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He's going to finally be finished this afternoon, and we've been wondering what some appropriate token of appreciation might be. Money? Some token gift? Other?
He's gone so far beyond the call of duty that we want to do something for him, but we're not sure what. Does anyone have suggestions or ideas?
Along with a detailed letter of recommendation/appreciation.
Separately: I would also make a point to shake the subs hand and give a heartfelt verbal thank you in front of the general contractor.
<added>In my neck of the woods a crate of beer is normal at job end - this sub should get something extra.
My wife has an almost fault of giving extravagant gifts to people who are nice to us ... folks like the band director who allowed our daughter to play flute ... even though the school test showed her not gifted at flute ... and now at the end of the school year our daughter is first chair flute in the largest band in the state.
She goes way overboard in her gift giving ... it's really quite embareising ... like at Christmas when we loaded up the vehicle with gifts and drove up to the neighbors with so many gifts for each family member, that it was truly too much.
But she enjoys it and the truth of the matter is ... it's the thing I like best about my wife ... I know she will never read this, so it's safe to say : )
She would give them gift certificates (at least $100) to Red Lobster Restraunt ... she makes these huge gift baskets filled with all kinds of nice candies, nuts, and or gifts ... she would give one of those too.
You can order some nice gift baskets online and have them mailed out. One of the companies I work with sends me one each Christmas from WineCountryGiftbaskets dot com They have stuff besides wine and I've sent baskets from there myself.
Cash is nice and is appreciated, but it just gets absorbed into the budget and is quickly forgotten. By them something they will enjoy and give it to them. And maybe a little something they can remember you by.
Most of all, if they live closeby ... offer them your continued friendship ... you'll both be richer for it.
:) :) :)
This enables your friends and guests to see, not only the crew that did the work, (a little networking with new, potantial clients) it also more than shows your friends how you feel about that work.
So, break out the prons, fire up the pig and invite the crew. I promise you, they will never forget your generosity.
Oh, Give 'em a small envelope too.
I like the letter of referral and the $100-to-10% tip idea. Also, get his business card, and call him for smaller jobs so he can earn all the money, instead of the General who sounds to be in the way.
If he doesn't have a business card, get his name and number, and on top of the bonus today, surprise him in a few days with a box of cards. You may set him on the path of becoming the contractor.
Also, my partner and I each received a $500 tip one time because we knew he needed the work done by the beginning of the week, and worked through the weekend to make that happen.
As a very new business, we were surprised and extremely grateful that he took the time to acknowledge that we went out of our way, and reward it. From that point on, we pretty much smothered him with excellent customer service! :)
So, short answer, referrals & cash :)