If you hire a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you, it's a courtesy to tip the moving company, just like you would give a taxi driver or a restaurant waiter. That should be factored into the total cost when you start planning your move. The general rule of thumb is to base the tip on a percentage of the total cost of moving, with 15-20% being the industry average. The question isn't always: “How much do you tip those who move? but rather: “Do we tip the movers? Before moving day, call the company to verify that they accept tips.
If your policy prevents tipping, consider showing gratitude by providing non-alcoholic food or snacks to your moving team; this is especially welcome when a move falls on a hot day or overlaps mealtimes. You can also skip tips if the tip was included in your moving cost, a practice adopted by some moving companies for long-distance moving. Finally, tipping is not necessary if the process was excessively delayed, if your property or belongings were damaged, or if you received poor service. Sometimes a relocation can be successful, but the owner is displeased with certain aspects of the service (poor communication, late arrival without explanation, aggressive handling of sensitive items, etc.) In this case, dissatisfied customers may offer a tip below the established guideline.
Once the relocation is complete, place the cash tip for each move in a separate envelope and distribute it individually. Avoid paying a lump sum to the foreman (supervisor of the moving crew) to be divided. Tipping each moving company individually will ensure that your money reaches its intended recipient immediately after completing the job. In addition, although it is customary to give the same tip to each moving company, you can give a higher tip to anyone who performs a higher service.
When it comes to household moves, tipping or not tipping is not the question. While it's common to tip a certain amount, if your moving agents aren't doing a proper job, you can choose to withhold a tip. Tipping in the moving industry is common and its workers, like most workers in the service industry, appreciate the gesture. Because it's a less common occurrence, you may not be sure if you need to tip your moving agents or how much to give them.