This information comes from my blog with updated information from Brick Underground’s Holiday Tipping 2010 Guide by Teri Karush Rogers (http://www.brickunderground.com/blog/2010/11/the_2nd_annual_brickundergr…) .
The holiday season is here and it’s time to start thinking about tipping for services in our apartment buildings.
For those living in Manhattan, holiday tipping is the norm and can seem endless.
While it’s important to be generous, it’s also important to be realistic about what you can afford. Especially in our current economic climate.
Tips in decent class buildings (not Park and Fifth Avenues) run between $20 and $300, and it’s not uncommon for supers to accumulate well into the five figures.
Porters and doormen see anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000, depending on the size of the building.
Holiday tipping is a way to say ‘thank you’ for services. And it’s a big part of apartment service worker’s compensation.
Some Manhattan apartment buildings pool tips so the workers receive one lump sum. Most leave it up to the individual resident.
I hope you will find the information below useful when tipping in your apartment building this holiday season!
Apartment Building Superintendent
$100 – $200 Tip less if you tip throughout the year.
$75-$150 each. Those who serve you more should get a bigger tip.
Apartment Building Handyman And Porters
$20 – $30 each (broad range: $10 – $75)
Apartment Building Elevator Operators
USPS Mail Carrier
By law, mail carriers aren’t allowed to accept cash or anything worth over $20.
UPS – Regular Driver
Has no formal policy. Drivers don’t expect tips but can accept them. $25-50 if you have a lot of packages delivered.
Not allowed to accept anything over the value of $75. No cash gifts accepted.
Daily – $25 – 50, weekend – $10
Regular Overnight Delivery Person
One or two weeks pay
Tip 15 -20% throughout the year, as a portion of their earnings goes to the cleaning service. If the same crew cleans your apartment each time, a holiday tip (1 week) is appreciated.
One week pay minimum or two if you can afford it. Or, one week pay and one week vacation.
Consider tipping $25-50 in cash or gift card
Regular dog walker
One week’s pay
Generally acceptable principles for tipping building staff
- The biggest tips go to the super or resident manager, followed by the doorman and concierge, the garage attendant, and the porter/handyman.
- More apartments per building usually means smaller tips per staff member, but the total amount you give in a 300-unit building shouldn’t differ that much from a 50-unit building. As for that magic number, we have heard everything from $300 to $3,000.
- Residents who tip year round for extra services often go lighter side at year’s end than those who hold back through the year.
- It’s acceptable for residents who move in partway through the year to pro-rata their gratuities, unless they didn’t tip for services performed in connection with the move itself.
- Staff is accustomed to senior citizens on fixed incomes tipping extra-lightly, and they are usually “forgiven,” though some workers say they won’t perform extra services for these residents for free.
- Newer doormen in their first few years of service often receive smaller tips. For first-years, it could be half what a senior doorman would get.
Who not to tip
These are people you are not expected to tip:
Contractor (Plumber, Electrician etc)
Real Estate Broker
These are suggested tips for Manhattan. Tips will vary throughout the rest of the country. Most importantly — give what you can. If you are giving less this year, include a postscript saying “Wish it could be more” and your gift will be very appreciated.
During this holiday season, remember to take time for yourself so that you’re not frazzled when entertaining.
And keep in mind – if you’re planning on putting your apartment on the market, the holidays are a great time to do this. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers! Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!
Wishing you all the blessings of the holiday season,
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Halstead Property, LLC
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