gift or welcome basket to greet new tenants and prepare them for life in their new unit. Here are a few ideas for what to include:

Delivery Menus and Gift Cards

Moving has a way of working up an appetite, but people rarely feel like cooking after a long day of unloading boxes. Given how exhausted many tenants are on their first evening in the new place, nothing will be more welcome than an assortment of delivery menus and a gift card to a service like Uber Eats or Door Dash. Even $10 towards an order can take the sting out of ordering dinner! 

Information Packet

It takes some time to get the lay of the land after moving to a new neighborhood. Put together basic information about where to park, how to recycle, where to pick up your mail and any upcoming tenant events you have scheduled. This is a great way to stay ahead of some of the most frequently asked questions.

Cleaning Staples

You want your tenants to keep your rental nice. Start them off on the right foot with a grab bag of sponges, soap, and glass cleaner. While there's no guarantee they'll be used, it's a nice way to send a message about your expectations of their tenancy.

-- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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