Tripped up by tipping.
January 25, 2008 8:08 AM Subscribe
We're coming near the end of a major kitchen remodel and we'd like to show our appreciation to the foreman/carpenter by "tipping" him at the end of the job. How much?
posted by cooker girl to home & garden (18 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
It's a HUGE remodel. Walls were taken down, floors were replaced, plumbing stacks were moved; nearly the entire first floor of our house has been revamped. We're using a "full service" company, meaning they handle all the sub-contracting (electrician, plumber, drywallers, painters) for us. It's a family owned company and they use the same subs for every job they do. We've had a foreman for the whole job and he is also our carpenter (but is not one of the owners). He has overseen all the work from the start and has had his hands in everything, including the demolition. He installed our cabinets to near perfection and even repaired some drywall work he wasn't satisfied with (he's admitted to us to being a perfectionist and it shows in his work). Everything has been done on schedule (we're actually a week ahead at this point) and there hasn't been one day of non-work without explanation. Needless to say, we're incredibly pleased with his work, his professionalism, and the job in general.
We were at the company's showroom the other day and noticed a bulletin board where several thank you letters were posted. Some of them mentioned a "token of appreciation" to go to certain members of staff and it got us thinking that we'd like to "tip" our foreman but we have absolutely no idea what would be appropriate.
Everything I've seen on tipping is fairly general and covers more than a one-time service: servers in restaurants, hair stylists, doormen, etc. The question isn't whether or not it's appropriate to "tip" him, the question is how much or what (if not money)?