Moving Etiquette: Is Tipping Part of the Process?

Moving is a complicated process, full of many different aspects requiring coordination, planning and confusion. During the rush of moving, it can be easy to forget to cover all of the bases, whether they have to do with reservations, meals, or even forms of payment.
Moving is a complicated process, full of many different aspects requiring coordination, planning and confusion. During the rush of moving, it can be easy to forget to cover all of the bases, whether they have to do with reservations, meals, or even forms of payment.

Because of this, considering the personal satisfaction of your movers will most likely be the last thing on your mind, and understandably so! With the multitude of worries you find yourself plagued with on moving day, most of your thoughts regarding your movers will be anxieties of their performance and reliability.

However, the sheer effort of moving can be very easy to underestimate. Unlike other professions or trades, where a margin of error can be both expected and planned for, movers are held responsible for the perfect, damage free transit of an entire household of belongings each time they complete a job.

This high level of expectation requires both a substantial amount of precision, and a consistently exceptional work ethic—professional movers don’t get to have “off” days where they can get away with coasting, or putting in half of an effort.

Additionally, it is worth noting that in many cases, those loading up your house and physically moving most of your possessions don’t see an exceptionally large cut of the total paid in overall moving fees—the reasoning behind tipping your waitress or barber more than likely applies equally, if not more, when it comes to your movers.

It’s also important to note that tipping should be reserved as an expression of sincere gratitude based on the performance and level of quality provided by your movers. Opt for an amount you feel completely comfortable tipping (if you choose to do so at all.) Tipping will certainly be much appreciated by your moving professionals, but is by no means a requirement, or major expectation.

So how much is appropriate to tip? Opinions vary across the board, but the general amount tends to range anywhere from 5% to 20%-- a $500 move, for example, may be complimented nicely by a tip ranging from $25, to as much as $100. However, tipping high can prove to be quite costly for those more expensive moves, and your mover certainly won’t expect you to tip $1,000 for a $5,000 cross-country move! A modest tip will serve its purpose as a nice gesture, and will go a long way in making the days of your movers.

Remember that tipping is ultimately up to you, and should serve as a reflection of your overall satisfaction with your overall moving experience.

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