How Much to Tip Movers
With so many things to worry about during the moving process, there’s a lot of room for stressful uncertainties. Interestingly enough, one of the most common questions that homeowners ask during the moving process is whether or not they should tip their movers and if so, how much?
Hiring a reputable moving company is one of the best things that you can do to simplify the moving process so it is important to know what to expect in terms of tipping. If you’ve found yourself asking this very same question lately, the Poseidon Moving Company is here to give you the answer you’re looking for!
Are you supposed to tip movers?
Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat: you shouldn’t necessarily feel obligated to tip yourresidential movers. The decision of whether or not to tip your movers is dependent on a number of factors. If your moving company delivers quality service, efficiency, and care transporting your items, and a professional attitude, you should then consider tipping them.
Now, if you’re asking yourself why you should tip your movers if you aren’t necessarily obligated to do so, that’s also a very fair question. Many homeowners are under the misconception that because their movers are being paid by the moving company, no tip is necessary. When you eat at a restaurant or hail a cab, however, you probably feel obligated to tip for the services you are provided. Tipping your moving crew works the same way!
When you tip your movers, you are showing them that you were pleased with the services they provided- similarly to waiters and cab drivers. As a service industry profession, tipping your movers is in no way required but is a great way to show your appreciation for top-notch service. If you feel that your movers were anything less than professional, however, you shouldn’t feel bad about withholding a tip.
How much do you tip movers?
Once the moving process is over and you’ve decided to give your movers a tip for their help, it’s time to decide how much to tip them. Deciding how much to tip your movers can be a delicate matter. Tipping too little may seem like you weren’t completely satisfied with their performance. At the same time, tipping too much can be costly and now that you’ve moved into your new home, every penny counts.
In order to make the best decision on how much to tip your movers, there are three major factors for you to consider. Ask yourself these three very important questions and use them to identify a tip amount that seems reasonable to you:
1. How would you rate the job performance of your movers on a scale of 1-10?
2. How satisfied are you with the services you received?
3. How much of a budget do you have to tip your movers?
Once you have answered these three questions honestly, you should have a pretty good guideline that you can use to come up with a tip. As the person that received a service, you should only tip what you honestly feel is reasonable.
Any moving company that prioritizes customer satisfaction will accept a tip that you feel their performance was worth. Here are a few more tips that you can use when deciding on a proper amount to tip your movers:
Large Tips: Large tips should only be reserved for outstanding job performance. If your expectations were surpassed in terms of job performance or your movers had to operate in tougher conditions such as heavy rain, long flights of stairs, ect.. An example of a large tip for extraordinary job performance is usually around $6-8 per hour/ per mover.
Standard Tips: A standard tip amount is acceptable for movers that met your expectations and successfully completed the job without any major issues. If you find yourself happy but not overly wowed by your movers’ performance, the tip you give should be representative of this. For standard job performance, most homeowners award a tip of around $4-5 per hour/ per mover.
No Tip: If you were anything less than satisfied with your movers, you should not feel obligated to tip them. Examples of unsatisfactory job performance include bad customer service, damage to your belongings, or irresponsible behavior.
Tipping Local Movers
Another important factor to consider when deciding how much to tip your movers is whether or not they were local movers or long distance movers.Local movers typically operate in a small area, so their services won’t be needed for as long as may be the case in regards to long distance movers. For local movers, you can expect to follow the same tipping formulas that we touched upon earlier.
Tipping Long Distance Movers
When it comes to tipping interstate movers, things may be a little trickier in terms of determining an appropriate amount to tip. Long distance movers may work with you over the course of multiple days and will be transporting your belongings much farther distances than a local mover. For this reason, you shouldn’t necessarily use the same rules that apply to deciding on a tip amount for local movers.
You will also want to make sure not to apply the typical percentage-based tipping formula applied in most service industries. According to theAmerican Moving and Storage Association , the average cost of an interstate move is roughly $4,300. If you used percent-based formulas to calculate an appropriate tip amount in this case, you could find yourself spending way too much. Instead, use the guidelines of a tip amount of $40 per day/ per mover for an outstanding experience.
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