More Stressful Than Divorce? Resident Move-In Gifts to Help!

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In a recent survey of 2,000 people, 61% listed moving as their number one life stressor, over getting a divorce and starting a new job. Every one of us in multifamily housing should take note of this statistic. Getting a divorce is no picnic, yet some people think moving is worse! Can you imagine? 

Every day at our communities, people are moving in and out. In other words, dealing with one of life's biggest stressor. So what can we do to ease that burden? 

We can be empathetic and treat them like humans. Get to know why they are moving before they move in. Someone that is moving because of a recent divorce or loss of a spouse is going to feel differently than someone who is moving into their first apartment. It's important that we take a personal interest in our new residents and treat them according to their circumstances. Sprout Members: Learn more about this by checking out "Wow at Every Touchpoint" webinar presented by Barbara Savona. This program has been shared at Apartment Associations Nationwide and accessible to Sprout Members through the Seedling Membership. Not a member, but want to hear the recording? Sign up here to join. 

Look for opportunities to delight in unexpected ways.  When we are stressed, the smallest of gestures can go a long way. Think about when you've had a rough day where you just really want to go home, put on your stretchy pants and melt into your couch with a tub of ice cream. (C'mon, we've all had those days!) You walk in the door, and you're greeted with a surprise bouquet of flowers from your honey. Immediately, the scowl on your face is replaced with a happy, sheepish grin. A small gesture goes a long way. 

Why satisfy when you can wow?
— Barbara Savona

Sprout Members: Download your Welcome Home designs here.  

This month we are showing you how you can use the Welcome Home Design from our Wicked Adventures Collection to create happy memories for your newest residents. We made a quick run to Target and limited our budget to under $5 per gift. 

Pair your welcome design with a stylish candle. We picked this one up at Target for $3. Leave it on a countertop or bookshelf prior for a pleasant move-in surprise! Elevate your gift with a few fresh flowers. We always find the best deals for fresh flowers at Trader Joe's.

Pair your welcome design with a stylish candle. We picked this one up at Target for $3. Leave it on a countertop or bookshelf prior for a pleasant move-in surprise! Elevate your gift with a few fresh flowers. We always find the best deals for fresh flowers at Trader Joe's.

Want to welcome all of your new residents at one time? Stage a welcome center in your leasing office with a framed welcome design, fresh flowers, and some sweet treats! Invite all new residents to stop by for a treat and to meet their neighbors. 

Want to welcome all of your new residents at one time? Stage a welcome center in your leasing office with a framed welcome design, fresh flowers, and some sweet treats! Invite all new residents to stop by for a treat and to meet their neighbors.