Answer: You should tip $20-40 per mover for a full day of moving.
When you hire a professional crew for moving, you should always tip each crew member at the end of the day. A good amount is usually 15-20% of each mover’s pay for the day. This usually works out to around $20-40 per person per day. This is just a guideline and tipping more is always good. Additionally, tipping is usually based on the quality of the service, so tipping extra for amazing service is always a good idea.
Most people tip in cash. Some companies allow you to add the tip onto the bill with your credit card, but cash is more usual.
Tipping is always optional, but it is usually expected. So, you don’t technically have to tip, and nothing bad will happen if you don’t, but it is considered an industry standard and you should factor this into your budget when planning to book professional movers.
When tipping movers, it’s best to give the tip at the end of the day either to each individual mover on the crew, or to the crew leader to distribute among the team members.
It’s not always possible to tip on moving day. Another way to show your appreciation is to provide a meal for the moving team if it’s an all day job. If you go this route, make sure you ask if anyone in the group has any special food needs or preferences. It is not recommended to offer the crew beer at the end of the day. Many companies have policies against their employees drinking on the job.
If you’re unable to do anything extra at all, you can also show your appreciation by leaving a positive review for the moving company. You should ask the crew manager where the best place would be to do that. Some prefer reviews on their own websites, while others would like to get more positive Yelp or Google reviews.
Usually, you give a gratuity at the end of the day after everything has been unloaded. That way, you can tip based on performance and the crew doesn’t have to worry about misplacing the cash throughout the busy moving day. It is often the last thing you do before the movers leave and you settle into your new home or office space.