Asked on Apr 22, 2012

I need to locate an experienced bathroom tile installer that allows help to decrease costs.

Mark DNichter's Home Services CorpAK Complete Home Renovations


I have a bathroom shower stall and a garden tub, that I want to remodel with tile, and replace the shower glass. Also, I want to change the garden tub to a whirlpool type. I could do the work myself, but do not have the time or the patience it would take to do by myself.
7 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Apr 22, 2012

    This can be a sticky issue with some contractors. Personally I can go both ways. I actually just helped a neighbor with his bath and basically spent a day showing him the ropes...and providing "consulting" services. His project came out great, though he never thought it would be as much work as it was. Some folks really do not know how involved some projects can be.

  • Designs by BSB
    on Apr 23, 2012

    What are the sizes and budget? Knowing my help us guide you ...

  • Walter Reeves
    on Apr 23, 2012

    If I were the installer, I would not offer a workmanship guarantee unless I was present for every task that was done. And so much of a tile job is done by "feel and experience", I would not allow a helper to do any of the tile install. I'm not sure it would be worth my time to be an $8.00/hour grunt worker...but if I were a professional installer, that's all the help I'd want.

  • Usually a recipe for disaster....if you go this route...make certain you have the job spelled out in detail in whatever contract you sign. When we do it this way, we typically perform out work.....get paid and let you take it from there.

  • Mark, everyone has given you some great advice and we agree that there can be issues with having the homeowner do some of the work. Scheduling, quality and warranty are just a few. We don't completely rule it out, however, we work with our clients on a case by case scenario. We do work in the Alpharetta area, so if you're interested we would be happy to speak with your further!

  • Mark, there are some jobs I could share with a DIY homeowner, but this is definitely NOT one of them. It would slow me down to train the "helper" and would impact the quality of the work. slowing the job down means iot costs more, not less. I speak from experience of having several HOs think they were saving money. I offer them one firm bid price for me to do it turnkey and when they want to 'help' to save money they get my hourly rate. Invariably those jobs where they help cost them more, and they learn to trust me to do a professional job at a professional rate. Besides, if you "do not have the time or the patience it would take to do by myself." how will you find the time to do it with someone else, and why try their patience?

  • Mark D
    on Jan 26, 2014

    To all, Thank You for your input, Actually the only area I was planning on doing which would save time and therefore me some money, would be the demolition/removal of current tile, etc.

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