Regardless of whether you are a buyer or seller, there’s no greater feeling than when the papers are signed and the whole real estate transaction is complete. For buyers, it means the beginning of a new life in a new home, and for sellers, it represents a time to say goodbye to the old and move on to the next chapter of their lives. Either scenario deserves a celebration.
It’s not uncommon for a REALTOR® to congratulate the buyer on their new home with a bottle of champagne. If so, don’t just put it in the fridge and save it for a special occasion. You have a new home—it doesn’t get much more special than that.
Order food from your favorite restaurant and pop the bubbly and enjoy a fun, first night in the home with your family. Or invite some friends over for a pot-luck (since you probably won’t have much food yet!) and enjoy the occasion with your first party.
If you have kids, hold a game night in your first week and try to start a new tradition by playing at a certain time in a certain room each week. You can even get a delicious dessert to mark the inaugural event.
For those moving to a new area, it’s hard to have a party since you don’t know anyone yet, but within a week or so, you should be getting to know some neighbors. Celebrate your new neighborhood by hosting a low-key barbecue. Set up some horseshoes or corn hole on the lawn and just enjoy a casual day with those you hope to be your new trusted friends.
For sellers, it’s time for you to celebrate moving on to a new home. If you’ve lived in the neighborhood a while and have a lot of friends, host a get-together at the local bar or restaurant and just ask people to come on by and raise a glass of wine to toast your time there. It’s a great way to say goodbye.
Maybe you have some time before you’re moving to your next place. If so, take a trip and relieve some of the stress that has built up over the time your house was on the market. Visit family or just take a short cruise and unwind.
Remember, being involved in a house sale is one of the most memorable moments of your life and you should take the time to appreciate and celebrate it!