Tipping your mover is not a requirement, however, as is the case with any service-oriented business, your tip should reflect your level of satisfaction and appreciation for the job that was done. And while tipping is not expected, it is always very much appreciated.
So, what is an appropriate amount to tip a mover? Although opinions on tipping vary, it is ultimately up to you how much you decide to tip. There are no hard and fast rules. It would be difficult to base tipping on the cost of the move. The amount of time it takes for movers to load a truck is the same whether the truck is going across town or across the country, although the cost of the move will vary significantly. You may want to take the number of days it takes the movers to drive to your new location into consideration. Again, there are no hard and fast rules, these are just suggestions.
You may also want to consider the level of difficulty of the move when deciding how much to tip. The movers have been entrusted to handle your personal items with care and get them safely to your new home. The physical labor involved is hard work, and if the crew has carried heavy items up or down a long flight of twisting stairs, that should be reflected in the tip.
Keep in mind that while offering your moving crew food and drinks is a kind gesture and will be very much appreciated, it shouldn’t be viewed as a substitute for a tip.
The biggest tip about tipping your movers is don’t give all the cash to one person for distribution. It is always best to give each person their own tip and show them your appreciation for the work they have done.