How (and How Much) to Tip Your Movers


how much am I supposed to tip movers

Tipping (no matter the service) can be an awkward experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Most people don’t move enough to remember best practices to tip movers. Luckily for you, we’re moving industry pros with the real deal on tipping movers.

Am I required to tip movers?

Although it’s definitely good etiquette (and forever appreciated), you’re never required to leave a tip.

If you believe the crew was attentive, careful, and responsible, a tip is a nice way to say ‘thank you’ for well done. By hiring professional movers, their moving experience and ability to navigate any sudden issues is built into the price.

Giving anything extra to show gratitude?

That’s totally up to you!

How much should I tip movers?

The amount that you tip movers is completely up to you. But, since you’re probably looking for a more specific answer, we all want some kind of benchmark.On average, tips for movers that are around 10%-15% of the final bill, (or, $20-$30 per mover) depending on the size of the move.

Should I leave a cash tip for movers?

Any tip is appreciated. Feel free to choose the most convenient method for your lifestyle and comfort level. As far as what’s preferred:  cash tips are always better and typically easier for movers to split!

Who do I give the tip to?

There are plenty of movers have crews of at least two people. At motogo, the standard moving crew will usually include at least three men.

This can leave you scratching your head, wondering who to hand over your tip to. Simply give it to the crew leader for the entire crew, or you can give individually tip each mover.

What happens if I can’t tip?

Hopefully you’re happy with your moving service but simply didn’t get a chance to stop by the ATM or had a last-minute emergency to handle. Whatever the reason for not being able to tip, you can always sing your movers’ praises in an online review.

Referrals work great, too! (After all, who’s going to argue with getting more business?)  If you fall short on the tip, you can always let your movers know that you were so impressed, you’ll refer them to your friends and family.

Showing your movers love through a little free marketing is always appreciated… Even better if you post on a review platform like their Google Business page, Yelp, or Facebook can be just as valuable as a cash tip!

So what’s the final word on tipping movers?

Remember, when it comes to tipping movers, trust your own instincts. If the movers did a good job and worked efficiently while being professionals, go for it!

But, if you can’t (or don’t want to) leave a tip, know that the decision is completely up to you and leaving a review is an excellent alternative, too.

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