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Old 03-30-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Not sure if Tipping threads are allowed, so please feel free to flame me if necessary.

Iím having some insulation done on rim joist areas with spray foam and insulating the garage ceiling by filling with cellulose. This is from a company, so itís not an independent contractor. The total cost of the job is $1K.

Is tipping customary or normally expected? If so, how much should I give?

Iím a new homeowner and unfamiliar with proper rules for tipping in these situations.

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Old 03-30-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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Its not customary but greatly appreciated.

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Some things to consider when it comes to this.
Was the job done right.
Was it done beyond your expectations.
Was the price charged considered fair in your view.
If they meet all the above criterion then a tip (enough to buy them lunch maybe) would be acceptable and appreciable.
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Some things to consider when it comes to this.
Was the job done right.
Was it done beyond your expectations.
Was the price charged considered fair in your view.
If they meet all the above criterion then a tip (enough to buy them lunch maybe) would be acceptable and appreciable.
I agree.
Speaking as a tradesman......
I appreciate tips but rarely ever get one. We are more then happy with a cup of coffee or a burger for lunch. We do our jobs professionally and a "great job" or "looks perfect" goes a long way.
Our biggest gripe is our own boss rarely compliments us!!
His take on it.....I pay you guys......
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Our biggest gripe is our own boss rarely compliments us!!
His take on it.....I pay you guys......
Sad but true for most unfortunately.

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Not Customary.

Aside from speaking for guys doing the work (who always seem to appreciate a cash tip) = From an owner's standpoint: a nice professional letter or card regarding the well-done work & job (especially regarding any compliments about the workers) is worth a lot too. It lasts longer than a cash gift.
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Our biggest gripe is our own boss rarely compliments us!!
His take on it.....I pay you guys......
Not Good For Moral, especially when you are part of the overall team that is keeping a business going.


FWIW - My workers get a summer BBQ on me, an end of the year dinner out (on me) with bonuses handed out. Also, regular bonuses on specific jobs, and sometimes forgiven loans.

Its important that workers feel appreciated, part of the team, and recognized for a job well done, when that is the case.

Good Moral Helps everyone, including the customers.
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Not Good For Moral, especially when you are part of the overall team that is keeping a business going.


FWIW - My workers get a summer BBQ on me, an end of the year dinner out (on me) with bonuses handed out. Also, regular bonuses on specific jobs, and sometimes forgiven loans.

Its important that workers feel appreciated, part of the team, and recognized for a job well done, when that is the case.

Good Moral Helps everyone, including the customers.

You are a dieing bread my Good man!

Can i come work for you!?
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My office manager goes off on everybody when they don't show for meetings. I couldn't stand it any longer and pointed it out that those of us that are here are the ones that actually showed and to stop preaching to the converted.

As mentioned, A thanks for doing a great job and showing up to my boring and useless meetings would go a long way
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Heck, yeah, tip!! Whatever you feel is right and know that yes, it's always appreciated.
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Tipping is defiantly not customary or expected.

That said... I probably get tipped once or twice a year or so. It may come in the form of a extra few bucks or other things.


I’ve received some nice leather furniture that was “in their way”, I’ve received a couple of nice fishing poles that I still use today, I’ve had my tab in a restaurant or bar picked up a few times, and cash too.


The bottom line is... if you’re happy with the work and you feel like they deserve a little extra then go for it.


I consider Chocolate Chip Cookies as a tip.

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Clients often asked if they could tip my work crews. Few ever offered to tip me. But I made friends and get invited to dinner enough I do not care.

My workers usually asked if it was alright to take tips.

"Did you do the work? The client is happy and is trying to reward you for work over and beyond? Take the money! And I hope they are sincere. Take the compliment for work nicely done!"

Of course if I learned my crews were getting lavish tips, I screwed them out of Easter and Christmas bonuses.
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Moral boosting stuff is/can be a huge issue. I'm our shop steward....when the guys are feeling "down" I definitely hear about it.

We do a picnic and an Xmas party....but a griping, complaining boss (alot of that in this economy) seems to negate the picnic/Xmas stuff.
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Take the compliment for work nicely done!"
Sometimes that's as (or more) rewarding as the paycheck itself.
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Sometimes that's as (or more) rewarding as the paycheck itself.
Truer words could not be said!!

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