When you're a piano owner and you're preparing for a move, one of the biggest things to think about is how you'll take care of this fragile musical instrument. It's generally inadvisable to attempt to move the piano on your own, as doing so can damage the instrument and could even lead to an injury for you. A better strategy is to hire a reputable piano moving company that can dispatch a team of professionals to care for your instrument while moving it from one location to another. Regardless of the cost of this worthwhile service, it's proper etiquette to think about tipping the crew once the piano is safely located in its new home. Here are three things to know about tipping.
It's Useful To Check The Company's Tipping Practices In Advance
Although many moving companies note on their websites that tipping is not expected by the crews and is entirely up to the discretion of the customer, there are other businesses that request customers do not tip. To lessen the risk of a potentially embarrassing situation, it's worthwhile to ask about tipping at the time you book the crew over the phone. Simply stating that you plan to tip an ensuring that doing so won't cause any trouble is all you need to ask.
Tip Each Mover, Instead Of The Crew As A Whole
Giving a collective tip to one crew member and asking him or her to distribute it among the other crew members isn't the best way to go about tipping. It's a better strategy to tip each piano mover separately -- typically paired with some words of appreciation for the mover's efforts to keep your instrument safe. While the amount that you decide to tip is at your discretion, a common suggestion is to give between $20 and $40 per member of the crew.
There Are Factors That Can Influence Your Tip
If you keep the range of $20 to $40 in mind, you can decide exactly how much you wish to tip each mover based on a variety of different factors. Think about the difficulty of moving the piano -- if it had to travel up or down a set of stairs, it's appropriate to increase the amount of your tip. Think, too, about the number of corners to navigate from the piano's location to the moving truck. You might also wish to consider the weather -- if it was overly hot, for example, tipping the crew a little extra is a nice way to express your thanks.
If you are getting ready to move and you've lived in your home for quite a while, you can quickly get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that you have to move. If you have advance notice of the move, you can start clearing the house out slowly. When I was packing up our home of nearly twenty years, I knew that I was in for a lot of work. I decided to start 6 months before we moved and slowly began clearing the house out and putting what I wanted to keep for the new home in storage. Use what I have included here on my blog to get through this difficult time a little easier.