Your moving day is fast approaching and you have everything planned out. You’ve packed your life neatly into boxes and suitcases, you’ve wrapped up your furniture, and you’ve hired a professional moving company like secure moving. Now comes the final (and most awkward) part: how much do you tip your movers on the big day or maybe stressful day?

The only rule when it comes to tipping your movers is that there’s absolutely no pressure to do it. But you hired them for a reason: moving takes a lot of heavy lifting that you’d rather not do yourself. Tipping is a simple way to say thanks for a job well done.

While tipping is never required, sometimes you might want to show a little extra appreciation. Here’s how to determine when — and how much — to tip your movers.


Not all moving companies are created equally. If you get anything less than an exceptional experience, you definitely shouldn’t feel obligated to hand over more cash. But if your movers have gone above and beyond what you expected, it’s a nice gesture to reward their hard work.

Tipping your movers is appropriate if:

•they showed up on time,

•they finished your move in a shorter timeline than expected,

•they had to navigate excessive flights of stairs,

•they helped you pack your things,

•nothing was damaged in the move, or

•they wowed you with their customer service and professionalism

If they showed up late, damaged your things, or acted unprofessionally, keep your wallet in your pocket.


There’s no hard-and-fast rule to tipping movers but if you’re going to tip, it’s generally best to give each crew member an equal amount. If you’d rather just deal with one person, give the full tip to the head mover so they can split it evenly among the crew.

As a guideline, most people will tip their movers 5-10%. For example: if your move costs $1,200, you could give the crew any amount starting at $60. If you have three movers, that works out to $20 each.


If you’re not comfortable doling out cash, that’s okay. You can always tip your movers in other ways on moving day. It’s almost guaranteed that your movers are going to work up a sweat, so cold refreshments are a nice gesture. If your move is starting early in the morning, offer your movers coffee and bananas to fuel them up for the day ahead. If your move runs over their lunch or dinner break, you could provide a simple meal like pizza or sandwiches.

Tipping is one of those awkward things that no one really knows to handle. But don’t stress out over it! A good moving company will never expect a tip. If you choose to give them something — whether it’s cash, a beverage, or a smile — they will always be grateful.


How to treat movers?

To motivate the moving experts you’ve hired for the job and to keep their morale and energy level high enough throughout the house move,

•Offering cash tips to your movers for a job well done is always appreciated but there are other ways you can thank your moving crew: leave a positive review about their outstanding service.

offer refreshing beverages to your workers: cold drinking water or sodas during the summer period, and tea, coffee or hot chocolate during the winter. Stick to non-alcoholic drinks as most moving companies have a policy against their moving crews drinking alcohol before, during or after a job is completed.

•If the move is bound to take many hours to complete, offer your professional helpers snacks, sandwiches or even think about treating them to pizza for lunch. Or, considering how often they get offered pizza, maybe you are willing to ask them what they would like to have for lunch to renew their energy?

•Get a bathroom ready for them and make sure it’s equipped with enough liquid soap and disposable paper towels.

•Finally, if you’re satisfied with the moving company you’ve chosen and the way the professional workers handled your household move from Day 1, then do find 10 minutes in your busy schedule to do them a huge favor: to share the successful partnership with the world by writing a moving review about the quality services of your mover. It’s never a bad idea to ask the names of the professional helpers who you noticed to work the hardest, and then to praise their commendable efforts by mentioning their individual names in the moving review – you can be sure that they will appreciate it.

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