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Should we tip the movers?

  • Are you planning on moving? Have you already found a moving company/service? If the answer to these questions is yes, you are probably wondering about one aspect – whether you should tip the movers or not.

    Well, let’s be honest, moving stuff (especially generously proportioned furniture) is a thirsty work. And across the USA alone, more than 30 million people move their houses or apartments on an annual basis. And we are talking not only about moving within a certain state, but also across the whole country. That is why the question about tipping is pretty common and obvious.

    How much should you give for a gratuity to the moving company? What to do if there are more than two workers involved? Let’s try to find out.

    Tipping in the moving industry

    Looking through moving companies’ websites, you have probably seen such a piece of information as the necessity of giving a gratuity. Clients are highly recommended to tip the movers. In the case of a large move, it is appropriate to pay up to 20% from the total price. In the case of a small move, this percentage decreases to 10% at maximum.

    Factors for giving a gratuity

    Be sure that the moving company has warned you about tipping in advance. The vast majority of the time, you are going to be told whether the move is troublesome. And if it is (for example, there is no elevator in your multi-apartment building), the company is likely to pre-determine a sum and then charge it.

    The other aspect which have to be taken into consideration is the protection of your belongings. If the movers do their job with care and caution, the furniture is not damaged, it will be nice to tip them in return.

    Is it really necessary to tip the moving company?

    Some people would say that clients do not have to give a gratuity to moving workers at all, reasoning that the company usually pays movers at an hourly rate. From one’s point of view, movers’ wage should be enough to cover their labor. However, as for us, their work is worth tipping as any other service sphere.

    On a final note, we would like to say that tipping movers is not something mandate. But if you are fully satisfied with your move and workers’ attitude, it is worth paying some extra money.