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Old 02-29-2012, 12:15 PM   #16
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i like the ones that tell you they are going to have a big party and invite you

thing is nobody ever has


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Old 02-29-2012, 03:12 PM   #17
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My thought on tipping in the Trades and/or Home Improvement industry: It is NOT customery.

There are personal services, that routinely rely on tips to suppliment the hourly rates, or the flat-rate service. Aside from typical services such as luggage handlers, hair stylists, waiters/waitresses, etc. - there are people such as massage therapists, and others who provide "personal" services that are normally comped by tips (based on the quality of the service - and - the likely repeat, future, returns for good service).

Renovations, repairs, installations, construction, etc. - are not typically a tipping related service. All expenses, overhead, and costs are normally worked into project or service costs (unless it perhaps is based on "time & materials" only).

If a Home Owner would like to offer a tip, that is entirely up to them, but is not the standard for the industry.

I have had Clients (Home Owners) who have tipped my workers on occasion. I think that doing so is an extremely nice gesture. It is always very much appreicated by the worker(s), not just for the monetary value, but also for the "pat-on-the-back" gesture - of a job that is appreciated, and, that the Client feels was well done.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:44 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by oh'mike View Post
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.
I've got another piano for you if you're interested! I don't even need you to do any work first (well, long as you're gonna be here....) But seriously, all you have to do is get it out of my basement!
That's just my opinion. But it's free, so take it for what it's worth to you.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:05 PM   #19
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no, tips are not customary but every now and then we get customers that will buy us coffee or hot chocolate on days were working outside and its really cold, usually some sort of baked good comes along with it. also arouind hte holidays a homeowner might buy the crew a case of beer for the last day before we break for xmas.

some customers do it some dont , none of us expect it but are that much happier when we do have some food in our belly
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:41 AM   #20
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Tipping is not customary, but it is certainly nice. If you do tip, give a little something to each worker directly, (you can tip the owner too if you really want but I consider the markup to be his tip.) Beers and pizza at the end of the job is a great alternative. Receiving a tip is not about the gain, it is about being appreciated. Offering drinks during the work day is also an easy gesture that can buy you a lot of good will.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:04 PM   #21
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I think it all depends on what's being done...


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