I'm moving from LI down to SC (retired last month). Three BR house with a fair amount of stuff. Movers are coming Thursday and I am getting advice all over the place on what to tip the crew. I do think there will be a crew for up here and one for down there.
lunch on both ends of the move. They will appreciate the gesture. Tipping in cash is also a definite but tricky depending on how many in the crew, the amount of work each person is doing and if it’s same or different crew on the unloading end. We moved a couple years ago and had a crew of 5 or 6 guys on the loading end and 4 on the unloading end. We tipped $75-$100 each and gave the driver (who also supervised the loading, did all the paperwork, etc.) an additional tip.
Hire a Helper recently. It was a crew of four each time. Both times they were there 3 hours. I gave them 20 dollars each and they seemed very happy. One guy basically hugged me. The 50 I am seeing maybe accurate if they are there a full day but it seems excessive to me. Your move is really two moves since you are moving a long distance.
Where are you moving to in South Carolina ??
2-story house ?? Any heavy lifting up those stairs ??
There will be 2 different crews on this job (they don't travel down to SC with the Truck) so you'll be tipping twice. There's a chance your stuff will be unpacked from the truck and put into a larger Moving Van with somebody else's stuff that may be headed south too.....so tip the guys in LI plenty so they handle your stuff with care if they have to do it twice.
Do NOT let the Movers handle anything of value -- Audio eqpt, Musical Instruments, Fine China, Family Heirlooms. Their Insurance Policy is figured on Weight & Volume, at pennies on the dollar.
The Amounts quoted above are about right. I had a 4 man crew at the load-out in Charleston. I gave the Head Honcho a handful of Twennies and let him divvy it up as he saw fit.
Good Luck with the Move. Welcome to the Palmetto State.
...five guys and a foreman worked their asses off for 14 hours for about 1000 bucks. We gave each guy a 100 dollar tip, and we bought them lunch, dinner, and unlimited drinks all day. I literally felt bad for them.
When I retired and moved from a 3 bedroom, it was an opportunity to downsize bigtime. Do you really need all that stuff in SC?
Been trying: sold a lot of stuff in yard sales and on craigslist anf FB and threw out lots more. But Im overwhelmed with the stuff --and duplicated stuff-- I still have.
What they say about boats--you don't own them; they own you-- seems true about most of the stuff we accumulate. The Latin root for material and mother--mater--is the same. It's hard but necessary to let go.
Named Later-- We are headed to Keowee Fan's backyard
Funny story about our move down from NJ -- The Head Honcho had a clipboard and numbered stickers, he logged everything that went on that truck with a sticker. 10 pages worth of our stuff.
Down here, a different crew off-loaded the truck. Our stuff came out in rapid fire. Dynamite wouldn't have been any quicker....it just would have made smaller pieces !!
We got settled in over the next few weeks. But DW couldn't find any of our Family Photos. She had put them in a box clearly labeled 'Photos -- Handle with Care' but no such box was found in our new house. We envisioned some other family down in Florida gazing at our Daughter's Graduation Photos.
Months later, we got a warm February day. I went outside to light the Grill for steaks. I lifted the lid on the grill -- and there was the box 'Photos -- Handle with Care' Good thing I checked before firing it up !!
It's all about Volume on the Truck to these Movers. Putting that box inside the Grill saved them space!
Remember -- Take everything you value down here in your own car.
I worked as a mover for a few years in NJ in the late 90s
We had a crew of 6. Gave them $60 each, along with $75 for the crew chief. Bought them chicken breas parmagiana heros from the local Italian pork store we favor, along with Gatorades,, but it seems they had a bakery problem and served on day-old which was a little chewier than usual. Oh, well.
Chief said the tips were much appreiated, which I took as a favorable response.
We moved last week. Asked them what they wanted for lunch. 3 of 4 wanted pizza, the fourth wanted a chef's salad because he's diabetic.
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