So How Much Should I Tip My Movers?

Real Estate Agent with Classic Realty Realtor

I was just asked by one of my clients a question about Moving Companies. More specifically, how much do you tip the movers? Are tips expected? Do I give everything to the Foreman of the crew and let him/her disperse the money to the other individuals or simply give to each person myself?

These are all very good questions. If you are like me, you want to be fair and I like to think of tips as "Merit pay". The job has been done well and whatever I choose to give the movers should be a true reflection of my appreciation.

I did notice this post on the subject of tipping movers. You might want to take a look because it does get into specifics when tipping. Remember, I'm a Real Estate Professional, not a mover, and that is why this article can really assist you on the subject: Tipping Movers?

So How Much Should I Tip My Movers? For sure, tip each individual - don't give it all to the Foreman and let it show a reflection of your gratitude for a job well done.


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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

David, this has never come up but it makes sense that movers should be rewarded for a job well-done. Thanks for the link to the article. It definitely provided some insight into this subject.

May 15, 2013 12:28 AM #1
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I think this is a great post because I think alot of the time it just doesn't occur to people.  I liked the link as well.

May 15, 2013 01:18 AM #2
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes

David, Good blog something we all grapple with and yes tip everyone individually!


May 15, 2013 02:49 AM #3
Mike Crosby
Mike Crosby Realty - Placentia, CA
Placentia- Yorba Linda Real Estate - 714-742-2897

I recently had do extra yard work cleaning up the "back 40".  I thought he way under bid the job. So I gave him a large tip and asked my I please tip your workers.  That way I know they got what I was intenting for them.

May 15, 2013 10:09 AM #4
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I think that you often run the risk (if you give it to the boss) of the money not making it where it should go.

May 15, 2013 10:15 AM #5
Ann Griffin
Coldwell Banker Trails and Paths Premier Properties - Mesa, AZ
Realtor, ABR, E-PRO, SRES in Mesa, AZ

I never heard of tipping movers before. However, reading the post and the comments, I can see that if you hire Joe's Corner Movers and they show up with a 2 ton truck, maybe tips would be in order. I can't see paying the big national movers' employees anything extra, though. Buy them pizza and soda for lunch, give them a case of beer, but no more. They are doing their job like the rest of us.

May 15, 2013 10:23 AM #6
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

I guess it is something to be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Just like tipping for any other services we receive, yes?

May 15, 2013 10:36 AM #7
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I usually give them $10 or $20 per person, and might even throw in a case of beer -- as long as they start drinking after everything is moved in. If they don't perform as expected, I'm not so generous. I had one experience in which I handed them a check for less than agreed upon amount, listening to them protesting, claiming I could not do that, but I certainly did do it. They took off for a 2-hour lunch, left my refrigerator full of perishables out in the sun, showed up late and not in uniform as promised . . .

May 15, 2013 11:31 AM #8
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

I refer a few movers all the time, there is no right answer according to what they have told me. You will come up with the right answer once the delivery is done.

May 15, 2013 11:36 AM #9
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

David - I've never been asked this question before by a client and honestly wouldn't have a clue what the norm would be.

May 15, 2013 12:03 PM #10
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

David never gave much thought to this, but I can see this question being asked.   Thanks for the link.

May 15, 2013 12:07 PM #11
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

David, this is a question I have never been asked and would have no idea how much. Glad to see the answers. Sharon

May 15, 2013 02:37 PM #12
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

I always tip the movers and offer them cold bottled water and donuts or pizza.  Especially when they're really careful about not damaging either the furniture OR the house ... they are worth their wegiht in gold.  A smile and pleasant attitude at the beginning goes a long way to make sure they'll work hard to protect your treasures!

May 15, 2013 03:51 PM #13
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

I've moved a couple of times and have always tipped the movers. I did give the money to the boss though, but I did it in front of everyone.

May 15, 2013 04:25 PM #14
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

David - I've never had this question come up though we have fed the movers.

May 15, 2013 04:27 PM #15
Aaron Hofmann
Atlanta Communities - Smyrna, GA
aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings

I would agree that you either tip everyone individually or you tip the boss, but do it in front of everyone so that you're not concerned that he might just pocket the whole tip.

May 15, 2013 04:52 PM #16
Bill and MaryAnn Wagner
Wagner Real Estate Group - Ocean City, NJ
Jersey Shore and South Jersey Real Estate
I've always wondered what amount was appropriate. Thanks for the guidance.
May 15, 2013 10:38 PM #17
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I guess it all depends how hard they have work for you. .

but they all should be tipped. .that is a breaking back job


May 15, 2013 10:46 PM #18
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, excellent post, and a great idea!   These movers are moving all of your precious belongings and to keep them safe a nice would be warranted!

May 15, 2013 11:20 PM #19
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Thank you to everyone who not only stopped by but took a few moments to share your thoughts on the topic of Tipping Movers. I was surprised when I turned on my computer this morning and found so many comments. I hope everyone found the link I provided as enlightening on the subject. Again - thank you.

May 16, 2013 02:00 AM #20
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