Moving Guide

How Much to Tip Movers

Moving Tips | Gerry Clark

Tipping has become almost an afterthought for those dining out. Unless experiencing the extremes of outstanding service or substandard treatment, consumers often just automatically apply a 15% or 20% gratuity to their bills.

Since an interstate move occurs so infrequently in people’s lives, individuals often aren’t sure whether to tip professional movers or what criteria to consider when reaching for their wallets.

Tips appreciated

When you hire a full-service moving company—such as a National Van Lines agent—you’re entrusting your valuables to a mover backed by the van line Americans have relied on for 90 years. These professional movers pride themselves on A-to-Z service and satisfaction.

Unlike an eatery experience, tipping your movers typically isn’t expected. However, recognizing and rewarding superior service is appreciated. Defining a moving-industry standard is a bit tricky, though, so here’s a list of factors to consider when deciding whether to tip your movers.


As your moving men finish moving you into your new home, consider how the day went. Did the driver and crew arrive on time? Did they listen, ask questions, provide expert advice and make you feel at ease? Is everything where and how it should be? Did they go above and beyond? Are you impressed?

If you answered “yes” to most of those questions, you might consider tipping your pro movers. The amount depends entirely on your satisfaction level.

Heavy duty

When deciding how much to tip your movers, consider the difficulty of the tasks. Did these hard-working professionals encounter flights of stairs, tight hallways or complex conditions? If you had to move a piano, artwork or other fragile items, you might want to show your appreciation.

Consider the overall weight or how much you moved. Moving furniture across country is an interstate-moving given, but did your shipment involve particularly large furniture pieces? Did it take a long time? Moving heavy appliances and furniture throughout a long, hot summer day might warrant a larger tip. The more specific your requests, the more you might consider tipping your moving men.

Time to tip

Determine whether you’d like to give the tip to the foreman or each of the pro movers individually. Some companies might have gratuity policies for your (or the workers’) protection, so check your contract or ask the National Van Lines’ moving company ahead of time. Also realize the crew moving you out might not be the same one moving you in; make sure you tip movers while you have the opportunity.

Feedback & fuel

You can’t go wrong providing drinks, snacks or refreshments—but they’re not expected. Consider posting a glowing online review and mention the foreman (and any standouts) by name.

After a hard day’s work, a tip signals gratitude and respect for their profession. Plus, it lets them know they did a great job!

At National Van Lines, we make long-distance moving easy. As a national moving company, we’ve been helping families move memories for nearly 90 years. Contact us online or call 877.590.2810 for answers to your questions plus a FREE moving quote.

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