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TIP or Not to TIP - And How Much?

It has become habitual to tip movers as in most service industries today. Tipping a crew for a job well done supplements their average wages and it is always appreciated. And if you finally decide to give a tip, figuring out how much to tip is not that easy.

Depending on the kind of your relocation and the services you availed there might be a number of personnel involved in your relocation like the packing staff, loading and unloading personnel, and the unpacking crew and not to forget the supervisor or the driver. It can be very confusing tipping this large number of people. You may want to device a systematic order how to give your tip.

When to give your tip?

Giving your tip before or after the move is acceptable. Or you may want to device your own manner of tipping. You may want to tip each of the crew after they have excellently accomplished their tasks. For instance, you may want to tip the packing and loading crew at the origin after they have completed their job efficiently. And take care of the rest of the crew (the unloading personnel and the driver or supervisor) at the destination.

How much to tip?

The amount of your tip is voluntary and personal. So there is no really a fix amount on how much you should give. It will generally depend on the circumstances of the move, like the size of your move, the distance, the weather, and the quality of service you have received. However, some moving experts suggests that you tip from $20 per crew and as much as $150 or more if your relocation is reasonably large and if there is one set of personnel for both the starting point and destination. You may want to compensate the supervisor or the driver with a higher tip because he will be occupied all throughout the move and will be responsible in securing that success of your relocation.

You may want to consider the tip as part of the overall moving costs. If your tip is in the range of 5% to 10% almost certainly the crew will be more pleased with your tip. However, if you're making a long distance move, where the overall cost does not depend upon the loading and unloading, so computing your tip according to the total cost is useless. You may want to base your tip according to the length of their job (a half or whole day loading or unloading).

Other ways to tip the movers.

Your tip doesn't always have to be in monetary form. You may want to provide cold drinks during summer relocation, or a warm cup of chocolate if you're moving on winter will be a good gesture of appreciation. You may want to arrange lunch for the whole crew, but before you do this, make sure that you coordinate it with the supervisor or the person-in-charge.

Above from the monetary and warm drinks, don't forget to give your warm praise for a job well done and for their dedicated work. Your respect and courtesy is priceless.

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