When you need to move a piano between two homes, it's best to not take a do-it-yourself approach. While you might want to save money by handling the move yourself, the reality is that in addition to being heavy and awkward to move, pianos need to be moved delicately. Failing to do so can cost you a significant amount of money in repair bills. It's best to hire a piano-moving service. These professionals are experts in taking care of your musical instrument so that it's in perfect shape when it arrives in its new home. Given the difficulty of this task, it's a polite gesture to tip the crew members at the end of the job. Here are three things to think about.
There's A Suggested Amount
It's important to remember that tipping is at your discretion. On many piano moving websites, companies stress that their customers shouldn't feel obligated to tip and that they should only do so if they're highly satisfied with the job provided. That said, if you do wish to tip your piano movers, a general guideline to follow is to give $20 to $40 per mover. While you should always make sure that your desired tip amount is reflective of your budget, giving within this range is a sign of good etiquette.
Certain Factors Can Influence The Exact Amount
If you keep the range of giving $20 to $40 per mover in mind, you can figure out exactly how much you wish to tip each person based on a variety of different factors. Think of the care shown by the crew; the members should be carefully protecting not only the piano during the course of the move, but also taking care to avoid damaging your walls, stairs and other elements throughout your home. The crew's general demeanor is also important to evaluate. You might wish to tip closer to $40 per person if the crew is friendly to you and your family.
There Are Other Ways To Show Good Etiquette
Regardless of the amount that you choose to tip -- and even if you opt not to tip at all -- there are other ways to be a good customer. It's ideal to tidy your home to ensure there's a direct path between the piano and the door. It's also polite to offer the crew some refreshments, especially if it's a hot day. This doesn't have to be complicated. Simply having a couple bottles of cold water on hand is something the crew will appreciate during this labor-intensive job.