When you’re placing tile down you need to make sure that you hire the best installer so the job is not only done right but done right the first time. We’ve got 5 tips that we recommend when doing your research to make sure you find the right person for the job.
Here at MOG, we always make sure to communicate effectively with our clients to make sure we are all on the same page. You don’t have to be an expert to know who to hire. Sometimes the client may not know exactly what they want and if this is the case for you, we’ll tell you what to look out for to know that your tile installer has your best interests at heart.
MOG has been doing home renovations for 10 years and with that time comes experience (a lot of it). We’ve started to notice patterns and we’ve had many clients come to us after making mistakes with their initial hires. So this list is one we recommend everyone read and if you follow these steps you’ll be just fine. Now let’s jump in with both feet so you can finally get your tile done.
#1: Quality (Track Record)
It’s important to do your research and see what it takes to do this kind of work. If you have a bathroom on the second floor and you have a leak or something worn it can cause huge damage to your house and be a costly mistake. It’s best to have referrals, references, and know the background of who you want to hire. How long have they been in business, maybe pictures of the previous work that they’ve done, or if they offer any kind of warranty. Keep in mind that if you don’t license the contractor or don’t have permits, insurance won’t cover any claim you might have. It’s extremely important to have a signed agreement. Just make sure that whoever you hire has a process in place for what they do. Even the least experienced installers can do an efficient job when they come forward with a plan.
#2: Don’t Hire “Cheap”
Make sure to say no if a carpenter, laborer, or other non-expert that is already working on your home offers to do tiling for cheap. You’re happy at first but they can end up not delivering because they don’t specialize in tiling. It requires a specific set of skills to deliver a high-quality product. These jobs could end up taking longer than expected and sometimes it can cause more problems than it can solve.
#3: Spot the Layout
Don’t just look at photos of past jobs, insist on seeing at least one previous installation. When you’re spotting quality, keep in mind that each tile is exactly the same size. So look for consistent spacing between joints and that they’re perfectly straight. Make sure that you and the installer are on the same page about the design that you want and the results can be better than anticipated. Planning is key. Like knowing the size of the tile, the pattern you’re looking for, how big is the space, what kind of grout do you want, the accent. There are so many moving parts and you need to know what your end result is going to be. That way, whoever you hire will know what to accomplish. A good sign is when an installer is honest with you and gives you valid reasons as to why a certain design would not be possible in the space provided. That’s someone that has enough experience to know what isn’t possible instead of just saying yes to everything. And even better when they start offering creative solutions. You may not know exactly what you want, and a good tile installer will help you get there.
#4: Doorways, Windows, Corners
Also check doorways, windows, and corners – especially odd-shaped angles in the baseboard or trim. It can be difficult to cut tile to fit spots like these so it’s a good indicator of skill. Then you need to have the demo to make sure there are no leaks and it’s waterproof and it happens more often than people think that the job needs to be redone. And then make sure that the floors are level and the walls are even. When you have someone that’s prepared to do the work properly, they will assess that.
#5: Precise Estimate
What can be difficult is when you’re not sure what it is that you’re looking for and yet you want to know exactly how much everything is going to cost. When you’re provided with an estimate, it can always change if you decide to go with different materials or a different design. Make sure to let your installer know as soon as possible if you change your mind about anything because you could be charged for another installation fee and for labor if the process has already been started and they have to take out the tile that was just installed.
With these tips in mind, you’re in the best possible position to make the right choice for your home. Your home is your sanctuary and you deserve nothing but the best in making it the home you and your family have always wanted.
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