Holiday Tipping Guide

Holiday Tipping Guide

  • Claudine O'Rourke
  • 12/12/17

Holiday Tipping Guide

The Holiday Tipping Guide for NYC Co-op Owners

(You too, condo owners…don’t think you’re getting away with anything.)


’Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to spread holiday cheer than by tipping the fantastic folks who keep our buildings running smoothly? But fear not, navigating the decked out and winding halls of holiday tipping doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, it can be downright joyous!  So grab a cup of cauwfee, cozy up by the pre-war fireplace or free-heat-radiator, and let's embark on this festive tipping adventure together.


The Super: The Wizard Behind the Curtain

$100 - $500

Is there anything our building's super can't fix? From leaky faucets to mysterious elevator malfunctions, they're the real MVPs of our co-op lives. Show them some love this holiday season with a tip that says, "You're the real superhero of this building, and I appreciate you more than words can say. Thank you for looking the other way when I bend the house rules and paint on the weekends…I know you know.” 


The Handyman: The Fixer of All Woes

$100 - $300

From painting walls to unclogging drains, the handyman is the unsung artist of our co-op canvas. Show them some holiday love with a tip that says, "Your handiwork is truly magical, and I couldn't imagine living in this co-op without you. Please forgive me for that time I tried to hang that flatscreen TV myself and caused a minor earthquake in the process."


The Doorman: The Gatekeeper of Good Vibes

$50 - $250

Ah, the ever-watchful doorman, the unsung hero of our daily comings and goings. This holiday season, show your appreciation for their impeccable service with a tip that says, "Thank you for always having my back, even when I forget my keys for the umpteenth time." And who knows, maybe slip in a little extra for all the times they've had to pretend not to notice your questionable late-night pizza delivery.


The Porter: Master of All Things Heavy

$50 - $150

When it comes to lugging around our Amazon Prime packages and giant holiday wreaths, the porter is the unsung muscle of our co-op. This year, express your gratitude with a tip that says, "Thank you for always being the muscle behind my impulse online shopping sprees and disposing of all the cardboard boxes I broke down. You're a true champ, and I promise to cut back on the packages next year. Maybe."


The Building Manager: The Captain of the Co-op Ship

$50 - $300

Last but certainly not least, let's not forget the fearless leader of our co-op domain. The building manager (usually from the management company) keeps the ship sailing smoothly, and they deserve a tip that says, "Thank you for steering this co-op ship through calm waters and stormy seas. Your leadership is truly appreciated, and I promise to never again bring up the great lobby redecoration debate of 2017.”


Of course tipping is at your discretion.  If you’re anything like me, you have good years and not-so-good years, so you give what you can.  Bottom line, if it stings a little, it’s probably the right amount.

So happy tipping and may your maintenance be merry and bright! 

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