People put a lot of faith into their movers by trusting them to move all of their belongings safely and carefully. As a customer, you’re entrusting all of your possessions to people who you may not even know and may have not been introduced to before they started packing your stuff up.
Tipping Movers: Although movers are considered part of the service trade, there is way more riding on their job performance than, say, a waitress or your barber. Maybe you have a bad meal or your hair looks funky until it grows back but if a mover really messes up their job performance then it could mean your prized possessions have been broken or lost. There is a lot more a stake if your mover does a poor job packing fragile items or drags furniture across a hardwood floor. Although you rely on your mover to do a good job, they are still considered a service professional. This means that it is proper etiquette to treat them as such. This could mean offering them a monetary tip or buying the crew lunch to show your appreciation for the excellent job they have done.
How Much Do You Tip Movers? Just like any other service professional, you would base their tip-off of the quality of their job performance. A bad attitude or poor work habits would hardly be worthy of a tip. However, if the crew was professional, attentive, and helpful, then it’s appropriate to give what you think is fair. Movers don’t usually expect a tip but it is always more than appreciated when given. More than anything, it is a sign that you appreciate the excellent job they have done. It shows that you recognize the effort they put in when performing their job to the best of their ability.
How To Treat Your Movers: Moving can be very stressful and a professional moving company can make all the difference in making this task a little less daunting. Some people treat movers for helping with this stressful event by providing bottled water and/or soft drinks to show recognition that this is not easy work. Some people prefer to buy the crew lunch in lieu of a tip and this is perfectly acceptable as well. Some people do both but it is whatever you’re comfortable with. As far as monetary tips go, it comes down to how much time was spent. For a half-day (around 4 hours) a $10 dollar tip per person is pretty standard and $20 per person for a full 8 hour day. If your move includes a lot of heavy furniture and the crew works a 12 hour day to get all of your stuff packed and moved then a $40 tip per person is fair.
To have all of your moving needs taken care of, call O’Malley’s Moving Services at (610) 789-5201 so that your belongings are in the hands of true professionals.