Steve Harper

You will likely want to tip the professional movers who bring the contents of an entire apartment to your new home.


But tipping movers can be tricky: how much should you tip, and how should you deliver the thank-you reward?

You might consider the findings of our tipping survey. Follow this guide to show the proper appreciation for their big part in your apartment move.

Survey: Mover tipping behavior
Apartment Guide took a recent survey of movers regarding their typical tipping behavior. Almost three quarters of responders (3 out of 4 people) do show their appreciation by tipping their professional movers.

The amount differed, however. Thirty-nine percent indicated they tip 10 percent of the moving cost; one in four surveyed tipped 20 percent. 17 percent prefer an hourly tip rate, but one quarter said they tip a flat per-person rate for each mover.

Though tipping amounts and philosophies vary, tipping seems to be considered a fair gesture to extend to professional movers for their service.

You might wish to inquire about the moving company’s tipping policy and protocol, as well. It is often appreciated for you to tip in cash, so plan ahead to make sure you have the right amount on hand to tip each participant.

You can also add other refreshing perks for your professional movers. Feel free to offer bottled water, sodas and snacks. Do not, however, provide beer or alcohol of any kind. It is likely forbidden by their moving company for them to drink on the job, and it's just not a smart idea to get the people carrying your prized possessions tipsy.

Aspects that might alter your tip
There are aspects of your move that might raise or lower the amount of your tip. If your move involves several flights of stairs, very heavy furniture or any other remarkably difficult aspects, you might want to increase the amount of the tip. You also may want to tip more if your movers somehow went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure your belongings got to your new apartment safely.

However, if you received poor service, you might want to consider lowering the amount. If the professional movers are unprofessional, rude or careless with your possessions, you might not be in such a generous mood.

The bottom line
Tipping movers is a personal choice. Tip your professional movers an amount with which you feel comfortable in the situation. Tipping is, after all, an act of kindness meant to show your appreciation for the assistance provided.

Survey methodology
The survey was conducted among 1,000 adults in the U.S. The interviews were conducted online by RedShift Research in March 2013 using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total populations aged 18 and older. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level is, plus or minus, 3.1 percentage points.

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About The Author

Steve Harper enjoys seeking out and writing about topics that matter to renters for the Apartment Guide Blog. He hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Find Steve on Google.