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The Ultimate Guide to Tipping Movers

When moving into a new home or apartment for the first time, some people may have little experience dealing with moving companies. Local moving companies do not consider or factor tips into the moving price, so it’s an act worth considering if you want to show your appreciation to your mover for a job well done.Tipping movers is a common practice to express gratitude for a job well done. While it’s not mandatory, it goes a long way in acknowledging the efforts of the moving team.

Some Factors to Consider Before Tipping Movers

  • The complexity of your move
  • The distance traveled
  • Level of care exhibited by the movers 
  • Number of movers helping you move on the day

With a little planning in advance, you can make your final decision on the day. The key is to trust your guts and follow your heart, not feeling obligated to offer more than you can afford.

How Much Can You Consider to Tip Your Movers

Although tipping is completely an optional choice and depends upon your level of satisfaction with the services of the movers. The industry standard on tipping for movers is between 10-20% of the cost of your move.

A Rough Estimate Before Tipping Movers

We recommend tipping movers deciding whether you’re managing a large move, a medium sized move with some challenges or a small local move.

  • 10% – 15% for a small sized  or a medium move
  • Approx 20% for a large or long distance moving service

For example, a $1,000 medium sized move would justify a $200 tip, shared between the 2 movers, if you think they’ve showed genuine commitment to your needs throughout the day.

Points to Consider on Moving Day Before Tipping Movers

When it comes to tipping your professional movers, it’s essential to assess the key factors that define their performance. A successful move depends various aspects. Here’s a rough breakdown of what to consider for adjusting your tip amount:

Factors Indicating a Job Well Done:

  • Punctuality: Movers showing up on time or communicating any delays.
  • Efficiency: Finishing the move within the expected time frame or even completing it sooner.
  • Assistance Beyond Basics: Movers going the extra mile by helping with packing and unpacking or setting up your belongings.
  • Handling Challenges: Successfully navigating challenges like flights of stairs with a positive work ethic.
  • Damage-Free Move: Ensuring that no damage occurs to your belongings during residential moving services.
  • Professionalism: Exhibiting a great work ethic and respectful engagement with you and others involved in   the process.

Factors Indicating Service Didn’t Go as Expected:

  • Tardiness Without Communication: Movers arriving late without prior communication.
  • Poor Attitude: Displaying a negative or poor attitude throughout the move.
  • Disregarding Instructions: Ignoring your directions, especially regarding fragile items, resulting in damage.
  • Damaged Belongings: Causing damage to your possessions during the move.
  • Unprofessional Behavior: Engaging in excessive noise, profanity, or demanding a specific tip amount.

Some Final Words

It is highly appreciated when customers show a bit of kindness towards our professionals of 1/2 Price Movers during the move. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture, but things like providing cold bottled water during the summer or hot coffee in the winter can go a long way. You could even have some snacks on hand to give the movers a boost of energy. Even if you don’t have the money to provide these extras or don’t want to consider tipping movers, one of the best things you can do is leave a positive review and recommend the company to friends and family. It’s a quick and free way to show your appreciation. Still have some queries ibn your mind? You can always check out our FAQ Section!

If you’re planning to move soon, our friendly moving experts would be more than happy to assist you with our moving services.

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