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Margaret P. Asks “How Much Should I Tip My Movers?”

I think the most common question that we are asked is “How much should I tip the movers?” While a lot of people do ask us that, even more are hesitant about asking such a question. What is it about talking about tips and money that makes people uncomfortable? Well, we don’t know. But we do know moving! Today’s tip is on…well, tipping! 

One thing to keep in mind is that tipping is optional. Our movers always appreciate when they get a little something extra for a job well-done, but it is ultimately the customer’s decision.

In general, for a two or three-man basic moving job, it is standard to tip the movers $5-$10 per hour, per mover. I would say that a majority of customers will tip the movers within this range. If the movers do an exceptionally great job and are really hussling to get your job done fast, most people would increase the tip to reflect that. If you find that your movers are dragging on a little bit, maybe taking frequent breaks or breathers, don’t hesitate to decrease a tip. A good mover knows that tipping should be based on their performance. If they don’t “WOW” you with excellent service, you shouldn’t feel obligated to shell out big bucks for your movers.

What If I Feed Them, Or Give Them Hand-Me-Downs?

A lot of times, if a job winds up going over 5 or 6 hours, the movers will get hungry from all the work they’ve been doing, and it might be time to take a quick break from the move. Many people ask if ordering some pizzas or sandwiches is a good substitution for tipping the movers. If you were to poll 100 movers, I think you would have 100 movers tell you to skip the food and just throw the movers some cash at the end of the job. Ordering food for them is a very nice and thoughtful addition, but if it comes down to one or the other, the movers would appreciate the money.

The same would apply to hand-me-down furniture or appliances. Sometimes on a move, a customer will give the movers an old television or dresser or whatever items they can’t use in their new house. While it is a generous gesture, if it were to come to a choice between receiving an item from the house and receiving a cash tip, our movers all agree-cash is king.


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