Tipping movers is one of the biggest dilemmas most people are facing when hiring professional moving company. Since the movers are part of the service industry, you can tip them and show that you are actually satisfied with their service. For starters, your movers should arrive on time, organize the whole procedure in advance, respect your time and handle your belongings carefully.
When movers are about to complete the move, you cannot help but ask yourself how much you should tip them, whether you should tip each of the movers individually or just one person (foreman or driver) and let them divide it.
Tips on tipping the movers
Some people might think that the movers are paid to do their job, but if they have provided perfect assistance, you can show your gratitude by tipping them. After all, moving can be very demanding and risky. They are working really hard to meet your requirements. Each move is performed according to your specific requests, regardless of the season, weather condition, distance, location of your current and new home,… Like in any other service-oriented professions tipping is expected and desirable.
If you are not satisfied with the service you have received, you are certainly not obliged to tip anyone. Save the tip for those who do deserve it by doing their job right. Movers usually don’t expect tips, but they may appreciate very much your gesture. They will also be glad that you are satisfied with the assistance and that you realize that they actually put a lot of effort. You will agree that someone who makes the whole moving procedure much easier for you certainly deserves some kind of reward.
The final success of the move depends on the competence of the movers. They are very valuable for you during the whole process and you should treat them accordingly. Prepare drinks, coffee and snacks, especially if the move takes a while. Some people think that it is enough just to prepare lunch or give them a tip. On the other hand, some of them prefer both – they don’t mind tipping them and offering some snacks and drink. Also, if you are buying them lunch, ask them what they would like to eat. While on duty, they are not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages, so don’t offer them beer at the end of the move.
A mover who is helping more than he was expected to is a good and caring mover who deserves to be rewarded. A standard tip is about 5 percent of the total bill, but there are various opinions regarding this matter. There are people who think that tipping depends not only on their performance, but also on the number of movers participating in the process.
If more than one mover provide the assistance, in New York City standard tip per person should be around 30$. For an extremely good service tips can go up to 100$.
When tipping, people usually give certain amount of money to a foreman, and than the crew split it among them. However, if you care to show appreciation for their individual effort, give each worker the tip.
However, those suggestions are not quite applicable to long-distance moves, because tipping is determined by the number of days. Furthermore, if they are handling bulk and valuable items delicately (like antique furniture, heavy items, mirrors, valuable paintings…) or provide some special services, you should consider tipping them more.
Share your experience
When the move is completed, if the movers have done an excellent job, let others know about your positive experience, because a reference can mean a lot to the people who are looking for a reputable and reliable NYC moving company. Luckily, NYC moving industry is very developed and before hiring moving company you can research each of them online and read various reviews. Other people’s experience can be very valuable for your quest.