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My son's bedroom is no longer pink. Hope the fetus appreciates it.
Hey, how do you guys feel about tipping painters? For? Against? If for, how much?
Posted on November 29, 2007 9:01 PM
I just had my house painted and did not tip. It never occured to me to.
jodi | November 29, 2007 9:41 PM
Tipping painters? I never gave Gabe any cash.
Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah | November 29, 2007 9:44 PM
Ditto to Jodi and Sarah, have never heard of tipping painters. I think you're off the hook.
Laura GF | November 29, 2007 9:56 PM
I'm going to go with no tip here because I went with tip for the carpet installer and OH WOW, I was wrong about that one.
I think the same rule applies here (it WAS carpet before, right?)
jonniker | November 29, 2007 9:59 PM
Didn't you ask about tipping a while back concerning carpet installers? :)
I wouldn't tip them, you're probably already paying a hefty amount for them to do their job in the first place. I don't think painting is like the restaurant business. Or maybe it is?
Dooneybug | November 29, 2007 10:23 PM
First the carpet guys, now the painters? (:
I am against tipping for that sort of thing. Fresh coffee and maybe donuts if they are especially nice should be plenty.
Kelly | November 29, 2007 11:19 PM
All my painter expected was some beer in the fridge.
But then again... my dad was my painter (since he did paint and wallpaper professionally for his whole adult life).
But really... I would say no tip. But... I'm sure they wouldn't turn it away either.
Colleen | November 29, 2007 11:19 PM
I don't believe in tipping people who come to do work on your house. They charge you what they charge you and tipping is not customary. The only reason I would say to do so would be if they did something above and beyond and didn't charge you for it. Like when we moved to New York and the movers put the bed together for me even though they didn't have to. I slipped them $40 and said the crew's lunch was on me. But again, it would have to be over and above the scope of the work they priced for you.
donna | November 29, 2007 11:56 PM
I don't usually get a tip when I paint.
Edge | November 30, 2007 12:04 AM
I never thought to tip until my husband suggested it. I don't think it's necessary if the person works for themselves. They should set the rates appropriately. If they did something extra special (i.e., a textured paint or mural, etc), then it's probably ok, but it would have to be really exceptional work.
Piecake | November 30, 2007 12:09 AM
I've given workers like $20 and said "lunch is on me" when it's a couple of them together. I just think it's extra nice, especially with the holidays around...
mom of the year | November 30, 2007 1:33 AM
Mr Lady | November 30, 2007 1:46 AM
Ditto to most of the others. I have never tipped painters. That's not to say I wouldn't. We generally save tipping for extra niceties and service people who handle things for us through-out the year. Although the latter usually happens at Christmas.
Now if a painter did some extra work that he didn't *have* to do and didn't charge us for, we would indeed offer a tip for that extra service. Generally, though, I would offer lunch on us and/or some drinks, etc. Tipping certainly isn't a bad idea, especially if you might be needing them in the future.
Suzy | November 30, 2007 6:38 AM
Hmmmmmm, never thought of that. I don't think you need to tip the painter.
Eric's Mommy | November 30, 2007 7:32 AM
Never thought of it. But the boob flash might just make their day.
Maribeth | November 30, 2007 8:34 AM
My hubby has three generations of painters in his family.
And they almost never get tipped since they own the business.
That would've been nice sometimes though.
email@example.com | November 30, 2007 8:47 AM
I don't have anything to add about tipping. I'm still too choked up about the first three words.
"My son's bedroom" ~~~ suddenly that bump you've been sporting is a person! So, so happy for you all.
Susan | November 30, 2007 8:57 AM
I'd never heard of tipping painters, plumbers, etc.
ann adams | November 30, 2007 9:47 AM
No tipping contractors. It doesn't even make sense. What are you, high? Again?!?!
You can call me, 'Sir' | November 30, 2007 9:49 AM
Depends on the workmanship and the value of the original price. We do all of our own painting, but have had lots of other work done in the house.
Brad | November 30, 2007 10:40 AM
I have never, ever tipped a painter I feel they have the right to set their rates and therefore they should be set accordingly.
That being said, I do make sure they have fresh coffee, pop and water while they are in my home and I have made lunch for them (creamy sausage pasta and salad) when I discovered their lunch plans were to heat something up at the 7-11 a few blocks away. I must admit they were very appreciative of al this and dod end up going out of the way doing a major amazing cleanup and a few extras.
SleepyNita | November 30, 2007 10:57 AM
I actually googled this and came up with no tip. But you should offer a cold drink.
Leah E. | November 30, 2007 12:24 PM
You never know, your son might want you to paint it pink again in the future. I know lots of little boys who go thru a phase where pink is their favorite color. It gives their dads the heebs, tho.
erica | November 30, 2007 4:40 PM
If it is the business owner, I vote for no tip. If it is worker/day laborer, offer lunch and refreshments. If the they do an outstanding job, offer a tip.
Are you going to tell us the new color?
Maria | November 30, 2007 5:15 PM
Wait, you can pay someone to paint your house? Dude, I need to look into that!
Isabel | November 30, 2007 6:43 PM
No tip. Unless, like the painter we once had, your house painter doubles as a male model. And you and your friend spent two days alternating coming up with reasons to go in the room he was working to 'look for things' (and ogle him!). Then maybe you could tip him....
Badness Jones | November 30, 2007 8:30 PM
I never heard of tipping contractors either. They get paid by the job and unless they bent over backwards and/or massively exceeded my expectations--I can't imagine a scenario to tip.
Hiring contractors is expensive and if I had to tip too, I could never afford to have things done.
Diane | November 30, 2007 9:45 PM
Ok, I've been a painter. And I've done a lot of painting in other peoples homes even when I wasn't technically a painter. And I gotta say, you do not need to tip your painters. Just pay them on time and stay out of their way. If you are feeling extra generous, bring them a twelve pack of ice cold beer or maybe bring them lunch, but a tip, as far as I have ever heard, is sort of unprecedented. I'm sure they won't be offended.
josh | December 1, 2007 12:24 PM
My husband is a general contractor and the painters always tell him what the cost will be before he folds it into the bid. You can count on each subcontractor "padding" their bid just a little to help with unforseen changes of order...or a color that needs three applications instead of just two. You just never know. A tip? I don't think its necessary, really. People in the service industry such as waiters/hair stylists, etc...sure. But not a painter.
wordgirl | December 1, 2007 12:46 PM
btw, I just tipped some furniture delivery guys. just $5 each, but they were appreciative. $I would have done $10 each but I was out of cash.
Brad | December 2, 2007 4:58 PM
I never thought of tipping the painter, so I hope no one else did either!
Swistle | December 4, 2007 1:53 AM
I am a great tipper but sheesh, it seems like we have to tip everyone these days. I say no tip for painters.
She Likes Purple | December 5, 2007 12:42 AM
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