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Question DetailsAsked on 6/6/2011

what is the etiquette for tipping contractors?

when it comes to one shot service calls (one time plumbing appointment, very small projects, etc.), do you ALWAYS tip? Or does it depend upon the circumstances?

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    Hi, Jeff! Great name!

    Generally, I don't tip contractors. The exceptions have been when the bill ended up being so cheap I felt bad for getting the person to make a house call, and grateful that they saved me lots of money by keeping it simple. Or when I thought the person was vastly undercharging me (I have a friend who always does this, and I'm trying to convince him his time and expertise are worth more than he realizes.) In those cases, I've thrown in some extra cash, anywhere from $20-$75. Does that help?

    Answered 9 years ago by VirginiaJeff


    Though I have never yet tipped a contractor for a one time job, I might do so if there are extraordinary circumstances, such as answering an emergency and going above and beyond what was required. However, if I like the company and the work done, I always ask for a number of business cards so I can recommend them to friends.

    Btw, for those contractors who have done a lot of work or long job, I do tip them but not in money. We've:

      Ordered pizza and soda for all of the workers for lunchGotten them a couple of dozen donuts and coffeeGiven apple pies and cider to the guys who came out on a Sunday to finish a job


    Answered 9 years ago by madylarian

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