One of the questions that we are most frequently asked is “How much should you tip your movers?” This can be a difficult thing to answer, as there really isn’t one correct solitary answer. There are some things that you should take into consideration if you want to make sure that you are being fair with your movers.
Tipping Is Not Mandatory!
The movers might try to persuade you otherwise, but tipping is 100% optional, and up to the customer. If you feel like your movers fell short in some way, you shouldn’t feel obligated to tip. I would say that roughly 65% of moving customers tips their movers.
What If I Provide Lunch (or Breakfast / Coffee / Dinner / Snacks / Etc)?
While our movers do appreciate being offered a meal, I would say that almost all of them would prefer cash to food or drinks. Many of our movers bring their own lunch or snacks anyway.
What If I Offer Furniture (or a TV, or Other Household Goods)?
This can really depend on your mover. Some of our guys are happy to bring home a new nightstand, or a little desk or something like that. Some of our guys just don’t really need that type of stuff. Like the food, I would say that most of our movers would strongly prefer to receive a little bit of cash as opposed to some object.
OK! Cash Is Best! How Much Should I Give?
To cut to the chase – cash is king. While our movers are grateful to be offered anything at all on a move, whether it be a glass of water or a hot meal – everybody prefers cash. I would say that a fair rate to tip the movers would be $5-$10 per hour per person. For a small, three-hour job, that would equate to $15-$30 per person.