Tens of millions of American move house or apartemtn every year. But how many of those people consider tipping their movers and how much should they be tipped?
How you should tip them? In beer, money, food? Google provides many answers but very few definitive ones. Read on to learn more.
How Much Should You Tip Movers?
It is not standard for moving companies to include a suggested gratuity. Generally, you should tip your movers between 15–20 percent of the total cost of the move for large moves and 5–10 percent for smaller, cross-town moves.
Always think about the complexity of the move—were there lots of large, bluky furniture, stairs or many levels to traverse? Did they take extra care of special and important items? Did they take the time to add extra padding on fragile items or listening to special instructions about specific meaningful objects? These factors should play into how much you tip. If your movers really blow you out of the water and go above and beyond, you should tip between 10 and 20 percent.
Others, however, think a flat rate system is the best to opt for. Some suggest tipping $20-$30 for each crew member on a small move and up to $40 per crew member for larger, more complicated moves.
Is Tipping Mandatory?
It is common for the larger moving companies to include the tip as a line item on the final bill, so you can add a tip to it and pay by debit or credirt card. This is usually the best way as it lets the IRS know that tips were part of your total moving costs and can be deducted from your tax return. If you are paying by check it is reasonable to write a single check and allow the foreman to distribute the tip accordingly.
Food And Drinks
It really is the correct thing to do to provide some refreshments for your movers. And think about the weather conditions. Coffee on a cool morning is always great. Soda, warer, energy drinks, gatorade are great options on a warmer day. If the move is over lunchtime, remember to think of alternatives instead of pizza. Movers get to eat a lot of free pizza! Snacks like oranges, apples, cookies or chips are ideal for half day moves. At least always have a jug of water to hand with plastic or paper cups. You can also tip with beer…a 6 or 12 pack of beer to go will be appreciated by most, but remember they are most likely not able to drink while on the clock!
It is always a capital idea to tip your movers regardless of the size of the move. Ask your self some questions such as:
- Did they do a great job?
- Did they go beyond what you would expect in delivering great service?
- Would you recommend them to friends and family?
If they have done an outstanding job, let them know with a tip!