How Much Should You Tip Your Movers?

Hardly anyone moves enough to know what is expected. That can make tipping movers an awkward moment. Learn what’s expected and everything you should know when it’s time to show your gratuity.

Movers, like others in the service industry, rely on tips.

How much to tip movers or whether to tip at all, usually isn’t considered until the moving company has hoisted the last box from the back of the truck.

As part of your moving preparation and budgeting, make tipping part of your final moving cost.

This is a one-stop guide for you to know how much to tip your movers, when to tip them, and when not to tip them.

Let’s dive right in.

Tipping Guide for Movers

In general, you should base your tip on how long the move takes.

  • A half-day move (4 hours or less) – $20 per person
  • A full 8-hour day – $40 per person
  • 12 hours or more – $50-$60 per person

Other Considerations That Affect How Much You Tip Movers

Beyond the time spent on the move, there may be other factors that may influence how much you tip. Use your own discretion on whether you should tip a little more for more difficult moving situations.

  • Flights of stairs. Stairs can make moves more difficult, especially if there is a lot of them. How many stairs and if large pieces of furniture needed to be carried down them should mean a little extra for the movers.
  • Assisting with disassembly or assembly. Movers are not required to help you take furniture apart or put them back together. If they go that extra mile, then they definitely deserve a larger tip.
  • Special care with fragile items. Movers are expected to handle all your belongings with care, but if you have numerous fragile or delicate items such as antiques, an extra careful moving crew should be rewarded.
  • Exceptionally heavy items. Large, heavy pieces are not only physically difficult for movers, but also increases the risk of damage. Professional movers who can successfully transport heavy furniture ding-free should be compensated for their care.
  • Overall professionalism. Of course, we expect all movers to act professionally, but those who are exceptionally friendly and that work efficiently give you greater peace of mind during a stressful move and deserve a good tip.

When Should You Not Tip Movers

You should use your own judgment, but if movers show up late, take lots of breaks or are generally discourteous probably don’t deserve a tip.

A professional attitude is key, so not tipping movers because of some damage, is not proper etiquette. Accidents happen and moving companies offer coverage for mishaps.

Rather, look at how the movers react when you report damage. A defensive attitude doesn’t deserve a gratuity. A well-mannered response to handling your damage claim does.

How Much Do You Tip Long-Distance Movers?

Long-distance moves require bigger moving crews. Some may be working on loading the truck. Different movers may be working on unloading the truck. Use the rate guide to ensure a fair tip per crew member at both points in the move.

When Should You Tip Movers?

Always tip the movers at the end of the move.

It’s also a good idea to hand out each tip to each moving crew member, not the full amount to the foreman.

Acknowledging your appreciation for each individual mover adds personal value to the reward.

Other Ways to Reward Movers

If you feel your movers are doing an exceptional job, you can offer snacks or soft drinks.

Making water available on a hot day will be appreciated. And hot coffee during a winter move lets the movers know you care.

You can also leave a good review for the moving company. Most everyone searches for movers online and reviews make a big impact on helping moving companies gain new customers.

Be sure to mention the names of the movers who really outperformed in your review. Also, mention any difficulties during the move that the movers handled well. Your detailed, glowing five-star opinion has long-term payback.

See our list of the best moving companies that already have great reviews.

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