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July 24, 2023

Do I Need to Tip My Mover? And More Moving Etiquette.

Moving truck outside a home full of boxes
Moving to a new location for the first time can be an exciting experience. As first-time movers embark on their journey, they often find themselves flooded with numerous questions about the moving process. While the logistics of the move occupies their minds, they may overlook the significance of moving etiquette. 

It is not until their moving day arrives that they come to the realization that they lack insight into the proper courtesies associated with moving. Let Atlas shed light on the importance of understanding moving etiquette, ensuring a respectful transition to your new home.


Do I Need to Tip My Movers?

Tip culture can vary by industry. While it is never required, typically, any time you receive a non-essential service like a haircut or food delivery, this is a good way to show appreciation or commend a job well done. The same is true for moving. Ultimately, the answer to “Do I need to tip my mover” is that it is up to you! 

If you are satisfied with the level of service provided, it is a good idea to show your appreciation whether you do so monetarily or non-monetarily. Considering factors such as the difficulty and size of your move, the quality of service provided, and your budget can help you determine the appropriate amount to tip.


When Should I Give My Movers Their Tip?

When it comes to tipping etiquette, it is generally advised that you provide tips in cash and to each mover individually to ensure your appreciation is divided fairly and in the way you intend. You have the option to either tip your mover before or after your move is complete. These options offer unique benefits.

If you choose to tip at the beginning of the move, this may incentivize the crew to provide exceptional service. This can be a good option if you already know you have a particularly challenging move.

The other option is to give the tip at the end of the move once all your belongings have been safely delivered to the new home. This allows you to assess the quality of service provided by the movers and ensures that you are only providing a monetary reward for work that has been completed. 


How Much Should I Tip My Movers?

Tipping your movers is a personal decision based on your level of satisfaction with their work. While there is no hard and fast rule, a general guideline is to tip around 5-10% of the total cost of your move or $5-$10 per hour per mover. However, the actual amount may vary depending on certain factors. 


When to Tip More:

If your movers provide exceptional service, it is appropriate to tip closer to 10% of the total cost of your move or $10 per mover per hour. Exceptional service can be defined by the following:
  • Going above and beyond to streamline your moving process. 
    This could include things like carefully packing fragile items, working quickly and efficiently, or providing friendly and professional customer service.
  • Handling a particularly challenging move. 
    For example, if you are moving to a high-rise apartment building with no elevator, or if you have bulky and heavy items that require extra effort to move, gratuity may be a way to show your gratitude for the extra work involved.
  • Facing unexpected challenges during the move. 
    For example, if there is heavy rain on moving day and the movers must take extra care to keep your belongings dry, or if they must work around unexpected road closures or traffic delays, a tip may be a way to acknowledge their efforts.

When to Tip Less:

If your movers meet your expectations but you have an easy or standard move, it can be appropriate to tip closer to 5% of the total cost of your move or $5 per mover per hour. 

Additionally, if you are on a budget but want to still show your appreciation monetarily, any amount you are able to provide is appreciated.


When Not Tipping Movers Is Justified

Unfortunately, not every move goes according to plan and if that is the case, you may want to reconsider monetary rewards. Here are a few circumstances that might deter you from reaching for your wallet:
  • If you had a bad experience with the moving company. 
    If they were late, careless with your belongings, or disrespectful to you or your property, you may not feel inclined to tip them. 
  • If you had a particularly difficult move and the movers were unable or unwilling to handle it properly. 
    For example, if the movers were unable to navigate narrow staircases or damaged your furniture during the move, you may not feel comfortable rewarding them.
While tipping is a gesture of gratitude, it is by no means a must, and the movers should not expect or demand one from you. If you feel that they did not meet your expectations or were unable to handle the challenges of your move, it is justified not to reward them. However, communicating your concerns with the moving company is always a good idea. 

If you are on a tight budget, it is okay to forgo monetary appreciation. The most important thing is to let the movers know you are thankful for their hard work and dedication. But showing your appreciation does not always need to be monetary.


Non-Monetary Ways to Show Appreciation

Providing Food and Drinks

Although movers usually bring water for themselves, it is always a good idea to have some on hand, especially on hot days. Providing food for your movers is not required, but it can be a nice gesture when they have been working for several hours. Moving can be physically demanding, and providing refreshments can help keep your movers energized and motivated throughout the entire process. 

If you do decide to provide food and drinks, you may want to consider the preferences and dietary restrictions of your movers. You can ask them in advance if they have any food allergies or preferences and provide a variety of options to ensure that everyone is accommodated. 

Some good options for food and drinks include water, sports drinks, sandwiches, and healthy snacks like fruit and granola bars. Avoid foods that are messy or difficult to eat, as this can slow down the moving process and create more work for your movers. 

Allowing Bathroom Access

One overlooked aspect of moving etiquette is allowing bathroom access to the moving crew. During moving day, it is crucial to remember that the movers are engaged in physically demanding work for an extended period. 

Providing them with access to a clean and functional bathroom can go a long way in ensuring their comfort and well-being. This small gesture demonstrates thoughtfulness and appreciation for their efforts.

Verbal Gratitude

Verbal gratitude is another way to demonstrate appreciation. While the physical labor of moving may be carried out by professional movers, expressing appreciation through words can make a significant impact. Taking a moment to thank the moving crew for their hard work and assistance shows respect for their efforts and acknowledges their contribution to a successful move. 

Simple words of gratitude or even learning your movers’ names can create a positive and friendly environment and makes the moving experience more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Providing food and drinks, verbally expressing your gratitude for a job well done, and allowing bathroom access are all great ways to show appreciation to the moving professionals. And let’s not forget the most cost-effective way to express your gratitude for the crew’s efforts: Leaving a positive review!


Moving With Atlas Van Lines

At Atlas Van Lines, we have provided exceptional, professional moving services for over 75 years. We offer a variety of moving services to make your move as smooth as possible, from furniture moving, packing services, moving storage, and more. 

Our team of professional movers are experienced and reliable, with careful attention to customer care. Whether you are relocating across town or cross-country moving, Atlas Van Lines can help you get there. Request your free moving quote and discover the Atlas difference.