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How Much to Tip For Heavy Labor?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Leo Jay, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. Leo Jay

    Leo Jay Senior Member

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    How much do you guys tip for furniture/mattress/refrigerator deliveries, piano movers, etc.?  

    And what elements factor into it: the number of of guys involved?  Stairs vs. elevator?  Number of flights?  Whether they're also removing the old mattress/refrigerator?

    Is there a generally accepted formula?  Or do you just make your own unscientific judgement as to what's a fair and reasonable amount?


    Edited because though generally a good speller, 'refrigerator' is one of those words I always want to mangle (note the uneditable thread subtitle...)
     


  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Stylish Dinosaur

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    It depends, I usually tip about $10/person for a delivery of a very heavy item (like a mattress) but it really depends on the level of service, how much work they have to do, etc.
     


  3. kabert

    kabert Distinguished Member

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    I don't know of a formula/etiquette for this really; however, for my two house moves (using a moving company and one of those 18-wheel moving vans), I tipped each man $20 except the driver, to whom I gave $40 or $50.

    I think it depends on the size of the job -- if it takes them all day of hard labor or just a couple of hours.
     


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    scnupe7 Distinguished Member

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    I hired movers for my last major move.  I tipped each mover $20.
     


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    On my moves, I used to tip $20 and a cold beer...however, due to liability issues, I'm now down to just the cash. For the last move, the movers worked hard and fast (in-town, half-day move), so I tipped them each $40.
     


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