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How To Host a Housewarming Party for Your Real Estate Clients

Buying a home is a big accomplishment.  Most real estate buyers put years of thought and preparation into the purchase of a new home, and once it happens, it’s a dream come true.  As a realtor, it is your privilege to help home buyers realize this dream by finding a house that is perfect for all of their needs.  Throwing a housewarming party for your real estate client once they move in is a memorable, thoughtful gesture, and one that shows your client just how appreciative you are of their business.

A housewarming party gives your clients the opportunity to welcome friends and family into their new home, and meet the nearby neighbors.  It also gives you, the realtor, an opportunity to cultivate a long-term relationship with your client, leave a lasting impression, and network with others in the neighborhood to generate real estate leads. A win-win situation for everyone involved.

If you want to deepen relationships with home buyers and leaving a lasting, positive impression of their experience with you, here is a quick guide to hosting the best housewarming party for your real estate clients!

How to Host A Housewarming Party for Your Real Estate Client

1. Confirm That Your Clients Want a Housewarming Party

Before you dive into creating the best housewarming party for your clients, it is important to confirm that they would appreciate the gesture.  If your clients are reserved or find the idea of having a lot of people in their home overwhelming, a housewarming party might not be the best option.

To get an idea of whether or not your client would like a housewarming party, ask them at the contract signing.  If your client seems interested, remind them of the idea in a brief thank you letter after closing, and then call them to confirm. 

2. Assemble a Guest List

Once you have confirmed with your clients that the housewarming party is a go, it's time to get down to work.  And, the first thing you need to do is assemble a guest list. For this part, you will need your clients help.  Ask them to send a list of their closest friends, family and any neighbors they’ve already met along with mailing addresses, and be sure to let them know that you will do the rest of the work. 

TIP: Get a head start and do some pre-work by leaving a guestbook out at open houses in the area to get the names and contact information of any neighbors that you might be able to invite.

3. Create and Send Invitations

Now that you have the guest list, you will need a way to get guests to the right place at the right time with a personalized invitation.  You can create and print a high-quality paper invitation online at several places, such as Moo.com or Paperless Post.  Be sure to send your invitation at least three weeks ahead of the party to give your guests ample time to plan. 

TIP: Although it might be tempting to place your logo and name on the invitation, avoid it at all costs.  A housewarming party is about your clients. However, be sure to have your business cards on hand at the event because you’ll have ample opportunity to make new connections.

4.Coordinate a Menu

As with any party, at a housewarming party there will be plenty of mouths to feed. Therefore, creating a tasty and exciting menu is key. Even if you are a great cook and your clients have an amazing new kitchen, the best practice for hosting a housewarming party is to hire a caterer.  Not only will they cover the food and clean up, but handle the beverages as well so you and your clients will have time to mingle.

You can decide on a fun theme with your clients and create a menu that matches, or just choose a variety of great appetizers and finger foods. Don’t forget to include a few meat-free and dairy-free options to make sure everyone feels welcome.

5. Pre-Party Preparation

There are a few last-minute preparations you can complete to make your housewarming party a success.  The first is to call your clients a few days before the event to remind them to have the house "tour ready" and see if there is anything they need. Additionally, you should prepare a guest book that neighbors can sign as they walk-in, and have nametags ready for the guests that have RSVP'd, along with a few blanks.  Doing so will help show your attention to detail and make a great first impression on potential clients.

 

 

6. Bring a Housewarming Gift and a Guest

A housewarming party is a social event, therefore you should always bring a gift and a guest. Skip the promotional products and choose a housewarming gift that is personal and meaningful to your client.  As for a guest, it is perfectly acceptable to bring your family (children included), significant other, or a close friend.

7. Be Social

Once the party has started, all of the hard work is over. Now you can sit back, relax, and make connections. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures throughout the event to share on social media.  Tag your clients in the pictures so all of their friends, family, and neighbors get an easy link back your business page.

8. Follow-Up

At the end of the event, stick around to help clean up and make sure everything is back in it’s place.

The day after the event there is one more thing to check off your to-do list: follow-up with your client. Give them a quick call to let them know you had a great time and enjoyed meeting their friends and family.  Double check to make sure they enjoyed the event and see if there is anything else you can help them with. Oh, and don't forget to remind them again how thankful you are for their business. 

If you have home buyers that are closing soon, consider throwing a housewarming party for your clients. It’s a great opportunity and a kind gesture that they will truly appreciate. (And it’s likely you will acquire a few new clients along the way, too.)

 

Tips to throw a great housewarming party for your real estate client

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Buying a home is a big accomplishment.  Most real estate buyers put years of thought and preparation into the purchase of a new home, and once it happens, it’s a dream come true.  As a realtor, it is your privilege to help home buyers realize this dream by finding a house that is perfect for all of their needs.  Throwing a housewarming party for your real estate client once they move in is a memorable, thoughtful gesture, and one that shows your client just how appreciative you are of their business.

A housewarming party gives your clients the opportunity to welcome friends and family into their new home, and meet the nearby neighbors.  It also gives you, the realtor, an opportunity to cultivate a long-term relationship with your client, leave a lasting impression, and network with others in the neighborhood to generate real estate leads. A win-win situation for everyone involved.

If you want to deepen relationships with home buyers and leaving a lasting, positive impression of their experience with you, here is a quick guide to hosting the best housewarming party for your real estate clients!

How to Host A Housewarming Party for Your Real Estate Client

1. Confirm That Your Clients Want a Housewarming Party

Before you dive into creating the best housewarming party for your clients, it is important to confirm that they would appreciate the gesture.  If your clients are reserved or find the idea of having a lot of people in their home overwhelming, a housewarming party might not be the best option.

To get an idea of whether or not your client would like a housewarming party, ask them at the contract signing.  If your client seems interested, remind them of the idea in a brief thank you letter after closing, and then call them to confirm. 

2. Assemble a Guest List

Once you have confirmed with your clients that the housewarming party is a go, it's time to get down to work.  And, the first thing you need to do is assemble a guest list. For this part, you will need your clients help.  Ask them to send a list of their closest friends, family and any neighbors they’ve already met along with mailing addresses, and be sure to let them know that you will do the rest of the work. 

TIP: Get a head start and do some pre-work by leaving a guestbook out at open houses in the area to get the names and contact information of any neighbors that you might be able to invite.

3. Create and Send Invitations

Now that you have the guest list, you will need a way to get guests to the right place at the right time with a personalized invitation.  You can create and print a high-quality paper invitation online at several places, such as Moo.com or Paperless Post.  Be sure to send your invitation at least three weeks ahead of the party to give your guests ample time to plan. 

TIP: Although it might be tempting to place your logo and name on the invitation, avoid it at all costs.  A housewarming party is about your clients. However, be sure to have your business cards on hand at the event because you’ll have ample opportunity to make new connections.

4.Coordinate a Menu

As with any party, at a housewarming party there will be plenty of mouths to feed. Therefore, creating a tasty and exciting menu is key. Even if you are a great cook and your clients have an amazing new kitchen, the best practice for hosting a housewarming party is to hire a caterer.  Not only will they cover the food and clean up, but handle the beverages as well so you and your clients will have time to mingle.

You can decide on a fun theme with your clients and create a menu that matches, or just choose a variety of great appetizers and finger foods. Don’t forget to include a few meat-free and dairy-free options to make sure everyone feels welcome.

5. Pre-Party Preparation

There are a few last-minute preparations you can complete to make your housewarming party a success.  The first is to call your clients a few days before the event to remind them to have the house "tour ready" and see if there is anything they need. Additionally, you should prepare a guest book that neighbors can sign as they walk-in, and have nametags ready for the guests that have RSVP'd, along with a few blanks.  Doing so will help show your attention to detail and make a great first impression on potential clients.

 

 

6. Bring a Housewarming Gift and a Guest

A housewarming party is a social event, therefore you should always bring a gift and a guest. Skip the promotional products and choose a housewarming gift that is personal and meaningful to your client.  As for a guest, it is perfectly acceptable to bring your family (children included), significant other, or a close friend.

7. Be Social

Once the party has started, all of the hard work is over. Now you can sit back, relax, and make connections. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures throughout the event to share on social media.  Tag your clients in the pictures so all of their friends, family, and neighbors get an easy link back your business page.

8. Follow-Up

At the end of the event, stick around to help clean up and make sure everything is back in it’s place.

The day after the event there is one more thing to check off your to-do list: follow-up with your client. Give them a quick call to let them know you had a great time and enjoyed meeting their friends and family.  Double check to make sure they enjoyed the event and see if there is anything else you can help them with. Oh, and don't forget to remind them again how thankful you are for their business. 

If you have home buyers that are closing soon, consider throwing a housewarming party for your clients. It’s a great opportunity and a kind gesture that they will truly appreciate. (And it’s likely you will acquire a few new clients along the way, too.)

 

Tips to throw a great housewarming party for your real estate client

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5 Gifts for a Traditional Housewarming

Around the world, housewarming gifts are given to friends, family and neighbors to wish them well in their new home. Some believe the tradition began in France while others believe Russia to be the origin of the housewarming tradition. The word itself, housewarming, dates back to the 16th century so it’s safe to say that housewarmings have been taking place for a very long time.

While different cultures may have celebrated housewarmings in their own unique ways throughout history, once thing is the same—housewarmings involve various rituals and blessings to help others settle into their new home.

In the past, housewarming gifts were quite functional, such as firewood to heat the house. In addition to being highly useful, traditional housewarming gifts were also ceremonial and symbolic often intended to clear the abode of “bad vibes” and evil spirits.

While we have many creative housewarming gift options today, we thought it would be fun to take inspiration from historical housewarming gift traditions and reinterpret them for modern day. Here are five unique housewarming gifts and what they symbolize.

1. Traditional: Bread
Meaning: “May this house never know hunger”
Twist: Pancake Mix
Pancakes are one of the oldest forms of quick breads and who doesn’t love a weekend brunch?

2. Traditional: Wine
Meaning: “May you always have joy and never go thirsty.”
Twist: Chardonnay Wine Gum
While it may not quench your thirst, wine gum evokes the first sip of a chardonnay white wine without the alcohol. 

5 Unique Twists on Traditional Housewarming Gifts.  Ideas for Clients, Friends and Neighbors.

Eucalyptus Foot Soak

3. Traditional: Salt
Meaning: “May there always be flavor and spice in your life.”
Twist: Dead Sea Salts Foot Soak
Perfect for tired soles, a peppermint and eucalyptus foot soak with pure essential oils and Dead Sea mineral salts is a wonderful way to relax after a big move. Create your own salt inspired housewarming gift with our online gift builder.

Fresh Baked Cookies Housewarming Gift

4. Traditional: Honey
Meaning: “May you always enjoy the sweetness of life.”
Twist: Raw Honey 
We're keeping it classic on this one and elevating the traditional honey treat paired with a warm and cozy handmade oatmeal raisin cookie mix. Pure raw honey also pairs well with herbal tea.

Olive and Laurel Leaf Soap

5. Traditional: Olive Oil
Meaning: “May you be blessed with health and well-being.”
Twist: Olive Oil & Laurel Leaf Soap
After packing, lifting and unpacking corrugated boxes, a rich and creamy soap with organic shea butter is a perfect way to rehydrate and nourish the skin.  Create your own olive oil inspired housewarming gift with our online gift builder.

 

updated: November 15, 2018

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Around the world, housewarming gifts are given to friends, family and neighbors to wish them well in their new home. Some believe the tradition began in France while others believe Russia to be the origin of the housewarming tradition. The word itself, housewarming, dates back to the 16th century so it’s safe to say that housewarmings have been taking place for a very long time.

While different cultures may have celebrated housewarmings in their own unique ways throughout history, once thing is the same—housewarmings involve various rituals and blessings to help others settle into their new home.

In the past, housewarming gifts were quite functional, such as firewood to heat the house. In addition to being highly useful, traditional housewarming gifts were also ceremonial and symbolic often intended to clear the abode of “bad vibes” and evil spirits.

While we have many creative housewarming gift options today, we thought it would be fun to take inspiration from historical housewarming gift traditions and reinterpret them for modern day. Here are five unique housewarming gifts and what they symbolize.

1. Traditional: Bread
Meaning: “May this house never know hunger”
Twist: Pancake Mix
Pancakes are one of the oldest forms of quick breads and who doesn’t love a weekend brunch?

2. Traditional: Wine
Meaning: “May you always have joy and never go thirsty.”
Twist: Chardonnay Wine Gum
While it may not quench your thirst, wine gum evokes the first sip of a chardonnay white wine without the alcohol. 

5 Unique Twists on Traditional Housewarming Gifts.  Ideas for Clients, Friends and Neighbors.

Eucalyptus Foot Soak

3. Traditional: Salt
Meaning: “May there always be flavor and spice in your life.”
Twist: Dead Sea Salts Foot Soak
Perfect for tired soles, a peppermint and eucalyptus foot soak with pure essential oils and Dead Sea mineral salts is a wonderful way to relax after a big move. Create your own salt inspired housewarming gift with our online gift builder.

Fresh Baked Cookies Housewarming Gift

4. Traditional: Honey
Meaning: “May you always enjoy the sweetness of life.”
Twist: Raw Honey 
We're keeping it classic on this one and elevating the traditional honey treat paired with a warm and cozy handmade oatmeal raisin cookie mix. Pure raw honey also pairs well with herbal tea.

Olive and Laurel Leaf Soap

5. Traditional: Olive Oil
Meaning: “May you be blessed with health and well-being.”
Twist: Olive Oil & Laurel Leaf Soap
After packing, lifting and unpacking corrugated boxes, a rich and creamy soap with organic shea butter is a perfect way to rehydrate and nourish the skin.  Create your own olive oil inspired housewarming gift with our online gift builder.

 

updated: November 15, 2018

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7 Noteworthy Housewarming Gifts You'll Genuinely Want to Give

The changing of seasons often signals an opportunity for fresh starts. And for some people you know, that means buying, selling and moving into a new house. While the act of moving itself can be stressful and chaotic, the joy of turning a blank canvas into a home is worthy of celebration. So whether you’ve been invited to a friend’s open house, you’re a real estate professional at closing, or you’re introducing yourself to the new neighbors, a housewarming gift is a thoughtful gesture to wish them well in their new abode.

Choosing the right gift can seem tricky because you don’t want to add more clutter to their cardboard box filled lives and you may not know their exact design style. Fear not, we’ve got you covered. As someone who has moved multiple times across town, across country and up and down both coasts, I’ve put together some unique ideas for housewarming gifts that will be useful, meaningful and won’t break the bank.

7 Unique Housewarming Gift Ideas Under $50

And if you’re the DIY type, you can always design your own gift box with our online gift box builder

 Home Organization

The Bungalow 

The first few weeks of moving into a new home are filled with endless lists, making this delightful trio immediately useful. This gift box pairs a Rifle Paper Co. floral illustrated list pad with a saltwater sage candle and a charming box of color tipped wooden matches. $33

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coffee break gift box

Coffee Break

Make the first pot of coffee in their new home a luxurious experience. The Coffee Break gift box is the ultimate gift for coffee lovers with sustainably harvested Vietnamese whole bean Copper Cow Coffee and two stoneware mugs. $48

 

Herb Garden Gift Box 

Herb Garden

This garden inspired housewarming gift features a fresh medley of herbs and greenery. Fresh basil grow bag, Flying Bird Botanicals mint herbal tea, Formulary55 sweet gardenia blossom soap, and a cactus cup offers a gift that keeps on growing. $45

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Movie Night Gift Box

Movie Night

Filled with essentials for a cozy night in, this trio will bring a feeling of hygge to any abode. With 100% whole grain, gluten-free, non-gmo popcorn, handcrafted spicy fire salt, and an orange pistachio chocolate bar with turmeric infusion, movie night is just the ticket after an exhausting move. $45

 

 Spa For Them Gift Box 

Mini Spa For Them

Moving is hard work and the Dona Chai turmeric concentrate paired with Aenon's activated charcoal exfoliating mask, purifying rose mask and Formulary55 earl grey tea soap is the perfect way to soothe mind, body and soul. Topped with two Toockie's hand knit, 100% certified organic cotton washcloths for an added bit of luxury at the end of the day. $48

 

 Biscuits & Jam Gift Box

Biscuits & Jam 

With artisan cocktail infused jam, handmade teak spreaders, and rolled oat & walnut biscuits, this is a great gift to bring to a housewarming party. $43

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Let's Dwell Gift Box

Let's Dwell

Who doesn't love well-appointed accessories to style their home? With ultra soft luxury hand soap by Lucia, Be Home handmade indigo linen dishtowel, and a saltwater and sage mini candle, this gift is both beautiful and useful. $48

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See Related: 5 Gifts for a Traditional Housewarming (with a twist).

Last updated: April 2018

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The changing of seasons often signals an opportunity for fresh starts. And for some people you know, that means buying, selling and moving into a new house. While the act of moving itself can be stressful and chaotic, the joy of turning a blank canvas into a home is worthy of celebration. So whether you’ve been invited to a friend’s open house, you’re a real estate professional at closing, or you’re introducing yourself to the new neighbors, a housewarming gift is a thoughtful gesture to wish them well in their new abode.

Choosing the right gift can seem tricky because you don’t want to add more clutter to their cardboard box filled lives and you may not know their exact design style. Fear not, we’ve got you covered. As someone who has moved multiple times across town, across country and up and down both coasts, I’ve put together some unique ideas for housewarming gifts that will be useful, meaningful and won’t break the bank.

7 Unique Housewarming Gift Ideas Under $50

And if you’re the DIY type, you can always design your own gift box with our online gift box builder

 Home Organization

The Bungalow 

The first few weeks of moving into a new home are filled with endless lists, making this delightful trio immediately useful. This gift box pairs a Rifle Paper Co. floral illustrated list pad with a saltwater sage candle and a charming box of color tipped wooden matches. $33

create gift box

coffee break gift box

Coffee Break

Make the first pot of coffee in their new home a luxurious experience. The Coffee Break gift box is the ultimate gift for coffee lovers with sustainably harvested Vietnamese whole bean Copper Cow Coffee and two stoneware mugs. $48

 

Herb Garden Gift Box 

Herb Garden

This garden inspired housewarming gift features a fresh medley of herbs and greenery. Fresh basil grow bag, Flying Bird Botanicals mint herbal tea, Formulary55 sweet gardenia blossom soap, and a cactus cup offers a gift that keeps on growing. $45

create gift box 

Movie Night Gift Box

Movie Night

Filled with essentials for a cozy night in, this trio will bring a feeling of hygge to any abode. With 100% whole grain, gluten-free, non-gmo popcorn, handcrafted spicy fire salt, and an orange pistachio chocolate bar with turmeric infusion, movie night is just the ticket after an exhausting move. $45

 

 Spa For Them Gift Box 

Mini Spa For Them

Moving is hard work and the Dona Chai turmeric concentrate paired with Aenon's activated charcoal exfoliating mask, purifying rose mask and Formulary55 earl grey tea soap is the perfect way to soothe mind, body and soul. Topped with two Toockie's hand knit, 100% certified organic cotton washcloths for an added bit of luxury at the end of the day. $48

 

 Biscuits & Jam Gift Box

Biscuits & Jam 

With artisan cocktail infused jam, handmade teak spreaders, and rolled oat & walnut biscuits, this is a great gift to bring to a housewarming party. $43

create gift box

Let's Dwell Gift Box

Let's Dwell

Who doesn't love well-appointed accessories to style their home? With ultra soft luxury hand soap by Lucia, Be Home handmade indigo linen dishtowel, and a saltwater and sage mini candle, this gift is both beautiful and useful. $48

create gift box

See Related: 5 Gifts for a Traditional Housewarming (with a twist).

Last updated: April 2018

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