As a Brownsburg landlord, you recognize that a good tenant can be tedious to find – and sometimes, even more, difficult to keep. To stimulate good relations with your tenants, one effortless thing you can do is to give them a small appreciation gift for the holidays. Keeping your tenants happy can take effort, but a happy tenant is one who is able to take good care of your property, pay their rent on time, and stay in the rental home for a really long time. Even something as small as a simple holiday gift could let them understand that you appreciate them – and would like them to stay.
A thoughtful tenant gift is one that your renters can use, but that is appropriate for their particular status and situation. Most of the best tenant gifts are likewise housewarming gifts because they tend to be welcome gifts for almost everyone. A box of gourmet cookies or a bottle of wine may be just the thing to exhibit and show your concern, and to build rapport with your tenants. A small-sized houseplant, a thank-you card, or a set of monogrammed coasters are also terrific ideas and would likely be both used and loved by your tenants.
If you think that giving your tenants a traditional housewarming gift isn’t quite your way, other choices may make more sense. Certain tenants may appreciate a free property upgrade in lieu of a gift. One relatively inexpensive upgrade that will make your rental property more convenient (and more delightful to future tenants) is installing USB ports or one or more smart devices. Even a basic video doorbell or smart thermostat could mean a lot to your tenant while also increasing the value of your property. It’s an investment that could possibly pay off in countless ways.
Other tenant gift ideas are less than physically tangible but no less appreciated. For instance, if you have multiple tenants in the same town, consider hosting a fun event for your tenants, like a free movie night or gathering. One other choice would be to gift them a helpful service, such as water or furnace filter delivery. If financially viable, you may furthermore think about giving them a surprising break on any upcoming rent increases, possibly delaying their increase for a few months. Send them a courteous card displaying your intentions, and most likely, they will be very pleased with the gift of less rent for a few months longer than they anticipated.
If nothing more, you should be sending your tenants a card or other acknowledgment for the holidays. Not only is this a good habit to get into generally, though it could be just as effective as a gift in encouraging goodwill. Nevertheless, if you decide to send a card to your tenants, it’s very important to be mindful of different religions and cultures. Not all people celebrate Christmas, so unless you are sure that your tenants do, it’s nice to wish them instead “Happy Holidays.” In this manner, you can show respect for your tenants while sending good wishes their way.
Regardless of what you get your renters for the holidays, be certain that it is thoughtful and appropriate. Although it may take some time to select and give just the right gift, in the long run, those efforts will be well worth it. By all means, if you live at a distance from your properties or find yourself short on time, another great option is to hire a professional Brownsburg property manager to do it for you. At Real Property Management Indianapolis Edge, we actively nourish good tenant relationships in countless different ways. Would you like to know and learn more? Give us a call at 317-420-8500 today!
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