Should I tip my contractor/carpenter?
October 23, 2012 3:08 AM Subscribe
I just had a significant amount of work ($80K) done on my house due to storm damage. My insurance is paying for all of the repairs, which were significant and required that I move out of the house for six months. I got very lucky and have an amazing contractor, who hired an equally amazing carpenter who turns out to be a perfectionist and has done impeccable work. Should I tip them or buy them something to say thank you?
posted by waving to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a century old bungalow for which I wanted to maintain it's century old style and workmanship, I'm in love with this house. The contractor was very agreeable to work with, listened patiently and delivered on all of my requests for changes to the original construction to enhance parts of the the home while staying within budget. I have heard that many contractors will do the work as cheaply as possible, use a lot of plastic materials, Home Depot fixtures, etc. I was very involved in oversight to make sure this did not happen, it didn't. My question is, is it customary to tip a contractor and trades people who do exceptionally good work, especially when it's an insurance claim? I have offered the carpenter dinner/lunch for him and his crew during this final week of work, he said he would get back to me. Is dinner for four people (~$200) too much considering I am not a rich person but feel compelled to thank them for restoring my home so well? I'm definitely coming out of this with a more valuable house than I started with, a lot of which is due to just needing to rebuild a house that needed repairs anyway, it's not like they lost money by doing good work, and since it was such a large claim they certainly must have made decent money.