Wall and Floor Tiler Gives Tips on Getting Cheaper Quotes From Tradesmen
What has overcome my friend fear in this instance is patience. There is a lot to learn and there is a lot to understand, I do not think I will make a million dollars in the first 12 months but in 6 months if I could put a dent in my credit card bill I know I am on the right track. This help can come in many forms, an article in a magazine, and an interesting blog of a link to a site with some decent information.
Ok so your thinking about having some work done on your property (lets say you want someone to tile your bathroom walls and floor).
The first step is to ring around and ask three tilers to call around to have a look. Remember to be friendly as you want to make these people want to work at your house and do a very nice job of it too.
Theres nothing worse for a tradesman then working for people that you do not even like. They will rush through the job just to get out of there with your money. Leaving you with substandard workmanship.
Remember the more the tiler likes you the more chance you have of him wanting to do a nice job. Simple.
Ok so now you have a tiler coming round this evening to have a look. Make sure that the place is clean and tidy and the room is empty. Send the kids to their bedroom ten minutes before he arrives. Would you want to spend the next few days tripping over boxes of all the new fixtures and fittings you've just bought for your bathroom? Or having kids screaming and running around the house while you spend the next few days there? No you wouldn't, and neither will the tiler.
Generally, good tradesmen are busy people and they shouldn't be to pushed for work. If they turn up to a job that could be a nightmare theres only one thing thats going to happen. The quote will skyrocket. Personally I would never turn a job down because of this but I would up the quote if I'm not to interested in the job in the first place. If I get it I'm going to be on good money if not I haven't really lost anything have I?
When he arrives at the door smile, shake hands and invite him in. Make him a cup of tea or coffee ask if he had trouble finding the place. Make him feel welcome. Show some trust and leave him alone while he measures up the bathroom. Ask him to give you a shout when hes done. Then have a chat about what you had in mind.
Its very hard to measure up when you've got people talking to you at the same time and makes me think they will be interrupting me throughout the job. Meaning its going to take longer to finish so I'd allow an extra days money.
Once you've been through this three times you will have three different quotes.