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How much should I tip the movers?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9360points) July 13th, 2011

I am moving about 20 miles to a new place. The movers (there will be 3 of them) have estimated that the job will take about 5.5 hours, including driving time. I am moving from a two-story to another two-story, but access at both places is easy (no stairs on entry) and parking is easy (no slope or heavy traffic). There is also no particularly heavy object to be moved (no pianos, for example).

If they do an OK job, how much should I tip each mover? Of course, if they do a fantastic job, I will tip them more.

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

If you live in the US, then yes, tip if the service meets your expectation. I’d probably tip $10–20 per person, depending upon how helpful they were.

marinelife's avatar

“You will hear varying advice on how much to tip. Percentages don’t really work as they do in restaurant work. The difference between a $2,000 full-truck move and a $20,000 full-truck move is likely the distance the moving van travels, not how much time it took to load the vehicle. Basically, if it’s a half-day (4 hours) move, $10 per person is considered appropriate. If it’s a full-day move (8 hours), then $20 is the consensus. If you have a lot of heavy furniture, narrow or winding stairs, a steep lot, etc., you should consider adding to the amount. If the crew works 12 hours to get your belongings packed, figure $40 as fair.”


Neizvestnaya's avatar

I’d go with having an ice chest with plenty of bottled water and some Gatorade type drinks plus $15. ea.

YARNLADY's avatar

I agree with the above answers. That is typical.

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