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Old 07-23-2008, 12:31 PM
 
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I would probably do $150 for the head mover and $100 a piece for the others.
Does anyone else think these amounts seem excessive? I had 4 movers and a driver on my last move, plus the packers the previous day (who were very nasty folks, indeed). I don't think I'd want to put out another $750 cost to my already expensive move. What are these guys paid per hour anyway?

I do buy them lunch but at the last local move, they counted the lunch hour as part of the time I owed them!
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Old 07-23-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Does anyone else think these amounts seem excessive? I had 4 movers and a driver on my last move, plus the packers the previous day (who were very nasty folks, indeed). I don't think I'd want to put out another $750 cost to my already expensive move. What are these guys paid per hour anyway?

I do buy them lunch but at the last local move, they counted the lunch hour as part of the time I owed them!
I'm with you but I'm also pretty cheap. We bought our guys a nice lunch which also kept them working so they didn't have to stop.

We paid anout $7k for our last move. They should be buying me a nice gift.
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Helpers get around 10.00/hr and they are hired locally if the truck comes from long distance. The long distant drivers are mostly owner/operators and should not get tipped their money comes out of what you already paid them.



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Does anyone else think these amounts seem excessive? I had 4 movers and a driver on my last move, plus the packers the previous day (who were very nasty folks, indeed). I don't think I'd want to put out another $750 cost to my already expensive move. What are these guys paid per hour anyway?

I do buy them lunch but at the last local move, they counted the lunch hour as part of the time I owed them!
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Back in 1977 when I was on layoff I got a 1 day job to load a full house and basement (packing and moving to truck) worked my butt off with one other helper and owner of truck. We worked 10 hrs. and he bought drinks and lunch and paid us each 50.00 and I was happy as heck. Homeowner did nothing but watch and paid no extra but I was still okay with pay. Minimum wage at time was 3.15/hr so I did better than that.
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Home!
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100.00 a person seems high to me, but I guess you would take the circumstances into consideration. I am moving the equivalence of a 1 BR home. I don't think it should be that difficult. At least on the pick up end. On the delivery end, they will have to go up stairs. Move is costing about $3500. and at 15% that is another $525.00. I am on a budget and the job is not paying for this move so that is out of the question. Now if they got paid wait staff wages, that may be different. I was thinking more like $100. total + lunch and drinks, if my move even takes that long. Not so much cheap as broke!
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:31 PM
 
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We moved a full size 18 wheeler (3500 sq foot house plus garage and patio) from TX to TN. My employer footed the bill but it came to over $27,000. These folks became family for about a week. (They also packed up the contents of my house). Our tip came out to about $15-$20/day. It may seem excessive to some but came out to a buck or two an hour. We also fed them lunch a couple of times and provided some cold drinks. The tip came out to a buck or two an hour. Not a thing was missing and only a couple of small items were broken. The men were so appreciative; and so were we.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Home!
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$15/20 a day is more like it. I don't think that is excessive at all. That is a HUGE move!
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:14 AM
 
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We moved a full size 18 wheeler (3500 sq foot house plus garage and patio) from TX to TN. My employer footed the bill but it came to over $27,000. These folks became family for about a week. (They also packed up the contents of my house). Our tip came out to about $15-$20/day. It may seem excessive to some but came out to a buck or two an hour. We also fed them lunch a couple of times and provided some cold drinks. The tip came out to a buck or two an hour. Not a thing was missing and only a couple of small items were broken. The men were so appreciative; and so were we.
WOW, we moved from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta 5 yrs ago. Four BR, 2,400 sq. ft house, plus garage, attic, and patio. They also packed the house in one day. The cost to our employer was $6,000. How long ago was your move? Have things really gone up that much!!!
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:38 AM
 
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I can't believe this thread !! Giving a mover 50-100.00 a day on top of hourly wage. When I've moved I have given them cold drinks. As long as employers can guilt trip people into paying their employees thru tips they don't have to pay a decent wage. The amount of people today who demand a tip for simply doing their job is ridiculous ! If you're working a low paying job you have options-find another job, go back to school to improve your skill set, etc. I really resent the underlying blackmail-if you don't give me a tip I'll damage your stuff.Screw that!!
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:53 AM
 
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I'm with those who think $100-$150 a person is excessive. I've always provided cold drinks and lunch and usually a $20 for each person.
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