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Old 05-08-2018, 12:29 AM   #1
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Looking To Relocate To Seattle

Hello everyone,

I'm not quite sure if this is the place to ask such a question, but hey, it's worth a shot!

So I've been involved with tile for quite sometime, taking some time off here and there to pursue other adventures, but I've always returned to tile. It's what I know, it's what I love. I've been out of the country for sometime now and I'm returning back to the States (I'm a United States citizen) here at the end of June. Interestingly enough, the proverbial fork in the road has shown itself and I get the chance to make some new life choices.

So what I'm asking, does anyone have any advice or recommendations on finding ceramic tile jobs in Seattle? Like any companies that are hiring that I could possibly get in contact with via email or I could even call of course. I'd like to have some prospects on work when I get back, and Seattle isn't obligatory, but it's always been my dream city since I visited the area nearly 15 years ago, I loved the green, the water, and the mountains.

I'm really only experienced in commercial work, as house jobs were only done for personal or PR work. But I'm pretty knowledgeable in just about every application of tile work in commercial jobs, save laying out of big multi-room layouts. However, I like to believe I'm humble enough of a person to work as a finisher or helper for awhile whilst moving up in the company.

Well, thanks for your time, and if anyone has any input, I'll buy you a beer when I get to Seattle haha.
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No one is answering. They are all working two shifts trying to get caught up. Hang tight, maybe someone in Seattle will come along.
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The huge annual convention is in full swing. This may take a while.
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Old 05-09-2018, 12:54 AM   #4
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Haha, thanks for the response guys, they were a bit more optimistic than I had considered. I was thinking more a long the lines their non-answers were "Seattle's for Seattleites! No more outsiders, we're FULL!!"

However, Davy's answer is reassuring, I've heard there's plenty of work to be done in Seattle, so that's one of my other reasons for wanting to relocate. I do love me some steady work haha.
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I cross posted on the FB tile geeks page for you. The convention ends this Friday
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A huge thanks Paul! By the way, what's the title of this convention? I hail from South Dakota, and unfortunately we don't get such shows, at least from my knowledge anywhos.
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Coverings.....happens every year. It's in Atlanta this year and Orlando next year.
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:02 AM   #8
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First question: do you like rain?
Second question: do you like clouds? From October until April?

Ready to continue?

Do you like average house prices in Seattle of nearly $600,000? Or on the east side $850,000?

Are you just dying to pay $3.83 per gallon for gas today?

Do you like traffic? Moreover, do you really love traffic?

Do you like socialism?

If so Ė this place may just be for you.

I do residential, one man op, so donít have a clue on commercial, but thereís nothing but construction cranes and development happening as far as you can see, or drive in an hour to the north, east and south. If you drive to the west youíll end up in Puget Sound so no development there.

For anyone who is a go-getter, there is more business than you could ever handle. For an average person there is full-time employment everywhere. For an underachiever you can still make a living, but you may have to live in a tent.

What do you think? If you pass all the above, then weíll chirp in with all the good stuff we have here too
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Old 05-10-2018, 01:58 PM   #9
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Well, Kevin, you paint a pretty picture. But, I'll begin with answering your question.

Firstly, I enjoy the rain. I've been spending the past two and a half years in Russia. So rain and darkness is a pretty common element here. Pretty much August through April is covered in clouds, then November through March it has a steady stream of snow. Never really snows hard, it just doesn't like to stop. Nothing like South Dakota, where it will snow 2 feet and then sunny, frigid days for 2 weeks.

The house prices, oh how aware of that I am. Apartment dwelling is still spendy, for an older one bedroom it looks like I can find something for $1,100-1,300. So that will be a bit more than I pay now, but livable with the wife's pay and mine.

Jeez on the gas, welcome to the coast I guess!

As for socialism, I guess I'm not too opposed, as long as it benefits me haha. But I guess neither really for nor opposed!

Well, I'd consider myself a go-getter, but honestly, who doesn't? I enjoy working, I enjoy solving problems, I like communicating with my team, and I do love seeing a project come together. Working long hours was always part of my life before I left the country, however, I have to admit it, I'd love to find some stability. It just seems like work back in the midwest can be really bipolar, at least in the two companies I've worked for. Feast and famine. We'll be working for 3 months straight with a few days off, and then we'll have a two month period with a Subway restaurant and a couple house jobs.

Kind of a little rant there, but I feel from reading your criterion, that I could definitely find Seattle a suitable environment if I don't intend on home ownership in the next 3 decades haha.

So, tell me about the good things then!
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:18 PM   #11
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Good things:

June through September itís like San Diego weather straight through. Except almost no rain whatsoever.

We stay pretty much green through most of the summer and of course all winter so when the suns out itís beautiful.

Where I live on the east side of Seattle area, it can be 60į At my house and a 40 minute drive I can be snow skiing.

Gorgeous views of Mount Rainier, mt Baker, Olympic and Cascade Mountains and of course Puget Sound.

If you like outside activities, weíre full of them. Boating, skiing, fishing, hang gliding, hunting, hiking, camping, trail biking, dirt biking and a whole lot of other ďings.Ē

People are friendly here, however you wouldnít get a chance to know that in the winter months because everybody stays in. Once the sun comes out for spring and summer and most of Fall, everybodyís out enjoying it.

But the ďingĒ you are probably most interested in, no Iím not talking about drinking, coming from Russia Iím sure you had more than your fair share of that, Iím talking about working. I donít know any of the tile guys in unions or big shops or tile store subs so I canít give you any good information on commercial work. But really, here in the Pacific Northwest/Puget Sound area, nobody can find anybody to do work that they need right now. Every trade is booked out. So I think youíve picked a good place in amount of work available, but the other end of it is just as good which is the pay scale is probably 4 to 10x what they are getting in the deep Southwest. We hear tales of the x dollars per foot in SoCal, Arizona and Texas (other than Paul,) and itís hard to imagine how some of those people make ends meet.

PM me for Xamples here.

Oh, and no rusty cars here. They last a long time.

View from Seattle side.
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Long as itís got a good rack like this one does. You could hold probably 60 sheets of cement board on that thing.
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Old 05-12-2018, 02:23 AM   #14
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Thank you Kevin, these are the reasons I want to live in the Seattle area. The shear beauty of the landscape mesmerizes me, and I'm a pretty big outdoors guy to boot. So I'm looking looking to get my fill of hiking and fishing, for sure.

So basically, the way you described that nobody could find enough work, I should just start calling some tile companies when I get back to the states and see what happens. But if it's as busy as you say, then I'll probably have a good chance to get in there and start out as a finisher or something. I guess we'll see what happens!

Another dumb question, but unions really aren't that popular in South Dakota, they get a lot more prominent in Minnesota, especially in The Cities. Do you need to be a resident of the state to join or do you simple just pay your dues to begin? I've noticed quite a few tile companies out there are union companies, and I didn't know if I was barred from joining. From my understanding I'd have to start out at the bottom if I joined, but if they pay is livable, then so be it. I like being a helper, sometimes, there's really no stress to it other than the occasional firm ass chewing.

Thanks for you time Kevin, your answers have given me some confidence.
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Haha, I've always been more of a Volga kind of guy myself.

You know, funny story, but last weekend the wife and I had to go back to her hometown to get some paperwork (been working on immigrating her to the US for the past year, but that's been a total bitch and it's almost ****ING done come May 31st). So we were supposed to leave around 10AM, but our ride cancelled on us, so whatever, we can catch a bus at 11AM. Not a problem, but we both needed to get to work at 5PM, so we needed to get home asap.

Well, the internet lied, no bus until 2:30, which is not good cause it's a 2 and a half hour drive to our city, and then after that another hour long bus ride across the city during rush hour.

Well in Russia, sometimes at bus stations you can find guys that can give you a ride to whatever city instead of a bus. So this lady tells us about this guy who can do that. So we wait and this taxi pulls up and the lady comes in and says he's arrived. I think, strange, a taxi, sounds expensive. Nope, we walk pass the taxi, then I see a little Hyundai. There was my wife and I, plus two other people, so it would be a tight fit but okay. Nope, not the Hyundai.

We turn the corner and on the other side of the bus station was a rusted old Volga from the 70s. First thing that came to my mind was The Beatles song 'Back in the USSR'. Not only was the car an old rust bucket, but the driver was the classic Russian driver. Yelling at other drivers for driving like shit when we was the cause of all the roads problems haha. So glad to put my feet on the ground after that ride, but it was a real Russian experience.

Another fun way to get around here is the old trains where every object turns into a bed in some way or another haha.
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