Tip of the week…
A gratuities guide for household help
Snowplow drivers and lawn-care crews don’t expect regular tips, but tip $20 to $50 at the end of the season or at holiday time.
Electricians and plumbers get paid by the hour and don’t expect tips. But you can show gratitude by writing positive online reviews about their work.
Housepainters don’t count on tips, either, but if you’re pleased with the work, give each painter $10 or $20—and maybe a lunch or two.
Movers should be tipped, especially if heavy items and stairs are involved. “For a big job, tip 10 to 15 percent of the total cost.” Hand the cash to the foreman, specifying how much you intend to tip each person. “For smaller jobs, tip each person $10 to $50.”
Cable installers and appliance deliverymen often aren’t allowed by their companies to accept tips. It’s best to “play it safe” and not make the offer.
Source: The Washington Post
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