If you find yourself hiring a professional moving crew, we’ll tell you what amount is appropriate and when to do it.
Do you have to tip?
While it isn’t mandatory to tip movers, in most cases, it’s a graceful gesture to show your appreciation. Just as you tip for a job well done from the wait staff at a restaurant, the barista at your favorite coffee shop or the bellhop at the hotel during your vacation, you should tip your moving crew for their exceptional work.
How much should you tip?
Since it isn’t a mandatory practice, there is no “average” amount that’s widely regarded, but you could do some quick math to come up with an estimate.
MovingLabor.com suggests that you tip 5 percent of the total bill of your move. This is a good starting point because you’re paying for the services you received. One flat amount could be overly-generous for a move down the block and insulting for a cross-country move.
If your crew has to move an unusually high amount of bulky items, impressed you with their loading know-how or is able to complete the job faster than you expect, you may feel inclined to tip them a higher amount.
How do you tip?
It’s common courtesy to tip each member of your moving crew individually. You might feel compelled to tip the team leader and have them distribute the tip to each member, but that tends to seem impersonal and unappreciative.
This also allows you the opportunity to privately single out any individual team member who went out of their way to provide exceptional service beyond what’s expected.
There are also other ways you can tip movers in addition to financial compensation. Small gestures like providing cold drinks or a meal will mean a lot to workers that are helping you move since their job is so labor intensive.
You might be tempted to offer alcohol after a long day of work, but you shouldn’t. This concept can lead to trouble and most companies have policies prohibiting it. You should tip movers in cash or through a kind gesture only.