A lot of faith is put into professional movers by consumers and a good professional mover is invaluable. You are trusting the mover to take your possessions and load them onto a truck. They are giving you a good service and it is proper etiquette to tip them as you would a good waitress, waiter, or hairdresser. Of course, the tip should be based on job performance, a bad attitude and a bad job performance is not worthy of a tip but a moving professional who is attentive, helpful, and professional should be given a fair tip.
Many times professional movers did not expect tips but they always appreciate a good tip as it is a sign that their efforts are appreciated.
Some common courtesy gestures for your movers:
Moving is hard, back breaking work. Keeps bottled water, soda, or sports drinks around and offer them to your movers.
If you would be comfortable doing so, you could offer to buy your movers lunch as part of the tip and also as a courtesy.
How Much To Tip?
Tipping a mover is not based on percentages the way tipping a waitress or waiter is. Here are some basic guidelines to follow that are considered appropriate tips for good work…
An appropriate tip for a half day move ( 4 hours) is $10 per person.
A full day move (8hours) is $20 per person.
If the moving crew spends most of the day getting your belongings packed and ready, a $40 tip person is appropriate.
Make sure you give each mover the cash tip individually in person.