(Closed) Does anyone know how much to tip movers?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

gratuity is a gift and anything is appreciated to show you thought they did good.  It varies by shipper too.  Fiance has gotten $20 all the way to $120 dollars.  It just depends.

Who is moving you if you dont mind me asking? 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

$3100 for the move and you have to “tip”? Sorry, I just think that’s enough money but that’s just me….

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

There’s so many people out there to choose from too! Especially in NYC.  Hopefully you are assigned an awesome driver who will do a great job!  =) 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@happyface:  you dont HAVE to tip. She was asking for suggestions. lol. Some people dont tip at all (as they arent required to)   Wink

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It kind of depends on a lot of variables:

-how long are they going to spend moving your things? 4 hours is a smaller tip than 8 hours.

-Is your move complicated–are they going to be lugging things up and down stairs, creating elaborate geometric proofs to get your couch through the front door? Do you have a dog who acts up? Are they packing as well as moving or are you all packed? 

-Did they do an adequate job? (NOTE: crappy is not okay; however, if you did the packing and they mistakenly dropped a box, that’s a mistake, not a bad mover)

Unfortunately, there’s no real right number unlike 20% for waitresses and things like that. I guess it depends on how good you think they were. I personally wouldn’t worry so much about the distance (because that’s really just two guys on a truck), so much as I’d think about the tip in the context of how the actual moving went–getting your stuff into and out of the two places. Keep tabs on how long it takes to get everything out in NY and everything in in Austin and all those nuances (stairs, small hallways, etc.) to determine how much to tip. 

A couple of general things: 

Movers oftentimes appreciate small refreshments–like donuts and coffee in the morning or cold drinks (although sometimes they don’t partake). You can also offer to purchase lunch (pizza or cold cuts) if the move encompasses midday on either end. They also like being tipped individually, as opposed to giving a lump sum to the foreman. And like anyone else, along with the actual tip, a solid handshake and a thank you with a smile is always appreciated!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@Heartly:  I did that same move (welcome to Austin) and that price looks about right. I don’t think I even tipped mine – I was too pissed that they broke my bookcase. And then the moving company wouldn’t pay me for it because I didn’t have before pictures. Hm. I don’t have random pics of my furniture just hanging around. They’re out of business now.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Heartly:  depending on how much weight you have, that sounds about right for a “normal” sized move.   I use to work for a moving company headquarters, and I would do all the QC/QA calls on the day of the moves, so I know how nervous people get from moving!   Fiance (who is a driver for a moving co) always seems to enjoy what he is doing and gets a long pretty well with all of his shippers. Just make sure the company (and driver) are aware of your expectations and if you have questions dont be afraid to ask someone!  Between the paperwork and everything it can get confusing.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

“Movers oftentimes appreciate small refreshments–like donuts and coffee in the morning or cold drinks (although sometimes they don’t partake). You can also offer to purchase lunch (pizza or cold cuts) if the move encompasses midday on either end. They also like being tipped individually, as opposed to giving a lump sum to the foreman. And like anyone else, along with the actual tip, a solid handshake and a thank you with a smile is always appreciated!”

yes to all of this.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I’ve only had smaller moves, so my tips were generally around $20/mover since I also tend to pack several smaller boxes that I know they don’t prefer as much. I think it depends on the move – things you have moved and the type of work. For example, when I moved from an apartment that had a set of stairs to a unit that also had a set of stairs, I tipped about the same, but also gave them refreshments on both ends of the move.

When I moved a bunch of heavy furniture and I moved into a split level (half a story up steps, then often another half story up or down), I was more generous with the tip to about $40/mover.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

make sure your storage unit is tractor trailer accessable if that is what they are taking!  =)  Otherwise you could get a shuttle cost.

Oh and if you are in an elevator building, make sure to reserve the elevator (or a elevator if you have more than one)  Sometimes they require that (the building) which Im sure you were told.  Or they might have certain times you can reserve the elevator.

I said this on another thread but make sure if you have a lot of books to pack those in the smaller boxes. its not fun trying to lift a huge box full of books!

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