Who and how much to tip is a question that many homeowners wrestle with.
To help answer it, Angie’s List recently polled nearly 5,000 home service professionals across the U.S. to find out if they expect a tip and if so, what they tend to collect.
What we found are services that a more personal, house cleaners, for example, even movers tend to tipped, while general contractors, plumbers, and electricians usually don’t.
According to the nationwide Angie’s List poll:
Angie’s List Tips for Tipping Contractors:
“If cash isn’t in your budget for tipping, consider alternatives if you get great service. Have lunch for your movers, have drinks available. Also a letter to the company can be worth a ton more than cash if the person ends up getting a promotion or a raise,” suggests Angie Hicks.
Remodeling Contractor Geoff Horen says, “On occasion we are in the homes of our clients many months and we have guys on staff that work for us. Where I see it are going to be in cases where one of our guys say, “hey Mrs. Jones gave me twenty dollars today,” or Mr. Smith said “Hey, Cokes are in the fridge and whatever you guys want throughout the day make yourselves at home and feel free.” So sometimes it’s a direct tip and sometimes it’s just those nice offers and thoughts.”
Geoff adds, “We also get letters from clients very often telling us what a good job our guys have done or a group of guys have done in addition to the Angie’s List reports that they submit that’s also a very nice thing. Because we can take that and put that in front of clients who are asking about do you sub out or do you have on staff. We have people on staff and here are some of the things that people say about them.”
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