32 Responses to “Two Men and a Moving Truck – Costs, Prices, Rates & Tips”

  1. GIna says:

    I disagree with having to tip the movers. The movers should be doing a good job handling all your goods regardless; therefore, why should a tip be involved. They get paid a normal wage from their employer and are expected to provide great customer service. This is not like a server who only makes $2 per hour and has to put up with the rudest of rude customers. No way should I have to tip my movers, bottom line, they are there to move your materials and are getting a set amount of money. They are not “going the extra mile” because it is expected of them to be courteous and handle with care no matter what.

    • Chris says:

      You should always tip your movers. They are handling all of your personal belongings and working for 8-10 dollars an hour. You tip your pizza man a couple bucks for bringing you a few pies. Moving furniture is one of the most physical jobs with not great pay. Very rude not to tip them if they do a great job. I’ve been moving for 5 years and an average tip per move is $100 a piece. I feel sorry for the guys that ever have to move you.

      • Sue says:

        Chris, I think that $100.00 a piece is a bit much. I have used them in the past and have given them $20.00 per guy and that was plenty. Yes they work hard, but so do others in the service industry. You keep spending the big $$$ and the rest of us will do what we can afford.

      • Blaire says:

        Chris, I wish there were more people like you in this world. If you can afford to pay movers, you can afford to tip. 100.00 makes a whole family happy when they only make about 300/WK. These guys work hard.

    • Brian says:

      People like you, Chris, are scu***gs! ITS A SERVICE. ALL SERVICE SHOULD GET TIPS SINCE THERE EMPLOYERS DON’T PAY THEM FOR IT. If you don’t tip, DON’T ASK THEM FOR SERVICE. Same thing as a restaurant, barber or saloon.

      • Amanda says:

        Brian… Chris is saying that tips are a must. I think your comment is meant for Gina..she’s the inconsiderate one.

    • Amanda says:

      Gina that is just the rudest thing ever. You clearly do not consider the fact that the movers have to come in and pack all of your stuff …and then do back breaking work to move your entire house.. in one day. For $10 per hour AT BEST. You’re telling us that doesn’t deserve a tip? That’s just awful.

      • Bob says:

        It’s their job to move… not to get tips… if the work is too much for them at their pay rate then they need to find another job…. there is a ton of people who would be willing to work just as hard without expecting tips. It’s a job they already got paid to do.

  2. Eric says:

    Moving is a service and although tipping isn’t required it is appreciated. My stylist is expected to do a good job, be careful and polite – I tip her. I tip all kinds of various services I pay for.

  3. Adam says:

    I suggest anyone in the real world, Gina you are excluded, tip movers or anyone else in the service industry which you feel deserve it. It doesn’t need to be a huge amount, and you should only tip an amount you can afford. I think 10% is a good amount for a mover but I have heard up to 20% in some cases.

    Don’t forget to tip each crew as well, packers will typically not be the same crew that moves you, etc. Say the local move costs $1000 and the crew is 4 guys, I would suggest $25 -$50 per guy ($50 if it is difficult or in bad weather). When I was a mover in my previous life I personally received $300 for myself and 2 other guys for a days worth of work, but that was for a difficult move in the snow.

    In reality you will know what to tip someone and whether they deserve it. I tip my trash guys every holiday and my ups driver. Everyone probably doesn’t do it, but I like to show them that I appreciate their effort and it doesn’t go unnoticed. I can say that I have never had a soggy package delivered or an extra bag of trash sitting on the curb when I came home. I cannot say the same for some of my neighbors, Gina may be one of them.

  4. Tina says:

    I agree $100 is a lot for a tip, especially for someone who already makes above minimum wage. While I agree with tipping for exceptional service in certain industries, I don’t think a tip is required for someone simply doing their job. Where does the tipping end? At Target, I have the option to check myself out or have an employee ring me up. Should I tip them for providing that service? When I go to the hospital, should I be tipping my nurse if she is extra attentive? (I’m a nurse by the way…wouldn’t that be nice?) Should I tip Jiffy Lube for changing my oil in a jiffy? Almost every job has some aspect of customer service these days, and just because you deal with a customer or provide a service doesn’t mean you need to get a tip. It’s getting ridiculous that everyone thinks they should get a tip just for doing the job they are already paid to do.

  5. John says:

    Having worked in the service industry as a waiter and in other jobs, I fully realize the importance of tips. Tipping should only be for exceptional service, not for doing the job that was contracted for. And $20 per mover is more than enough. The moving company should be paying their employees a fair wage. If not, shop elsewhere. The idea that we should tip so a minimum service level is maintained such as ensuring that our garbage is removed as contracted for is absurd. Also, what happened to pride in a job well done.

  6. Brandon says:

    How about they have the Obama administration send the tip because they have stripped us of every last extra penny we could afford to give away.

  7. Michael King says:

    Do they offer storage

  8. Pam says:

    I came to read reviews on their service not opinions on tipping. I want to know if they do a good job :)

  9. Ken says:

    I would only ask the Ginas of the world to reverse the situation … Would SHE appreciate a tip for taking care of her customer?

  10. Vanessa says:

    I agree with Gina. Not everyone can afford to tip extra for a job that is already being paid for. Especially If you get paid hourly the same amount as the movers. For some people who do not have help from friends, there is no choice but to contact a moving company. I am not going to pay 2 days worth of pay plus just give away 2 weeks worth of lunch on a tip.

  11. Kelly Holton says:

    At home watching crime shows wow there are alot of psycho people out there scary.

  12. kerpluk01 says:

    If you want to get technical. Everyone provides a service. Teachers, police, doctors, lawyers, finance, accountants, firemen, mail carriers, even radio DJs…the list goes on. Not 1 person in that list would I tip. I pay people to do their job not EXPECT a tip. If I pay a moving Co for a local move ($500-$1000) for 1 day of work probably 100/hr, I highly doubt I tip. Do you tip your lawn company, garage carrier, the person building your house? I hope not, service industry doesn’t mean tipping industry.

  13. John H says:

    I believe tipping is a custom in most countries not a mandate. However after saying that , I personally love to tip and tip generously ! The Gina’s of this world are fine people, however, I believe they are missing the point and the blessing of blessing others. I get charged $10 for a hair cut at a Vietnamese barber shop , I tip the sweet lady $10 because she does a great job and I feel good about it. When I pay anyone for moving me , I tell them up front they will receive a generous tip at the end of the day. I ask them , would they do me the courtesy of an extra careful job? And 100% of the time not one item is broken or damaged in any way.

  14. Adam says:

    I agree with Chris. Giving Tips to the movers is fine. They take care of our belongings and make sure that everything is in good shape.

  15. scott says:

    WOW, I guess you should tip your banker, car dealer, and everyone else who handles all your personal stuff. I got a good one, why not tip the hospital because they are taking care of the most precious things in our lives or HEALTH.

  16. Joyce Carter Ly says:

    Considering them for the national move!

  17. Matt says:

    As the owner of a moving company, I would like to say a few words about this tipping debate…

    Although tipping is never mandated, it certainly is appreciated. Especially if it is a heavy or difficult move.

    Most consumers don’t think twice giving their waiter/waitress a nice tip for bringing out a meal to them from the kitchen to their table. Why not do the same to the guy who hauls a truck full of furniture and appliances for them across town, state or country?

    We do pay our guys a fair wage, but it certainly shall not be considered a high paying job. It is a service after all, and if the guys who come out to your home provide a service for you that you are appreciable for, by all means, go ahead and tip accordingly.( BTW, I have found that only about a third of customers actually do give a tip.)

    Although I like to believe that my guys pay equal care and attention to every job, it is true that those who provide an assurance of a tip at the end of the job tend to get a little better service than those who don’t. Human nature, after all…

  18. Matthew Cascaddan says:

    They do provide storage. We're storing our items for. 12 days w them

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