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Scott_K 04-01-2005 03:30 PM

Tipping the contractor
Is it normal to tip contractors when the job is done ? If so, what percentages are the norm ? Hopefully I'll hear from both sides (the pros and the homeowners).

Teetorbilt 04-01-2005 04:50 PM

Scott, I'd certainly like a tip, maybe like at a restaurant -15%. LOL
I'm a Residential Contractor that does remodeling. I get a few tips a year and they are always on the smaller jobs, like a single bath and usually a few hundred bucks. I stash it and when there is enough in the fund and all of the current jobs are near HQ, I'll throw a BBQ or pizza lunch for everybody.
I don't think that most contractors expect a tip.
One exception would be someone that is really doing something special or is an employee. Say the plumber that comes out and stops your house from flooding at 3:00AM, this guy deserves a tip. Give it in cash if you're able or an individual check made out to cash so that it is seperate from the invoice.

Floorwizard 04-01-2005 05:30 PM

Keep the contractors card and promise to refer them to your friends and family.
I bet they would like that a heck of alot more than a tip.

ProWallGuy 04-01-2005 05:40 PM

Yep, best tip ever:


housedocs 04-01-2005 07:20 PM

I agree save the tip and refer your contractor whenever you can to friends, neighbors, co-workers. I have gotten a few tips, generally on small jobs, I think alot of people are just very happy to get a competent contactor to come in and do a small job.

Humble Abode 04-01-2005 11:04 PM

I usually go 18-20% ;)

Teetorbilt 04-02-2005 12:14 AM

Humble, With the exception of extenuating circumstances, we earn our money. Please refer to post below.

housedocs 04-02-2005 02:26 AM


Please refer to post below.

Humble Abode 04-03-2005 12:28 AM


Originally Posted by housedocs


yea huh?

housedocs 04-03-2005 01:39 AM

Which post was he supposed to be referring to??:confused: Was you havin a senior moment there Teetor? :D LOL

Teetorbilt 04-03-2005 02:14 PM

When you type in a reply all of the posts are below, LOL. When you submit, everything flips. Wonder why that is :confused: I think that I'll take the senior moment excuse. :D

Scott_K 04-03-2005 02:43 PM

Thanks for all of the feedback guyz.
This was a pretty big job and naturally went over my budget. A double dormer, 3 full baths, etc. The price tag overall was rather shocking. I will definitly refer them to anyone who asks as I am pleased with the outcome of the job. There were little hiccups along the way, but I'm sure that a job of this size, that's unavoidable. And the things that broke down due to mis-communication, were resolved or in the process of being resolved.
I understand the idea of the plumber who saves the day at 3:00 am. I have a friend (plumber) who's done that and received a good tip. The tough part is, I feel that each bunch of guys deserve a little something. There were different groups for framing, insulation, sheetrock, spackle, plumbing, electric, etc.
I think I'm going to have to resort to only the referal as a tip because we just ran into another couple of issues and the money is even tighter now. Sorry about the sob story, I'm sure you Pros hear enough of that from your jobs.
Thanks again !

Humble Abode 04-03-2005 09:36 PM

I guess I was makeing a bad joke. I apologize.

I am glad everyone else could be of some help to you Scott. :)

DecksEtc 04-03-2005 10:28 PM

Scott, since you sound like you wanted to tip a number of different trades for the job you could always offer to throw a BBQ yourself and invite those that worked on your home to come.

The referral for the GC and all the trades are, as stated, invaluable so letting them know you'll refer them when you get a chance is a great gesture. Asking for a few of their Business cards and offering to hand them out is always appreciated too.

May I add, you sound like what we call a "good" customer too!


Teetorbilt 04-03-2005 11:00 PM

Good one, Decks! Dad used to do this every time that we launched a new boat. Burgers, dogs, baked beans and slaw, plus beverages.
He died in '73 but the folks on Man-O-War Cay, Abaco remember him well to this day.

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