Moving Tip of The Week – How Much Should You Tip Your Movers? $20/Mover is a Good Place to Start

How Much To Tip Your Movers

Now, don’t get me wrong. If your movers are terrible (breaking things, losing things, ripping you off, late, etc…), by all means don’t give them a tip. But, if they meet or exceed your expectations, it is customary to tip your movers. A good number to start with is $20 per mover. But there are several things to consider when deciding how much above or below that number you want to give:

  1. Distance: How far is your move? If you are going a long distance, there is a possibility that the movers who pick up your stuff are different that the movers who will drop off your stuff. In this case, you would not want to pay each mover from the pick up and drop off $20 each because each mover only worked half the job. So make sure you find out if your movers are going to be with you the whole way or just half and half.
  2. Rough Terrain: Is it hard to navigate through your home? Maybe you have tight corners or narrow stairways that make it more difficult for your movers to move your things? If you see your movers doing a good job in navigating this rough terrain, leaning toward the $20 range is appropriate.
  3.  Manpower: How many movers are working on your move? An abundance of movers may mean that less work is put in by each individual mover, so $20 may be a bit high. But if you only have 1-3 movers, $20 will be adequate to show your appreciation for their hard work.

Overall, while $20 is a good place to start, you can also supplement the cash tip with other things – like food and drink. And don’t forget, there is no shame if not tipping them (or tipping them less) if they do not perform a satisfactory job.

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