What is a good tip for the mattress delivery guys?
They have to haul out my old king sized mattress and box-spring and move in a twin. The old bed is insanely heavy and my room is very far from where they will be parking. Is ten dollars per person reasonable?
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What is a good tip for the delivery guys? Hmm… I guess: “Exercise regularly so you don’t throw your back out with all that heavy lifting.”
But yes I think 10 dollars per person is very reasonable considering the delivery and service is often built into the price.
Agreed. Since you suggested the amount, it’s probably what you are comfortable with paying and thought would be appropriate. After all, it’s a tip. Both should be happy when giving something extra.
Yes – that sounds very reasonable and what I would give.
I would go with the $10 a guy.
I also tip furniture delivery peops $10. each and offer something cold to drink.
@Neizvestnaya :: Good idea. I will toss some wine coolers in the fridge.
No no, no. Don’t give them anything alcoholic. They are on the job and that includes driving a truck. They can be fired. Go with water or pop. Please!
(and $10 each)
@worriedguy is right. (And Happy New Year to you, bubbeleh.)
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I think $10 each is reasonable.
I was joking about the booze.
I figured it would be hard for two guys two move it. I was a bit concerned when one guy showed up. And the dude was barely over five feet tall. He picked it up like it was nothing. Now I feel like a complete wimp. But I kicked him a twenty.
Ten dollars sounds about right to me, but I have never even though to tip mattress delivery people. Now to piggy back off this question… We are having a mattress delivered on Friday. They have to remove and replace a king size mattress, box spring, and frame. Is $10 each enough in that case?
When I first read it, my mind was thinking of how to tell them the best ways to get the product through the house….then duh….
GEEEZ, You just paid $1000 or so for a good mattress, $75 or so for delivery, haven’t you given enough.
inspite of that:
$10 is good…
@SuperMouse Me neither! I’m really a fairly generous tipper when I tip but it never occurred to me that I should have tipped the mattress delivery guys. Now I kind of feel bad because maybe they thought I was cheap! 🙂 I am clueless about these things. I may have to ask a question about this matter in order to educate myself.
@blueiiznh :: The mattress and box spring were only $200. That included delivery and removal of the old one.
@johnpowell Well… knowing that makes all the difference in the world. I certainly would have tipped the guy, probably $10 each, just like you’re thinking. If the mattress, box spring, delivery, and hauling off the old mattress and springs only cost you $200, those delivery guys can’t be making much at all.
@lillycoyote :: The amazing part is that they make them to order at a factory across town. It was cheap and they made it to what firmness I wanted and what fabric I wanted. Pretty awesome and my money didn’t go to China.
I’ve never paid delivery people before – never even thought of it & never heard of anyone else tipping. I bought a mattress this summer and paid over $1000 plus a $70 delivery fee. It’s getting a little ridiculous with tips.
@johnpowell Thatispretty cool that the mattresses are made to order at a factory just across town. And not only are you not sending your money to China, but you don’t have to worry about what might be in the mattress, or used in it’s manufacturing. Ever since the scandals of several years ago, about tainted Chinese products, it’s always in the back of my mind: ”Who the hell really knows for sure what’s in any of this stuff?” when I buy something from China and a mattress is something you spend a lot of time on over the course of it’s life.
Do You Tip a Mattress Delivery Person?
You don’t have to tip the Mattress Delivery Guy, just as you don’t have to tip the waitress serving your food.
But you should.
Not tipping the mattress delivery guy is not as bad as not tipping your waitress, but you get the point.
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How Much Should You Tip The Mattress Delivery Guy?
If you’re going to leave a tip for the guy(s) delivering your mattress, it depends on what they have to go through to get your mattress to the place you want.
Ultimately, what you give as a tip is up to you.Tipping in the $5 to $20 range is standard depending on what they have to do.
For example, if all they are doing is placing the new mattress on the first level of a home or apartment, then I would say $5 will do for each person.
If they have to go upstairs, then I would say $10 per person is fair especially if it’s a Queen or King mattress.
If they have to go up many flights of stairs, remove the old mattress, or go out of their way to get the mattress to you, then give them each $20. Especially if they go above and beyond to get you your new mattress.
If you have the extra cash, then feel free to share the love with more money, but overall I consider these good numbers for tips. Mattresses can be cumbersome and removing old mattresses can be nasty even if you’re a clean person. When you get stairs involved, it becomes harder and more dangerous, so please give them tips.
When NOT To Give a Tip
Like I’ve said before, giving a tip to the guy delivering your mattress is up to you. So if you have a terrible experience with the delivery people,then your tip should reflect that.
Don’t confuse a bad experience at the mattress store, since the delivery guy has nothing to do with that. Don’t let warranty issues keep you from tipping too, I go over if mattress warranties are worth it here.
If the delivery guy is rude, then I would not give them a tip, but chances of them being rude are very rare. Just be nice to them, and they’ll be nice to you.
I would give at least $5 to them since they are helping you and making your life a bit easier. If you have more for them to do then give them more of a tip, it is that simple.
Tip the Mailman Or UPS/Fedex Driver?
If you bought a mattress online, which you should since they’re so much more affordable, I still think you should give the mailman or UPS/FedEx driver a tip. A $5 tip is more than enough for them, and the only reason is that these mattresses can be heavy (some up to 100lbs!).
If the driver is willing to take the bed into your home or even in your bedroom (not many will), then give them $10 to $20 tip.They just helped you a lot by doing this.
One More Thing…
Since you have a new mattress, it would be wise to protect your new investment as much as possible. One of the best ways to protect your mattress and also help keep the warranty intact is to get a Mattress Protector.
I know what you’re thinking, and no, mattress protectors are not those plastic vinyl things that sleep hot anymore. They have come a long way from the old style of mattress protectors.
I like using the SafeRest Waterproof Mattress Protector for my bed. It blocks all types of liquids, even my glass of milk before bed spills that I sometimes have. To prove how great this thing is I spilled soda on it to prove it stops liquids.
There are many Mattress Protectors to choose from, and they’re worth the cost. I’ve seen many people get turned down for warranty items on their bed due to them spilling soda on their mattress and it leaving a stain causing them to deny their claim.
It’s always a good idea to get a mattress protector for your new mattress.
Who Should I Tip (and How Much)?
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Tipping really is one of the most confusing customs. In the United States, it’s one that’s had a long and troubling history and is often the subject of heated debates. That’s because there are no real “rules” for tipping, and the etiquette of it can seem pretty arbitrary. Besides varying opinions for who and how much to tip, customs vary by country as well. Ask a dozen people when and how much they tip, and you’ll get a dozen different answers.
That said, itisnice to have some guidelines to reduce the anxiety and awkwardness of not knowing if you should be tipping. Here’s what we found out for several categories where you’re likely to find yourself in a tipping situation.
- Food pickup/counter person:The Emily Post Institute says those jars at the coffeeshop or take-out counter don’t require tipping because it’s not a high level of service, although you can tip a little bit if you’re a regular customer or the server does something extra for you.
- Picking up from a restaurant:When you order from a diner or restaurant for pickup, a maximum of 10% tip will do, says Emily Post.
- Buffet:Tip 10% of the total pre-tax bill.
- Delivery person:Most of us know to tip food delivery people, who often use their own cars; however, do you tip a dollar amount or a percentage? Consumer Reports says to tip 20% of the bill or $3-5—whichever is higher. Do it in cash, please.
- Supermarket bagger:Many grocery store baggers aren’t permitted to accept tips. If your bagger goes above and beyond—maybe they take your bags to the car and load them for you—you can ask if they can accept a tip. A dollar or two is fine. If you’re shopping in a military commissary, it’s customary to tip your bagger, as these people usually work for tips only.
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- Building supervisor:Opinions also vary greatly on this. You might want to tip when the super does some work on your apartment, but then again, it might depend on where you live. If you’re not sure, a holiday tip of $75 to $175 may make the most sense, according to Brick Underground .
- The cable guy:No need to tip, though an offer of a drink is nice.
- Home service providers(e.g., electrician, plumber, lawn service): No need to tip. If you have a relationship with someone who comes to your home frequently (a handyperson, for instance), you can offer a one-time tip at the holidays, according to Angie’s List .
- Exterminator:Because this can vary by area, call the company before you get service done to ask what’s normal.
- Home contractors:Angie’s List says most contractors say they don’t expect a tip (but of course appreciate them). saying that contractors expect to do a job for you at a specific price. However, if the workers do outside of what’s normally expected, go ahead and tip. Angie’s List says to tip no more than 20%, but if the job is an expensive one, don’t feel pressured to give a particular percentage of the bill.
- Furniture/appliance delivery person:$5-20 per person, depending on the size and complexity of the delivery. Check to make sure this isn’t already on your bill, says Consumer Reports .
- Flower delivery person:Teleflora advises tipping $2 to $5, or up to $10 if the plant is heavy or large. If the delivery is for an event (like a wedding), you may want to kick in a little extra.
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- Gas station fill-up person:No tip needed if you’re in the last lonely state where you can’t pump your own gas . If you’ve chosen to use a gas attendant, tip $2-3 .
- Mechanic:No tip needed.
- Tow truck:$5 to $10 if they help you when you’re locked out, $3 to $5 for a jump start/tire change; $5 or more for a tow.
- Parking attendant/valet:$1 to $2, according to Consumer Reports . If you’re assisted regularly by this person (like at your garage at work), that tip should be $1-2 per day.
- Concierge:$5 to $10 for reservations, says Consumer Reports. If they go above and beyond—say, getting you as table at a popular restaurant or show—you may want to tip $20 or more. If your request is simple (like directions), you don’t need to tip.
- Hotel housekeeping:$2 to $5 a night, according to Emily Post . Put the tip in a clearly marked envelope.
- Bellhop or airport skycap:$1 a bag or more if it’s heavy. Consumer Reports recommends up to $5 for a single bag.
- Rental car shuttle driver:$1 or $2 per bag if they help with your luggage.
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Entertainment-related and miscellaneous services
- Theater/arena usher:New York Theater Guide says it’s not customary to tip ushers, but $1-$5 would be appropriate if you want to tip.
- Casino machine attendant:$1-2 after servicing your machine, according to Casino.org .
- Camp counselors:Depends on the camp. Some camps don’t let their counselors take tips, while others will send parents a letter with recommended tip amounts (e.g., $1 a day). When in doubt, call the camp to find out.
- Children’s party entertainers:$15-25, depending on the performance.
- Dog walker:Emily Post recommends giving a holiday tip at the end of the year, in the amount of up to a week’s pay.
- Tattoo artist:15% is the minimum and 20% is the norm, according to Inked magazine .
Because the end of the year is a time to show your appreciation for the people who’ve helped you all year long, many people give holiday tips. We have a whole guide just for that.
Who and How Much to Tip This Holiday Season
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General tipping guidelines
If you are in doubt about whether or how much to tip, ask in advance.The Emily Post Institute says, for example, that asking a receptionist or delivery coordinator whether tipping is customary can save you from embarrassment when it’s time to tip (or not tip)
If you’re still in doubt and want to tip, you can’t go wrong with 15%-20%.This depends on how good the service was.
Tipping is about expressing gratitude.The above recommendations are just that—recommendations. You should follow your gut and base your decision on whether to tip or not based on how regularly you see the person, how much they help you out, and perhaps how much their job or livelihood depends on your tip.
Hopefully the above tip examples will ease your mind the next time a possible tipping situation comes up.
This post was originally published in 2012 and was updated on 11/27/2019 to reflect more current information.
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Do you tip mattress delivery folks? If so, how much?
Do you tip mattress delivery folks? If so, how much?
Yes, and depends on your home situation. Usually 2 guys delivering. Are they setting up a bed frame and/or removing an old mattress? How big is the bed? When we had our king size bed delivered (with frame also set up) to our 3rd floor walk up, we tipped the 2 guys $20 each.
You tip everyone.
$5 and an offer of a cold drink
You’re a cheap asshole, no offense. That’s sliiiightly more than you should be tipping the pizza guy and he’s not carrying a massive and expensive mattress into your house up a bunch of stairs.
I’m sort of wondering the same thing.
I mean, I know you’re supposed to but I’m already paying $99 for Sleepy’s to bring my mattress four blocks and throw it on my bed. Then another $20 if I want them to take my old mattress away. I live in an elevator building. I don’t want to give $20 because then I’ll have to give both guys $20. $10 each?