Am I Supposed to Tip My Movers?

Dollar notes and coins as a sign of tips

To Tip or Not to Tip

This seems to be a big question for some. The answer is yes and not just because we’re movers. Service workers such as wait staff, cabbies, bellhops, bartenders, newspaper deliverers, and movers are typically tipped if they provide good service. Remember, tipping is a personal thing; you’re tipping the individual movers, not the moving company. The amount you pay the company is not necessarily what the movers themselves are paid. The next question then, is how much do you tip? We hope the information in this post answers that question for you.

Let’s start with when NOT to tip. Just like you would in a restaurant, don’t tip if you get poor service. Tipping for poor service doesn’t encourage improvement. In fact, it actually encourages poor service because there’s no incentive to do better. Even though we’re movers, we feel strongly about tipping only for good service.

There is no set amount for tipping given that every move is different. However, the basic industry standard is $10-$20 per mover. If your move only involves hiring labor to unload a small truckload, then $10 per mover is probably good. A larger truckload would be worth $20 per mover. Those numbers are for relatively simple moves. When you’re movers handle several heavy pieces of antique furniture and an heirloom baby grand piano with not so much as a scratch, they’re deserving of a somewhat higher tip. Sources such as Angie’s List and Forbes magazine say that in these cases tips of up to $50 per mover are reasonable.

Other types of tip-worthy service include finishing quickly as well as safely. The faster your movers are done, the sooner you can begin settling into your new home. However, safety is still the most important factor, that of your things as well as the movers themselves. But all things considered, if your movers finish early it’s worth tipping them $25 or $30 for the extra time you gained.

Now that you know how much, we’ll tell you about when to tip your movers. Using the restaurant comparison again, you’d never tip your waitperson before you got your bill, would you? The same applies to tipping your movers and almost for the same reason. Diners tip after they get the bill because the amount of the tip is often based on the amount of the bill as well as the service. It’s unfortunate, but the moving industry is full of companies that add on “extra” charges at the end of the move.

Student Movers believes this is a crime. Sure, some extra fees may be in order; on our website, we tell you that pianos, pool tables, and items in excess of 250 pounds cost extra. However, we make sure you know that before you hire us, not after we’ve already moved your items. You should always hire reputable movers – like us! – and make sure you know all the charges up front. That’s the big reason you wait to tip your movers. If the bill they give you is more than you agreed to pay, that’s a type of poor service and poor service doesn’t deserve a tip.

Call Student Movers for all your California moving needs. We’re experienced, honest, affordable, and there are never any hidden charges. 877-336-6838


Pricing List

Full Service Pricing



Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%

Excludes A Nominal 30% Fuel Charge, Per Truck. Mandatory 8 Hr Min For Same Day Moves/Bookings + Additional $150 Same Day Rush Charge And Any Other Applicable Fees. 4Hrs Minimum. Anything Over Will Be Billed At The Applicable Booked Rates For Service. In Addition, 5% Will Be Billed Per Man For Anything Over 8Hrs.


Additional 3% Processing Fee For All Moves And Additional Fees Apply After 8 Hours. There Is Also An Additional $30 Fee If You Have 2+ Crew On Your Job.

Labor Only Pricing






Labor Only Fee + $30 travel charge


What is a DDT?

DDT sounds like you’re being charged double for drive time but that’s a mistake! The California Public Utilities Commission requires all moving companies to charge DDT on hourly rated moves. DDT means you are charged for the time between the old house (origin) and the new house and the moving company is responsible for the drive time between the warehouse and the origin. DDT actually SAVES you money!

One Hour Arrival Time

Please allow a one hour window for the movers to arrive. Example: 9am-10am

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Cancellation Fee

Cancellation fee of $150 (per a 2 man crew) when order was not cancelled within 72 hours before the move. 4 man crew is $300 cancellation fee. Mandatory 8 hr min for same day moves/bookings + additional $150 same day rush charge and any other applicable fees. I authorize Student Movers, Inc. to assign any charges associated with services to my credit card account I provide prior to the move and/or for any cancellation fee, when 72hrs notice was not given prior to the move date.Bids accepted are non-refundable for long distance moves.

Weight Requirements

Any item that weighs over 250 lbs or requires special equipment may be subject to an additional charge. Please be sure you let us know about any bulky or heavy items before your movers arrive.

2 Days Notice

Please plan for two days in advance and make sure to select the time you prefer so that we can give you priority. Two days notice is recommended, yet we can accommodate same day moves depending on our schedule.