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How to Hire a Tile Installer
If you have never laid tile before or need a lot of tile installed, it might be better to hire a professional rather than attempt to do it on your own. If you hire an experienced contractor who specializes in tile, rather than an assortment of remodeling jobs, you are likely to have higher quality results. Since there's no national certification you can look for to identify the best tile installers, you'll have to do your own research before you hire a tile installer.
Pick out the tile before hiring a tile installer.Larger tile or a project involving laying various sizes of tile in a pattern will be more expensive to install.
Ask friends and neighbors for a referral.Call anyone you know who has had tile installed recently and get the name of the contractor if it was a good experience. Ask if you can stop by to look at the workmanship of the installed tile.
Request a list of tile installers from a local tile supplier that sells to contractors.Beware that this list isn't necessarily a referral, but rather a list of tile installers that routinely buy tile from them. However, you can expect these tile installers to have a lot of experience.
Call at least 3 tile installers.You might ask some preliminary questions to find out if they are suitable for your project, such as the number years in business, the number tile jobs completed a month, and availability to start your project. Ask if the installer has a current project underway that you can stop by to see the quality of the work.
Set up a meeting with at least 3 tile contractors.You should do this even if you have a referral, just to compare pricing. Ask the following questions during this meeting:
- How much tile should you order?
- How soon can the work be done?
- How many days will the project take?
- How many workers will be on the project?
- Can you get a copy of their insurance certificate?
Request bids in writing.The bid should outline the following in as much detail as possible:
- The services being provided, which may include removing existing tile, installing underlying material, sealing the grout and disposing of the old tile.
- The materials being supplied by the tile installer, such as underlying materials, grout and sealant.
- The amount you need to pay upfront. You should never be expected to pay the full amount until the installation is done.
Contact references.Ask each reference when the project was started and completed, whether the tile contractor showed up on time, adequately prepped the area, did a high quality installation, and cleaned up at the end of the project.
Review the bids submitted.Hire a tile installer that has a fair price, has good feedback from references and presents himself in a professional manner.
- If you are considering sealing the grout yourself, ask to have that labor cost quoted separately.
- It's better to wait and order the tile after you get an estimate from the installer, who can more accurately predict the amount of waste that will result from cutting tile. It's better to have extra tile that you can return than not enough. Sometimes when you order additional tile that was produced in a different batch, the color doesn't quite match.
- When ordering a large quantity of tile, ask the installer to pick it up from the supplier for you.
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