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Things To Consider Before You Hire A Tile Contractor

Sep 4, 2008
Tile contractors are not in short supply especially in the current slow down. The techniques and prices vary from state to state and region to region, but finding a good tile contractor should be an easy task.

Tile contractor prices are significantly inflated in some parts, because tile contractors are trying to make up for loss revenues due to the nationwide slow down in construction. It is advisable to seek out several bids for tile installation, because of this very reason. You may want to consider an open system, where you invite the tile contractor to review your bidders list and ask he write down his bid on your list. The law of supply and demand works well and the tile contractor has to decide between earning enough to eat and not earning anything at all.

During the irrational last three years where every one was buying homes no matter what the cost the demand for tile contractors as well as other contractors was so extreme the margins were irrational. It was not uncommon to see a contractor driving a luxury car, but those days are now long gone. These same contractors that thought they were earning executive salaries because of their own personal effort are now gone. It was market driven income and the same will work in reverse. When shopping for a tile contractor shop aggressively and don't be afraid to bargain prices down. Your efforts to obtain the best price is simply a reflection of the market and you should be able to obtain prices that may have been laughable just 12 months ago.

Tile contractors charge different rates depending on the flooring you choose. There is a price for ceramic tile, another for marble, another for granite and there are different prices for counters and walls. The walls are generally charged at a different rate and require a different degree of skill and expertise. Ceramic tile installation is a very easy task and tile contractors know this, but still may want to take advantage and offer very high prices. The task of ceramic tile installation is easy enough that almost anyone can do it, because of the easy in installing tile, you may run across many unlicensed contractors. Whether you use an unlicensed contractor or not is up to you. For small jobs of around $300 in some states it is perfectly legal to solicit and contract. For larger projects it is not legal to solicit and contract. If you use an unlicensed contractor and you are unhappy with the work, you do not have to pay for it California and some other states. Some unlicensed tile contractors know this and ask for advanced payments, which is advisable not to do, as often the contractor abandons the job.

Regardless of whether the tile contractor is licensed or not, be very wary and do not advance money. In some instances the tile contractor cannot afford to pay for the tile and materials, but there is an easy remedy to the objection, you simply buy the materials yourself. When you take measurements of the area to be tiled keep in mind that you have to add about 10% for waste. The construction industry is very wasteful and on average about 20-30% goes to waste.

During the actual installation of the tile you may also notice a reflection of the culture that was created in the construction industry which basically encourages speed and waste. Before the actual tile installation begins, be sure there is adequate preparation. The type of preparation required is to protect your furniture, walls, carpets, and personal property.

The cutting and mixing will cause splashes and dust which can damage and soil your walls, furniture, and carpet. So be sure care is taken to insure this does not happen. If at all possible be sure the mixing and cutting is down outside your home and if it is near a wall be sure your walls are adequately protect against splashes of materials.

There are of course many more things to consider, but this should give you a start.
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