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Tipping cabinet delivery guys? How much?

Posted by khallock (My Page) on
Wed, May 8, 13 at 8:31

Do I tip them? I am thinking yes. How much? I assume there will be 2. Cabinets are being delivered from Kraftmaid.


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RE: Tipping cabinet delivery guys? How much?

Hmmmm...I never would have thought to tip for that service.


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It wouldn't occur to me to tip unless they do something above and beyond the basics of the job.

When my Kraftmaid bathroom cabinets were delivered, they gave me a delivery window and then showed up about 30 minutes before the start of the window. Instead of waiting, they put the boxes on my back patio and left. Because, you know, it never rains in NY and wooden cabinets in cardboard boxes are a brilliant thing to leave outdoors.

I called Kraftmaid and Had Words and they sent someone back to move the boxes into the garage, where they belonged and where I would have had them put them if they had delivered while I was home.

No one got a tip.


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It wouldn't occur to me to tip, either. I guess I think of it along the lines of the UPS guy... Uh-oh, should I be tipping the UPS guy??


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Good question! When my cabinets came, it was a third party that the cabinet place contracts with. My guess is since they don't have a showroom, they probably don't have a warehouse. I -think- this company probably receives their cabinet orders from the manufacturers, holds them for a short time while delivery is arranged, then delivers them. The cabinet place tipped them, probably because they were the "customer" there.

I'm not sure I'd tip for a few cabinets, but maybe a whole kitchen. I guess it depends on the situation, and if they handled things properly.


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Who else do you guys tip during the kitchen remodel?


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Ok. I figured a tip was expected. But maybe not.


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I asked our contractor and he recommended $20 per guy, so that's what we did. There were 38 boxes!!!

For appliances, we did $20 per delivery (three deliveries of MW/range, hood/DW, and fridge). We're in Northern NJ and it's pretty standard to tip something for a major delivery like that.


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We had Kraftmaid kitchen cabs delivered last year and it never occured to me to tip. All appliances were delivered, also, and no tip. I don't know anyone that has tipped for something like that in our area. Maybe it's a regional thing?


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Our whole-kitchen cabinets were delivered at noon on a day the temperature was about 95 degrees. I delivered lots of cold water to drink. They asked if they could use the set tub to wash their faces (of course!). I thanked them. Cash money? Never occurred to me. Same for the guy who delivered 13 boxes of bamboo flooring.


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As a dealer I tip em all the time, how much depends on size of order, work involved and how much I have on me as some days I don't remember to get cash :)

From what I can tell it is not "expected" ("you know you don't have to..", but they do appreciate it.

I do this in part as insurance; for the day the client can't take a delivery and we have to reroute or I am late getting to the site and they can start without me so it's business. I also tip the UPS and Fedex guys at the holidays.

OTOH- My dad taught me to tip, a signature of his sometimes with cash, sometimes with an apple turnover- a cheap and easy way to spread a little joy.


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Cold or warm beverages (season appropriate) and a snack is always appreciated. They've usually been on the road for several days, unless you are really close to the factory and are their first stop. And they get tired of truck stop food and cranky people. You'd be surprised at how some people treat the delivery guys---like they're afraid they're going to contaminate their home. Just saying "thank you" and being nice to them also goes along way as well.


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We did tip and offered cold drinks. Two delivery guys where very accommodating and put the cabinets where we wanted them to. I think about $20 each. They where polite the whole time. If they had not been as accommodating and only placed them in the garage we would not have tipped.


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I didn't even think to tip them. Or the counter installers. Now I feel guilty......


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Any deliveries I've had lately the guys are done and gone very fast. I have never tipped but if I can catch them as they run out the door, I will offer a drink.


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It's probably regional. I live in the NYC metro area and we tip for deliveries that require some serious effort (cabinets, appliances, furniture). However, I grew up in MI and we did not tip for deliveries.


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"-like they're afraid they're going to contaminate their home. "

More like afraid they are going to break, smash or tromp dirt or mud all over the floors. Things they seem to enjoy! lol I'd be willing to let them use the bathroom, if necessary, but since they do their business all over the toilet and floor, that's history. You have to draw the line somewhere!

I tipped the counter guys for some reason. Even though they were impatient and kind of rude. Heard them laughing afterwards, I think because it was too low so they thought it was funny. So, never again. Sorry I did.

I don't really think it's appropriate. If it's a sweltering day or long hard hours, a beverage is a nice enough gesture, imo. Lots of people have difficult or tiring jobs, no tips involved.

This post was edited by snookums2 on Wed, May 8, 13 at 22:17


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Well I didnt tip. They filled my dining room to the hilt with cabinet boxes. It took about 15 minutes. They did their job and left. They were not especially friendly, but not rude either. I kept out of their way.


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My late husband was a generous tipper, esp. delivery people. I don't tip the FedEx or UPS person, but do consider it when people bring large things into my home that require installation time and know-how. I tipped the fridge guys, even though it went quickly and smoothly, maybe because of that. I tipped the Crate & Barrel guy when he delivered my heavy (and completely unassembled) media center. He even said, you don't have to do that, but he did keep the money. I keep it ready, just in case. If someone is rude or surly, to myself I justify not tipping.


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I would tip $10 - $20 each, depending on how many cabinets you are having delivered. I always tip when furniture is delivered, too--usually about $10 unless they have to do something unusual or a large, heavy item.


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I wish there were some clear guidelines for this and I would play along. After they left, I wondered if I should have tipped my vanity counter installers. I mean, I love how my counter turned out, but it was only 2x5 with no seams and a simple 4" backsplash.

Trebruchet, surely you can shed some light on this for us.


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I tip everyone. When we had our new stove and washer and dryer delivered they got $50 each. Sure they had a lift on their truck and only had to come up two steps, but I come from a blue collar family. I know how hard they work and do not want to do it myself so I see that as a service to me that I am willing to pay for.


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I tip everyone, too ... deliveries, appliance installers, service providers, construction workers ... everybody gets tipped. I agree with IowaCommute ... it's hard work and a tip goes a long way towards improving their day. IMO, though, $50 each is a VERY generous tip for an appliance delivery and I'm sure those guys were thrilled to get it! I'd tip along the lines of $10.00 each for that, as well as for other small jobs like linelle's small countertop install. If only one guy was doing it, I'd likely give him $20.


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i didn't tip the cabinet guys as they were also the installers and the kitchen company. i didn't tip the granite fabricators.
i did tip the refrig and stove delivery guys when i bought from HD. partly because they were super careful and damaged nothing and partly because they hooked up water line for the frig and gas connect for the stove (2 separate deliveries) they saved me hiring someone else to do the connections so i figured they deserved some "cash money" ( love that phrase) i think i tipped $50 each time as there were 2 people so $25 a piece.


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I tipped the appliance delivery guys (2 deliveries) $20 each. They brought the appliances in to the dining room, unboxed them, waited while I and my GC inspected them and then took the trash away. I was quite impressed.

My cabinet guy was retained by my GC as part of my overall Reno project so I didn't tip him.

My project ran through the holidays so I did give my on site project manager a gift certificate to a local restaurant.


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Tipping is so overdone in the US that it's become ridiculous. Sure you tip waiters who are allowed to be paid less than minimum wage - but tipping high paid professionals who are just doing their job has gotten out of hand.

When I had a TV delivered, the guy handed me a clipboard to sign for delivery with a bunch of $20 bills under the clip. Hint, hint! Guess how much he got :-)

Tipping for exceptional service, over and above the norm, is what tips are supposed to be reserved for. I laugh when I see articles and TV segments about how much you are "expected" to tip various professionals.


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I probably tip too often, and I do believe that tipping someone for doing their job is redundant (the concept of it). But I sometimes confuse "above and beyond" with "what should have occurred anyway" because I go into these delivery situations expecting something to go wrong. When nothing goes wrong, I think, "WOW! That was GREAT service!" It actually was standard service, by my bar was set so low.


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"Trebruchet, surely you can shed some light on this for us."

After I sold my countertop business, I went to work for another fabricator as the Service Manager. It was more like picking up after the kids, but I digress.

In the nearly three years of my employment, I was the most-tipped employee they'd ever had and I made sure my boss, the owner, knew it, although I got the impression that he thought the money should somehow go to him.

I never asked or even hinted about getting a tip, but it was very flattering. Bragging to the owner was worth much more than the money was.


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We always tip for exceptional service, cabinet delivery, appliance delivery, counter people….and of course we get the FedEx, UPS guys, mailman and garbage man during the holiday seasons

I also tip the person at full service gas when it is very hot, very cold, snowy, pouring rain etc….anyone who is saving me from being out in the elements pumping gas deserves a couple dollars


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I think if you feel compelled to tip then you tip and there is nothing wrong with that. I dont think tipping is overdone I think service has become underdone so when I think someone has helped me in someway I tip, and I like doing that.


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"When nothing goes wrong, I think, "WOW! That was GREAT service!" It actually was standard service, by my bar was set so low."

Lol, sad but true. I do think it's a bit weird that tipping is seen as appropriate for some services but not others. Most people seem to work hard at their jobs, but not everyone gets tipped regularly or even EVER. "Normal" service or "exceptional" service makes no difference to me in tipping, as I have come to see what used to be normal service as exceptional. In fact, I can't remember the last time I received exceptional service. Maybe I should rethink my tipping practices.


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I don't think we tipped for any deliveries. Some things were delivered to our kitchen GC's warehouse and he brought them to us. For anything major like cabinets arriving he generally had someone on site to receive them and make sure things were in order and put where he wanted them.

Our family room remodel GC was almost always there himself to receive anything major or when any major work was being started up or finishing.

It usually was the GC or the GC's people dealing with the other contractors or delivery folks.

How do you tip your FedEx or UPS people? It doesn't seem to be the same driver all the time. There are a bunch of drivers. They usually put the package on our doorstep (or sometimes just inside the entry courtyard gate) perhaps ring the door bell and leave quickly. Even if I'm close to the door when the bell rings I usually only catch a glimpse of them. (I think UPS and FedEx monitor how efficiently they are delivering so they don't hang around unless they need a signature and even then the don't hang around long.) So the only way I could tip them once or twice a year would be to leave an envelop on the porch, hope they see it and hope that it is going to one who frequently delivers to us.


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