How do you tip your movers? Tipping movers but how much? You may ask yourself these questions when the move is wrapping up. If you have never moved before and now you are wondering what is the appropriate tip, first consider the type of your move – local or long distance. There are varieties of options for you how to tip. We should not even discuss the option of not tipping. It has become the norm, just like within the hospitality industry, to tip for the service you get, in our case when the move is over. Check out the rest of our tipping movers guidelines and gratuity article find find out the average tips for movers.
So now, if your move is ending, think about how to tip your hard working movers. As we said, this would depend on the type of your move, yet you have some additional ways to show your appreciation. Have some water, cold drinks and light snacks or sandwiches ready while your movers are working. Most times the movers will not have the time to go for lunch, or just sit down even if they have broth themselves something, so offering them a bite on the go will be highly admired. This will also help you on the final bill as the movers will work faster if they have the energy. Having tired movers moving your stuff up and down the stairs might cost you a lot more, especially if you are paying by the hour.
Tipping Movers Local Move
Tipping local movers is somehow easier because there are less people and fees involved. Typically, you will have around three movers, including the driver, and this would be the same crew at origin and at final destination. Still depending on the size of your move you may need more people. Thus, if your relocation is local, you can definitely consider the total cost and then calculate around fifteen to twenty percent tip for the movers. Either they will split the amount between themselves or you can do it. You can also tip each mover separately based on the quality of the job you believe he has done. This is rare though because most people prefer to give the tip to the supervisor or the driver, who is in most cases the lead person in the move, who will then divide it equally. Keep in mind that it is always a good idea to tip the individually as you cannot be sure that the foreman will split the tip with the other guys. The average tip for local moves can vary between $20 per person for smaller moves to 15% or more if you are moving a 2+ bedroom house or apartment.
Tipping Movers Long Distance
Tipping at long distance move could be a bit more confusing. It all comes from the fact that more people are involved and the average moving cost is higher and includes more surcharges. When tipping movers for cross country moves, the size of your move and the distance you are moving will determine the cost hence your tip. However, at state to state moving jobs you may get different crews for loading and unloading. You may want to double check that with the supervisor, so you can take care of each moving crews. If you know that there will be only one crew doing all the work then you may leave the tip for the delivery day. The amount here will also vary depending on the cost. Keep in mind though that long distance moves cost more money because of travel and fuel fees, it’s not only based on the labor of the movers. Thus, the tip percentage does not have to reflect the total cost. However, do not forget that long distance movies involve more work, like storage unloading and loading, and then the travel comes. Therefore, your movers, especially if it’s the same crew has done quite a lot of hard labor and the tip should reflect that. Sometimes the question after how to estimate moving costs is how much to tip the movers. The interstate moving tips may vary between 5% and 10% of the total amount depending on the number of people involved with your relocation.
A tip from us
And here is a tip from us about tipping: Let the movers know in advance that you are about to give them tips once they do they deliver your goods and finish the move. This is always a good tactic since they will take extra care moving your belongings so they can have a better tip.
How do you determine the tip for your movers? Let us know in the comments below if you have any specific questions.
Posted on Sep 5, 2011; Last updated: Sep 14, 2011