Tile Contractor Questions


Old 03-22-10, 03:11 PM
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Tile Contractor Questions

I have a tiling job that will take too much time for my DIY tile skills.

I have the names of a few contractors, but what kind of questions should I be asking them?

(I'm looking to have them rip out the old floor and wall tiles and replace them in a bathroom.)
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Old 03-22-10, 07:59 PM
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what kind of questions should I be asking them?

1. Let me see your Tile & Marble License.
2. Will you personally be doing all the work.
3. How long have you been doing this.
4. What method of installation for the floor - details.
5. What method of installation for the walls - details.
6. What method and type of waterproofing for wet areas.
7. For shower stall: full details method and products. surface waterproofing?

Just a few to start you in the right direction.

Old 03-23-10, 03:44 AM
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google John Bridge tile forum.
you can probably find a contractor there.
Old 03-25-10, 01:17 PM
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ALWAYS ask for referances of similar sized jobs; 3 to 5 referances and actually CALL every single one of them. Ask those referances if you can come and see the contractors work. Make sure they aren't his friends/ family (it happens). If the homeowner was home when the work was done how did the project progress? How was the contractors crew?, did they respect their home?, on time?, any problems how were they resolved?
Does the contractor object to signing a lien waver? If he does, walk away.
How much does the contractor want up front? if its more than 25% walk away. Don't pay 100% until 100% of the job is done (this depends on the size of the job but if its bigger than you want to take on I'd stick to this rule).
If the contractor wants payments that aren't in your contract schedule, the answer is no, this is when that lien waver comes in handy, you got a contract and lien waver right?

hope that helps some, most important thing you can do is call those 3 to 5 referances AND look at some of his work. Good luck!
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Alot of good responses here. Main thing is that is he licensed in the state the job is being performed? Then is he insured correctly for liability AND workman's comp (unless he is a one man show). These are the three biggest things. Then you move on to quality, products used, methods used, references. The thing about licensing is that if they are not licensed you have little to NO recourse if they screw up.

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