Since there are several
factors that determine the price of your move, and because the costs for moves
can differ dramatically, you shouldn't tip based on a certain percentage.
Rather, it is recommended that you give around $10 for each mover for a half day
of work and $20 for a full day. Of course, if you are exceptionally pleased with
your movers, you can always tip more.
For a long-distance or
cross-country move, the costs can be very high. The moving
recognize this and definitely won't expect tips. Some long-distance companies
don't even allow their movers to
accept tips. However, if you are pleased with their performance, tips would be
TIP: If you are still unsure how much to tip, you
can always call the moving company's head office to ask about their tipping
policies and to find out how much they would recommend that you give.
Who to Tip
There will generally be between two and four people
moving your belongings. If you plan on tipping them, it is highly recommended
that you give the tip in cash to each person individually rather than one lump
sum. If you give the entire tip to the supervisor, he or she may divide it up
among the workers as they see fit. By giving your tip to each person, you can
divide the tip evenly.
Alternatives to Tipping
Regardless of whether you decide to tip
your movers or not, you should at least provide them with water, soda, or sports
drinks. Though they might bring their own drinks, offering them additional
drinks is a nice gesture. You may also decide to supply your movers with lunch
in lieu of a tip, which will likely be appreciated just as much.
some people give their movers beer while they work or as a tip at the end of the
day, serving alcohol to people as they move your personal belongings isn't the
best idea. At the same time, many moving
have policies against drinking on the job. Even if you give some
beer at the end of the day as a tip, they might not be permitted to carry
alcohol in the moving truck