You’re probably familiar with my guide to tipping which goes through how to tip for meals and food, but it only acts as a general guideline for those people who you see almost every day: Your doorman, your super, your concierge, and your porter (ok, concierge and porter might be a bit of a stretch).
Did you know that you’re meant to tip them at all for the holidays? It’s an important part of being a good tenant or owner in your apartment block, and I want to make sure you do it correctly. They do lots for you throughout the year without much more than a smile and thank, so now is your time to repay (and just be nice, it’s the holidays).
Tyler Whitman from TripleMint explains:
“It’s not like eating out for dinner, where there’s clear standards or protocols for what’s a good tip or a bad tip
“Renting? I was told at one point 10% of one months rent!? If you owned, one month’s common charges!?
“So we set out and asked the actual staff what they think a good and bad tip is.”
It breaks things down into whether you own or rent, how big your apartment is, how long you have lived in the building, how many apartments are in your building, how much you use the staff, and what your normal practice in tipping is; all very valid questions!
P.S. Tips are cash, not any other form. You can give gifts, you can even bake something for them, but that has to be in addition to cold, hard cash.