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Are you supposed to tip the removal men?

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TheCrackFox Tue 15-Sep-09 13:55:45

Title says it all really.

Anyway, I am moving on Friday (crapping myself TBH) and we have decided to treat ourselves to a proper removal firm. Previously, we have always done it ourselves but that was before 2 DCs.

Any advice about how to keep the removal men happy would be much appreciated.

somewhathorrified Tue 15-Sep-09 14:10:25

Keep them in tea/coffee, biscuits is a bonus, do this and they'll love you. Apart from that sit back and enjoy, they are getting paid already!

TheCrackFox Tue 15-Sep-09 14:15:44

Thanks for replying. I can do tea and biscuits and I will push the boat out and buy some digestives.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Tue 15-Sep-09 14:16:30

We tipped them about £15 to get a drink.

TheCrackFox Tue 15-Sep-09 15:31:03

I was thinking along those lines FBG. There is no way I am doing a 10% tip (really running out of money) but something for the pub always goes down well. grin

PfftTheMagicDragon Tue 15-Sep-09 15:31:48

I bought a pack of beers for them at the end of the day. I also kept them in snacks and drinks throughout the day.

MaryBS Tue 15-Sep-09 15:34:06

Ours went "over and above", staying late until it was all unloaded, rather than coming back the next day. So we gave them some packs of beer and bought them fish and chips.

And kept the tea/coffee flowing!

CMOTdibbler Tue 15-Sep-09 15:37:13

Tea, coffee and biscuits are all they really expect. We haven't tipped them either time, but tbh, those have both been long distance moves and they were keen to get back to base, and we had no time to think about it

TheCrackFox Tue 15-Sep-09 15:37:25

Well thanks to DH there is never any shortage of beer in this house. grin

admylin Tue 15-Sep-09 15:44:14

I've moved so many times and I somehow always tip them even last time when the one man show we employed didn't do much and left most of the carrying to dh because he was exhausted due to traffic and it was a really long drive.

They always had their own tea in flasks and own sandwiches. I gave the last one a tenner to stop and get a coffee on the motorway.

AnnieOneForTennis Tue 15-Sep-09 15:49:59

DH used to work in removals (well, actually antiques and fine arts, but the occasional house move) and they get paid very little for the amount of humping they have to do (his words). He used always be pleased when someone slipped him a tenner (or a 20 if in Notting Hill!). They have to split it though. But beer money is good enough. He also sometimes came home with things the movers didn't want, eg a baby bjorn sling, a bookcase, a box of wine (hmm) and various books and crockery.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Tue 15-Sep-09 15:52:22

When ours was packing up for us they were fab. My PFB was about 4-5 months old and had a red cheek. I panicked and they moved their huge truck in about 3 seconds so I could get him to the doctor.

ouchitreallyhurts Tue 15-Sep-09 20:23:24

Ours told us that they stop getting paid at 6pm but were still expected to finish the job. they'd been so good - as well as friendly and helpful which made all the difference so we tipped them, gave them some beer, bought fish and chips and kept the tea/coffee going.
the previous lot that moved us were miserable as anything so it was nice to get happy cheerful ones!

Rebeccaj Tue 15-Sep-09 20:36:51

We gave each of our packers/removal guys a tenner. They were polite and helpful, and did a great job, so buying them a few beers seemed appropriate!

SingingBear Tue 15-Sep-09 20:40:38

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Pannacotta Tue 15-Sep-09 20:46:52

I have tipped them both times we moved. I think we gave them about £50 between them, there were around 4-5 blokes I think.
I think they are quite poorly paid, so appreciate the extra.
I also made sure they had lots of tea and choc bicsuits.

ABetaDad Tue 15-Sep-09 20:55:39

We gave a cash tip equal to about 10% of the removal bill and supplied intravenous coffee and biscuits on demand.

TheCrackFox Tue 15-Sep-09 21:01:52

They must have loved you ABetaDad. grin

Tea, biscuits, beer and £20 is my limit.

allaboutme Tue 15-Sep-09 21:05:32

My Dad and brother ae removal men.
They love people who pack away the kettle and biscuits LAST so they get tea and biscuits all day and quite often they either get bought sandwiches etc if working through lunch or working into the evening which is appreciated.
Money as a tip doesnt need to be more than £20 - more than that is unusual (but wouldnt be turned down!)

SingingBear Wed 16-Sep-09 22:47:22

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BuckRogers Wed 16-Sep-09 23:07:37

I think we gave them £100 and there was 4 of them. No tea of coffee though. I had 3 kids to move!

PortAndLemon Wed 16-Sep-09 23:10:44

We tipped them £20 each last time -- there were four of them and they'd worked on our move all day from 8.30am to nearly 8pm (and we were only moving half a mile, so most of that was loading and unloading) remaining charming and good-humoured throughout.

PortAndLemon Wed 16-Sep-09 23:12:41

(Feel stingy now, but it was a while ago)

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Thu 17-Sep-09 20:50:08

I gave ours £20 each - they were absolute stars on a really stressful day.
They worked nonstop from 7.30am until 8pm.
We had loads of stuff and the house we moved into didn't have the easiest access but they didn't moan and were lovely a tower of strength all day.

neversaydie Fri 18-Sep-09 11:21:09

I have always supplied tea, coffee biscuits and a tip. BUT I have more books than is really reasonable, and they have always packed for me (and been really helpful).

The way I see it, is that they are probably not particularly well paid and it is a hard physical job. I have never had a crew that hasn't been helpful. My policy would probably change if they were unhelpful, though!

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