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How much should you tip your movers?

May 22, 2018

Your big day has come, the moving crew arrived and started doing their job. You’ve observed them and think they are doing an amazing job and decided you want to tip your movers. The problem now is how much should you actually tip your movers. Here are a few of the aspects to factor in when trying to make this decision:

Is it a local move?

The main difference between a local move and a cross country, long-distance move lies, obviously, in the travel distance. The movers responsible with packing your belongings, carrying them through all those narrow stairways and loading them into the truck are working just as hard as for a long-distance move. Also, in general, the same crew would be responsible for unloading and unpacking your belongings. As such, if you wish to tip your movers, for a local move the general rate is about $10-$20 for each mover in the case of smaller moves (that take about half a day) and between $30 and $40 if you are moving from a larger house or apartment.

Is it a cross-country move?

As we’ve already discussed, the main differences here are the fact that the driver would be spending more time on the road and that you will have two separate crews in charge of loading and unloading your things. There are several options when considering how much you should tip your movers. But anything that starts around $20 for each mover is considered fair. In the case of the driver, tipping depends on the time he spends driving your belongings to your new home. The general rate is about $50 for each day the driver spends on the road. In case that the weather is working against you but the driver still brings all your goods safely home, you might consider tipping him additionally.

Are there any other factors that should influence you when looking to tip your movers?

Aside from what we’ve already talked about, things such as the distance involved or the time required, there are a couple of other things that you should keep in mind when deciding how much to tip your movers. If you live on a high-up floor and your elevator is broken, or moving your furniture from or to your new place involves any awkward maneuvring or very heavy items, you might want to tip your movers extra. If you find they did more than was asked of them, were super careful with your belongings and requirements or finished your move earlier, you should show your appreciation. Of course, the reverse of this is also true. If you are unhappy with the service, you can and should talk to the foreman. Nobody expects you to tip your movers in such cases. Tipping is only for a service well-done.

Empire Movers hopes these baselines will be of help to you figure out how much to tip your movers.