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Would you leave a tip?

February 9th, 2014 at 08:19 pm

The hub and I are enjoying a get away this weekend. We are staying in a rental house in a resort area that we like to visit. We have rented with this company several times over the years. I always visit in the low season, so that we can rent two nights and get the third night free. We also have to pay a cleaning fee each time we stay. There is no daily maid service like at a hotel. The cleaning fee is to take care of cleaning the house after we leave. However, before we go, we are supposed to load and start the dishwasher, start a load of laundry, empty all the trash cans into the outside containers, etc.

When we arrived this time, there was a nice little postcard with the housecleaners picture and profile and an envelope. I assume for a tip? But Im perplexed, because, in addition to paying for the rental, we also pay a separate cleaning fee.

I can understand a tip at a hotel when someone tidies everyday and you don't pay a fee specifically for cleaning, but this seems ridiculous.

What would you do?

We have had a wonderful weekend. It snowed like crazy, and we got to sit in the hot tub and watch it snow. Of course, we FROZE when we had to get out. My shoes were totally covered with snow and so I walked (ran screaming) through the snow barefoot to get to the door. Brr...

I was able to pay $3000 more on the credit card because of budget and a bonus at work. We are totally on track to pay this last bill off by the end of April (yay).

6 Responses to “Would you leave a tip?”

  1. snafu Says:

    While I understand service staff's desire for a tip, you are under no obligation to tip and you shouldn't feel bullied into it either.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    Hmm.. yeah, not really a tip-able type thing I'd say. If they came in while I was staying I might consider it. But otherwise No. I do tip for hotel stays, but this is different.

    Sounds like a lovely time freezing toes and all. Smile

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    No, I would not tip. I'm sure they get more tips with their marketing strategy, but I you are not required.

  4. just a thought Says:

    I would probably tip. My guess is that the company collects the cleaning fee and then pays the cleaner hourly. Just like when you get a haircut, the person cutting your hair doesn't get the whole amount you pay, unless s/he runs own salon. Just my .02.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I would tip, too. I like to support the working poor in any little way possible. That said, I agree with the others that you are certainly not obligated.

  6. baselle Says:

    I tip if I make some sort of personal connection. If its just a postcard w/ a picture (cynical thought, it could be a stock picture slapped onto a postcard), probably not.

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