Unless you have some previous experience in tiling, a large tiling job is best left to be done by a qualified tile installer. Modern tiles such as large polished porcelain tiles, rectified tiles and timber look tiles can present challenges for unexperienced persons. But as you know, finding the right tradesman can also be difficult. However, meeting the right tiler in Sydney can make or break your entire project. The tips below might just help you to find the right person for your tiling project.
Word of Mouth
There is nothing more reliable than the word of a satisfied customer. Do you know of a friend or a neighbour who recently had their tiles laid who is very happy with the result? Ask if you can get the tilers’ contact details. If your friend or neighbour allows, inspect the job yourself. Some people may not be as fussy as you are.
Check their licence and insurance
To ensure that the tiler has a legitimate business, make sure you check the licence number with your state’s authority. In Sydney, you can do this by going to the NSW Fair Trading website where you can enter the tilers’ licence number and get an immediate result. In NSW, any project worth more than $5,000 must be handled by a qualified tradesman. Check your tiler’s insurance policy to make sure you’re covered.
Get more than one quote
It goes without saying but getting three or more quotes from different tilers would ensure that you’re getting the best deal. But price is not everything. Are they fit for the job on the table? For example, some tilers are skilled in working with natural stone tiles while another may be more skilled in tiling bathrooms. Ask them to show you photographs of projects they have previously worked on.
Is the business in good shape?
The building industry is a highly competitive place, especially in Sydney. Only the most fit survives the race. Ask your tiler how long he’s been in the business for. Although they may not be the cheapest, having a solid reputation and a long history might be a good sign that you are in good hands.
Is the tiler easy to deal with? It’s a good question because you’ll be communicating with him on a constant basis. Working with someone who is not good at communication might just give you a headache that you don’t need.