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How Do I Tip Professional Movers?

Cost of tipping movers in Savannah, GA.

If you’re moving in the near future, you may be wondering what to tip movers, or even “Should I tip movers?” After all, you tip your Uber driver, hairdresser and restaurant server! The people hauling your bedroom set to a truck deserve the same treatment. But what and how do you tip movers? 

Unlike a salon or restaurant experience, tipping movers and packers isn’t common knowledge. While never expected, recognizing and rewarding fantastic service is always appreciated. While there is no customary tip for movers, deciding how much to tip movers or even if you should tip your movers can be tough to determine, so we’ve compiled a list of things to consider when deciding what to do about a gratuity for movers. If you need a long-distance movers, look no further. Our partnership with National Van Lines allows us to move across state lines!

How Difficult Was the Move?

When figuring out if you should tip movers, consider the difficulty of the move. Did your professional movers encounter flights of stairs, tight hallways or maybe even a piece of furniture that proved especially difficult? Was there a situation during your move that was difficult and ultimately resolved? Moving furniture across the country is a given with a long-distance move, but did your shipment involve particularly large furniture pieces? Moving heavy appliances and furniture throughout a long, hot summer day might warrant a larger tip. The more specific your requests, the more you might consider tipping your moving men.

Did They Do a Great Job?

As your movers finish up, think about how the day went. Did they arrive on time? Did they listen, ask questions, provide expert advice, and make you feel at ease? Is everything where and how it should be? Did they go above and beyond? If you can answer yes to most of those questions, or they otherwise impressed you, then you might consider tipping your movers! The amount is completely up to you.

If You Decide to Tip Your Movers

Usually, a local move tip’s going rate is 5% of the total bill from exceptionally pleased customers. If you’re wondering how much to tip movers long-distance, a standard tip can range anywhere from $40-200 per person for a very large job. In the end, how much you tip is your choice.

 Consider tipping each of the pro movers individually or the foreman for the job. Some companies might have gratuity policies for your (or the workers’) protection, so check your contract or ask the moving company ahead of time. Remember, the crew moving you out may not be the same one moving you in; make sure you tip movers while you have the opportunity. If an individual mover worked especially hard, feel free to give those movers a slightly larger tip; otherwise, split the tip equally among the team. Another great way to show your movers that you appreciate their hard work is by offering them cold drinks and snacks, especially on a warm day.

After a hard day’s work, a tip signals gratitude and respect for their profession. Plus, it lets them know they did a great job!

American Moving & Storage in Savannah, GA is here to help when you’re ready to schedule your relocation! Contact us to start the ball rolling for your upcoming move.


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