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toobhed 02-27-2012 09:17 AM

Is tipping customary?
Everyone loves a tip but is it typical to tip after a job well done? It's not like i hired the cheapest guy.

joecaption 02-27-2012 09:33 AM

Totaly up to you.
Not customary but sometimes happens.
What I do is take the money given to me and give it to my guys and I keep nothing. They did the work and deserve to be rewarded for doing a great job.

titanoman 02-27-2012 11:59 AM

You ask, "can I buy you and your guys a case of beer and a couple large pizzas?" on the last day.

My guys got rewarded with an x-mas bonus and a week's paid vacation if they have been with me a year or more (here in Missouri it's rare to find somebody that actually wants to work a whole year for you).

Any monetary tip I might get from a customer would just go back into the company.

princelake 02-27-2012 12:15 PM

ya its not really customary to tip but if they did an awesome job and you feel like they deserve a tip then by all means give them one. i'd give a little to each worker and a thank you card. even give them a gift certifitate to the hardware store or even a restaurant if you dont want to give them just cash. its definitley browny points to the contractor and they'd love to come back in the future and go that much farther for you.

oh'mike 02-27-2012 04:37 PM

Once again--tips are not expected--but are always welcomed and remembered---

I get chocolate and cookies a lot----someone gave me a piano once,too.

ltd 02-27-2012 06:35 PM

yea some times i get a tip and i'm grateful. but you definitely don't have to and its not expected

Tom Struble 02-27-2012 08:20 PM

ill take it if these guys don't want it:thumbup:

Gary in WA 02-27-2012 08:31 PM

Anyone gets piano lessons as a tip, send them to Mike.....


AtlanticWBConst. 02-28-2012 04:56 PM

I think I've seen 1 tip in the past 10 years - and we do about 200 +/- (small to large) projects a year.

I don't expect a tip and I don't look for one.

Funny, the tip was on an industrial project and we were working as a subcontractor. The guy we were working for tipped me for sweeping up real good. He thought I was a laborer and didn't realize I was an owner...:laughing: = $100.00!

Tom Struble 02-28-2012 04:59 PM

i like the ones that tell you they are going to have a big party and invite you:)

Jilligoat 02-28-2012 05:36 PM

I was wondering the same thing. I often like to buy lunch for anyone who is working on my house. I think that it saves them money, makes it so they don't have to work about it, and that it's nice to have food. :)

diy'er on LI 02-28-2012 08:05 PM

we usually supply beverages, a bit of food.... I always presumed that a professional like that shouldn't be tipped with money directly. We don't tip our physicians, do we? :)

chrisBC 02-28-2012 08:32 PM

Usually will be offered coffee and snacks, sometimes a beer at the end of the day..

Is always a nice gesture, however I do not expect it whatsoever.

federer 02-29-2012 02:31 AM


Originally Posted by Tom Struble (Post 865936)
i like the ones that tell you they are going to have a big party and invite you:)

thats what we are doing for all the contractors once we finish up. plumbers, roofers, electricians, etc etc

and i gave the roofing guys my credit card so they can buy lunch. originally i ordered some pizza but i only got like 3 pies and there was about 10 guys so they went through that in 5 min.

toobhed 02-29-2012 12:08 PM

Thanks for the replies, nice point about not tipping doctors that was clever!

I think I'll spring for a couple pizzas and a 12 pack at the end of the job.

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