The home selling process can be an overwhelming, emotional roller coaster experience. But, as your decision to sell and move opens a new chapter for you, it also opens the door for the new homeowners of your old home to create new memories.

If you want to show your home’s buyers some true Southern hospitality in the form of a gift or kind gesture you leave behind, here are some thoughtful ideas to welcome them to their new home.


Doormats. What better way to make a first impression than with a doormat – maybe even one that is monogrammed or that fits with the home’s decor – laid at the front door? And, let’s face it, a doormat may not be top-of-mind as a purchase for the new homeowner, so this gift will be appreciated.

Key Rings. Buy a special key ring and personalize it for the new homeowner by engraving it with their initials, the date of the move, or a special message from you. It’s a gift that doubles as both thoughtful and practical!

Mailing Labels and Stationery. Another caring, practical idea is creating mailing labels and stationery that are personalized with the owners’ names and new address. Surprise the new homeowners with these gifts on the kitchen counter, along with a little note from you.

Neighborhood Guide. What could also be helpful is writing down a neighborhood insider’s guide that lists all of your favorite places in the local area, including restaurants, shops, gyms, and more.

Practical Gifts. If you’d rather not go personal, leave behind practical home items or essentials as a housewarming gift, such as a carbon monoxide alarm, kitchen drawer organizers, a hamper full of food, or a toiletry gift basket stocked with homemade soaps and shampoos.

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Leave the Keys with Your Realtor. It sounds like a basic thought, but make sure you give your keys to your realtor on closing day to make the process smoother.

Make a folder with Info. Because the new homeowners will be taking over your home appliances, leaving behind a folder of any home appliance warranties and user manuals, as well as the necessary info for your home’s Smart Home features, could be extremely helpful for them.

Make a List of Vendors. It would also be a helpful gesture to leave behind a list of vendors and service professionals you have trusted over the years – especially if the new homeowners are brand-new to the area – including landscapers, lawn and pool maintenance companies, plumbers, electricians, pest control services, and more.

Leave Behind Helpful Miscellaneous Household Items. These could range from any remote controls (ceiling fans, automatic shades, etc.), to extra hardware if repairs or replacements need to be made (think kitchen knobs and pulls, screws and anchoring hardware, closet racks and rods, lightbulbs, and doorknobs), any pool supplies and accessories, and any extra cans of exterior or interior house paint.

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If you are ready to list your home, connect with Paige Bird, a local real estate agent who will find the right price for your house to maximize your profit and take care of you every step of the way. 2024 has already proven successful for Paige Bird, as she sold seven homes in February alone. This year also marks Paige’s 20th year working in the real estate industry. During her tenure, she assisted more than 2,200 families in their home-buying and selling journeys. Paige is renowned for her extensive experience and commitment to high ethical standards, which uniquely positions her as the go-to agent for those looking to achieve their 2024 real estate goals.

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