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Should You Tip Piano Movers?

Published by Chris Townsend

Tippin can be tricky with certain services, especially when the cost of the service is fairly high to begin. As a full-service moving company, we often get questions about whether or not customers should tip their movers. There is no clear-cut rule of thumb or answer to the question, but there are a lot of different perspectives out there depending on who you talk to. The question can be even more difficult to grapple with when you’re paying for a very specific service that requires some delicacy and expertise, such as moving a piano. It’s also a very popular topic you’ll find on a lot of forums and message boards about pianos and organs, so we’ve decided to lay out an answer for people that makes sense. As a company that is working within the industry, here is our take on the question of “Should you tip piano movers?”.

The simplest answer to whether you should tip movers of any kind is this: it’s not expected, but it is appreciated. With that said, a lot of our customers do tip our drivers and movers, especially those that request specialized services like hot tub, safe, or piano moving. Ultimately, it’s up to you if you want to tip or not and we definitely understand that you’re already paying a decent chunk of change for moving services to begin with.

Three Movers is one of the most affordable and experienced moving companies you’ll find anywhere in the industry, and that includes moving pianos, organs, and other items that require some special expertise! To learn more about piano or general moving services, or if you’d like a FREE moving quote right way, call us today at (888) 202-0036! Cost estimates are always 100% FREE of charge—just tell us what you need and we’ll provide an instant FREE price quote!

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If You Do Decide to Tip

As we mentioned above, any tip is always appreciated, but if you’re wondering how much to tip, there are some general guidelines that can help you determine what amount is appropriate. Of the customers who do tip our workers, the majority of them tip between 10 to 20 percent of the total cost of the move, but even that depends on the size and the scope of the move. Customers who only need moving help to relocate across town will often tip a flat amount rather than a percentage, usually based on the amount of time it takes. $20 to $40 per movers is fairly normal in a lot of cases when the move doesn’t take more than a couple hours. It’s the larger and longer moves that most often see a tip that involves a percentage of the total cost—a number that is fine to split between the entire moving crew. For example, if the total cost of moving a piano to another city is $1,000, then a tip of 10% to 20% is more than generous and would mean that $100 to $200 is split among the moving crew.

Other Considerations

One thing outside of tipping that is greatly appreciated is you have some bottled water for the movers. Obviously, moving can be pretty tough work and having a cold bottle of water is really helpful, especially after loading or unloading something heavy like a piano or organ. Many of our movers bring their own of course, but the gesture is always appreciated. If you really want to go above and beyond, you can offer the movers a portable snack when they’re done, which again is more of a generous touch than any sort of expectation.

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Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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