Should You Tip The Appliance Repairman?
Tipping has been customary since the dawn of commerce, yet it still proves to be a confusing custom. You may find yourself wondering which contractors to tip and how much to tip them. The short answer is that tipping tradesmen such as appliance technicians is unnecessary and if you choose to tip, your tip should reflect the quality of service you received.
While some workers, such as appliance delivery drivers and installers may rely on tips to supplement their income, this is not usually the case with appliance technicians. Most are highly trained, well-paid professionals and do not expect a tip for their service. Many appliance service companies also have policies preventing technicians from accepting tips or limiting the amount of those tips. For example, technicians at Michigan Appliance Repair can only accept tips of twenty dollars or less.
In the appliance service industry, tips are relatively uncommon and are usually only given by customers who feel they have received extraordinary service. A survey of Michigan Appliance Repair’s technicians revealed that approximately four percent of customers tip and that those tips averaged around ten percent of the final bill. It is safe to assume that your appliance repairman is not expecting to be tipped, but if you really want to reward him or her for going the extra mile, there is no harm in doing so.
Keep in mind that there are other, less expensive ways of saying thank you such as sharing your experience online or with the technician’s employer. Consider a social media review, letter, or phone call. Also, be sure to mention the repairperson by name. Your comments could have much more of an impact on the technician’s career than a tip ever could. No matter which way you choose to say thank you, your appliance technician is sure to appreciate the gesture.