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Question DetailsAsked on 5/16/2011

Should I tip the painting contractor?

Can anyone advise on etiquette for tipping contractors? What is the common practice? I'm getting my apartment painted and I'm not sure if I should be giving an additional tip equivalent to a certain percentage of the total service bill. Thanks in advance.

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    The effort of a fair and comprehensive review is all I hope for. When I have delivered despite underbid in a job, and have not negotiated a contract change, I hope that has been noticed, and that I will be treated fairly. I accept a tip occasionaly, with gratitude, for extraordinary effort.

    Answered 9 years ago by oregonian


    I would discourage against this as it would only set a trend of consumer fleecing. There are too many tipping jar already that rarely need to be tipped.

    Of course, if you feel the need for charity, then buy them lunch or say here a few bucks for lunch. But the bid is their payment.

    Answered 9 years ago by deepblue


    Not sure if anyone replied, however, I would say there is no rule of thumb. It really depends on how well the job went and is a personal preference. There is no "standard" and most professional remodeling companies do not expect a tip. It's a nice gesture, however. I know most field workers like cookies and snacks during their workday. That will go a long way in letting them know their work is appreciated.

    Answered 9 years ago by jessiekoda

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