Moving is a stressful and amazingly difficult job. It will require a lot of planning and preparation and even a lot of help. No one can really do an effective job of moving all alone. Movers are a great help, especially those who work for a professional moving company. One of the most common questions people have is whether or not they should their movers. If so, how much and when to do so. Here are some guidelines to help with your decision as to whether or not to tip your movers.
Against Tipping Movers
There are some who argue against tipping your movers. The main idea behind this train of thought is that they are already working for a moving company. Hence, they are already getting paid and this is simply what they do.
This line of thought also assumes that most things about your move were more or less standard. There were no extra requests, no additional help needed. There was nothing that you 'forgot' to place on the moving inventory list and the movers were kind enough to do without adding an extra charge for it.
Arguments For Tipping Movers
On the other hand, moving is tough and the movers should be tipped. Here are some reasons why:
- Most movers are likely underpaid (it is backbreaking and difficult work)
- For many of them, this is a part-time or even summer job
- You will feel better by actually giving them a tip
- Can be a great way to get extra help that might otherwise not be given
How Much To Tip
If you do decide to tip, a good recommended level is about $10 for a half-day move. If the workers end up actually being there the whole day (or most of it), then $20 is a reasonable amount. Of course, the amount is up to you and more or less than amounts would still most likely be gratefully accepted.
If you are conducting a long distance move, the companies certainly understand the costs can be very high. They will most likely not be expecting any tips. It is also possible that the company will not allow their workers to accept any gratuities.
Who To Tip
The surest and secure way to tip is individual. Of course, you still want to give each member of the crew the same amount, unless someone in particular really went above and beyond the call of duty. Make sure that these tips are given out in cash, and handed to each member of the crew personally. Giving the whole amount to a supervisor is not a good idea, because they may distribute it differently than you had intended.
Alternatives To Consider
You may want to consider alternatives. For examples, drinks would be a nice gesture. Sports drinks are great and will help them to conserve strength. You may even want to consider providing them with lunch instead of a tip. They have likely worked up a good appetite after lugging all your stuff around!
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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