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Should I Tip Movers?

March 19th, 2018 - 8:06 AM

Is there a standard for how much to tip movers?

If you’re hiring movers to help load or unload, you may be wondering whether you should tip them for a job well done. And if so, how much? If the moving company allows tips, then the decision to give one (and the amount) is 100% up to you. The information below can help you decide how much to tip and what level of service to consider deserving of a tip. You’ll also find ideas for other ways to show your appreciation for excellent service. 

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How to decide whether to tip

Tipping a moving crew isn’t required, so don’t feel obligated to give one. In some situations, movers may go above and beyond your expectations. Service deserving of a tip can include:

  • Completing the job faster than expected
  • Handling items with extra care
  • Showing professionalism
  • Carrying large, heavy, bulky or awkward furniture
  • Climbing excessive stairs  

But, if they didn’t meet your expectations, don’t feel pressured to reward subpar service.

How much should I tip movers?

There’s no benchmark for tipping movers. Since they don’t expect anything extra, give what you think they deserve. A good guideline is $10 per mover for a half day’s work (4 hours) and $20 per mover for a full day’s work (8 hours). Feel free to give more if they had to work around difficult circumstances like stairs, heavy furniture or bad weather.

When and how to give one

It’s best to tip after the movers complete the job. The easiest way is to put cash in envelopes and hand one to each crew member as you thank them. You could tip only those who provided the best service, or the whole crew if everyone did an excellent job. Avoid giving the full amount to a supervisor or adding it to the bill for the company to split. Handing out separate tips is a personal gesture that shows you appreciate the hard work.

Other ways to show appreciation

If you don’t like the idea of giving cash, or the company doesn’t allow it, you can still recognize great loaders and unloaders. Here are some ideas:

  • Feed them a meal. If they work through lunch, consider feeding them. Because most people’s go-to meal is pizza, it’s possible the movers eat a lot of it. Instead, think about easy meals like burgers, hot dogs, sub sandwiches or fried chicken buckets.
  • Provide snacks and drinks. Having water, energy drinks and snacks available is an easy way to ensure your movers stay fueled throughout the day. If you already packed the cooler and defrosted the fridge, borrow one from a friend or get a one-time use cooler.
  • Set up a break area. Lifting heavy furniture is exhausting, and the movers may appreciate a place to rest between heavy loads. Designate a room in the house (or use the garage) as a rest area. Then, set up a fan or space heater depending on the weather. The designated rest area is also a great place to keep the drinks and snacks.
  • Give positive feedback. Write a great review on consumer review sites or their social media pages. This type of public praise helps them get future business.

Need help finding a moving crew?

Though U-Pack is a “do-it-yourself” service, we understand some people want or need help. We refer customers to pre-qualified labor for help with loading, unloading or both. Check out this guide to hiring moving labor to learn more.

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