How to choose the right tiler?
You have decided to tile your kitchen, bathroom, hallway or conservatory, you have allocated the money, all you need now is the right tiler. This is an important choice because it's vital you don't mess up here with the wrong tiler. It could ruin your dreams of injecting that lovely new look into your home which you've been waiting years for. So before you book a tiler in there are some things you should consider.
Are they actually a tiler?
Make sure you’re looking for an expert who specialises in tiling, i.e. not a plumber or a kitchen fitter, as this is the best way to ensure a really good job is done. Is he a jack of all jobs and a master of none?
Does their price include everything?
Make sure their quotation includes everything you’ll need. Does it include all their materials? Does it include preparing the ‘site’ and removing existing tiles, if needed? Will they take all the rubbish away afterwards?
In the case of the tiler including the materials in the price you should make sure that you're not getting ripped off. Sometimes tilers can add in expenses which weren't actually used on your job to make a bit of extra cash. You just need to keep an eye out, or even better; supply the tiler with the material yourself.
Are they able to supply the tiles?
Although this may not be the main reason to choose a tiler, finding one who can source and supply your tiles at discounted rates for you is a definite plus! That way, they can also take delivery or collect them, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Are they recommended?
Nothing beats a word-of-mouth testimonial, so ask your friends and colleagues who’ve had tiling work done recently. If they were satisfied with the job, then they’ll be happy to recommend the people who did it. If you don’t know anyone who’s had tiling done recently, ask the company to see examples of their work, and testimonials/references they’ve received.