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Question DetailsAsked on 12/17/2013

How much holiday tip should I give my handyman who has earned $1000/mo. doing work for me for past 7 months?

He charges $30/hr. so the hours have really added up! He does exceptional work and has done a wide range of jobs for me. The work has been done in a private home in a small town.

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That is a tough one.

At the end of the day, I am not sure there is a real formula out there to go off of.

I guess it comes down to what would you be happy to give him.

I can assure you that anything and everything is appreciated when even the slightest gratitude is show.

WoW Home Solutions

Answered 6 years ago by WoWHomeSolutions


I always there are three ways to really show your appreciation for work well done by a contractor -

1) give good verbal recommendations, both to friends and co-workers who are looking for his type service, and on places like Angie's List - so do a good review on him in Write A Review in the green banner bar.

2) Occasionally give him some sort of thank you gift - could be some goodies or coffee and donuts when he comes to work, some homemade bread or cookies, or whatever. An end of year "bonus" cash can be insulting to some people or make a contractor feel uncomfortable (or cause him to figure you think he is undercharging you so raise his rates for the new year !), particularly since you are talking probably more than a nominal garbage man or paper boy type tip here - if you have any idea what home improvement store or lumberyard he frequents (like if you have seen receipts for materials) you could get him a gift certificate, which he could use for a business of personalpurchase of his choice. Remember if you paid him $7000, some of that is probably for materials, so you had maybe $5000 in labor charges ? 10% seems like a lot of money, and he is getting fairly good pay for his time, so I presume you are thinking $50-150 range.

For instance, I have a neighbor for whose wife I have put out several small kitchen and electrical fires over almost 3 decades, so he will not accept payment for the quick swipes he does of our drive with his plow truck when it snows, so I give him $100 in gift certificates to NAPA which he can use for plow truck parts, or for his recreational snowmachine or ATV supplies.

3) Perhaps one of the best things you can do is write him dated recommendation letter, with your name and number in the letterhead and addressed to him at his company name, thanking him for his professional and exceptional work, and authorizing him to use your name as a reference for future clients who are considering using him and want a reference.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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