Based upon the numerous questions Olympia Moving has received since the release of this blog, we felt that we should address some of the most frequently asked questions relating to tipping protocols.
Tipping Movers at Your Discretion
Is tipping mandatory? Tipping is not mandatory and you should never be made to feel otherwise. Tipping is at your discretion and should be considered a reward for an exceptional performance. If you feel the movers provided a superior service, a tip is certainly appreciated. If you feel that your movers did not live up to your standards, then no tip is required.
How Much to Tip Movers
How much should we tip? There is no hard and fast rule on this and tips generally range anywhere from $20 to $100 per crew member; contingent upon the size and scope of the job. Typically, the larger the project, the larger the tip; however any tip is always appreciated.
Which Moving Crew to Tip
Do we just tip the driver, or the whole crew? Most people just tip the driver, and then the driver distributes the money to the rest of the crew. Some clients prefer to tip each individual crew member (which is also fine). Occasionally, clients will tip each crew member a different amount; however given that the crews work together as a team; this approach is not advisable.
Who gets the tip? The crew retains 100% of the tip.
Finally, if you do choose to tip the crew, we suggest that you take the opportunity to tell the crew what they did to deserve a tip and provide some constructive criticism. Any professional mover will relish an opportunity to receive feedback directly from their client.