How Much Should I Tip My Movers?

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Tips for Tipping Your Movers

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Many people are often unsure of what to do when it comes to tipping movers, but there are no definitive rules. Simply put, since you are already spending a lot of money on the move, movers don't expect to be tipped. At the same time, if you want to reward your movers for a job well done, feel free to give them a little extra money. The choice is entirely up to you.

How much to tip

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 companies 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 appreciated.

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.

While 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 companies 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.

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Bob Atom | Commented on September 8, 2015 at 01 : 26 PM
$10-$20 is appreciated I am sure, but for a full day move, try $50. White folks with money sure can be tight! I am not a mover, but I just did move my on laws 2 bedroom house with help from 2 other people a $25/hour. Completed with truck rental, packing, insurance, etc., for $1600. It was brutal hard in 100+ degree temp

Bob Atom | Commented on September 8, 2015 at 01 : 23 PM
Don't expect to get tipped? Since you spend a lot on dinner at a nice restaurant, the waiters do not expect tips either. REALLY? They are doing back break work with the home owners constantly complaining about one thing or another. TIP the movers that earn it! Small tip if any to the slacker, most to the ones getting it done.


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