Do You Tip Movers?
Moving, whether it be local, interstate, or international, is a huge decision for anyone. When it comes to hiring a professional moving company, it’s important to have faith and trust in the company that you are hiring. Most customers expect high quality service, as they should, when paying for a moving company to pack, load and transport their belongings. One question that usually comes to mind when customers decide on a moving company is, “How much should I tip the movers?” There are a few things to think about before taking out your wallet and tipping the driver and crew who assist in your move.
Things to Consider About Moving
It’s a good idea to ask the moving company that you hire what their policy is on tipping before the crew arrives on moving day. The customer service professional at the moving company will be able to answer this question and and address any other concerns you may have prior to the big day. First, they will make you aware that tipping is not included in the bill and is absolutely not mandatory, but greatly appreciated. Then, they may provide you with a price range that customers tip between to give you an idea of how much you may want to give. Lastly, depending on the company and where you’re moving from and to, the driver and crew may be different at origin and destination. If this is the case, customer service may also make you aware that ideally tips are given on both ends of the move.
Did Your Movers Do a Good Job?
There are a few things to keep in mind, as well. First, although all employees of the company, be they the salesperson, dispatcher, or customer service representative, have a stake in the quality of your move, the crew is ultimately who holds the burden of the safety of your belongings. Movers often hold more responsibility than other service professionals and consequently, they are continuously trained and work very hard to handle your items with safety and precision. It’s recommended that you tip each member of the crew individually, as opposed to giving the whole crew’s tip to the driver or leader to disperse. This shows that you appreciate each of their efforts, and ensures that they all receive their fair share of the tip. You may want to base your tip on job performance, which is acceptable. Or you may base your tip on how attentive, knowledgeable and professional the crew was. Keep in mind that all jobs are different, if the move requires handling several heavy pieces of furniture and very long hours of labor, you may want your tip to reflect this amount of strenuous work. Either way, tip what you believe is fair. The crew will be appreciative no matter what you decide.
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