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Tipping Ettiquette -- Movers  
User currently offlinedesertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

So I have a move coming up in a few days and to save my back I've hired a mover. Its a pretty simple in-town move and the guy quoted me for 3 hours -- they work at a flat hourly rate for 2 guys, truck, supplies, insurance, etc.....

Question is, is it appropriate or should I tip the moving crew. And if so how much?

By all accounts this should be fairly easy for them, all locations are easily accessible for their truck, all are on the ground floor.


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User currently offlineredflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

I've never tipped movers, and I've moved often in my adult life. The problem with tipping movers is that a week later when you're unpacking some expensive household items you may find the movers broke it. Or worse, stole it.

However, what I have done is provide them with refreshments and meals, and the refreshments have always included an ice cold beer for everyone when they were done.



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8483 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

When I look at workers like that I consider how well they worked (sometimes that means intelligently, not the level of sweat), how helpful they were when various issues, how well we interacted, etc.

Many times I'll join in the effort, to learn just because I can. I've even been know to help the trash guys load up the truck when I have a lot. You'd be amazed at how appreciative they are - especially when they are understaffed. The "tip" comes at Christmas. In PER we would leave a bottle of beer. Here I give them $20 or so to "buy lunch".

If the movers do a great job I'd go $20 each, and if they were poor I'd keep the money.


User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1526 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

I tipped 20 bucks for each mover the last time I did it (3 movers, bill was $500 so I paid $560).

However there were 3 flights of narrow stairs involved and a lot of tricky furniture. For a ground floor move I might have halved that.



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User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8469 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1958 times:
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Movers charge so much here they can suck it for a tip.

Tipping is for waiters and bar staff. That's it. The rubbish guys try their luck at Christmas but that's what municipal rates are for.



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

When I moved within the city I live in (about 20miles away) it filled an entire 40' trailer and took two + one guys all day (the third assisted for a couple hours in the morning to get things wrapped etc.and then helped again for the last few hours). They showed up on time and started at 7:30am, and finished by 6:30pm. They didn't unpack everything but put everything in the rooms they belongs.

I tipped them $100, I gave it to the "lead" guy and he in turn gave one guy $30 and the other guy $40. They were nice, clean, and very helpful.

Tugg



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User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1871 times:

Quoting tugger (Reply 5):
tipped them $100,

Nice! Or a $20 spot to each one.


User currently offlinedesertjets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

Personally I was thinking giving a $20 to the movers so they could buy lunch (I have the AM slot with them it seems). It doesn't seem like it is required, but on one hand it seems like a polite thing to do but this moving stuff is already costing enough money upfront and I'd rather by myself lunch w/ that $20.

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 3):
However there were 3 flights of narrow stairs involved and a lot of tricky furniture. For a ground floor move I might have halved that.

Thankfully nothing that difficult is involved... if it was I'd be more willing to tip more generously too.

Quoting tugger (Reply 5):
When I moved within the city I live in (about 20miles away) it filled an entire 40' trailer and took two + one guys all day (the third assisted for a couple hours in the morning to get things wrapped etc.and then helped again for the last few hours). They showed up on time and started at 7:30am, and finished by 6:30pm. They didn't unpack everything but put everything in the rooms they belongs.

Wow, that's a pretty big move. I don't think we'd even fill up half of the 26' truck they will be using.



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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

I tip $20 per person. Once I had a guy do the entire unload and unpack by himself. He got himself a healthy $250 tip.


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User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 1772 times:

Quoting redflyer (Reply 1):
IThe problem with tipping movers is that a week later when you're unpacking some expensive household items you may find the movers broke it. Or worse, stole it.

As cynical as this may sound, this is why for those who are so inclined it is suggested to tip movers before they start moving stuff, not after.


User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 1755 times:

Agree with the above.

I also had 3 guys and a truck come to help me move a 1 bedroom apt. worth of furniture. They did a good job.

I gave each of them a $20 dollar bill.


User currently offlineredflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4376 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 9):
Quoting redflyer (Reply 1):
IThe problem with tipping movers is that a week later when you're unpacking some expensive household items you may find the movers broke it. Or worse, stole it.

As cynical as this may sound, this is why for those who are so inclined it is suggested to tip movers before they start moving stuff, not after.

That's a good point, but let's face it: it's no guarantee that they will do a better job. And I would hate to tip them up front and still find a broken or stolen item. (Now who is sounding cynical??)



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12970 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 10):
I gave each of them a $20 dollar bill.

Yes, I did the same the last time I did a move.

I happened to go out for an errand right after the move, and saw the moving truck parked at the local convenience store, and the lead mover coming out carrying a six pack of 20 oz Buds!  

Oh well, I hope the rest of it went to food!  



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User currently offlinejfk69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

I moved into a house about 15 miles away from my 3 bed apartment. We filled 2 26' trucks. There were 3 guys and a foreman. I gave each worker $40 right as they walked through the door and told them Lunch and more to follow. When they were done I gave the foreman $100 and each guy got another $20.

Guess what?? Nothing broken!!!

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User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3287 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1477 times:

When I moved from Philadelphia to Scottsdale, AZ, my ex-employer paid the relocation costs. The 2 movers packed everything in my condo in King of Prussia, the car carrier company came and picked up my Pontiac, and I tipped the movers $100 (since they had to wrap and box all of my possessions) and I tipped the car carrier driver $50 bucks and asked him to take good care of my car.

When a different set of 3 movers delivered by possessions to my new townhouse in Scottsdale about 10 days later, I tipped them 20 bucks each, gave them lots of cold drinks and fed them lunch. I also took care of checking items off the manifest list as things came through the front door. Nothing was broken outside of one glass bowl - and my car was also delivered via the car carrier service without any damage - and the driver had taken time to wash my car to get all of the road grime off it. Excellent service overall.

[Edited 2012-01-27 17:35:15]

[Edited 2012-01-27 17:39:41]


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User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2001 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1455 times:

Of course! Don't be selfish. Help others.

After we finished moving, we did pay two movers - price and tips. One of the guys said that he was very happy with extra money and nobody has never given to him in the past.



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User currently offlinesbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 852 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

Whilst I appreciate that it is nice to tip people - where does it stop? I work in a department where I am constantly having to go out of my way to help people sort out pay, tax, queries etc. often ending up with them receiving back pay or owed monies - should I get tips?

What about customer service over the telephone - should they get tips?

I understand in the catering, restaurant business etc as they are on low pay but if you have paid good money for the service already - why the need to tip?

Personally I think that you should have to tip in advance to get good service speak volumes about the people you are dealing with.



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