How Much To Tip Movers: The Ultimate Guide (advice from 20+ movers!)

Moving stresses out the best of us!   This is why most people hire movers to do the heavy lifting and careful packing. However, once the job is complete, you likely ask yourself, “how much do I tip the movers?  Is there a standard amount or percentage?  Do I tip at all?”

If your anxiety spikes thinking about tipping movers, you’re not alone!

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You’ll find yourself exhausted and distracted at the end of your moving day, the last thing you need is extra stress trying to figure out how much you should tip your movers, or if you should tip your movers at all.

To help you out, we asked the movers listed on MovingCompanyReviews.com to help.    More than twenty movers offered their advice!   We compiled their guidance and thoughts into this helpful guide.    Check out the appropriate chapter for your move to know exactly how much to tip your movers.

Everyone knows that tipping is customary in industries like hospitality, tour guides, and taxis.  Yet for movers, it can become awkward when customers ask how much to tip them.   Movers do get paid for their service. However, like any service, when you feel as though a mover has done a good job (or in many cases, goes above and beyond), movers appreciate tips.

As Jill Ihly, Executive Vice President, Olympic Moving & Storage/Bekins Northwest states:

A tip for a mover is just like a waiter. It’s nice to get a little something, but the more difficult the job, the more TLC the crew gives, and how far above and beyond they go should all contribute to the tip amount.

Before diving into the guide, ask yourself these questions when determining your tip:

  • Did the movers show a high level of professionalism?
  • Did the movers demonstrate a good attitude?
  • How well did the movers treat your belongings?
  • How hard did the movers work?  For example, did they need to move items up and down long flights of stairs?  Did they have to carefully move large items down narrow hallways?
  • What external factors did they deal with?   Was the day extremely warm or cold?  Did it rain?

To help guide you during your next move, we have created the ultimate tipping guide.   Read the guide below to feel more confident in the tip you provide and avoid stress and confusion at the end of your moving day.

Let’s get started!

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Dive into the following seven chapters to understand everything you need to know about tipping.   Keep in mind all of the challenges that your movers face and remember no move goes perfectly.   The tips from the movers give some fantastic advice, we hope you find it useful!

Chapter One: How much to tip long distance movers

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When you eat out at a restaurant, you may tip 15 percent — which is fairly standard.   However, we don’t recommend you follow this rule of thumb for long distance moves.

The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) writes that when moving interstate the average cost sets you back around $4,300.  If you planned on paying  20% in a tip to each mover your entire moving budget would blow up.    Remember, you may work with two sets of movers — one that helps you pack the truck and one that helps you unload at your new address.

In these cases, you’re better off tipping per hour. If your movers do a good job, consider tipping $5-$6/hour per mover.  Others prefer to just round up and provide x-amount for a hard day’s work, such as $40 per mover. If you have some extra cash and the movers do a flawless job, consider giving each mover a little extra.

Everyone likes to feel appreciated, especially when they put forth extra effort.  Make sure that you tip each mover individually for their work, including the supervisor.  Give the supervisor a bit more than the other movers, as his/her job requires management and coordination in addition to moving.   This is not only proper tipping etiquette but also shows your true appreciation on a more personal level.

We asked our movers to provide feedback, read below to hear it straight from the source:

Most of the time on a long distance job, the driver is going to be the only duplicate person at the time of loading & delivering. He is most likely a contractor. So tipping will most likely not be shared equally amongst everyone. Normally a good rule of thumb is 5%.

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website).

 

The tipping circumstances on long distance moves can be quite unique and present their own challenge. It is not always the same crew that is at the pick up location and at the delivery location. As such, you should strive to tip the crew after the load, and then again after the unload. There may also be an advantage, as you may get a better unloading crew if the movers are aware you are a "good tipper". You can apply similar math to that of local moves when calculating how much to tip, somewhere between $6 and $10 per hour per mover for the labor. If the delivery was prompt and the communication from the driver excellent it will be appreciated if you tip the driver or foreman extra, depending on how long the drive was.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

First, if your movers ask for a tip, then most likely they do not deserve it. Second, if you see that your movers have treated your belongings with care and respect then please, show them your appreciation. (Only you know how much your belongings are worth) Third, movers shouldn't be tipped before your items have arrived at your destination, instead, tip them well once the whole job has been completed. 10% of your total charges is the average tip for the whole crew. If you are extremely satisfied, then 20 to 25 % is what people usually tip us. If your total moving charges are $2000 then a $200 tip for the crew will show them that their work has been appreciated. Our guys usually receive a 20% average because of our higher than average provided service.

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

How much to tip varies widely based on many factors – i.e. the size of the shipment, the nature of the belongings, the nature of access (stairs, long carries, challenging parking, complex logistics), the preparedness of the customer, and any special handling or services provided among other things. $50 to $500 depending on factors listed above

- Eric from Hansen Brothers Moving and Storage in Seattle, WA (website)

 

It can range from $0 to about $200. The reason for the variance is because it is all based on customer service, timelines, and did they do what they said they were going to do.

- Nicholas from Car Shipping Carriers in Tampa, FL (website).

 

Most customers we have provided service for are unsure whether they need to tip movers. We have been asked that question many times over our 48 years in business. As far as we are concerned, the simple answer is: Tipping is NOT required. However, if a customer is happy with the movers and wants to tip the movers, it is entirely up to them how much to tip. The secret for movers getting tips is for them to provide good service, great communication and to make sure the customer is satisfied with the work. It's that simple!   We have seen our movers get tips from $5.00 each to $150.00 each on local and intrastate moves. Mostly, the size of the job does not matter either. Some shippers have even provided meals during loading or unloading and some of those gave tips on top of that.  We have heard of movers that, upon arrival on the job, want to discuss tipping with the customer BEFORE they even begin to do any work. That is outrageous! To the customer, it may seem as though the workers will define how well their move is going to go based on the tip amount they will give to the crew. At our company, our movers are not allowed to mention tipping at any time - before, during or after any services provided.

- Robert from Tomball Moving & Storage in Tomball, TX (website)

The long distance movers I know have said that 10% gratuity is the going rate. That can get pretty high on large-size and longer-distance moves, so there's probably a cap of around $500 that would be considered "average" for an expensive move.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website).

 

Chapter two: How much to tip local movers

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When moving locally, the same variables apply.  Movers who move you two blocks over still deserve the same recognition as movers who help  move long distance.  Depending on what they help you move (and what they pack or unpack), they can easily put in a harder day’s work than long distance movers.

Our movers mentioned three tipping strategies:

  • Percentage based: 5%-10% of the move
  • Hourly: $5/hour per mover is fairly standard
  • Per day: $10 – $40 per mover per hour

For example, if a crew of movers work for 4 hours, some customers will pay each mover anywhere from $10-$40 for their service.   This depends on how smooth the move went, how personable the movers were, and how comfortable they made you feel in terms of your personal belongings.

In addition to tipping, consider some nice small things to provide the movers –  bottled water, leaving the AC on during hot days, and even ordering the moving crew some pizza for lunch.   Moving is back-breaking work and to support their efforts, it’s nice to go above and beyond as a client. This extra thoughtfulness goes a long way with your moving crew.

Check out what our movers told us about tipping for local moves below:

Actually, tipping the movers IS customary and highly appreciated! During the summer in Arizona, people don't move themselves because it's so hot out. The movers highly appreciate it when getting a tip. It lets them know you did a great job! Our movers tips really vary but typically it's 15% or more.

- Don from Frontier Apartment Movers in Phoenix, AZ (website).

 

If you don't want to tip, you can always ask what they'd like for lunch. Another thing they appreciate is that you do NOT turn off the air conditioning in 110 degree heat. Our movers are courteous about not leaving the door wide open so it doesn't save you anything by turning it off. It actually makes the movers work in a hot, stuffy environment that isn't helpful.

- Lynette from All Star Movers in Glendale, AZ (website)

 

Moving is considered to be in the service industry, and tipping should be treated accordingly. 15% on the total bill is a good landmark and should be split between the crew members, not given 15% per mover.

- Luke's A+ Moving Service in Hurst, TX (website)

 

We encourage 10% of the move cost

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

 

From the perspective of a moving company owner, DO NOT TIP movers that did a bad job, especially if you intend on going back to the company to ask for concessions based on mover performance. It really muddies the waters when we go back to analyze a job and see that the movers were tipped (well), as we are assessing any concessions. It does not help make your case when you do this. Tips are appreciated but not mandatory - tip based on good service, not out of obligation.

Dan from All American Moving & Storage in Columbus, OH (website)

 

I usually recommend $5 per mover per hour as a good tip. This applies to all moves - big and small. If it's a 2 hour studio apartment, that's a $20 tip overall - $10 per mover. Say if it's an 8 hour move with 3 movers, that's $40 per mover, or $120 total. It goes without saying that tips are never expected, and we always tell our customers who ask about tipping that you should do it if you feel like our team went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded your expectations.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website)

 

The general rule of thumb is somewhere between 15%-25% for local moves, which translates to roughly $6-$10/hr per man, depending on how happy you are with the service. By using these guidelines in tandem you can be confident you are being courteous to your crew without spending too much.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

$20 to $150 based on the move factors

- Eric from Hansen Brothers Moving and Storage in Seattle, WA (website)

Chapter three: How much to tip movers in New York City, Chicago, and other cities

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Movers in certain cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles tend to report higher tips, as moves cost more there.

For higher income cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, etc. some movers report tips in the $50-$100 range.   Regardless of the city, the fundamentals remain the same — tip more for a great customer experience.

If you are really unsure what to tip in your area. You can always reach out to the company ahead of time and inquire about average tipping. That way, you do not put any movers on-the-spot, as this can be an uncomfortable situation.

Check out what our movers told us about tipping in more expensive cities:

Our large metro area is Seattle. The tipping amount doesn't really change, but we do see more people giving tips. On average (we have 10 locations across the state of WA), less than 50% of customers tip, but closer to 75% do in Seattle.

- Sommer from Bekins Moving and Storage in Mountlake-Terrace, WA (website).

 

We mostly serve the Washington DC metropolitan area. Our movers' average tip is 20% from the total bill. Although we always tell our clients that tipping is not mandatory. But they usually are so impressed with our movers' work that they feel they must tip them. (And our movers always, greatly appreciate their kindness)

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

Generally, 10-20 % of the bill would be considered good to excellent amount for a job well done. If you were not happy with the way the movers worked and want to tip less, or if your job was particularly easy, it is understandable. Ultimately, what you want to give the workers on top of the bill is at your discretion

- Vlad from 1st Moving in Howell, NJ (website).

Chapter four: How much to tip movers for 2-hour jobs (and other short jobs)

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On average, most movers agree that a 2-hour job typically results in a $5-$20 tip.   That depends on the overall size of the shipment, the nature of the belongings, how difficult access is (i.e. tight spaces or challenging parking), and whether or not the mover handled special items.

Within a 2-hour span, movers may experience some highly stressful, challenging situations. If you feel as though a mover did a fantastic job, focus less on the timespan and more on what they achieved.

Read the feedback our movers sent us below about tipping for short jobs:

For 2-hour jobs, the average tip is $5 per hour per mover, and/or based on individual performance.

- Tommy from American Top Moving in Miami, FL (website).

 

Even for the very short jobs, you really should not be tipping less than $15 per person. $20 is usually the golden standard.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website).

 

For 2 hours or less, $10 per mover is considered appropriate. If items are extra heavy or difficult to move, consider adding and extra $5 per mover.

- Ben from Olde World Movers in Euless, TX (website)

 

$10 - $20 dollars per mover

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

 

Generally no tip is given, but it's common for the customer to buy lunch, breakfast, dinner, or even drinks for the crew.

- Sommer from Bekins Moving and Storage in Mountlake-Terrace, WA (website)

 

If your move is a multiple day job it’s always nice to tip your movers at the end of each day. This is always appreciated by the movers and gives them incentive to do a good job for you the following day. We typically see tips around 15% of the total bill.
- Luke's A+ Moving Services in Hurst, TX (website)

Chapter five: How much to tip movers when they just pack

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Many movers and company supervisors agree that on average, movers who simply pack do not get tipped. However, this varies highly from city to city, job to job. Packing can pose equally hard work, especially when movers deal with valuable or fragile items — it’s stressful work!

Based on the movers we spoke to, some stated that $0 was customary, whereas others typically receive a $20 tip for packing only.    Packing is not as physically demanding, but it takes A LOT of skill to effectively and properly pack a full house or apartment.

Let’s see what our movers told us about how to tip for packing-only jobs:

Packing is actually harder than moving. Although it might not be so physically challenging, it still takes a lot of skill to properly pack a house or an apartment. If your movers, actually care about your belongings and they make sure every single box they pack is correctly packed and labeled, then they do deserve some love!

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

I tell customers that tips are not assumed but instead earned. We would love it if all our crews received amazing tips for their hard work, but it is completely discretionary. When customers push, We usually tell them between $50 - $100 per man per day whether it is packing or moving and regardless of the area.

- Stephen from Molloy Bros Moving and Storage in Harrison, NJ (website)

 

Packing is hard work too, albeit in a completely different way. I think packers should be tipped $20-$30 per person.

- Eric from Soda City Movers in Columbia, SC (website).

 

Normally they don’t get tipped

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Chapter six: How much to tip movers per day

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When movers spend a full day on one job, it challenges them both mentally- and physically.    Based on the input from movers across the country, the standard tip falls anywhere between $20-$100 per day. This appears to be customary regardless of the location, and whether or not movers were packing or physically moving items.

For multi-day jobs Luke’s Moving told us that it’s always nice to tip movers at the end of each day. This not only rewards a job well-done, but provides an extra incentive to push hard the following day.

Let’s see what our movers told us about how much to tip per day:

I would say 95% of our jobs fall within the $20-$100 range for one day.


- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

For longer jobs, you can tip up to $100/per mover. Food and drink are also commonly expected for jobs longer than a couple of hours, and for a full day's job, a decent meal is not out of the question.

- Rachel from Transit Systems Inc. (TSI) in Wayne, PA (website)

 

I never pressure any customer to tip and if they ask how much I just say, “whatever you feel comfortable with.” Personally, I believe Movers should get tipped the same as waiters and waitresses - 15 to 20%.

- Chad from Movers with Manners in Venice, FL (website)

 

The biggest tip I ever received in cash as a mover was $200. We had just finished an understaffed 20 hour local move. Tips can take all forms. Sometimes customers will buy you lunch and some may give you things (I was given a coin collection recently).

- David from Around Town Movers in Sterling, VA (website)

 

Tipping depends on how well the crew did their job. If they were efficient and courteous I would say $3 - $5 per hour is appropriate. I have seen a customer tip each packer/mover $20 at the beginning of the day and then another $20 at the end. I thought this was very smart because the crew went out of their way for the customer all day long.

- Bryan from Move It Once in Pocatello, ID (website)

 

$20-$50 depending on the move cost and performance

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Chapter seven: How much to tip piano movers

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First things first – never move a piano yourself!   Always hire a professional.

When hiring piano movers ask about the company’s moving trucks, as air-ride suspension and climate control are two variables that can make or break piano move.

Consumers often overlook piano movers and appreciate them less than other movers.  Piano moving charges tend to cost a pretty penny, which leads many customers to believe that tipping is not necessary.

Our movers recommended that you tip around $20 per person.  Depending on some the shape and size of some pianos, the job may require anywhere from three to seven movers.

Read the tips our movers sent in about tipping piano movers:

 

First, never do it yourself. Hire a professional. Make sure they have trucks/trailers that are climate controlled and air-ride suspension equipped. Tips for long distance movers average $20-$60 per person and for local moves, $0-$20 per person.

- Christopher from Modern Piano in Sullivan, MO (website)

 

Piano movers should get $20 each if it's upright piano. For baby grand $30-$40 each, and if the piano is moved upstairs, movers should be tipped at least $50 each.

- Roi from Above and Beyond Movers in Anthem, AZ (website)

 

It depends on the type of piano and if stairs/elevators were being used. If you stick to the classic 10-15% you should be OK. The main thing is that you only give what you can afford. Never feel its a demand but a reward for good work.

- Ward from A League of Extraordinary Movers in Fort Lauderdale, FL (website)

 

Piano movers are usually the least appreciated workers. When someone is only moving a piano, the moving charges are usually so high that people tend to believe that a tip isn't necessary. Depending on the type of piano being moved, you might need 3 or 7 movers. $20 per person for a successful local relocation is what we would recommend. If you are crossing state lines then make sure your movers are well taken care of, especially if they deliver your piano in the same condition they picked it up in.

- Luis from Movers on Duty in Gaithersburg, MD (website)

 

If the company charges the same hourly rate whether there is a piano or not, it is highly recommend to tip at least an extra $30 for each person involved in the process of moving a piano.

- Paul from Go to Moving & Storage in Staten Island, NY (website)

 

$20-$30 a man

- Frank from Family Moving & Storage in Palm Bay, FL (website)

Conclusion

At the end of the day, like any service-based industry, you’re NOT required to tip movers.   However, even though tipping a mover is not mandatory, movers welcome and appreciate tips for a job well done.

When tipping, consider the level of skill and patience required to be a mover.    Read the helpful tips provided by our movers for your type of move and tip based your own experience.  We hope this guide helps you in your move!   And if you’re moving soon  get a free moving quote from one of our  highly-rated movers.

Moving in the Middle of High School – How to Prepare Your Teens

Moving in the Middle of High School – How to Prepare Your Teens

MovingCompanyReviews note:   We’re delighted to have Kerry Brown Hasbrook, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, write this post for us.   Dr. Brown Hasbrook is a well-known Child Psychologist in the Chicago area, and  moved in high school from Connecticut to just north of Chicago.    Her post below gives some fantastic tips and tricks on how to make the moving with kids (teenagers specifically) less stressful.

Did your chest or back tighten when you read the title of this blog?  If so, you are not alone!  Not surprisingly, relocating to a new town is rated as one of life’s most stressful events.  For you are not just transporting belongings, you are uprooting your social network, your schools, possibly your work, and all your well-worn paths to the neighbor’s house, the beloved coffee shop, church, and the gym.  When teenagers are added to the equation, moving inherently becomes more complicated.

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Adolescence can be a period of turmoil for many, but also an exciting time in which they navigate social and identity issues.  With the increasing level of independence along with possibly an ability to drive, many teens delight in this new developmental phase.  Conversely, other teens struggle with “fitting in” socially, keeping up with the challenging academic curriculum, and managing both time and stress.  With that said, ideally, an adolescent could remain in the same high school setting until graduation.  When a family must move, however, doing so at the start of a new quarter or semester is recommended.  If for whatever reason that is not possible, parental care and concern, along with planfulness are essential for the entire family’s emotional well-being.

Below are a few suggestions for easing adolescents’ transition when switching schools:

  • Discuss the reasons for the upcoming relocation.  Explain that this move might not be optimal timing, but it is mandatory for economic, financial, or health reasons.  Since adolescence can sometimes be a time of self-centeredness or egocentricity, ensure your teens that transferring high schools is not an attempt at making their lives miserable.
  • Talk candidly with your teenagers regarding your feelings about the move.  Express your honest thoughts and feelings in an appropriate manner.  (This might require weeks of coffee chats with your girlfriend/therapist to get you to a sound place emotionally☺)  Anyone who has spent time with teenagers is aware that they have built-in “phony” detectors!  Acknowledging the difficulties associated with moving high schools and validating their feelings about such can be very impactful!
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  • Keep your thoughts and feelings on the positive side while simultaneously validating your teens’ feelings!  It might prove helpful to say things like, “I hear you saying that you feel like this move will ruin your life.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with me.  I know it might feel scary leaving your friends, school, and sports for this unknown new town.  I have a feeling that this will all turn out well in the end.”   Conversely, avoid saying things like, “Get over it.  We’re moving.  End of discussion.”  Finally, although it can be difficult, try to hold back your emotional reactions to their mood swings and defiant behaviors.  Instead, try to uncover the feelings underneath these behaviors!
  • Involve your adolescents in selecting their high school, if possible.  If they are asked to participate in the decision-making process, their investment might result in a more positive adjustment.  Why not have them research their options based on their interests (i.e., academic, athletic, yearbook, drama) and desires (i.e., class size, public/private)?  Talking to the school counselor, the drama teacher, or the soccer coach ahead of time might also be helpful in increasing their comfort levels about this new adventure.  Finally, take a tour of the school ahead of time if that is a possibility!
  • Remind your adolescents that this is a unique opportunity to reinvent themselves!  Ask them if there are changes they would like to make regarding their reputation.  Specifically, do they want to remain known as “the party animal, “ “the star volleyball player,” or “the math whiz?”  Or, do they instead want to take on a new path by starting a teen advisory board at the local homeless shelter, play a new sport, or participate in the yearbook club?
  • Create a plan to assist your teenagers in maintaining their old friendships.  This is easier now than ever with the prevalence of social media and cell phones.  Remind your teenagers of the close relationships you continue to cherish with your old friends from childhood, college, etc.  Concrete examples might assist them in believing that their close friendships have the potential to remain that way forever.
  • Engage in a dialogue about how your adolescents can develop new friendships.  Participating in sports, plays, or clubs can be the perfect avenue for establishing friendships with like-minded peers with similar interests. Colleges look fondly upon a student who shows leadership abilities and consistency through this transition!
  • Request that the transcript and profile (explanation of grading system, curriculum, and school demographics) from the old high school be sent to the new high school.  When it comes time to apply to colleges, your adolescents will be one step ahead of the game!

On a personal note, my relocation from the East Coast to the Midwest (just north of Chicago) before eleventh grade turned out to be a positive experience.  I am grateful for the new friendships I developed while maintaining several of my old friendships.  Additionally, I enjoyed experiencing life in a different region of our country.  In addition, had we remained on the East Coast, I am unsure whether I would have achieved the highest honor in one of my sports or been offered the same scholarship.  Finally, I believe that our family’s frequent relocations armed me with an ability to quickly adapt to change and to relate to all different types of people!

Kerry Brown Hasbrook, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

3 insanely simple SEO tips you can do NOW to boost your Google traffic (and leads)

3 mover SEO tips you can do NOW to boost your free Google traffic (& leads)

Every mover wants more free Google traffic.    This free, or organic, traffic comes to your website when you rank for terms people search for in Google.     People that search for terms like, “Chicago movers”, “Salt Lake City moving companies”, or “movers in Orlando”, see your company’s website, click on the result and land on your website.   Boom!  You now have an extremely qualified visitor that hopefully you can turn into a customer.

So how do you get on page one for certain terms?   Which terms will bring the most traffic?  Which terms can you rank for?    Great questions!   I’ll answer those in this blog post, as well as tell you how to do three simple things today that will get your moving company ranking higher for the best terms within a week or two (side note: if you want to see what a good mover adwords/cpc/sem campaign looks like, check out our mover sem case study).

Ok, let’s get you ranking!  Do these three simple SEO (Search Engine Optimization)  tips today and see your rankings and free traffic jump.  Oh yeah, we included a couple little-known bonus tips to give you an extra boost!

  1. Optimize your html title tag to mention your company name, city, and the word “movers”
  2. Make sure your html meta description tab contains a snappy description that sells prospects on your company
  3. Put your address and phone number on your homepage

Mover SEO Tip #1 – Put Your Company Name and City in Your HTML Title Tag

This tip is ridiculously easy for you or your web developer to make.  It should take no more than a few minutes and deliver results within a week or two.    See the bonus section to give this change an extra boost.

First off, what’s an html title tag?   It’s a little piece of code in your website’s HTML code that shows in the browser tab.   Here’s an example using J&J Metro Moving & Storage:

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Here’s what it looks like in the actual html code:

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Why is this important?   Because it’s what Google uses as the title your listing in search results!

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Why does that matter?   For a few HUUUUUUUGE, important reasons:

  1. Consumers use it to decide if they should click on your search result
  2. Google uses it to figure out which search terms your site should appear for.  Did you know consumers search for “Orlando movers” 450 times per month but only search for “Orland moving companies”  250 times per month?   Which would you rather rank highly for?
  3. Google watches how many people click your search result versus other search results.   If your listing entices searchers to click more than other search results then Google will rank you higher.
  4. Lots of consumers search on mover names!   Check out the search volumes for these movers in Chicago we got from SERanking, a great SEO tool we use.    2 Guys and a Van clocks in with 480 searches per month, Coffey Brothers Moving brings in 320, and The Professionals Moving Specialists has 210 Google searches per month.    Those numbers nearly match the more generic search numbers we see for Orlando (keep reading to see them)!
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So what’s the perfect title tag for your moving company?   Well, let’s see what the sites that do SEO (Search Engine Optimization – or “ranking high in free Google listings”) really do:

Yelp & the BBB:

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HireAHelper:

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Every one of them makes the company name an important part of the title.   Yelp mentions photos and reviews, the BBB brags about themselves, and HireAHelper includes the phrase, “Movers in Orlando”.

To give your mover website the best possible html title tag optimization, we recommend:

  1. Putting your company name first
  2. Putting a keyword for your city after.   For good keywords, check out the Google search volumes for these Orlando moving terms.  We pulled these from ahrefs.com, a fantastic SEO research too.
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    • “Movers Orlando” has the highest search volume, followed by “Orlando Movers” with a bit less.

Using our example, some great html title tags for J&J Metro could be:

“J&J Metro Moving & Storage – Orlando Movers”

“J&J Metro Moving & Storage – Movers Orlando”

I’d personally recommend the first, as consumers reading that result will likely appreciate the better grammar and click on it more.  Make the change today and see how fast you shoot up the search results for your company name and the keyword you chose!

Mover SEO Tip #2 – Pull Google Searchers in With A Compelling HTML Meta Description

You may be asking yourself, what the heck is a HTML meta description?   Great question!   In your website’s code, it looks like this.  This example is from Stallion Moving Services in Denver.

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Heh?  What is all that gobbly-gook?    Here’s the important part!   Google uses your site’s meta description as the text in your search result!    Here it is in action:

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You’ll notice that the words Google uses come right from the meta description in the code on Stallion’s page.

Why is this important?   A 2017 study of the top Google ranking factors by SearchEngineLand.com listed your search listing’s Click Through Rate (CTR) as a very important signal to Google as to how high they should rank your site in search results.

This means the more compelling your description, the more people will click on your listing, and the higher Google will rank you.

So how do you craft a crazy-compelling description that makes searchers want to visit your site?   Read these three simple tips to find out:

  1. Read the descriptions of the top ranking search results and use them as inspiration:
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  2. Read the ad copy of the top ads on the page for inspiration:
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  3. If you run adwords ads, look at your ads that perform the best and see what the ad copy is.  Use that to help you craft a great description.

Mover SEO Tip #3 – Put Your Address and Phone Number on Your Website!

This sounds incredibly simple and easy, and it is!   However, the number of mover website we come across that don’t list their address is astounding.   Here’s why your address and phone can help:

  1. Your address and phone help Google determine where your moving company is!   Without it, Google may have trouble knowing if you’re a Boston mover or Austin mover.
  2. Consumers may get frustrated and leave if they can’t easily find your address and phone on your site.   You want to know another signal Google uses to figure out how high you should rank?   The time people spend on your site after landing on from a Google search.   Don’t confuse them and make them leave right away, show them the info they want so they stay and give you a call.

Hopefully you found these three simple tips helpful.   Now what are you waiting for?  Go make the changes!

. .  . but before you do, keep reading for our bonus section that has a few little-known tips to help boost your Google ranking further.

Mover SEO Tip Bonus Section – Get A Quality Link (and More Free Leads)

Bonus time!  Thanks for sticking with us this far.   Do these three things to give your Google efforts a quick, easy boost.   One’s easy (under 10 minutes), one’s a little harder (15-30 minutes), and one may only work for those movers willing to put in more than an hour (but the reward is really worth it!)    On to the bonus tips:

  1. Bonus Tip #1 (free! takes 5 minutes):  Make sure your profile on MovingCompanyReviews has the link to your website, and that the link is correct.   Here’s a great example from Moving of America in New Jersey.
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    • Why is this important?   Because Google counts links to your website as votes for it!    All links are not created equal.   A link from a quality site (in Google’s eyes) counts much more than a link from an unknown website.   Google counts links from MovingCompanyReviews as high-quality links and a strong vote for your website.
    • IMPORTANT:  some websites will put a “nofollow” attribute on links to your site.  That tells Google to ignore the link and not give it any value.  Not us!  We want to pass the Google ranking benefit on to our movers.
  2. Bonus Tip #2 (free! takes 15 minutes):  Get enough reviews on your profile to make it on to our first page of search results for your city.   We rank our search results by the number and the rating of reviews, so take a look at your city and see how high you can go.   Here’s the great news – you can do this for no cost.    Just tell your customers to review you on MovingCompanyReviews.  Or better yet, try a free month of our Review Advantage review collection program where you can upload your past customers’ emails and we’ll give them free coffee for writing a review.     This will make your listing pop and stand out from others:
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    • Why is this important?   Because the higher your listing is in our search results, the more important Google thinks it is!    Google tends to give higher importance to links that come earlier on a page, and by ranking highly in our search results you can tell Google your site is important.
  3. Bonus Tip #3 (free!  takes a few hours): Get a real estate agent to recommend you!   We just rolled out this feature for top real estate agents.  We give them their own “recommended movers” page.   Getting an agent to recommend you will not only give you more referrals, but it will rank you higher in our search results and give you more clicks and leads.   We count a recommendation from an agent higher than a good review, so getting recommended is a fantastic way to shoot up our search results rankings.   Take a look at a great example of how a real estate agent recommendation makes a company stand out:

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If you know any agents interested, have them drop us a line at support@movingcompanyreviews.com!

 

Conclusion

Hopefully these quick SEO and mover marketing tips help your company increase your free Google traffic and free leads.   If you have deeper questions or would like to contact us, just drop us a line at support@movingcompanyreviews.com.

6 key differences between plastic and cardboard moving boxes

This post comes to use from BungoBox Orange County, who rents cool plastic moving boxes.    Plastic moving boxes can be a great option to consider when your moving.    Without further delay, here’s the top 6 reasons to consider plastic moving boxes, as told by the crew from BungoBox Orange County:

  1. Less Hassles and Nicer Experience. Once you get to your new home, and your movers have unloaded your boxes, you can easily unpack your items, and then stack your reusable plastic moving containers in your garage or spare room. The box rental company will pick up your plastic containers and you will not have to worry about where to store them, or how to get rid of them.
  2. Ever had a leak in your garage or attic? Plastic Moving Bins are much better for wet surfaces and will not get ruined in the same way that Cardboard can if they get wet.
  3. Save Money. Believe it or not, renting plastic containers from a “Green” or “Eco-Friendly” Moving Container company can actually be cheaper than buying Cardboard boxes outright.
  4. Convenience. If you rent Plastic Eco-Friendly boxes, most of these companies offer free delivery and in some cases free pickup after the move.
  5. Packing and Durability. Packing is considerably difficult if you have a hodgepodge of items, box sizes, etc. If you get a larger, standard sized plastic moving bin, your mover will have an easy time using a dolly and stacking these boxes into the moving truck.
  6. Simplicity. If you rent plastic moving bins from a reputable company, not only will you get free pickup and delivery, but often these companies provide a free dolly, twist ties, stickers, and other useful items that will help you ready your home for your moving company.

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There you have it.   The next time you move and start packing, take a look at using plastic moving boxes instead of cardboard.

Q&A With Platinum Movers – a quality Tampa mover

Platinum Relocations

We love to highlight moving companies from Moving Company Reviews.   Check out the Q&A below from Platinum Relocations, a Tampa mover with fantastic reviews.  nswering the questions is Matthew Brodis, the owner.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Platinum Relocations?

My name is Matthew Brodis.  I was a contractor for various van lines for over 21 years.  After seeing many mistakes being made with the larger van lines I knew I could do better on my own.  I took the initiative to push forward with creating my own van line called Platinum Relocations.  We’ve been in business for 4 years and have 15 trucks in our fleet.  We service everything from household, office and industrial moves and we offer white glove services for many different businesses in our area.

 

What sets you apart?  

When creating Platinum Relocations I knew what other van lines did well, we would do well.  So I read many reviews from various van lines in my area and focused on their negative feedback.  This allowed me to make sure I set myself apart from everyone else by offering the exceptional service so many others seemed to be missing.  With this focus we allowed ourselves to truly stand out and set ourselves apart.  This is very apparent by looking at our MCR reviews.

 

How did you get started and why?   

I was a contractor for various van lines for over 21 years.  After seeing many mistakes being made with the larger van lines I knew I could do better on my own.  I took the initiative to push forward with creating my own van line called Platinum Relocations.  We’ve been in business for 4 years and have 15 trucks in our fleet.  We service everything from household, office and industrial moves and we offer white glove services for many different businesses in our area.

 

What’s the best business decision you made in the last year?

Expanding to a second location and bringing in military contracts and offering SIT.

 

Why did you choose to become a MovingCompanyReviews.com customer?  

MCR leads have to the highest rate of becoming customers.  They are very serious about their move and have a much higher close rate than any other lead source I’ve ever used.  I love the fact that you can only upload reviews if you’ve actually moved with our company.  This isn’t the same for Yelp and most other review sites out there.

 

What’s the strangest or funniest thing you have ever moved?  

Strangest thing would be a custom built entertainment center that was 12’ tall and 23’ long.  It was custom built in the condo and wouldn’t fit through any door.  The customer had to cut it into 3 pieces.  Since it was in a high rise on St Pete beach, they hired a crane company to pull it through the french doors of the balcony and lower it to our awaiting crew below to move it to their new home.  The funniest thing isn’t appropriate for publication LOL.

 

Any parting words or advice for our readers?  

If you are a customer; read and trust MCR reviews for choosing a move company.  For companies not yet with MCR, sign up now!  The leads are excellent and the investment is truly worth it.