Should You Tip Movers?

Should You Tip Movers?

Moving is stressful, that is probably one of the reasons why you hired movers. People realize just how difficult moving is, obviously the physical aspect, when the movers have arrived at their home or office space and begun to load or unload. It’s no wonder that one of the most common questions people ask is, “How much should I tip the movers?”



First, let’s make it clear that tipping is not required. But, as we all know, with most services, tipping is a way for the customer to express their thanks for a job well done. Generally, the standard tipping practice is $25-$50 per move or 5% to 20% of the move total, depending on how long they worked, how many awkward staircases they had to navigate, and how pleased you are with their service, of course.  While there is no “average tip”, it is also a widely accepted fact, that tipping amounts for movers range at about $20 per man.




Proper etiquette is not to tip to the foreman or supervisor but to each mover individually. This shows that you recognize and appreciate their individual efforts. If you see that some movers worked especially hard, or are more deserving than the others, then it is nice to tip that mover a little extra. You may want to have a little bit more cash available in case you are really blown away by the service. Common “blown away” situations are:


  • Fitting all of your items into the moving truck even though it once looked impossible.
  • Completing the moving in a shorter amount of time than originally estimated.
  • Moving large quantities of heavy, bulky or awkward items and furniture. Especially when the movement includes stairs, long walks or other obstacles.
  • Excessive stairs, remarkable 3rd-floor apartments and above.




There are plenty of other ways to show your appreciation besides cash. Providing snacks throughout the day is also highly recommended as it will keep your movers energized and moving quickly and efficiently.  Since moving is a tough, labor-intensive service; cold drinks such as bottled water or Gatorade are good ideas for their well-being. You can ask for providing the crew with lunch instead of a tip.

If you don’t need old furniture you can ask the crew if they would like it instead. They can work with special organizations that will receive it too. It will save you time and money and doesn’t impact the environment.

In summary, tipping has always been a controversial topic, and even more so when it comes to professional movers. Tipping movers is not necessarily required, but it is highly appreciated.  There is no right answer, and it’s best to go with whatever you are comfortable with, even if it means just to order them pizza and beer.

Chris Jonas
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