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Moving is a stressful and often physically strenuous experience. Working with a professional moving company can simplify the process, but it does add new concerns that you need to consider.
One of the most common questions we get is about how much you should tip local movers—and whether you need to tip movers at all. The answer is more complex than a simple yes or no.
Professional movers handle the bulk of the labor and challenges involved in moving. Like many other service industries, tipping is a courtesy for a job well done. While it’s not mandatory, it’s a good idea to know how much people generally tip movers for a local move or long-distance trip.
However, before you start calculating how much to tip the movers, make sure that the company accepts tips. Some companies offer their movers higher wages and don’t accept tips, while others include the gratuity in your quote.
If you’ve satisfied with your moving company, the big question becomes, “How much tip do you give movers?” A common guideline of how much you should tip movers per hour suggests a $10 tip per mover for a half-day move and $20 per mover for a full-day service. You can adjust this value based on factors such as:
Tipping isn’t the only way to compliment your moving company on their work. Consider other ways you can show your appreciation, such as offering refreshments or snacks during the day.
Local movers use the same crew to load and unload your belongings, while long-distance movers often have multiple crews: one to load, the driving crew, and the unloading crew at the new address.
When deciding how much to tip movers for a local move, stick to the standard $10/$20 guideline for the crew. However, when working out how much to tip long-distance movers, make sure to include tips for both the loading and unloading crew.
Some long-distance companies include the gratuity in their final invoice, removing much of the guesswork of how much you should tip your movers.
Almost as important as how much tip to give movers is when to tip them. Consider tipping at the end of the move when you’re 100% satisfied with the service. Give each mover an individual envelope containing their tip to prevent any misunderstandings.
Should you tip movers—and how much? We hope you’ve found our information helpful. If you’re looking for a superior moving service that will earn your appreciation, get in touch with us at Affordable Reliable Moving Company for your next move in, to, or from California! Call us at 949-635-4963 for a free estimate.