How Much Should I Tip My Movers?

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Moving is a strenuous and physically demanding job, which is why many of us choose to hire a moving company. Particularly, when moving throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and the greater NYC area, hiring a moving company can be essential. Hiring moving services can provide you with a far more streamlined and efficient experience when relocating to a new home. Like many other services, customers may choose to reward good service with gratuity. Unlike dining at restaurants where we have grown accustomed to the practice, some of us may be unaware of the etiquette prescribed to tipping professional movers. At the end of your move, you may find yourself wondering: how much should I tip my movers? Look no further. Here is our guide to tipping movers!

SHOULD I TIP MY MOVERS?

There are many questions to consider when tipping movers. For instance: When should you tip your movers? How much should you tip your movers? Must you always tip? Oz is here to help with our tips... on tipping. Trying to budget your move? Click here to learn how Oz Moving calculates your moving cost. 

DO I HAVE TO TIP MOVERS?

Tipping is not mandatory, and you may tip as you like, the same way tipping is optional at restaurants and bars. Tips should reflect your satisfaction with the job and appreciation for the efforts of your crew. As in any service industry, the gratuities movers receive are a significant portion of their compensation for a very physically demanding profession. Movers expect to make money on moving tips, however, the tip should not influence the level of service you receive.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MOVERS?

The moving industry standard tip is about 15-20% of the total move cost, as with most industries. That tip is divided among your moving crew (rather than a certain amount per person) for a local move. If you’re asking for the movers to move any difficult items like pianos, hot tubs, or pool tables, disassemble and reassemble any of your furniture, or pack for you, you might want to tip more. Tip more if they do a great job, too!

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN TIPPING MOVERS?

Every moving job is different from the next, requiring a range of different efforts and skill sets from movers. Some moving jobs can be as simple as relocating the contents of one studio apartment to another down the street, or as challenging as moving an entire estate from one side of the country to the other. Long-distance moves may even require drivers to spend multiple days on the road. 

Some moving jobs may call for multiple crews and special assistance for other bulky and oversized items. In New York City, for instance, many NYC movers are required to lift heavy furniture up and down 6 flights of stairs through intense heat. Moreover, there can be various hiccups throughout the day, like having to navigate road congestion or narrow corridors, which may require movers to work additional hours.Such details are important to consider. 

Another thing to consider when tipping is the attitude and work ethic of your movers. You don’t want to see your movers being negligent or trudging along without proper consideration of your belongings. Therefore, when deciding to tip your movers, consider the difficulties and circumstances of the move and how successful the movers were in completing their job. 

 (Note: For long distance moves with Oz, two separate crews will deal with loading and delivery, so tip each crew independently. A good rule of thumb is to tip 15-20% of half your overall price on each end [ie, if your job costs $3000 you should tip each crew 15-20% of $1500].)

 

Should I Tip Movers?

 

WHEN SHOULD I TIP MOVERS?

You should tip the movers after you’re done moving in. The tip will be a satisfying conclusion for the movers after a very difficult day on the job. 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR TIPPING 

If you are planning to tip, make sure to take out some cash so that you can swiftly tip your movers at the end of the job. Be sure to prepare yourself and have enough cash on hand. First, calculate approximately how much the move is going to cost, and then calculate how much a 20% tip will be for that sum. Having this cash on hand enables you to tip accordingly, if you deem it appropriate.

WHO SHOULD I TIP?

Oz recommends leaving the responsibility of dividing up the tip to the foreman or woman. They will distribute the money to the rest of the team fairly. There’s no need to stress over how much you should tip each worker.

CAN I TIP MOVERS WITH FOOD OR DRINKS?

Substituting food & drinks for a cash tip isn’t recommended. These are the pros, not your friends; pros generally prefer cash. Offering food or drink to your movers is a kind gesture, but they shouldn’t be substitutes for monetary tips.

THE GENERAL RULE OF TIPPING MOVERS

Now that you’ve read through our “How Much Should I Tip My Movers?” guide, you can be prepared on moving day to reward your movers for their hard work. Remember: at the end of the day, tipping is entirely up to you. You are the customer and can determine whether or not you were satisfied with the service. Tipping movers is a lot like tipping in any other service industry, so treat it that way. If the movers have done a good job, tip appropriately. They should show gratitude to you for tipping, and everyone will leave the job feeling satisfied.

So, when planning or budgeting a move to a new home, don’t forget to consider the additional cost of tipping. And if you are still unsure about exactly who and how to tip, you can always ask our in-house staff or the movers helping you on moving day. Movers, like other service industry workers rely not only on their base salary, but also on tips and gratuity, which motivates many employees to work harder and do better at their job.

 

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