I recently had two estimates on a move done and asked both estimators what their feeling on tips was. They had two different takes:
"Assuming a job well done, calculate 15% and give it to the foreman to split between the guys." That this was their policy. I don't like this as it removes the tip incentive.
The other said:
"Start the day off with a small tip to each mover (he said $20 each) and tell them that you will tip again based on a job well done at the end of the move."
This is interesting. It lets the movers know you are aware of tipping but also lets them know that you will be controlling the tip for the right reasons.
Tips are not required. Tip only if you are so inclined and only for work that was good to excellent. A simple guideline would be $3.00 to $5.00 per hour per man. For example, if you had a job requiring 3 men 5 hours to load and 5 hours to unload, a generous tip would be $90.00 to $150.00, total. But completely at your discretion. Good drivers and their crews appreciate tips, but should never insinuate they are expecting one. Those that do are the ones to keep an eye on. -
I would tend to give each guy who helps load around $20 after the truck is loaded assuming that you have a fairly small amount of stuff. Or, you could give each one $10 on arrival and tell them there will be another $10 at the end if they do a good job. If you have a whole houseful I would double these amounts. Then I would also give each guy who helps unload $20. You might want to give the driver somewhat more--maybe $50 or so--if the move goes well.
Tips should be paid in cash. Also, have cold bottled water and Gatorade, and perhaps light snacks if the job will take a few hours. For loads that take all day, offer light snacks and lunch, like a sandwich platter. Fried chicken, burger, and pizza don't go well with heavy lifting.