Should You Tip Your Movers?

Yes. Tipping is not added to moving quotes, but it is still the courteous thing to do. Mover services allow you to relax on moving day instead of performing manual labor for hours and collapsing from exhaustion. How much to tip is widely debated, so use the following advice to sort it out.

Percentage and Beyond

Some people find it appropriate to tip 10 or 20 percent of the total moving cost. Others stick to a flat rate or prefer to tip based on an hourly rate. There’s also the argument of tipping $10 per mover for a half-day move and $20 per mover for a full-day move. Think about how much work the movers are doing, including how many truckloads of items are going into your new residence and how far away the new place is from the old one. This will give you a better idea of how much to tip.

Individual Tipping

It is generally best to tip each mover individually, no matter how many you decide on. This ensures each mover will receive compensation from you and know you appreciate the hard work he or she put into your moving day. Thank each mover while dispensing tips to further demonstrate your appreciation.

Money Alternatives

Some people would rather tip their movers with food and beverages. This is generally considered acceptable, but it is a good idea to ask the movers what foods and drinks they prefer. Pizza is a standard moving day food choice, but when you think about the amount of pizza your movers might have eaten in the last month….well, would you want to look at another slice? Ask them if they want pizza, or would prefer sandwiches, Mexican food, Chinese food, etc. Inquire about beverage preferences as well, as some might desire water while others want soda or energy drinks.

Remember, tipping is not part of your moving estimate!

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