Mover Etiquette: How to Treat Your Movers on Moving Day

Moving day is finally upon you! After weeks of packing, sorting, cleaning, organizing and coordinating, the day you’ve prepared for is officially here. The movers are knocking at your front door when a sense of panic suddenly ensues because you completely forgot about taking care of THEM. There’s no going back now and you don’t have any cash on hand for the tip, there’s not even a drop of drinkable water anywhere to be found, and the snacks can be found in the pantry box buried in the garage! If you’ve ever been faced with this gut wrenching reality, you’re not alone! There’s a lot of speculation regarding how much to tip, what to provide your movers, and sorting out the details, so, we’re here to provide the official etiquette ensuring you’re fully prepared!

Tipping

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As a service professional who works exceedingly hard to move and manage your most prized possessions, proper etiquette absolutely suggests that you tip your moving crew. Here’s the “inside scoop” on tipping your movers:

  • Tipping amounts for movers vary, however, it should be based on the size project they’re managing for you. If you have a limited amount of goods and it only took a half day, around $10 per person is considered acceptable. However, if you have an extensive move with exceptionally large furniture, long walking distance to the truck, and it’s a full day move, then, $20 per person is recommended. Sources have also confirmed 5%-10% of the total moving bill is also a fair rate.
  • When tipping, be sure to present the tips to each individual, rather than giving them all to the foreman to distribute. It’s a sign of respect toward each person and their specialized role in your move. Having the tips organized in individual envelopes at the beginning of the day, helps you avoid scrambling last minute.
  • Always tip your movers in cash.
  • Something else to consider when tipping is the quality of the service they provided. Did they do a mediocre job and cut corners or did they do an AMAZING job and pay attention to all the details? This often will dictate just how generous you would like to be. Movers should be on time, treat your things like their own and be organized.
  • Tipping is almost always allowed by moving companies. However, just to be sure, check with the moving company ahead of time, to ensure you’re respecting their guidelines.

Food & Drinks

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When it comes to food and drinks, it’s really up to the discretion of the homeowner, however, here are a few easy parameters to consider:

  • The general consensus is that at the very least, you are expected to provide your movers with cold, bottled water or a jug with plastic or paper cups, if you prefer. In addition to bottled water, it’s a nice courtesy to have additional cold drinks on hand like Gatorade or lemonade.
  • Some people prefer to purchase the moving crew lunch as their only “tip”, while others provide a monetary tip in addition to lunch! It’s important to note that if you do plan on providing lunch, be sure to provide them with a few different food choice options, rather than just assuming one or the other. Also be sure to ask if any of the crew members have specific allergies.
  • If you opt out of providing a full lunch, snacks for the crew members are a great alternative. Things like snack size cracker pouches, fresh grapes, orange slices, and granola bars are great options!
  • Always avoid giving beer or any other form of alcohol to the crew at the end of the day. Many companies have strict policies about drinking on the job and you are best off avoiding any potential liability issues.

Showing Appreciation & Respect

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Showing appreciation for your movers doesn’t have to stop at a tip or providing food and drink. Simple kindness also goes a long way. Here’s some simple but thoughtful ways to express your gratitude:

  • Recognize them by name to their supervisor or even just saying a personal thank you goes a long way too.
  • Write an online review on Google or the company’s social media account, and mention specific crew member’s names who went above and beyond.
  • Offer for the movers to take your unwanted furniture. If you have old furniture you are disposing of or that won’t fit, offer for one of the movers to take it.
  • Offer them a place to rest during their breaks. This can be as simple as putting a few lawn chairs out in a shaded area of your lawn.
  • Point them to the restroom when they first arrive and be sure it’s stocked with liquid soap and paper towels.
  • Make yourself available. Be available to answer any questions, show them around and overall assist in making their job easier however you can!

Whether you’ve moved one time or ten, there’s one thing for sure, you don’t need added stress on moving day! Being prepared ahead of time takes the stress off of you, the movers and everyone involved. Use this guide and share it with your family and friends so you can count on an AMAZING and efficient moving day from this day forward!

17 Responses to “Mover Etiquette: How to Treat Your Movers on Moving Day”

  1. Alicia Byrne
    June 23, 2020 at 12:10 am

    I like your suggestion of offering movers a place to rest during their breaks to show them our appreciation. I think it’s good that we have the proper etiquette when dealing with movers so that everyone is happy throughout the house moving process. My sister is moving soon and I’ll make sure I remind her on how to show appreciation to the movers when she decides on a moving company.

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  2. Henry Nicholas US
    June 30, 2020 at 3:22 am

    Really this is a fabulous post for me to move first time with my essential material to my new destination. To plan the whole household material pack needs some good ideas for that. To finish this purpose I need some pre-step for moving well. Here I get some pre-planning to perform this purpose. Plenty of helping resources you share, thanks.

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  3. Smita Bansal
    December 18, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Really wonderful and great one from you again. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful article. Hope this will help many people while relocation process. Before hiring packers and movers, you should maintain a clear checklist and monitor that. That’s very essential.

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  4. Kevin Ross
    February 23, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Most movers are very much appreciative with just food and drinks but I personally prefer giving monetary tips after the moving day. I actually remembered the guys who helped me move back then because they took extra care of my stuff. Thankfully I did treat them well the last time and it made me a lot more confident that they’ll be handling this upcoming moving day the same way they previously did.

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  5. Chance Cook
    August 10, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I’ll try my best to get different food options for whatever movers I hire. I might just do pizza honestly. But I’ll be sure to ask what kind they like before ordering though.

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    September 21, 2021 at 6:09 am

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  7. Claire Masters
    October 18, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Thanks for the tip that I should provide some refreshments for movers when help you move out. I’m planning to have my piano removed at my old apartment so I have to get ready. I should go grocery shopping then. I hope I find removal services that are respectful and hardworking in return.

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    November 27, 2021 at 12:49 am

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  11. Jeff Carbine
    January 3, 2022 at 7:37 am

    I never knew that as a service professional who works exceedingly hard to move and manage your most prized possessions, proper etiquette absolutely suggests that you tip your moving crew. I never thought that it would be like this, it is an intriguing article to read and I will also share this with my aunt. Thank you for the information about movers.

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  12. John Carston
    January 10, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    I like how you mentioned that tipping is one of the ways that you are showing appreciation to the service provider. A friend mentioned to me last night that he is planning to move his other furniture to his mother’s house and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I’ll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if he consults a trusted moving services company as they can answer all his inquiries and will surely provide good-quality service. https://www.affordablechicago.com/moving/

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  13. Victoria Addington
    February 2, 2022 at 5:10 am

    I am most captivated when you mentioned that showing appreciation for your movers doesn’t have to stop at a tip or providing food and drink since simple kindness also goes a long way. We are moving to our newly built house soon and we’re looking for movers that can accompany us. I’ll make sure to follow your tips so we can have a smooth moving process.
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  14. John Carston
    February 7, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    I never knew that each person has a designated role for the service. My workmate told me that he needs to move his other furniture to his mother’s house, he asked if I could help him to move things with him. I’m grateful for your advice about how a moving service can help us transfer the furniture hassle-free. I’ll be sure to tell him that it will be much better to hire one. https://qualitypromoving.com/

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  15. Victoria Addington
    February 18, 2022 at 1:12 am

    It made sense that the amount of tip to give your movers should depend on the size of the project they handled. We are moving to a new house that’s why we need assistance from a moving service. This got me thinking to give tips since the job is will be hard.
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  16. John Carston
    February 25, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    I’m glad that you talked about how tipping is a form of letting your service provider feel appreciated. I have a cousin who is looking for a service that can help him move his office furniture to his new one, he asked if I have any idea what is the best option to consider. I’m grateful for your advice on how furniture removalist service can help us move things hassle-free, we will consider hiring one for sure. https://www.budget.net.au/furniture-removals/

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  17. Jeff Carbine
    March 8, 2022 at 9:38 am

    My favorite part of this article is tipping rates for movers vary, but they should be determined by the scale of the project they’re working on for you. Someone recently told me about this and it is different from what I understand. Thanks for helping me understand furniture removalists.
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