Post # 1
DH and I are moving this weekend. We are only moving a few miles away and currently live in an apartment so not too much furniture/boxes. I think we will end up paying around $400 total for the move.
Do you tip when moving? If so how much would you tip?
Post # 3
If its the owner of the moving company (like a one man shop) you don’t technically need to. The theory is that he gets to pocket all of it himself and he set his rates. However, if it’s a band of employees (presumably hourly), it would be nice to tip them, especially if you have some challenging furniture (e.g. ridiculously heavy Tempurpedic beds) or living quarters (e.g. third floor, no elevator). We also give them bottles of ice water.
Post # 5
Yeah I will def give water too. How much would you guys tip?
Post # 6
Sorry, missed that part! I would do $20 per guy because your move sounds pretty straightforward.
Post # 7
Yes. You always tip your movers. Depending on how much you have to move and how long it will take you should think about supplying subs or pizza too. $50-$100 total in tip for like a group of guys.
P.S. Why I say always…My Fiance is a police officer and he about a guy in the local jail who used to be a mover. He is in jail because he drove his truck through someones house who didn’t tip him. Real life.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Yes, we’ve always tipped our crews. We did $50/guy, provided breakfast (donuts and coffee from DD), provided an unlimited supply of bottled water, and provided lunch for the crew. But these were for 8-10 hour moves, so that isn’t always necessary. We like to take care of our movers. In our experience, if you take care of them, they will take care of you.
Post # 9
Yup. $20 or so per guy, and water bottles.
Post # 10
Good thing I’m seeing this, I had no idea that people tipped movers. When we last moved (only time I ever used movers) we were doing a corporate move, and so there were guys who picked our stuff up and took it to a warehouse before it was shipped to a closer warehouse to our move location, and then there were different guys who unloaded everything at the new place – it was all paid for by his company, and it was about 3 weeks between loading and unloading, so I never even thought to tip or anything. They only took 2 hours to load and 1hr to unload, so it wasn’t much work really.
Post # 11
I have moved a total of ten times (to Ny, out of Ny, to Nc, etc) and we tip them $30/person and also give them coffee in the morning. Believe me, it goes a long way for them. Theae are people who you are trusting with your valuables – treat them right is my advice!
ETA: All of my moves have taken 10-12 hours.
Post # 12
@mrs.stormylove: I moved once write before the holidays so I gave them each a starbucks card for either coffee or hot chocolate and a tin of cookies. I would do $20 each if I was doing cash.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone! Great advise.
Post # 14
@dreamocracy: Yea, now I feel bad for not tipping, I never thought about it!
Post # 15
Water and $20 a pop sounds about right.