Tipping is expected in situations like dining in a restaurant or paying for a cab fare. However, it’s virtually unheard of in the building and remodeling industry in general. We discuss whether or not you should tip your replacement window installers.
Should You Tip at All?
Giving a tip signifies your appreciation of someone’s service. Generally, workers in the building and remodeling industry do not expect to receive tips. According to a survey conducted by Angie’s List, only 6% of remodeling companies expect to, and 18% of them actually have received tips for good service. If you’re unsure whether or not tipping is appropriate, simply ask.
You can discuss during your consultations if the contractor will accept a clause in the contract where they could receive an incentive or bonus if the project is completed ahead of time. The amount of tips can either be at a percentage or a flat fee. It’s easier to give tips to window installers than to those who work on bigger projects like siding and roofing because window installation requires fewer workers. Window installation also takes place in as short as a day.
Other Forms of Appreciation
COVID-19 restrictions have made activities like dinner invitations less than ideal for showing your appreciation of good service. However, there are other ways to do so when tips are inappropriate or if your installers decline. Serving refreshments at the end of a workday is one simple way to do it and can be done at short notice. Small token gifts can also be considered appropriate.
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