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Old 04-09-2005, 05:43 PM   #1
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How much should I charge a customer?

Hello all, I am a newbie to this site. I was wondering how much I should charge a customer to install floor tiles. I have had plenty of practice installing both ceramic, and marble tiles however I was doing it at a flat rate of $13.00 an hour. From my understanding I was ripped off at that rate, but I didn't know better as well as it was my first go at tile installation.
So now, I have a customer that is wanting 6x6 floor tile installed over a concrete slab. I can figure out materials, but am not sure what to charge for the actual installation. By the way I live in Maryland if geography has anything to do with current pricing.
Anyone that can help, I would be most appreciative.

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Old 04-09-2005, 06:19 PM   #2
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Hello Maryland,
There are plenty of pricing threads in the archive for you to study. If you follow any thread with Todd at it's helm you'll learn two things:
how to correctly price your work
why owning a Felker saw is a fundemental step on the path to Nirvana

Basically, pricing boils down to this equation
How much $ is your labor and experience for a sinle day worth (x) [ how many days will the project take to complete (+) one day extra for each week projected] (=) a ballpark number for you to consider and then throw out because the client has decided to use glass mosaics combined with 5/8" thick travertine instead of the 12" ceramic tile you both discussed just the other day.

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Old 04-10-2005, 07:30 PM   #3
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It depends a little on the area you're in. If you live in a big metropolis then its going to be a little higher than if you live in a smaller slow-economy area. But a good rule of thumb is Floor tile should start at around $3.00 per sq foot. Thats START. I charge on average around $4.00 per foot. Little less if its a cash job. If there's any substrate work, prep work or design work then it goes up from there. Marble and granite should never go in for under 5 or 6 bucks a foot. I charge $7.00/ft. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-11-2005, 12:49 PM   #4
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Hello all, I am a newbie to this site. I was wondering how much I should charge a customer to install floor tiles. I have had plenty of practice installing both ceramic, and marble tiles however I was doing it at a flat rate of $13.00 an hour. From my understanding I was ripped off at that rate, but I didn't know better as well as it was my first go at tile installation.
So now, I have a customer that is wanting 6x6 floor tile installed over a concrete slab. I can figure out materials, but am not sure what to charge for the actual installation. By the way I live in Maryland if geography has anything to do with current pricing.
Anyone that can help, I would be most appreciative.

Thanks
How about you tell us how you can afford a truck, tools, insurance, healthcare, taxes and overhead at $13 an hour?
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Old 04-11-2005, 04:27 PM   #5
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How about you tell us how you can afford a truck, tools, insurance, healthcare, taxes and overhead at $13 an hour?

maybe the truck is a 1971 chevy c20?

tools from a pawn shop?

insurance and taxes? you dont want to know how i feel about the Incompentant Reacharound Service

or maybe he's laying 1.5 tiles per hour?
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Old 04-12-2005, 12:32 AM   #6
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:49 PM   #7
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I didnt do as a full time job moron.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:54 PM   #8
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Hello Hobkyl,
I'll start off by pointing out that we don't tolerate name-calling here. While you may not have appreciated the humor being made at the expense of your very old post, that doesn't give you any license to retaliate with insults.
Now that that's out of the way, how have you been doing these past few years? Are you still setting tile part-time? What did you decide was a wage that you could live with? How did your project go and what did you learn from it. I'm heading into my 20th years with a trowel in my paw and I still learn something new nearly every day.
Welcome back,
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:57 PM   #9
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If you did it part time at $13 per hour how did you afford all that?

Hobkyl, just kidding but people do that to me here and there to on the forum and I have been waiting to use the little yellow guy that scratches his head.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:36 PM   #10
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4 years later he finally gets around to replying & reading his thread.....
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:44 PM   #11
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Ask Brian how much he's working lately and how often he sees a check for that amount.
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