When tipping your contractor is right and right

Tipping is commonplace in many professions. However, the tipping process varies widely between occupations. The process is more complex if you are the homeowner, because you control your financial means and the outcome of…

When tipping your contractor is right and right

Tipping is commonplace in many professions. However, the tipping process varies widely between occupations. The process is more complex if you are the homeowner, because you control your financial means and the outcome of the transaction, regardless of how a contractor is compensated.

Deciding what to tip your contractor for is usually based on the level of service, quality of the job, and the intended outcome of the work. The precise amount and purpose of the tip depends on whether the projects to be completed are expected to be completed in the standard timeframe and to the required standard of quality or performance.

Be sure to evaluate the role the contractor plays in the project before deciding to tip them. Frequently you will end up tipping multiple contractors. This encourages a cooperative project as it becomes easier to pool resources. This also can lead to price negotiations, which can be very lucrative to both parties.

In general, take into account whether the contract was given by the contractor or on behalf of the homeowner. This can allow you to base your tipping decisions on both the contractor’s personal personality and professional standing, in which case you should tip the contractor. If you are giving a do-it-yourself project, you will usually still tip the contractor since there is a high level of good will between you and the contractor.

By making decisions based on the personal characteristics of the contractor, you are also contributing to the overall quality of the work in an honest and professional manner.

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