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Old 04-03-2011, 10:42 PM   #1
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Whats the going rate for floor tile install where you are at?

I live in Florida and it is hard to get good money for tile work here. Unless you are doing high end custom work for somebody in a million dollar plus home than it seems you have to compete with $1-maybe $2 per sq ft. It seems people dont care about quality these days and just want to take there chances on going cheap. I just dont know how somebody can make a good living doing tile for a buck a foot. Obviously diagnol or any kind of pattern is going to be more, but I'm talkin straight set tile, people are installing it for about $1 sq ft around here. Crazy!
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:01 PM   #2
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I don't know . . . Brian seems to do ok in FL. Guess he's figgered a way to stetch a buck a foot at his co.

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Old 04-03-2011, 11:07 PM   #3
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between $80 to $100 a square meter, that includes supply of adhesive, grout, silicone does not include fitting underlay or leveling floors or supply of tiles, large areas cheaper

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Andy, I would recommend you start charging by the sq. meter like Jim does instead a by the sq. ft. I think you'll make a lot more.

I have heard as well all have about the 1.00 a sq. ft. tile rate down there. Let the people who have large floors hire people at the 1.00 a sq. ft. rate. If I was you I would be trying to get into the higher end custom building. Myself, I don't try to compete with the guys who can do a big floor in a day or two.

Personally I want to work for people who understand and appreciate what it takes to have skills in tilesetting. Customers who understand quality usually don't mind paying for it and giving you the time to do it. Brian is successful because he has been doing tile a long time has the experience. He knows it is just better to go eat a nice juicy cheesesteak then to spend time at a job where they don't want it right and don't want to pay a person to do it right. He has instinct, he knows when there is too much cheese wiz on his steak

If I hear a homeowner saying they just watched one a those DIY programs put out by the big box stores then I know they are under the impression the job can be complete in 1/2 hour As a skilled craftsman you need to find people who want quality work and appreciate it. Not as easy as you would think but either is getting established in the trade. Takes years and patience

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Old 04-04-2011, 09:18 AM   #5
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In OK, I"m getting $3.50 per ft for 12" (avg size) and more for smaller, larger or a pattern. Most people that I run into know that a good job from a decent person that you would want in your home costs money and they are happy to pay for it. Time, sometimes they think it should go faster and assume there has been a problem if it doesn't, but in the end, they are all happy and willing to pay.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:14 AM   #6
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Andy, I would recommend you start charging by the sq. meter like Jim does instead a by the sq. ft. I think you'll make a lot more.

I don't get it - $100/sq meter = ~ $9.25 a foot.

Or if you charge by the meter is it easier to round up the footage?

edit: The guy at the tile store said $5.50 per foot and up, without grouting.

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Old 04-05-2011, 09:44 AM   #7
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Justin, Jim Farrell lives and works in New Zealand. Meters are the way they measure. The exchange rate is 1.3 $NZ to 1 $US. He's getting $5.80 to $7.28 (US) a sq. ft., minus his setting materials. Considering how much his truck costs, he's probably clearing about a $1-2 per square foot.

Jon was making a funny about billing in meters.
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Don't sell price/rates, sell concepts. Doing this will automatically set you apart from others but will also weed out the folks you don't want to work for.

People get hung up on rates because of a seed that someone else planted in their mind. You must remove the seed and plant a concept/s in their brain. Try question based selling, get the customer engaged, let them connect with you and you're passion as to why your concept/s will make their buying/owning experience 'feel' better immediately and for years to come. Also,sell yourself, sell YOU.

Remember also in sales, you have to change the way you think if you expect the customer to not see you as fake. This gains trust and with trust cones everything else the customer has to offer (including proper monies for services rendered).

Remember, it doesn't matter what one guy gets paid in Alaska or another in New Zealand. It has no effect on you whatsoever. There will always be guys in those places too who are charging too little or perhaps too their work isn't even worth what little they are charging because perhaps they are hacks right?

Sell youself and sell concepts. Set goals and you can't fail. It's a universal law and the universe will seldom let you down. It's hard in the beginning to do but then again everything worth doing usually is. Good news is eventually it pays off BIG in many ways.

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