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How Much to Tip Movers in NYC?

How much to tip movers in NYC

So you’ve decided to hire an NYC moving company, that’s great! Whether you’ve hired Brooklyn movers, Manhattan movers, NYC movers or Queens movers, they’ll help make your move much smoother and easier on your part. They’ll take care of the dirty work, while you get to relax and focus on other aspects of your new home, like how you’re going to set up your furniture. So you might be wondering, Should I tip my movers? How much should I tip movers in NYC? When should I tip them? Can I just buy everyone beer and call it a day? Well, we at Serenity Movers have the answer to tipping movers in NYC!

 

Should you tip movers?

How much to tip movers in NYC

This is the first question anyone has when working with an NYC moving company (or locksmith company) especially if it’s your first time working with one. Well, a moving company falls under the service industry category. Generally speaking, you usually tip your server, at a bar, you tip your bartender, and at a coffee shop, you may tip your barista.  You might be wondering if it’s mandatory to tip your movers, and the answer is NO.

Just like when you go to a restaurant, you don’t have to tip your server if you receive poor service. If your movers seem to be careless, unmotivated, and end up breaking a lot of your stuff, by no means are you forced to tip them. However, just like servers, movers make a good amount of their earning through tips. So if they do a good job, give them a tip! They would be very appreciative of any extra money you may give them. Especially after a long day of back-breaking work.

 

How much to tip movers in NYC?

 

This is up to you, just like any other service industry, you are allowed to tip as you see fit. However, just like any other service industry, the “proper” amount to tip is between 15-20%. If they had to move bigger objects like pianos or your giant antique dining table, you may want to tip them more. If they are unpacking all of your belongings, maybe you want to tip them a little more. Usually, office movers have a bigger task ahead so that that into consideration during a commercial move. There is an exception when you are doing a long distance move. This is different from just moving in Manhattan. For more information about tipping, check out this Gratuity page!

 

 

Who should you tip?

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There are several ways to do this with an NYC moving service. One of the most common ways to do this is to go to the foreman and give them the tip to split amongst the rest of the movers. They’ll be sure to give it out to everyone else. If you want to tip each NYC mover based on their individual performance, you can give out the money to each person individually. There is no problem with either option, However, many people feel uncomfortable tipping so they opt to just tip the foreman.

 

Substitute the tip for food?

While this may sound like a good idea on paper, it’s not always the best option. While a sandwich after a long hard day’s work is great, most professional movers prefer to be tipped in cash. Now this isn’t to say you can’t buy lunch for your movers in addition to the tip. The movers would very much appreciate this, however, it isn’t recommended you substitute the tip for some lunch. You may also want to bring the movers some beer and this isn’t recommended either. Many moving companies have a strict no alcohol policy for the movers. While this may be a good tip for your friends helping you move, it isn’t necessary for the professionals.

 

Moving your furniture is a very tough endeavor, and is a very physically straining job in general. Just like working in any other service industry job, many of the workers rely on tips, so why not extend it to your friendly NYC Moving company.

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