Tipping: How Much to Give and When?

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Curees have been drawing up their budgets and writing up their shopping plans. Over the next few weeks they’ll encounter that universally awkward moment. To tip or not to tip? That is the puzzling question...

Here’s our rough guide to making that moment go a little more smoothly. For even greater ease, have the cash folded up and at the ready.

  • Small moves: $10-$20 for small moves, 1 mover, 1-10 items and nothing over 20 lbs.
  • Large and difficult moves (stairs, narrow doorways, small elevators, odd furniture or appliances, large heavy boxes): $20-$50 for large and difficult moves Decide if you’re splitting the tip or if you want to tip each mover individually.
  • Furniture or Large Appliance Delivery: $5-$10. Tip more if the delivery is large or awkward or if the piece requires assembly.
  • Building Handyman: Tip optional. We suggest tipping if they've gone above and beyond the call of duty and provided great service: if they came out at an odd hour or completed a job that prevented you from calling in a more expensive professional.
  • Electricians, Plumbers, Painters, and other professionals: Tips are not expected; their fee covers their work. Offer them a cool drink instead. We’ve only tipped when the service has been exceptional: the electrician who not only installed our chandelier but strung all its crystals; the plumber who unclogged our drain and fixed our medicine chest when he noticed it was loose on its hinges

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