tipping for moving services

Quality service should be rewarded, and very often this means leaving a nice tip. Whether tipping your waiter, pizza delivery person, or even your mail carrier, the custom—and often expectation—of leaving a tip can lead to some complicated and even embarrassing situations. If you’ve hired a moving and storage company and have questions about tipping movers, then you’re not alone. Before you start dishing out the dough, keep these important things in mind. 

Know Company Policy for Tipping Movers

It’s easy to assume that all moving and storage professionals accept tips. After all, who doesn’t like a pat on the back for a job well done? However, there are variations in tipping policy depending on the movers you choose, so it’s a good idea to ask. In any case, reliable movers do not require tips, especially if the job was not completed to your satisfaction!

Consider Whether Tipping is Deserved

This might go without saying, but it’s never a good idea to leave a tip unless the service offered met your expectations. You might also consider times in which your movers went above and beyond the call of duty to overcome an unforeseen challenge or otherwise excelled in treating your household with kindness and professionalism. 

Avoid Tipping Movers by Percentage

Unlike other tipping practices, it’s usually not a good idea to tip movers by calculating a percentage of total moving costs. This is especially true for long-distance moves in which the cost is based on mileage and fuel. You should also keep in mind that some movers account for tips when they provide your long-distance moving estimate. 

Courtesy is a Good Tip for Movers

When a tip is deserved, how much should you give? A good tip for movers averages $5 per hour for each mover or $50-$100 per day, depending on the level of service and the complexity of your move. However, there are many ways to show appreciation. Instead of cash, movers welcome the kindness of a cold beverage or snack. You might even buy lunch or dinner for your moving crew! 

Moving can be stressful but tipping your movers shouldn’t be. If you need moving and storage experts that offer tip-worthy service—without ever expecting one—go with Hilford Moving and Storage. We offer a comprehensive service at a fair price, and we go the extra mile to provide the best local moves and long distance moves possible!

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