Tipping the movers would indeed be fair treatment and courtesy. Like we tip our hairdresser or a pizza courier. Unlike what a hairdresser and a pizza courier do, movers perform an incomparably hard job. Dealing with heavy lift up and down the stairs is not an easy task. Movers are service professionals who make your moving a reality. Those scary hills of packages and boxes piled in the middle of your apartment vanish out of a sudden as the movers set hands to the job. So, don’t do they deserve a treat?
No written rule says so. It is up to you to a great extent. However, it is an etiquette rule, and such a practice would be a good manner. By tipping the movers, you appreciate their hard work, show respect, politeness, and generosity to them.
What if a mover underperforms, for example, by acting slowly or by giving damage to your belongings or walls? Well, in this case, it is your right not to tip the movers to exhibit your dissatisfaction and disapproval. You can go beyond and review them by name by giving a call or through the company website online.
I like the philosophy saying, “Pay the worker his wage before his sweat gets dry.” So tipping should be prompt.
Although common sense tells us to tip once the job gets done, some people tend to tip in advance. They think that the movers would perform better if done so. Following this path may sometimes work, for example, with a waitress at a restaurant, but other times it may backfire. Mowers are no different than others in the service sector in delivering outstanding performance with the expectation of a generous tip. You pay in advance, and you break this rule! Do not get surprised by low performing movers you tipped early.
So, we strictly recommend tipping the movers right after they finish moving your stuff safely to your new address. Tipping the movers at the end will also give you a chance to decide upon their performance.
Let’s start with a smile:
Bill Gates went to a restaurant and paid a $2 tip. Waiter said:
“Yesterday, your son gave a $100 tip, and you are giving only $2?
Bill Gates answered: “He is the son of a billionaire. I am the son of a farmer.”
Joking aside, there is no set in the stone amount of tip for movers. In practice, people decide the amount of the tip through flat-rate or percentage of moving cost.
Flat-rate tipping is the most practiced way of tipping the movers. In this kind of tipping, the length of the moving period is the primary determiner. Below are typical flat-rate amounts of tips for movers:
A half-day move - $10 - $20 per mover
A full day move - $20 - $40 per mover
12-hour move - $40 - $60 per mover
Tipping the movers a percentage of the movers’ fee is also possible. In practice, 5-10 percent is a standard percentage that applies to movers’ tip. We do not recommend a percentage-based tip for long haul moves as the tip mounts to excessive amounts. Go ahead with the flat-rate instead in such situations.
The most convenient way is tipping in cash. When tipping the movers, make sure that you hand each mover’s tip separately. Trusting the full amount to the foreman or the business owner is not a good idea. In some cases, the tip can be pocketed by these people, depriving of the movers from this incentive. Have enough number of the ten-dollar bill and five-dollar bill to be able to hand each mover the exact amount you intend to tip. You may also talk to the company service desk for their tipping policy if it is a respectable one like lukesapartmentmovers.
Moving is a long and painful process, from planning and packing to moving and settling. It would be best if you exercised due care for each step not to get tensed up! Building good relations with your movers is one of those essential steps. A quick way is treating your movers. For an unstressful moving day that will evoke good memories in your mind, you can offer your movers some additional treats. Here are what you can do more:
Your movers will feel thirsty at one point due to walking up and down, handling your heavy lifting. Hence, you had better have some bottled spring water, soda, or sports drink, preferably cold.
Offer them lunch if your move lasts day long. Don’t think, “Well, I will tip them, so why to offer them lunch?” You can do both, and it would be your kindness. Ask them what they would like instead of imposing your food preferences, often a simple cliché: Pizza or Sandwiches!. A mover who is urged to eat what they do not like will not be happy. So, let them choose! It would be nice to make or get instant coffee for happier movers at lunchtime. Notwithstanding your courtesy, some movers may politely reject your lunch offer due to company policies. It is best to learn about the company policy by calling their service desk before they arrive at your apartment.
Treating your movers with alcohol is not a good idea. You should not offer them alcoholic beverages! Having alcohol, e.g., a beer, may slow your mover down, which you will never want in the mid of your move.
Although tipping the movers is up to you, it is a good manner and etiquette. It would be your kindness to treat your movers with tips, beverages, and food. And the last advice: If you are not as witty as Bill Gates, hand your movers what they deserve!
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