How Much to Tip Movers

How much should you tip movers?

Well here is everything you need to know on how much to tip movers.

‘Should I tip the movers?’ is a question that pops up regularly among people who are planning to employ movers to move items between locations.

The answer depends on the tipping custom in your country or area. If it is customary to tip in your area, then as long as you've been rendered a great service, tip the movers. If tipping is not a custom or is frowned upon in your country, then leave it out altogether.


The Custom of Tipping.

In America and many European countries, it is customary to tip a service provider in appreciation for the rendered service.

Tipping is seen as such an important sign of being cultured and appreciative that most service providers—which definitely include movers—expect to be tipped at the end of the service. Interestingly, this is not the case in a number of other countries in the world.

In New Zealand, tipping is such an uncommon thing that is interpreted as odd and unnecessary, since it is expected that every employee is given an adequate pay by the employer.

In Japan, tipping can be considered rude as the Japanese culture upholds unconditional service that is free from any kind of bias and favouritism.

Wherever tipping is done, it should be done on grounds that the service provider has done a creditworthy job and/or exceeded the client's expectations.


How Much to Tip Movers

There are three ways in which you can determine the tip to give movers. You can give a standard individual tip, a shareable percentage-based tip, both at the end of the service, or an individual hourly tip.

Standard individual tip: By standard, most people would tip movers $20 each.

Shareable percentage-based tip: Alternatively, you may choose to tip movers 15% or 20% of the total moving fee as a total tip to be split amongst themselves. You should tip 20% or higher if the movers have done an exceptionally good job.

Individual hourly tip: Another option you could opt for is to give each mover an hourly tip of 5-10 dollars per hour that they've worked.


Tipping Based on Individual Performance.

It is actually even more advisable that you tip each individual according to their performance because tipping is an act of appreciation for effort, and definitely effort can't be the same.



The mover that has done outstanding work deserves an outstanding tip.

However, if their effort is more or less the same or you want to give something uniform, you can consider giving any of the above standard tips.


Consider Offering Lunch

The task of moving items requires energy and can be so draining. Therefore, as long as you're capable, consider providing lunch to movers to improve on their efficiency and to enable them sustain the task until its complete.


Can You tip at the Start?

Some people prefer to tip movers either the full tip or half of it as the work has just started. This is because a ‘pre-tip' serves as an incentive to the movers to encourage them to handle property properly to avoid damage and to generally do a clean job.

This works in the context of reciprocating a favour. The decision of whether to tip at the start or at the end of the task depends entirely on you.


Why You Should Hire a Professional Moving Company.

The best strategy if you wish to have the moving job well done is to hire a professional company to handle the task.

A professional company is more reliable and accountable. They will work carefully to avoid any damages and losses.

Ensure that you spell out your terms clearly to the company in the initial hiring process.

You should be clear about how you want your task to be accomplished and what shall be done to compensate for any damages that could occur.

This shall put you, as a client, on a safe pedestal by making it easier for the company to compensate you for damaged or misplaced items rather than just telling you a brief ‘sorry' after breaking your Grammy Award and turning a blind eye to the damage.


Be clear right from the start. It could save you a fortune.

Whenever you work with a moving company, make sure that you inform them of all the things you are going to move, the exact moving locations and the distance in between, the lengths of the staircases the movers will need to carry things through if any, plus any other information that you may be asked for or that you find critical to the moving process.

If you don't clearly provide this information and agree prior on the cost of the service, dishonest movers may exploit this as an opportunity to nibble extra money from you by only agreeing to carry items that were not listed on condition that you give a larger tip.


When Should You Give a Larger Tip?

Some considerations to make when tipping movers are that if the work they've done is really heavy or very demanding, you can tip movers more for that.

Additionally, if they've really done a great job, you could consider tipping them more depending on your financial status at that time.

Moving items sometimes could involve losses on the side of the client. Some items may be misplaced and others which have been handled carelessly in the moving process could be damaged.

Therefore, if the moving process is done exceptionally well with no damages or misplacement of items, it is really important that you tip the movers for the work well done.

In the following cases, movers deserve to be tipped generously.

  • If there are a lot of staircases that the movers ascended and descended when moving items. Having to walk along a long staircase while carrying objects is not something easy for example when the items have to be moved up many floors. In such a case, you may have to consider tipping the movers a higher amount.


  • If there are many heavy items that they carried. Carrying heavy items is both a risky and heavy task in itself. There's a risk of sustaining body injuries both internally and externally. Some movers will decline taking on a task that involves carrying very bulky objects. Hence, movers that have carried heavy items deserve a higher tip in appreciation for the risk they have undertaken and the extra energy spent.


  • Level of professionalism: Most people regard moving items to be a basic service that can be done by about anyone. They'd rather solicit the help of a few friends and family members than hire professional movers. Moving is a service that is even done in a professional manner by professional movers and companies. Any service well done and appreciated by a clients prompts tipping. Professional movers undergo rigorous training that equips them in skills for moving different categories of items which you would easily damage or get injured by if you did it by yourself. If the movers have exhibited a high degree f professionalism in their service, they deserve to be tipped for this.


  • Extra time: If the moving process for some reason takes more time than that which was prior allocated, you should consider tipping the movers in appreciation for the extra service. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances like a more than estimated number of items and unprecedented difficulty in moving certain items could require a higher input of energy or tools for moving. This adjunct could be rewarded by way of tipping.


  • Working fast: The moving process can sometimes be a slow one. If the movers do the task with remarkable speed and it is accomplished well, they deserve to be tipped.


  • The weather condition: Certain weather conditions are not favourable for moving. If it so happens that moving is done in the heat of summer, you should consider giving the movers a higher tip at the end of a well-done job.


  • Saving money: If there is something the movers did that saved you time and/or money, you should consider giving them a tip as a token of appreciation.


Not a Reflex

It is not reflexive that you must tip every time. Only tip when you have been offered a great service.

You should only feel compelled to tip when the service that you have received is worth this extra form of appreciation.

You shouldn't dash away money just because the movers have requested for a tip. They should deserve it before they receive it.

Movers that have arrived late, broken your furniture, have come in in higher numbers than you asked for, have misplaced your property, have prompted you to make three turns of carrying boxes as they each dragged on with one, have been texting on their phones in the corridor as you took things outside and even slapped your kid two times on the cheek don't deserve to be tipped.

They actually must compensate you for the damages.