How Much to Tip Movers | What Do You Tip Movers For?
Do you need to tip your movers? If so, how much should you tip your movers?
For many, tips are a confusing part of American culture, especially since the amount to be tipped varies depending on a variety of issues.
This article is for the homeowner with an approaching move who wants to make sure that their moving crew receives an appropriate tip for their services.
First, let’s talk about whether or not a tip is necessary for your moving crew.
How Much To Tip Movers in 2020
Do You Need to Tip Movers?
Unless you received absolutely horrendous service, it is always polite to tip your movers. While it’s true that they are getting paid to help you move, a small sum to show your appreciation for their hard work will make their day.
Movers do strenuous work and spend hours every day lifting heavy items in and out of vehicles.
A tip lets your movers know that you recognize the hard work they’ve done for you and that you appreciate their labor.
How Much Should You Tip Your Mover?
This is the anxiety-inducing part. Knowing and remembering the proper amounts to tip every individual who serves you is quite the task. With moving crews it’s especially tricky. Do you tip each of them individually, or do you give the tip to the supervisor?
It’s generally a good idea to give the tip to each mover individually. This will ensure that nobody forgets to share the tip and that each mover gets exactly how much you intended.
When it comes to how much to tip your movers, here are four questions that you can ask to determine how much to tip:
Were your movers on time?
Were they efficient?
Did they carefully handle your items?
Were your movers polite?
If you answered “yes” to all of these, you had a team of professional movers!
Unlike waiters, movers don’t expect a percentage-based tip. Instead, the tip should reflect the number of hours they spent working for you.
You should tip your movers $4-5 for each hour they helped you. So if your move only took 4 hours and you were impressed with the service, tipping $16-$20 to each mover is considered an appropriate amount to tip. However, if the move was an all day endeavor (over 8 hours), tipping a max of $40 each is a good rule of thumb.
What about bad movers?
If you answered “no” to any of the 4 questions above, then it is your right to adjust the tip based on the quality of the work the movers did. If they were unprofessional, it is appropriate to decrease the tip amount.
How Much To Tip Long-Distance Movers?
The average cost for a long-distance moving service will run you around $4,000.
If you are planning on tipping your movers a percentage of the final charge you will soon realize that you are going to be paying big time for your long distance movers. Most homeowners don’t have the finances to pay 15-20% of a $4,000 bill!
We’d recommend using the same tipping formula for long-distance movers as used with other movers — plan on tipping $4-$5 per hour, per mover. Or $40 per day if the move took a full day.
How Much To Tip Local Movers
Tipping local movers follows the same rule as long distance movers. Estimate around $40 per day per mover if the movers have done an outstanding job. Or give them each $4 per hour as a tip.
Of course, if you have the resources and think that your movers did an amazing job, then you can definitely tip them more than these recommended amounts. Any tip over $7 per hour is quite a generous sum in this industry and will be very much appreciated by your crew.
When Should You Tip Your Movers?
Tips are generally handed out after the move has been completed. It is okay to let the workers know that you intend to tip them for their hard work, this might even motivate them to get the job done more efficiently.
When you pass out tips following the move, make sure that you give each mover their tip.
Doing this will minimize confusion about how much each mover is supposed to receive and will ensure that the foreman doesn’t have any chance to cheat the others out of their tips. Not everyone is honest so to avoid the potential of the tips not being fairly distributed you should pass each mover their own tip.
Additional Ways To Show Your Appreciation To Your Movers
Tipping is an adequate response to show your appreciation for your movers, but if you feel you want to show extra appreciation, here are some ideas that go a long way and often help the move go even more smoothly:
Leaving a good review using their names.
Providing cool and refreshing drinks or hot drinks depending on the time of year and weather.
Providing cookies and snacks to keep your movers’ energy levels up.
Going all out and providing breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
While these are often considered above and beyond, but because they are provided at the beginning of the move, they go a long way to show your appreciation and create an overall happy environment.
Work With Professional Movers Today
Gearing up for a big move here soon? Whether you are doing a local or long-distance move, our moving experts here at On The Go Moving are ready to offer you a helping hand.
Our team of professional movers handles each move with integrity. We understand the complexity of each move and make it our goal to minimize stress from our clients.
We know how difficult each move can be, both emotionally and logistically. To make sure that all your moving details are smoothed out, contact On The Go Moving today.