Holiday Tipping Guide for Building Staff and Service Providers

Holiday Tipping Guide for Building Staff and Service Providers

Title: Holiday Tipping Guide for Building Staff and Service Providers

The holiday season is a time for giving, and one of the wonderful traditions in DC apartment buildings is showing appreciation to the staff who work hard to keep everything running smoothly. From the doormen to the maintenance staff, and the cleaning personnel to the teachers and service providers, it's important to recognize their efforts during this festive time. Here's a guide to help you navigate the holiday tipping custom and show your gratitude to the dedicated individuals who make your residential experience enjoyable.

Do I Have to Tip?
While tipping the staff during the holidays is a custom and not a requirement, it is widely practiced and greatly appreciated. Your generosity will not go unnoticed, and it's a thoughtful way to express gratitude for the hard work put in throughout the year.

How Much Should I Tip Building Staff?
The amount you choose to tip depends on various factors such as the size of your building, the quality of service, staff seniority, and your personal circumstances. Here's a general framework to consider:
- Super, Resident Manager: $150-$300 on average; $100-$500 broad range
- Doorman and/or Concierge: $75-$200 on average; $50-$1,000 broad range
- Porter, Handyman, and Maintenance Staff: $25-$50 on average; $20-$100 broad range
- Garage Attendant: $25-$75 on average; $20-$100 broad range

Considering Inflation and Increased Services
With the challenges of inflation and increased demands for services, giving a little extra this year will be greatly appreciated. If you've required more services, it's a good idea to consider bumping up your tip to reflect the additional support provided.

Recognizing Service and Seniority
It's important to recognize the seniority and service of the staff members. Newer doormen may receive smaller tips compared to those with more years of service, and the amount you tip should not necessarily correspond to the rent you pay or the size of your apartment.

Tipping Service Providers Outside the Building
In addition to building staff, it's also customary to show appreciation to other service providers:
- Cleaning Person/Housekeeper
- Full-Time Nanny
- Regular Babysitter
- Teacher
- Kids Activities Instructor
- Regular Dog Walker
- UPS Delivery
- Mail Carrier
- Dry Cleaner
- Barber or Hairdresser
- Nail or Waxing Salon
- Personal Trainer/Yoga Instructor
- Personal Chef
- Massage Therapist

Best Time to Give Holiday Tips
Many doormen suggest that the beginning of December is an ideal time to give holiday tips as it helps with their own holiday shopping and adds to the festive spirit.

Remember, holiday tipping is a personal gesture of appreciation and should be based on your own circumstances and the relationships you've built with the staff and service providers. It's a wonderful opportunity to spread joy and gratitude during the holiday season.

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