Finding that perfect closing gift that’s both impressive and thoughtful, but not overly expensive, can be awfully tricky. It’s so important to get your new clients a meaningful gift that will have them talking about you for months to all their pals — but finding one can be a time-consuming headache.
Custom house portraits make for an ideal closing gift.
Whether your clients are buying their first home and can’t believe they finally get to live in a place they can call theirs, or whether your clients are downsizing from a home they’ve lived in for decades and have filled with memories and milestones, you know that a house isn’t just a house, it’s a home! And what better way to commemorate that than with a one-of-a-kind watercolour illustration?
If you'd like to commission a house portrait illustration, there are a few options to choose from. I use ink and watercolour on 140lb paper. I generally do two sizes:
5x7" - starts at $100
8x10" - starts at $150
If there are additions such as people, pets or cars, there is an additional $20 charge per addition. (Please note, I do not illustrate condos.)
I also offer packages for multiple house portraits with discounts for bulk orders.
In order to get started, all I need is a clear photo of the house, or an address that has a good view on Google Maps (either work, both resources are even better). Illustrations take about 3 weeks to do, depending on demand, but if you need it by a certain date just let me know and I can accommodate.
I ask for a 50% deposit* before I get started on the illustration -- once the deposit is secured, then I send you a pencil sketch so that you can check over the illustration and let me know if there's anything you want to adjust or add to the image**. That way, you're completely satisfied with the finished product. Once I get approval from you, I finish up inking and painting the piece.
If you are located in downtown Toronto, my pick up location is Dundas West subway station (if a package of several house portraits is ordered, they are hand-delivered to your office if you are located south of Bloor St, east of Parkside Dr, and west of Coxwell Ave). I also offer free shipping via regular mail, or tracked shipping for $13 within Ontario and $20 for all orders outside Ontario, Canada.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org any time with any questions or commission requests, or fill out the form below:
* Please note that deposits are non-refundable. Furthermore, I am not able to offer refunds or exchanges, as I am a small business of one and can't be responsible for how mail is handled and for different postal systems.
** I do 1-2 rounds of edits, but beyond that may charge an extra fee for additional rounds of edits.