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Question DetailsAsked on 6/17/2015

Should I tip for estimation?

A contractor came and did an estimation of my remodeling job, before he left, he asked for $30 tip. Is it normal?

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Yes, if it is a really necessary remodeling project, such as gutters or gutter covers. You should also tip the mail clerk for weighing and heavy lifting when going to post a package. Another area hugely neglected is your income tax preparer,, perhaps a percentage of your tax bill would be correct. The correct attire for you when paying these tips is a T shirt with concentric circles and a free membership in P.T.Barnam's society of "A sucker is born every second".

Jim Casper

ps tip to site below, tks


Answered 5 years ago by jccasper


Jim's comedy response aside, contractor's are generally not tipped, and certainly not a contractor giving a bid for a job he is wanting to get. And to actually ask for a tip - guess he either has zero business sense, or felt you were not going to use him anyway so figured that was his last chance to get some compensation for his time doing the estimate.

My personal philosophy - tipping for one-time home workers (as opposed to regular yard care or home housecleaning workers that you might tip at year end) would be only for exceptional attitude or service, though when workers are there it is always nice (and promotes good attitude toward your job) it is nice to put out some quickly consumed treats like cookies or muffins or dnuts, and maybe some coffee or iced canned/bottles soft drinks, tea, etc - things they can grab and consume without losing time. Do NOT, NOT put out a table and chairs because that just slows up the job.

Oh - and Jim - do you have an address for the PT Barnum Society - I have a few people I would love to give lifetime gift memberships to (and not all are politicians).

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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