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Tips for movers: to pay or not to pay?

Like any other services, moving is about dealing with people. No matter, you are moving short or long distance, you have to deal with the crew of the relocation company. The process of packing, loading, and relocating belongings can be rather stressful and time-consuming unless you hire professionals. The brave guys are able to handle the whole process easily and painlessly for you. Of course, the work of the movers must be paid. Depending upon the number of extra services, your final bill is not supposed to be light on the wallet. However, the question “Should I tip movers?” is obviously familiar to the majority of people. In order to help you to find the proper answer, the following questions should be cleared out.

Tips for movers: to pay or not to pay


Tips for waiters and waitresses are always taken for granted. When visiting restaurants or cafes, you leave a couple of dollars subconsciously. You just know that you’ve received some service and express your gratitude in such a way. The situation is the same when it comes to movers and packers. They do their job and if it is done in a proper manner why not please the team? The key moment is that the relocation must be done well. There are several criteria to decide whether tips are necessary or not. The movers deserve a reward if all services are done in time, no belonging have been lost or broken, men are polite and cheerful. If you have some troubles with relocating company, you are not able to leave extra money for the workers.


Fortunately, you have to move not as frequently as you visit eateries. Unfortunately, it causes some problems. Many people don’t know exactly when they should tip the movers. There is no standardized decision. It’s up to you to decide when you actually want to reward the packers. Some people do it just straight after the moving truck has arrived, others wait until the work is done. The last variant is the most optimal one. It minimizes the possible misunderstandings which can occur if some options would be done in the wrong way. However, you may let the crew know that if everything is OK, they may expect a pretty good (or tiny) reward.


Perhaps, this question is one of the most troubling issues raised by people. However, there is no clear answer. Many aspects are to be taken into account. The size of reward depends on how much time the moving itself takes, how many men work, what the total distance is and if the additional options are included. The traditional 10 percent payment is commonly appreciated. Anyway, if you want and are able to leave more – you are welcome.

To sum it up, it’s important to remember that you are not obliged to leave extra money for the relocation crew. In any case, the workers do all possible (and sometimes impossible) things to make the process of your relocation smoother and troublesome. Additional pay is a good way to express your gratitude.

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