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If you’ve ever moved, you know how stressful packing and moving all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years can be. If you’re planning to move and have hired movers to lessen your stress, here are some tips you know that the movers aren’t being vocal about:

1. We Expect a Tip If We Do a Good Job

“It’s really impolite to say ‘Excuse me, ma’am, I want a tip.’ So we never ask. But if we did a good job we do expect to get a tip at the end of the move––especially because that’s part of our salary,” says Gene Lemay, CEO of Moishe’s Moving and Storage in New York City. According to Stephen Coady at Gentle Giant Moving Company, a common guideline for tipping is $3–$5 per mover per hour. And if you think a snack or beverage will do the trick instead, think again. According to Brad Armstrong, CEO and president of Blue Whale Moving Company in Austin, “Movers don’t want pizza!”

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2. Reserve Movers at Least 3 Weeks Ahead of Time

According to Lemay, about 40 percent of the year’s moves happen during the summer and on weekends. Avoid getting stuck without movers—or having to call around town trying to find someone to help you haul your stuff at the last minute––by planning ahead. Or if your dates are flexible, consider moving in the middle of the month or week.

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