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How Much to Tip Painters?

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Ah, painting. The bane of any domestic DIY project. Painting is expensive, time consuming, messy, and very easy to mess up.

All it takes is a few amateur brush strokes or a few misplaced dabs and you can have a messy, rough looking finish. With that in mind, many people make the intelligent decision to go and hire a painter to do the job for them. Hiring a painter is a highly recommended decision if you lack the time, patience, and hand-to-eye co-ordination needed.

Painting is a specialist skill, and hiring someone to do it right is not something you should be embarrassed by. However, if you do choose to hire a specialist team like some painters to come in and do the work then you might want to leave them a tip. The job being done well is a good enough reason to leave a tip, but you might want to make sure you give them the right size of tip.

So, with that in mind, are you wondering how much to tip painters? The truth is there is no exact science to this. To try and help you work out what would be a fair amount to give back, though, this guide will break down the whys and the what’s of tipping your painting team. It can be tough to work out what is a fair rate to offer on top, but you should definitely look to leave a painting tip each time.

Why Should I Tip Painters?

Put simply, you are highly unlikely to have the skills to paint the property to the same quality as the painters can. Professional painting is a specific skill, and it can take a perfect blend of technique, co-ordination, and patience. Those of us who try to rush through a painting job are prone to finding the place rife with brush strokes, dabs of paint on the other walls, and patches that look half-painted. Trying to finish off a painting job on your own is a nightmare; it can take an incredible amount of time, effort, and investment.

If you want to make sure you get a good job, the best thing you can do is to hire a professional painter. They can do the job, they can handle the challenge of the painting, and they can take their time whilst still finishing much faster than you have.

Think about it this way – time is money. If you need to lose your free weekend painting all day, it is time lost that you could have been enjoying. And if any mistakes or issues pop up (highly likely) then you should probably look to solve the issue by hiring someone to fix it. This means you have lost time, lost money, and have had to call someone out to do the job in the first place anyway.

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Unless you are skilled at DIY, it is always better to think about the hiring of a professional painter to come in and do the job for you.

How Much to Tip Painters?

So, if you are unsure about the actual amount to tip a painter, it is because there are so many different offers and ideas given. Really, the easiest way to work out how much to tip painters is to look at the cost of the job and then the time that it has taken. If you are happy with the end result of the job, then you might just wish to add on a little bit extra on top as a thank you for the job well-done.

Most painters would be delighted with around 10-15% to be added on top of the job. However, you should always be looking to make sure the job is actually done well enough to justify a tip. If the job is done on time, to the standard expected, and you don’t need to call them out to fix anything, then adding on a tip is always something you should do for a painter.

However, you are under no obligation to leave a tip for a painter. Unless the job is to a standard you are basically delighted with, we would recommend that you hold off on leaving a tip. If you are happy with the end result and want to show them appreciation, though, you might want to think about leaving a tip in the 10-15% region of the total cost of the job. That can become quite steep, but if the job is done right then it is worth paying the extra as a thank you for the job well done.

Alternatives to Tipping

Wondering if there are any other ways that you can show your appreciation for the extra mile that your painter might have gone to other than a monetary one? There's actually quite a lot really. Literally any gift, would consequently turn it to a form of a tip. For instance, you could just get them a gift, perhaps it is of something they have mentioned in passing. For instance are they a fan of a certain basketball, soccer or baseball team? Perhaps you can get them tickets for their next match or just a jersey (even a vintage one would be great) as a nice reward and to show them that you appreciate their hard work. There's a whole range of different tips that you can gift to them really, however, as you know it is the appreciation of the job that really counts.

On the other hand, don't feel like you have to get them a tip, when it comes to painters, it is not a common factor to offer any type of tip, so they really won't be expecting one. That said, it will very likely be much appreciated, however, if it is not something that you want to do, then just don't. There's no harm in it really, just pay the bill in front of you and move on.

Have you got any experience with tipping painters? If so, we'd love to hear them down in the comments section just below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Russel Garret

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