With the tens of thousands of NY moves every month amongst 20-somethings, the movers themselves often end up some rather interesting parting thank-you gifts. Beyond the normal $30-$40 tip a man, the movers receive whatever is left in the apartment (that couldn’t be sold on Craigslist). According to Lior Rachmany, CEO of Dumbo Moving + Storage (www.dumbomoving.com), one of the NY area’s largest residential moving companies, the tips run from the ridiculous to the sublime. While his team often will accept said gifts, Rachmany highlighted a “Dubious Dozen” of bad gifts that his movers have received over the last few months: A 2014 New York Jets team calendar, A 150lb+ tube TV, A dirty microwave, Cold dollar slice pizza (likely a week old).
I had a chance to interview Lior to learn more about tipping and finding movers.
· Why is it courteous to tip movers?
Consumers put a lot of trust in movers to safely carry most of their belongings during a move. Thus, good movers should be tipped and appreciated. Additionally, moving is a hefty job that is physically demanding and has a lot more riding on it than most other jobs.
· What are some of the more unusual tips your movers have received?
Sometimes consumers replace tips with a simple “thank you”. One of the most unexpected tips was a $300 one that was given to the movers by a single guy who rented a one bedroom apartment.
· What are some surprising gems that have been left behind?
Old school TVs, sofas, antiques. My favorite surprise gem, however, was a brand new guitar with two guitar amps
· What tips do you have people hiring a moving company?
- It is important for consumer to hire movers that are willing to provide a transparent quote and explain the charges including extra charges and the customer’ responsibilities during the moving process.
- Make sure you hire a moving company that has a good reputation. Check their website and read the reviews.
- Make sure the moving company is licensed.
- Make sure they are connected to their community. If a moving company cares about its community, chances are it will care about your belongings as well.