How Much to Tip Your Movers? (New York City 2023)
‘Do you tip movers in NYC?’ is a commonly asked question. Of course, you want to show your gratitude to the team that have helped you move, but it’s important to stay within your budget and not leave yourself struggling.
Continue reading to discover how to calculate a fair rate.
The importance of tipping movers in NYC
Moving Companies in Brooklyn won’t factor or take gratuities into the price of your move so this is something you have to take into your own hands once the job has been completed. Tipping in the moving industry is very common and the individual or team that has helped to move your belongings appreciate the gesture. As with other service industry workers, tipping is the best way for you to showcase your gratitude and thank them for a job well done. No matter how small, a tip will go a long way.
Calculate an approximate tipping rate for your movers in advance
If it is the first time you have used movers, calculating a fair rate to tip can be challenging and isn’t something that can be definitively decided in advance. There are many variables to take into consideration including:
- The difficulty of the move
- The quality of the service that they have provided
- The size of your relocation
- The number of movers that have assisted on the day
Whilst most of these variables can be determined in advance, the final amount has to be decided on the day. The team’s attentiveness, timekeeping, helpfulness, professionalism and more should be taken into account. We recommend having a bracket in mind before the move but ultimately trusting your instincts on the day.
Setting aside your budget
It’s sensible to take a tip into consideration when budgeting for your move and having some money set aside. To provide an approximate guide, a standard tip for movers is usually between 10% and 20% of the total cost move. We would recommend a 10% – 15% tip for a small to medium-sized move and 15% to 20% for larger, more challenging relocations.
To provide an example, for a $1000 long distance move that has required a two man team, we’d recommend a $200 tip if they have provided a quality service.
Heading into the day with a ballpark figure will ensure that you are prepared for any eventuality. If the team have gone above and beyond, exceeding your expectations then you can tip at the higher end of your budget. If their service has been mediocre, you can adjust your tip size accordingly.
Qualities to look out for on the day
Most moving companies have procedures in place to ensure a quality move but it’s still important to look out for qualities that will help you to determine a fair tip. These include:
- Time keeping – arriving at the agreed time and communicating any delays
- Effort – navigating flights of stairs and going the extra mile
- Care – incurring no damage to your belongings during the move
- Respect – being polite and friendly to you, your loved ones, your new neighbors etc
- Ethic – displaying a good work ethic and positive, proactive attitude
Handling the tip on the day
Once your move is completed and you have decided on a fair tip, it’s advised to give each mover their share directly and thanking them personally. This gives a personal touch and ensures that everyone gets their fair share.
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