(Closed) Do you tip movers??

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 # 4
6354 posts
Bee Keeper

I always do.

Post # 6
6354 posts
Bee Keeper

Sorry, missed that part! I would do $20 per guy because your move sounds pretty straightforward.

Post # 7
1666 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
7308 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yup. $20 or so per guy, and water bottles. 

Post # 10
1577 posts
Bumble bee

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
1213 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

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
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@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 # 14
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@dreamocracy:  Yea, now I feel bad for not tipping, I never thought about it!

Post # 15
6737 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Water and $20 a pop sounds about right.

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