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Old 08-24-2009, 11:18 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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Its usually a crew of 3 guys. I tip them $50-60 as a group and provide sports drinks. Those guys earn their checks. Basically enogh for a decent lunch and a beer after work.

Old 08-24-2009, 11:20 AM
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Thanks all, for your answers and opinions. I've decided to tip them each $20 as this is a three hour or less short distance move with no really heavy items.
Old 08-24-2009, 12:59 PM
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I moved from NJ to SC last year. I tipped the entire crew $180. $60 for the foreman and $40 for the other guys in the crew. Needless to say, I caught them mumbling and grumbling about the crappy tip. I think people in the NY metro area were expecting more. The foreman even told me as they were wrapping up that he was never tipped less than that for a 4 hour job.

Funny thing is when my stuff arrived in SC, I gave the guys (different crew) pizza, ice cold bottled water and $15 each and they seemed happy with it. Go figure.
Old 08-24-2009, 02:39 PM
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2 movers I did tip 20.00 to each of them. They were real nice so they could get lunch on me.
Old 08-24-2009, 04:42 PM
Location: east coast
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We're in the military and so we move alot obviously. We've always tipped our movers, especially if they were very very good workers and were careful with our belongings. Last time we moved I think for the 3 guys that packed us out we gave $100 and then the following day when they moved the stuff into the truck we gave them another $100 (it was the same group of men). We also provided donuts in the am, water bottles, sodas and bought them pizzas for lunch. I'm not sure what etiquette says but we like to do it. They provide a service and if they do a good job we will tip them.
Old 08-25-2009, 12:01 PM
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I always give my movers $20 for each guy.
Old 08-26-2009, 07:24 PM
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I was faced with this dilemma when we were moved from the midwest to the Atlantic coast. We were being relocated by hubby's company (they paid), and so I turned to one of the "relocation counselors" for advice--she worked for the moving company (a United Van Lines company). She said no extra (tip) was needed; however, an offer to buy lunch would be nice and more than suffice, and if they turned that down, that $10 per person was a nice offering but still not expected....and cold drinks were ALWAYS appreciated, she said. In the end, we tipped the packers $20 each at end of 2nd day of packing (they declined lunch). On moving day, we bought lunch for the 5 guys ("movers") and then gave them $10 each. We gave $50 to the driver--he packed our furniture so perfectly in the semi- that even the "moving guys" were impressed. (He got $50 on the other end too.) A little appreciation for their job and friendliness go a long way, too. We're always "nice" people and I can't imagine anyone else being any different, but I overhead a couple of the movers talking about how nice we were to load for when some others "treat them like 2nd-class". We turned on music for them too--to their station of choice (boy was I glad when THAT day was over). It was a small thing, but seemed to mean a lot to them.
Old 08-28-2009, 11:46 AM
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They get a paycheck. Dont tip them. You may find that theyve broken or scratched something because of their neglegence. Tipping is out of hand today.
Old 08-28-2009, 01:44 PM
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Originally Posted by RVlover View Post
They get a paycheck. Dont tip them. You may find that theyve broken or scratched something because of their neglegence. Tipping is out of hand today.

Has anyone ever suggested to you that you are CHEAP?
Old 06-26-2016, 09:48 AM
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Originally Posted by beramos7075 View Post
How funny some comments on here are. "I never heard of tipping a mover, or I don't believe in tipping a mover" movers work hard and don't get paid as much as you think. The moving company is getting paid the amount you think the helpers are. Tipping is optional for any type of job. It depends on your satisfaction. But to say the don't deserve a tip or they already get paid is cheap and petty. People assume it should only take an hour or two to move a couple rooms some boxes and really you have no idea. If you honestly thought it was such you would do it yourself.
Responding to an orginal post from 2009!!!!!!!!!
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