If you go into the archives of FlatRate’s blog posts you may stumble upon a 2016 post about tipping your movers. We decided it is time to update our guide on tipping your movers after a job well done.

It was especially time to revamp our previous post seeing as our brand new FlatRate App allows you to tip your movers directly through the app among a host of other features!

The questions remain the same. Is it mandatory to tip my movers? How much should I tip and who exactly should it go to? When is a tip definitely warranted and when should a tip be foregone?

Moving can be stressful and oftentimes the last thing on anyone’s mind is gratuity. After all, you are undoubtedly anxious about all of your items arriving on time and in the condition they left in, probably already thinking about the process of unpacking/organizing everything, all combined with the sheer excitement and joy that comes with a brand new apartment or house to call home.

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Is it Mandatory to Tip My Movers?

The short answer here is: no. That being said, movers tend to rely on tips. Tipped employees include the person who serves you a delicious plate of food, styles your hair, or drives you across town in record time. Like all of these people, movers take pride in their work. Like anyone in the service industry, they deserve a tip for a great experience.

Let’s look at why people use moving companies. Simply put, companies, like FlatRate, provide a service that oftentimes is impossible (no matter how much you think your friends want to attend your “moving party”) some moving jobs are better left to professionals. While FlatRate compensates its movers competitively for their hard work, tips are always greatly appreciated for great service.

Whether or not you’re capable of getting a few friends together to help with your move, it can be back-breaking work. Between navigating stairways, building restrictions and protecting not only your items but the apartments/houses you’re moving them out of, moving is not an easy job. Not to mention, the elements can often come into play when relocating. New Yorkers are no strangers to unbearable humidity in the summertime and bitter cold in the winter. Driving a moving truck through the rain or snow (especially one with all of your possessions in it) is no short order without years of experience.

To make a long answer shorter, with friendly and hardworking movers, a great job in the service industry deserves a gratuity.

NOTE: Although FlatRate doesn’t add a service charge onto your final bill, it never hurts to ask any potential moving company (although rare) if a gratuity has already been added to your bill.

How Much to Tip Your Movers

Tipping a mover is a little more complicated than getting your bill after a delicious meal. There is no “suggested gratuity” at the bottom of the bill. However, tipping your movers is still based on the total amount spent and the quality of the experience.

This is where opinions tend to differ. Although a 5-8% tip of your total move price is fairly standard. Some may tell you that 5% per mover is an appropriate amount. Again, these are only suggestions. For smaller moves, it’s not uncommon to tip 10-20% of the total move price.

Ultimately, the amount you tip depends on your total budget and your level of satisfaction. You should consider both the moving crew and how much the total job ended up costing. At FlatRate we recommend giving 5-8% of the total cost for long-distance moves and 10-20% for smaller, local jobs.

This could be given directly to the foreman to be split amongst the crew or given individually to each crew member. If you noticed one person working significantly harder than the rest, it’s your decision to potentially give that mover a little extra for their extra effort and care for your prized belongings.

Situations in Which You Might Not Want to Tip Your Movers

We’ve all heard of moving horror stories. Whether it was a broken marble table-top or movers that showed up late, left items at the previous residence, or tried to up-sell the move at the last minute leaving you with no other option but to pay, chances are you or someone you know has experienced something along these lines.

The idea behind FlatRate Moving is to provide one all-inclusive price so you don’t ever have to be worried about being charged more at the last minute. But are there situations where you simply should deny a tip or give the bare minimum? In short, yes.

If you had a moving team that showed up late, was rude to you or your family, used profanity in front of your children, took a dozen cigarette breaks and left scuffs in your walls and floors on the way out or in these are all viable situations to not tip your movers.

Ideally, if you’ve hired a reputable moving company, none of these things should ever be an issue. The best advice we can give here at FlatRate is before letting the movers drive away after doing a sub-par job is to talk to the foreman and express your dissatisfaction with them and the crew. If they can’t (or won’t) help it’s time to reach out to the customer service department of the moving company and rectify the situation.


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Beyond Cash Tips

Provide your moving crew with some cold water in the summertime or some hot coffee in the wintertime. Consideration, especially for those early morning moves, goes a long way with movers. While this shouldn’t forego a tip entirely, it is an extremely nice gesture. Movers tend to go directly from one job to the next. Sometimes without a lot of time to make a pit stop.

On particularly hot and humid days, a few bottles of water and a pizza for lunch can go a long way. Donuts and coffee always improve early morning moves.

Offering your friends a few beers for their hard work helping you move, is a great idea. Offering professional movers alcoholic drinks could put their jobs in jeopardy.

Again, a few bottles of water or coffee and maybe some donuts or pizza should never forego a tip. Presenting these comforts does go a long way to motivate your movers. People are more inclined to go above and beyond for a client who acknowledges hard work.

Tipping Demystified: In Conclusion

We hope that this guide helped to provide insight into how much and how to tip your movers. Our movers at FlatRate work hard and tips are a big part of any service industry job.

Thank you so much for reading our post, and be sure to check out the rest of our blog posts for a wealth of valuable information.

If you’re ready to receive a quote for your upcoming move follow this link to “Request a Quote” or simply give us a call and one of our dedicated professionals will help you with the entire process!