How to tip a contractor

Published On: Nov 02 2012 11:21:31 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 05 2012 05:40:00 AM EST

Should you tip your plumber? What about your dog walker? Do you just pull out a bit of extra cash for every service company that comes to your house? What about giving a gift card or making a homemade treat instead? Do contractors expect tips? And finally, where does it all end?

Who and how much to tip is a question that many homeowners wrestle with. To help answer it, Angie’s List recently polled nearly 5,000 home service professionals across the U.S. to find out if they expect a tip and if so, what they tend to collect.

According to the nationwide Angie’s List poll:

 Angie’s List Tips for Tipping Contractors: