Should I tip my movers?

Author: Joe Beverly |

The worst part about moving is… moving! Moving all those boxes from your old home to a moving truck to your new home or a storage unit. That’s where movers come in. They can handle the heavy lifting while you focus on the logistics of your move.

So, do you tip your movers? They do a big job but at the same time, you’ve already paid the moving company for their service. If you do tip, what’s an appropriate amount? 

Here’s what you need to know…

Should You Tip Your Movers?

Should I tip my movers?

There are some big things to consider when deciding whether to tip your movers or not. On one hand, your movers are performing a service you don’t want to do. 

On the other hand, it’s an extra cost. Moving is expensive and you’ve already paid for the moving service. Factoring in a tip for your movers means adding an additional amount to your total cost of moving.

That being said they are putting in the blood, sweat, and sometimes tears when it comes to you having a successful move. There’s a keyword in that concept: service. They are in the service industry. Just like you would tip a server at a restaurant despite paying the total for your entree, tipping a mover shows appreciation. By tipping, you avoid looking cheap and unappreciative of the work they are doing. 

How Much to Tip

If you’re considering whether or not to tip your movers, there are some questions you should ask first:

  • Were they on time?
  • Were they nice, friendly, and sociable?
  • Were they professional?
  • Were they careful and attentive with your belongings?
  • Were they careful to avoid property damage?
  • Were they consistently working hard?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then you should really consider offering a tip.

A standard tip for moving services is around $4 to $5 dollars per hour per mover. If your movers went above and beyond or also performed packing services, you might consider $6 to $7 or more per hour per mover.

Can’t Tip?

Sometimes you simply can’t tip. Maybe your moving budget is maxed out or you don’t have any cash on you. There are a couple of things you can do instead.

First, you can leave a review for the moving company. Not only does this draw attention to the individual movers you worked with, it can also bring the moving company more money, something they will definitely appreciate. 

Next, you can mention the great service to the boss. The individual movers are the ones who worked hard and by letting their boss know, they could be rewarded by the company in ways you won’t know about.

Finally, you can offer water and snacks. Your movers are performing intense physical labor. They will naturally get hungry and thirsty. By offering them water and snacks, even if you do decide to tip them, you’ll show that you care about their wellbeing and appreciate the efforts they are making. 

Conclusion

Think about what you would appreciate if you were a mover. Would you want a tip for your service? Would you want to feel appreciated and valued by your clients? Of course you would!  Tipping your movers is an easy way to show appreciation for a job well done. It will let the company know that their movers have done a great job and it will make another human being feel valued. Consider at least a few dollars per mover per hour and you’ll make your movers’ day. 

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