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Chapter 3:

Planning Your Moving Budget (Continued)



1.     Budgeting your move

2.     How to save on your move

3.     Getting the right estimate


4.     Tipping the movers

5.     Deducting moving expenses from your taxes

Tipping the movers 

It is a common thing in the end to tip the movers. They worked hard for you. Tips differ depending on the size and difficulty of the move as well as the efforts put forth by the movers. The average tip for local moves is 7-12% of the total bill, for long distance moves is $3-5 per hour each based on the labor.

When tipping the movers, it is best that you compensate each one separately to acknowledge the hard work by everyone involved in the relocation.

For your convenience has created the following tipping calculator. These are only suggested amounts. You could tip more or less than the suggested, depending on your satisfaction and generosity; However those amounts are what is common in the moving industry for job well done:

Tipping Calculator:

Movers: Duration: Conditions:
Suggested tip:  

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Tipping Chart:

Alternatively you can use this tipping chart to decide on the amount of the tip for standard move:

Moving hours / tip per mover 2 movers 3 movers 4 movers 5 movers
2-4 hours $10 / mover $20 $30 $40 $50
4-6 hours $15 / mover $30 $45 $60 $75
6-8 hours $20 / mover $40 $60 $80 $100
8-10 hours $25 / mover $50 $75 $100 $125
10-12 hours $30 / mover $60 $90 $120 $150
12-15 hours $35 / mover $70 $105 $140 $175
15-20 hours $40 / mover $80 $120 $160 $200
Over 20 hours $50 / mover $100 $150 $200 $250

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Deducting moving expenses from your taxes

Some of your moving expenses may qualify for deduction as an adjustment to income.

It can be done in case you move coincides closely with the start of a new job or a job transfer.

Generally, deductible expenses are:


Of course, not all moves are deductible. In order to deduct your moving expenses, you have to meet two tests:

Other important criteria that must be met are:

  1. You are in the armed forces on active duty and your move was due to a permanent change of station, or

  2. Your job at the new location ends because of death, disability, a transfer for your employer's benefit, or a layoff other than for willful misconduct; or

  3. You moved from outside of the United States to the United States because you retired, or you are the surviving spouse or dependent of a person who died while living and working outside the United States, and your move begins within 6 months of that person's death.

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