We often fall back on getting gift cards or some other type of nondescript presents for buyers and sellers. However, I have begun to purchase weather radios for my customers who are buying a mobile home through me. I got the idea a while back when I read that the federal government was considering a requirement that all new mobile homes would come with such a device.
With hurricanes, we often have several days of warning so there is plenty of time to get to higher ground or to find an emergency shelter. However, tornados can pop up at a moment's notice, often when we are asleep, and that is why they can be so deadly. The combination of incredible wind speeds and unpredictability are often a fatal combination, especially for mobile home dwellers. However, even conventional homes can be severely damaged.
Many weather radios have alert features so they are silent until the US Weather Service sends through the alarm. At that point the occupants can be warned, even if it is in the middle of the night. Hopefully giving them plenty of time to move to a more secure location.
I checked online and Radio Shack has models ranging in price from $15.99 to $89.99. Walmart had a model priced at $12.86. I saw one model that had a built-in flashlight. Not a bad idea since it is likely that the power grid will be disrupted as a result of the storm.
So whether via a gift card to a store that sells such radios or by purchasing the device for them yourself, this may be something different that your customers would appreciate having. Thought this idea was worth passing along to those of you who live in areas that are tornado prone.
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida