It’s one of the moving questions the MOVE team fields more than you would think. While most of us have a firm understanding of proper protocol in tipping waiters and waitresses, tipping movers, is quite another story. To everyone’s credit, this subject was never discussed in an etiquette class that we didn’t pay attention in or taught to us by our parents when we probably weren’t paying attention. It seems that people are either unfamiliar with tipping movers altogether, or if familiar, are unsure of what amount is appropriate. So here it is, clarity, from a moving company’s perspective, on proper protocol for tipping movers.
Tipping your movers is absolutely NOT obligatory. Unlike arestaurant server, a mover’s compensation is not dependent on gratuity, and if it is, then you hired the wrong mover. Our suggestion is that if you choose to tip your movers, your decision to tip should be based on the following qualities:
1.They should be professional and respectful in their communication and conduct.
2.They should use caution and care in handling your items.
3.They should maintain a diligent work ethic and a positive attitude.
If your movers fit the bill for all of these descriptions, you may want to consider tipping your movers. As a frame of reference, an average tip would be 5% of the total bill to be split among all the movers. A 10% tip would be generous, and obviously anything over 10% would be very generous.
Your movers, whether us or others, should NEVER display an attitude of dissatisfaction in the event of not being tipped. Our movers are hired to embody the three qualities mentioned above, and have been trained to not expect gratuity. Movers, like any other profession, should strive to deliver the qualities above out of principle, and that is the principle of the MOVE team. We hope you have found this moving tip on tipping movers helpful, and if there is anything we can do to assist with your future moving needs, we are just a phone call away.