How Much to Tip Your Movers

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Tipping Movers

We all know that moving is expensive. From transferring your utilities or putting down a security deposit to paying for gas and the moving company, all of those expenses can quickly add up. Many expenses you can easily plan for. But, of course, there are always those questions and unknowns that pop up and make you hesitate. For example, how much should you tip your movers?

You know you’re already paying a pretty hefty sum just to have the movers lug your stuff around. But, you also know that much of that cost doesn’t go to the movers themselves and that tips are much appreciated—and can even inspire them to be more careful with your stuff. So, you’ve decided you want to throw a little cash their way. But, how much? You don’t want to seem cheap and stingy. Yet, with the high cost of moving, you also don’t want to be way too generous.

Wonder no more, my friends! I’ve got your definitive guide for tipping your movers right here.

Questions to Ask Yourself

First, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions to determine an adequate amount to tip your movers. Answering these will be extremely helpful in deciding exactly how much you think your movers deserve—have they earned a tip on the higher end of the standard, or the lower end?

1. How challenging was your move?

Being a mover definitely isn’t an easy job. But, not all moves rank the same on the difficulty scale. Did your relocation involve moving out of a small residence with a few small pieces of furniture and boxes? Or, were you moving out of a five bedroom home with your four poster bed and two grand pianos?

Factor in how much sweat equity your movers had to invest in your move. Obviously, the more challenging the move, the higher tip they deserve.

2. How satisfied are you with the quality of your move?

It’s important to remember that tips are recognition of a job well done. So, if you wind up being incredibly dissatisfied in how your items were handled, your movers don’t deserve a very hefty tip—if they’ve earned one at all.

Before letting your movers leave with your cash in hand, take a few minute to walk around and inspect your furniture and belongings. Is anything broken and damaged? Or, did all of your stuff arrive in pristine condition?

If it appears that your movers handled all of your items with extreme care, it’s worth showing your appreciation with a higher tip. After all, those couple of dollars are way cheaper than having to replace some of your belongings.

3. How many movers are there?

As you might assume, your moving team needs to split tips. So, it’s important to consider how many movers you’re working with.

For example, you might think that $25 sounds like a pretty decent tip—and, it is for only a pair of movers. But, if you have five people lugging your stuff around, that tip only equates to $5 per person.

4. Do you have the money?

Like I said, moving is expensive. And, even if you want to reward your movers with the greatest tip they’ve ever received, you need to factor in your budget before just throwing money out the window.

Have you already had some unexpected expenses come up that are causing you to feel stretched a little thin with your moving budget? Or, are you feeling pretty secure with where you are and are in a position where you can provide a higher tip?

The tip money needs to come from somewhere. So, make sure you consider your entire financial picture before deciding on your tip amount.

Determining Your Tip

Let’s cut right to the chase—tipping 5% of your total moving bill is typically standard. So, if your cost for two movers is $500, you could offer a tip of $25 ($12.50 per mover). Of course, if after answering the questions above, you feel that the movers deserve more or less, you’re free to use your discretion to determine an amount your comfortable with.

Tipping movers is definitely appreciated. But, figuring out exactly how much to offer can be a challenge. You don’t want to be insulting, but you also don’t want to be too loose with your moving budget. Use this guide, and you and your movers are sure to be satisfied!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.