When it comes to tipping movers, the general rule is to base the tip on a percentage of the total cost of the move. The industry average is between 15% and 20%, but it's important to consider the size and complexity of your move when deciding how much to tip. It's not mandatory to leave a tip during the move, but if you work with a professional moving team and they make the process a little less stressful, you'll be very grateful to recognize their efforts with a tip. The standard tip for the moving industry is 15 to 20% of the total cost of the move.
This amount should be divided among all crew members. Like other workers in the service industry, moving companies rely not only on their base salary, but also on tips and gratuities. This motivates many employees to work harder and do their jobs better. Before the day of the move, call the company to verify that they accept tips. If your policy prevents tipping, consider showing gratitude by providing food or soft drinks to your moving team; this is especially recommended when the move occurs on a hot day or overlaps with mealtime.
You can also skip tips if the tip is included in the cost of the move, a practice adopted by some moving companies for long-distance moves. Finally, there's no need to tip if the process was delayed too long, your property or belongings were damaged, or if you received poor service in some other way. Sometimes, a move can be successful, but the landlord is not satisfied with certain aspects of the service (poor communication, late arrival without explanation, aggressive handling of sensitive items, etc.). In this case, dissatisfied customers may offer a lower tip than established. Once the relocation is complete, place the cash tip from each moving company in a separate envelope and distribute the tips individually. Avoid paying a lump sum to the foreman (supervisor of the moving team) to be divided.
Tipping each moving company individually will ensure that the money reaches its recipient immediately after the work is completed. In addition, while it is common to give the same tip to each moving company, you can give a higher tip to anyone who provides a superior service. Tipping movers can be an intimidating task for many people. But with these tips in mind, you can make sure that your movers are properly compensated for their hard work and dedication. Remember that tipping is not mandatory but it's always appreciated by those who work hard to make your move stress-free.