Moving in welcome kit for new tenants


I recently talked to a friend of mine, who told me that every apartment he’s ever moved into (including the dumps we lived in during college) gave him a little gift basket with soap, candles, paper towels, and other essentials that a person needs when setting up a new apartment. Somehow, I’ve never experienced this, but I do think its a nice touch. I think I’ll plan on doing something like that for my next batch of tenants. Currently, here’s what I provide my tenants with when they move in:

  • FELT PADS FOR THE FEET OF THEIR FURNITURE
    These aren’t as cheap as you’d expect, but my hardwood floors were just refinished three years ago, and I’d rather spend $10 than wonder whether the tenants will worry about the floors
  • ONE SET OF KEYS PER PERSON, PLUS ONE EXTRA
    They’ll probably make an extra set if I don’t provide them with one; at least this way I’ll know how many keys are out there floating around. My tenants need a whopping total of four keys, so I also make them a little color-coded “key” to which key is for what door (I use those little multi-colored star stickers that your grade school teacher put on your spelling tests.)
  • THE OBLIGATORY LEAD PAINT PAMPHLET
    No one ever reads this, but I’m obligated by law to provide it. Basically, its a government-issued pamphlet that says not to lick the walls, because housing built before 1978 could have lead-based paint on the walls, which is particularly harmful to children and pregnant women. I print out a copy from the CD that came with my landlord bible, Every Landlord’s Legal Guide. You can also download a copy online, from the EPA’s website.
  • And that’s fancy enough for me. Usually the departing tenants leave some toilet paper in the bathroom, but if they didn’t I replenish that. I also provide directions to the nearest Walmart or Target for any essentials that they discover they need right away. 🙂

    If I had more than one unit, I would give my tenants a big checklist for them to mark off the condition of each room, fixture, etc. However, when I’ve done this in the past, they haven’t actually filled it out or turned it in. With one apartment, I know the condition pretty well anyway, so it isn’t really necessary right now.


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