Should you tip your movers?

Moving Day TipsApril 29, 2019

Choosing a reliable moving company is definitely a factor that will mostly affect your moving experience. An if you haven’t made that decision yet, check out Zippy Shell Moving and Storage Columbus, you may just like them! Good movers can make your moving day a bliss, and if that’s the case, you will probably want to reward them somehow. And that is the moment when you will wonder whether you should tip your movers. Our advice is to follow your guts, but let’s give it some thought.

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Good movers can make your moving day a bliss

Tip your movers- yea or nay? 

Although movers are considered part of the moving service, there is usually a lot more riding on their job performance than just carrying your belongings and driving them. They have a bigger responsibility than many other professionals in their niches. For example, if a mover does a poor job packing, drops some of your valuable items, there is a lot at stake. Also, few people in the service industry work as hard as movers do. Users very often rely on a mover doing a good job that they don’t consider them as a service professional and take them for granted. For these reasons, and especially if they are exceptional in their job, they should be appreciated. So yes, it is very nice and to offer a tip, if you are satisfied with the job done, if you can and if you feel like it, of course.

Always reward going the extra mile

Additionally, there are situations when movers go the extra mile to meet your expectations. For example, if your movers arrive while you are still packing, they might help you out with that. Or they could drop off your things to some of the storage units Powell, although it wasn’t planned. Imagine that you had to move on short notice, and movers have changed their schedule to squeeze you in. These things are definitely something that you should reward because they are beyond their regular services and it’s a really nice gesture!

What if something goes wrong? 

This is a good question because unfortunately, accidents do happen. You should have in mind that your movers, no matter how careful and skilled they may be, are also human. Even more important than the fact that something goes wrong, is how they handle it if it does. Imagine if you were in their place. And if at your work, breaking your back for the whole day was invalidated after a minor accident. It doesn’t seem fair, does it? Also, remember that you are tipping the movers, not the moving company they work for. The office staff, sales representatives and customer service agents are all separate from your move crew. So try to treat them separately.

Regardless if something went wrong, if you feel your movers did a great job, it is ok to tip them anyway. Or you can take the time to reward them differently -by giving them a positive review. That costs you nothing but a few moments of your time. And consequently, it will really help the people who worked so hard for you and struggle to attract more customers and more work. Long term, this helps them put more cash in their pockets.

On the other hand, if movers caused some damage because of their neglection and carelessness, it’s simple – don’t tip them. Or even if everything went fine but they were rude during the process, you can skip the tip. Remember, you are not an obligation to tip your movers if they don’t deserve it. 

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A tip is always a nice gesture, especially to reward movers for a job well done

Is lunch considered a tip?

Most people buy their movers’ lunch on a moving day. And you are wondering if that lunch is another way to tip your movers, right? Unfortunately, that is one more question with no right or wrong answer.  But one thing is for sure, pizza is like a tip. It is not necessary but nobody ever turns it down.

Pizza is the easiest solution definitely, everybody loves it and they deliver. Or if you want something different and you have the time, take sandwich orders and run down to the deli. For extra creativity, you can put out sandwich ingredients on the table so that they can make sandwiches themselves according to their taste. Some rolls or buns, cold cuts, cheese, ketchup, mayo and mustard, and a couple of bags of chips will do the trick.

But the question is if a lunch can take the place of a tip? Well, if lunch is how you want to show your appreciation for your movers, that’s your call and it’s perfectly fine. For some of them, it could be the second or third move of their day. So they might even more appreciate this nice gesture than money.

Of course, if you wish to do so, and you are able to do it, you can tip your movers on top of the lunch. Even a modest tip would mean a lot of appreciation. But if you can’t swing it, a lunch and a thank you will be just fine.

Ordering a pizza is the easiest way to get lunch for your movers quickly

It’s your call

Finally, the answer to the question of whether you should tip your movers ultimately lies with you. They will probably expect some tip, but you are in no obligation whatsoever. Have some cash on you, and you will see how it goes. If you feel satisfied, you will want to tip them without anyone reminding you. And if not, that is fine too. Remember, it’s your call and there is no reason to feel uncomfortable. However, we really hope your move will go smoothly, and that you will have many reasons to reward your movers, good luck!


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