Message Boards

Guidelines

  • Please be sure posts are category appropriate.
  • No off-topic or off-color postings.
  • Postings may be deleted at the discretion of HGTV Moderators.
  • No advertising is allowed.
  • Be Nice. No name calling, personal attacks or flaming.
  • Certain words will trigger moderation of the post. These words mostly cover political and religious topics, which are OFF the topics covered by HGTV.
  • For general message board help, click the tab labeled "Tools," and choose "Help" from the dropdown menu.
Full Guidelines

  HGTV.com
  HGTV Message Boards
Hop To Forum Categories   Real Estate
Hop To Forums   Buying & Selling Homes
  How Much to tip movers?
Go
New
Find
Notify
Tools
Reply
  
How Much to tip movers? Sign In/Join 
posted
Sorry to be cryptic, but movers coming Wednesday and I have realized we are HOARDERS!!! Midnight and still have a long way to go. 88 year old mom is having medical problems which have cut into packing big time. Anyhow - moving from Maryland to Massachusetts. Huge move 7000 lbs estimate. Last big move made the mistake of tipping before they left- long story- different truck, different crew and a lot of damage. Now I will tip after delivery to new house. Do people still tip and how much? Thanks- will fill you all in on what not do do , once I get settled. I have done everything wrong LOL
 
Posts: 499 | Location: Cape Cod  | Registered: Oct 24, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of real estate lady
posted Hide Post
Wwell might be a good idea to get a bin for junk you really don't want. Why pay to transport stuff that you will eventually throw out anyway. Just a thought.
 
Posts: 9278 | Registered: Aug 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of real estate lady
posted Hide Post
Well might be a good idea to get a bin for junk you really don't want. Why pay to transport stuff that you will eventually throw out anyway. Just a thought.
As far as tipping. Make that decision when you get there. You'll have a better idea of how you stuff was treated... personally have never tipped movers.

I grew up in Essex Maryland - curious what town you were in..

This message has been edited. Last edited by: real estate lady,
 
Posts: 9278 | Registered: Aug 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
oh i have plenty of receipts from charity adn the metal junk men LOVE us this week!
 
Posts: 499 | Location: Cape Cod  | Registered: Oct 24, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of rker321
posted Hide Post
We moved from coast to coast, paid over 12,000 for the move, had insurance on the items so no breakage was found. yes, don't move the things that you don't want is extra weight. We didn't tip any movers. They were responsible by the contract that we signed with the company of any breakage or loss.
 
Posts: 5014 | Location: 0 | Registered: May 31, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of aychihuahua
posted Hide Post
We always tip the movers, once everything has been delivered and accounted for and set up properly. Even when we moved cross country and paid $8,000.

Over the many moves we've made, we've learned to inform the crew chief ahead of time that the movers will get a nice tip, if they do a careful job and finish early. We also offer the crew pizza and soft drinks. That and the promise of a tip has made our moves virtually painless. The guys go out of their way to make us happy.

It's not rocket science.
 
Posts: 5331 | Registered: Jul 12, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of rker321
posted Hide Post
Well, I figure that the amount that we had to pay extra for the insurance that would guarantee loss or breakage. was enough tip for me.
If they had a crew that would not be careful with the items that they moved, costing the company extra dollars, then I guess that is something for the company to deal with. Or if that crew didn't behaved professionally, the company would have heard from me.
Besides, those long haul drivers, make a lot of money, just in case that anyone would think that they get paid minimun wage.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: rker321,
 
Posts: 5014 | Location: 0 | Registered: May 31, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of Annett
posted Hide Post
I didn't tip our movers because I didn't know it was the norm. I feel a little bad about it to this day because they were really good.
Ah well, live and learn!
 
Posts: 1433 | Location: Minnesota | Registered: Nov 28, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of conrad
posted Hide Post
We usually have tipped local movers, since they have both picked up and delivered...so we know it will go to them. The ones we used have always been polite and helpful as far as placing things where we wanted them.
Sometimes there is a spot on the invoice for a tip, sometimes not (if you do a check or credit card). Enough cash for a good lunch for each worker was usually a good amount, and seemed appreciated.

Their job is to get your things safely from point A to point B. If you ask them to move anything extra around (or up and down stairs if you change your mind)...then I think definitely an extra tip is called for.
 
Posts: 9663 | Location: Plains & Mountains | Registered: Jun 08, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of rker321
posted Hide Post
I believe that we are perhaps talking apples and oranges. Local movers are quite different than long haul drivers I would also tip my local mover if they do a good job. usually they are not compensated as high as those long haul ones.
Beside, when one pays quite a bit extra for insurance, I don't think that tipping is necessary.
If so, we may buy a Priority One package and when delivered, we don't tip the mail carrier. But we may tip a mail carrier if they carry a big bulky package to our door. So to me, in this particular case, tipping is optional and not the norm and it also depends on the circumstances.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: rker321,
 
Posts: 5014 | Location: 0 | Registered: May 31, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of conrad
posted Hide Post
You are right rker. We have not yet done a cross country move.

But I think the part where an owner asks them to move things around, and not just deliver them to the requested room and general area. (just because they are strong and available and owner has not made up their mind)
This might be worthy of an extra tip, regardless.
 
Posts: 9663 | Location: Plains & Mountains | Registered: Jun 08, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
I don't understand why insurance is being discussed in the same topic as tipping. Certainly the people doing the actual carrying of the furniture and boxes have nothing to do with fees their boss gets for selling insurance.

As mentioned above, sending them down the road with a little lunch money seems like a good idea to me and if you're thankful they did a good job showing thanks with a little more cash is always appreciated.
 
Posts: 748 | Registered: Jan 02, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
Good customers always tip movers. How much to tip certainly depends on your level of satisfaction. I think $20 is a start point. I would also recommend to visit this moving help website, great guys and very low prices
 
Posts: 1 | Registered: Feb 03, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
Gee, a spammer that forgot to post his spam link.

Now that will be one unsuccessful spammer!
 
Posts: 7206 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
We have never tipped our movers and we have moved multiple times. What we do is provide them with their own bathroom,a cooler full of cold drinks, snacks, lunch, a table and chair to sit at, and an organized and fairly clean house with nothing left on the premises that is not going in the shipment. Additionally on the other end we also make sure their work area is clear and we have a plan for where each box and piece of furniture will be placed.
 
Posts: 21 | Registered: Sep 21, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of rker321
posted Hide Post
Any extra work or changes to what you have paid for when you hire a mover does deserve a tip. Do you tip the people that does your flooring or that does your kitchen cabinets, or any of those things?. why then when you contract a moving agency, you feel obligated to tip them?
 
Posts: 5014 | Location: 0 | Registered: May 31, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of flboy
posted Hide Post
A good reason to tip is because the men are moving important possessions that most people are attached to. Also, the truck sometimes has another families belongings in the truck. The truck is weighed and who will pay the overage if the truck is over weight? the weight is just a guesstimate. The non tipper, just my guess. We tipped each man $50.00 and that was over ten years ago.


html
 
Posts: 2526 | Location: Sarasota | Registered: Jan 31, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of flboy
posted Hide Post
Sundance, Where in Ma. are you moving to? We moved from Ma. to FL.


html
 
Posts: 2526 | Location: Sarasota | Registered: Jan 31, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of rker321
posted Hide Post
First of all, those costs of overweigh are paid by the company, Truckers are paid by the load. They don't work for the moving company, most of them. And they are paid quite handsomely.
Yes, they carry your possession, but if they break anything. they don't pay for what they break, the company is the one responsible for any breaks that occur during transit and if you paid to load and unload a truck to that moving company, they are responsible not only for intrinsic damage but also for any damage done while unloading or loading. Their responsibility is minimal. Yes, we all expect that they are careful with our possessions, now if you want to tip them, of course I am sure that they do appreciate it. but it is not expected. especially when you move coast to coast in those long hauling trips. The cost of the insurance alone is extremely expensive, and that covers any damage that you may find even after they are long gone, They are not going to be called by the moving company and ask for a refund because anything broke or was broken in that particular move.
Again, tipping is not mandatory, or expected, it is your prerogative.
I happen to be a transportation specialist, been around trucks while being a Manager for a distribution company, that was my profession. So please don't think that I am pulling this information our of the tip of my hat.
I am going to tell you where I would tip, I would tip those local movers, they don't make the money like a long haul driver does, They probably deserve a tip a lot more that an long haul driver. I am sure that you realize that many of those long haul drivers often make 6 figures yearly.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: rker321,
 
Posts: 5014 | Location: 0 | Registered: May 31, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of flboy
posted Hide Post
riker321, When we moved to FL from MA many years ago, the man came into our home and clicked on a tiny adding machine what he thought the weight of items would be. He explained that the exact weight would come after the truck was weighed and the overage would be paid by us. That was how it was done 10 years ago. We paid $4800 to move every thing we owned and the movers were the nicest young men we have ever met.


html
 
Posts: 2526 | Location: Sarasota | Registered: Jan 31, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of rker321
posted Hide Post
I guess it depends on the moving company, when we moved from California to Florida, we paid 12,000 dollars for the move, and that included insurance. and nothing was mentioned regarding weight. So I guess that it depends on what you pay for, and probably the moving company. Interstate transportation is different in different States. So is quite difficult to compare on what happens in one State or another.
And yes, local movers do not make the kind of money that a long haul driver makes, just their rigs cost many of them in tune of 100,000 their expenses per trip do not include any damages in their trucks and the cost of gas.
And as I have said local movers do deserve a tip, they are mostly not owner operators work for a company and they get paid by the hour. As I said, tipping is optional and your prerogative. and I am glad that you encounter very nice individuals, most of the time they are all very nice.
 
Posts: 5014 | Location: 0 | Registered: May 31, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
  Powered by Social Strata  
 

HGTV.com    HGTV Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Real Estate  Hop To Forums  Buying & Selling Homes    How Much to tip movers?