You’ve paid hundreds of dollars for your new piece of furniture and possibly paid a delivery fee as well, so do you also need to tip?
Tipping furniture delivery is not expected, but it will be welcome. About 50% of customers tip for furniture delivery, and when they do, the average tip is $10 per person or $20 per person for great service or a trick delivery.
Tipping might seem like an unnecessary added expense when you’ve just spent so much on the furniture itself, but it is worth remembering that the delivery team are doing a difficult, labor-intensive job, are paid a very low hourly wage, and are unlikely to ever see a dime of the delivery fee you paid.
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How Much To Tip For Furniture Delivery?
Our research found that most people tipped about $10 per person or $20 for a really good service. A few outliers tipped more, and about 50% of people didn’t tip at all. Because of the cost of furniture, it would be considered excessive to give a 15% tip as you might for a meal, although we did find a couple of people who reported doing this!
If you do decide to tip, we suggest you consider the following factors when considering how much is appropriate:
The Difficulty of the Delivery
The Cost of the Furniture
Quality of Service
Only you can judge how high the quality of service you received was and if it was worth a tip. However, if they dumped the furniture through your front door and refused to move it any further, we’d suggest they’re probably not tip-worthy.
On the other hand, if they helped you move your other furniture so you could get your new piece in exactly the right place – and did so without complaint – that might be a different matter.