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Old 06-07-2010, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Do people still tip movers? What would be appropriate for a 12,000 # move going about 350 miles? Do you give the driver more than the helper(s) or everybody the same?
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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Tip movers? I don't think I ever tipped them... I paid for their work to load and unload but there isn't any "extra service" that I can think of that requires tipping...
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Old 06-07-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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We usually tip the movers but just give it to the lead person to distribute to everyone. We also typically have Gatorade and donuts or something out for them for while they're loading/unloading. You're not required to tip them but if you feel they worked hard and did a good job for you I'm sure they would appreciate it. Maybe $10 apiece?
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:18 AM
 
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I was wondering about tipping movers, too. I never really knew what the right tip amount is.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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I think during our last move, which sounds about like yours, I think we gave the driver around $40 and the helpers about $20 each. Plus, we always have a cooler with water, Gatorade, and soft drinks available. We've also, on occasion gone, and gotten burgers or burritos or something for lunch for everyone. We typically tip at the end of loading day. On unloading day, we usually tip any new people $20 as well.

We were once told that if we tipped the driver at the beginning of the day, they would do a better job. We tried it once, and it didn't help at all.
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Central Fl
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This subject comes up here every so often.
If you do a search in this specific forum, you will find at least one long thread that had many different viewpoints, if I recall.....

Frank
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Central Fl
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I just did the search, and there are eight different threads in this forum on the subject.....enjoy!!

Frank
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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I haven't read the other threads but my thought is that there are certain things we are expected to tip for (restaurants, hairdressers, pizza delivery, etc.) and some things we tip for if the service is exceptional. For example, if I had a three story townhome and a full bedroom set on the top floor and the movers took care of it with no complaints or issues that is something I would find worthy of a tip. Really anytime I have something that you know is a pain in the neck to move due to weight or general awkwardness I don't mind tipping to have someone else do it. Unless they complain about it, of course! I expect movers to move my stuff but I will tip if they do it quickly, efficiently, politely, with a positive attitude, and don't break or damage my house or stuff.

If a company does a move and they take a bunch of smoke breaks, complain about things or just generally aren't good at it = no tip.

That's my two cents.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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Default My experience with tipping

Honestly, it never made a bit of difference how my items were handled. The ones that I tipped with furniture and money (and then booze as they couldn't pack it--overseas shipment) we had stuff stolen/lost whatever you want to call it--soem of our things went missing. Last one tipped each guy $25 bucks and they did a a lousy pack out. I found a white silk sweater wropped up with my rock collection. My favorite sweater
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:28 PM
 
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yes tip them
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