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 Do you tip the workers?

I've had a couple of guys installing hardwood over the last couple of days and they aren't done yet. DH thinks that they are expecting a tip (apparently they've been "lingering" over goodbyes!) and it hadn't occurred to me to tip them, but I suppose in a sense they are like movers, who I always tip (if they are good, of course)? On the other hand, I didn't tip the guy who came in to steam clean the carpets at my last place, although he was the business owner, so a bit different!

What do you do?
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 21 Apr 2012 6:24 PM
 19 Sep 2005
Ms_Married
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IMO, flooring installation is a skilled trade. No tip.
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 21 Apr 2012 6:43 PM
 25 May 2009
Blissful1
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Are you paying them cash?

If so, then we usually round up. For instance...if the job was $170 we'd give them $200 if we were happy with their work.
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 21 Apr 2012 6:47 PM
 11 Feb 2007
MmeBruni
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No, not paying cash. I am confused about whether they are tradespeople or what...I imagine they aren't quite carpenters? But are they more like tradespeople or "unskilled" labour? DH was the one who said it was like tipping movers, and I was like, "Yeah but the movers probably make like $10 an hour, no?" He thinks these guys are likely the same. Gah. Confusing!
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 21 Apr 2012 6:48 PM
 29 Dec 2006
 Toronto
paper_bag_princess
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I don't think I would tip them either.
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 21 Apr 2012 6:49 PM
 28 Jul 2011
iseesquared
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No, I wouldn't tip.
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 21 Apr 2012 8:18 PM
 11 Mar 2005
 Niagara Falls
DeniselovesMike
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ummm NO
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 21 Apr 2012 8:54 PM
 11 Feb 2007
MmeBruni
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I always offer to buy lunch and am always turned down! I wondered if it was because they just wanted to have a break on their lunch or what.

We are paying by credit card so no cash involved so far! Thanks for your input. smile
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 21 Apr 2012 9:19 PM
 3 Nov 2006
 Laval (just north of Montreal)
RinaZ
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I usually only tip these types of people if they do something "above and beyond". For example, if they encounter some issue and come up with a creative solution. Or, if they finish the job much quicker than they quoted and it saves me money, etc.

Otherwise, I would say no.
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 21 Apr 2012 9:25 PM
 2 May 2005
Maritime Mama
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No I wouldn't.
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 22 Apr 2012 7:19 AM
 6 Dec 2005
Wedding2006
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I wouldn't.

My DH is a carpenter, he rarely gets tipped. He does side work in the evenings and on the weekends in people's homes (so not through a company, just him) and often people will offer him dinner/lunch but other than that, he gets paid the price that he quotes.

If someone is paying cash, they'll often "round up" to the closest 20. But I think that's more for convenience than anything else.

For him, the best tip is the homeowners being happy with his work and then calling him again or passing on his name to someone else that they know!
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 22 Apr 2012 10:01 AM
 25 Feb 2009
 Ottawa
bridetobe2709
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No tip here either. We've had our floors done twice now (redone because of fire). First time, we were living in the house and the crew were young and worked hard. I ordered them pizza for lunch one day. Second time, we were put up in a hotel - didnt see them - also it was an insurance claim, so nadda.
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 22 Apr 2012 12:37 PM
 3 Jan 2009
zoobaby
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I wouldn't, either, and this thread makes me glad that I haven't been making huge faux-pas!
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 22 Apr 2012 12:52 PM
 8 Aug 2008
MooseHead
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The only thing I can think of for lingering is they want to chit chat or be offered a beer. No tip.
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 23 Apr 2012 12:00 PM
 24 Apr 2007
 New Brunswick
Moexx
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We've had floors, windows and siding installed recently and never thought of tipping. I did leave baked goods, iced tea and pop for them though.
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 23 Apr 2012 3:14 PM
 18 Nov 2008
camp1980
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Agree that you don't tip.

Funny that they linger after. All the people we dealt with during our renovations were out the door as fast as could be at the end of the day. They always seemed to feel bad if we arrived home and they were still there working (not that we ever minded)
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 25 Apr 2012 12:10 AM
 11 Apr 2007
 Lower Mainland, BC
gemini
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No tip! And they are most likely getting paid more than $10 an hour...
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
 buzzle.ca
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