Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile

Welcome to John Bridge / Tile Your World, the friendliest DIY Forum on the Internet


Advertiser Directory
JohnBridge.com Home
Buy John Bridge's Books

Go Back   Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile > Tile & Stone Forums > Tile Forum/Advice Board

Sponsors


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-10-2012, 01:27 AM   #1
jimbo76
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
What's a fair price for this tile job?

Hi Everyone,

Newbie here and I was wondering if I could get some advice? I just closed escrow on our first house and I wanted to replace the existing ceramic floor tiles in the entryway, kitchen, and downstairs bath with 24' x 24' travertine tiles. I'm actually ok with the way it looks now, but my wife insists the tile has to go. I'm attaching pictures of how it looks now below.

In the spirit of happy wife = happy life, I went ahead and got several bids for the job from 3 different contractors (I am not a do-it-yourself kinda person). The house was built in 1988 and I live in Southern California. The total area involved for the ceramic tiles to be replaced is 325 sq ft. The bids ranged from $3500 to $5000 for labor only (demolition of existing tile, laying and sealing the new 24x24 travertine over existing slab). We are to supply the tiles at our own cost.

I am new to home ownership and this will be our first home improvement project. As such, I am not familiar with what is considered a fair price for a job like this. Do these bids sound reasonable? I don't mind paying more to get the job done right, even if it means delaying the job until we can save up more money. I apologize in advance if I left out any pertinent information. Any input greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Jim
Attached Images
    
jimbo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 05-10-2012, 03:48 AM   #2
Davestone
Florida Tile & Stone Man
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Naples Fl.
Posts: 22,687
Even in my area that's a fair price.If it's anticrack and mudjob.
__________________
Dave



http://Davestonestile.com
Davestone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 04:24 AM   #3
jimbo76
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
Thanks for you input. Stupid question from a newbie, but do you mind explaining what anticrack and mudjob is and what the alternatives are (which I'm assuming are inferior).

Jim
__________________
Jim
jimbo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 08:17 AM   #4
jcTILEworks
jcTILEworks
 
jcTILEworks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 33
Send a message via Yahoo to jcTILEworks
Pics look like more then 325 sq ft. No?
__________________
Jon

http://www.jcTILEworks.com
jcTILEworks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 02:49 PM   #5
jimbo76
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
hmm...i hope the measurement aren't wrong. we got 3 estimates and they all came out pretty close to one another at 325 sq ft. the area to the left of the bar in the 3rd picture we going to end up putting carpet in, so it's just the kitchen floor to the right, which connects to the entryway and also the bathroom that needs to be replaced.
__________________
Jim
jimbo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
Hank B.
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Waunakee, WI
Posts: 1,418
3-5k seems right to me, have to look at the place to be sure, maybe you could add your location. That way if someone from the forum is in your area they could stop by and give you an estimate as well. 24x24 travertine is a difficult install to say the least. Important to get right.
__________________
Hank
Hank B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 03:42 PM   #7
jimbo76
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
the house is in Torrance, CA.
__________________
Jim
jimbo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 04:38 PM   #8
cx
Da Home Builder
 
cx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Boerne, Texas
Posts: 86,549
Welcome, Jim.

A "fair price" is one found agreeable to both buyer and seller. If you've gotten multiple estimates and they "all came out pretty close to one another," chances are that's what you might expect to pay in your area, eh?

Unrealistic to expect even really good online guys from other areas to second guess those on-site bids based upon a few photos and minimal description of the work involved. Really it is.

I think you should focus upon trying to understand exactly what each contractor has agreed to do and to visit at least one similar installation that's been done by each prospective contractor.

If you have specific questions, ask them here for specific advice.

My opinion; worth price charged.
__________________
CX

Y'ALL NEW VISITORS READ THIS HERE!
cx is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 04:42 PM   #9
jimbo76
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
when i said, "all pretty close to one another" i was referred to the measurements of the area because jcTILEworks had stated it looked like more than 325 sq ft.

i don't know how it is for most of the guys in this forum but $1500 is a significant price difference for me between bids and i was trying to see what other people thought. sorry if i was being unrealistic here.
__________________
Jim
jimbo76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2012, 04:45 PM   #10
reefone
tile setter
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: michigan
Posts: 699
you have to see what installation methods the guys are using to set the tiles. that may explain the big diference in quotes.
__________________
Jerry
tile setter 12yrs exp.
reefone is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Stonetooling.com   Tile-Assn.com   National Gypsum Permabase


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What's a fair price? ndiot Professionals' Hangout 39 05-19-2009 07:41 PM
job price robert august Professionals' Hangout 10 06-05-2005 07:32 PM
Does this price sound fair to tile a bath surround? ESM Tile Forum/Advice Board 19 03-30-2005 08:24 AM
Price for a tile job Dan White Professionals' Hangout 5 03-22-2005 12:18 AM
Fair price for shower pan? flyby Tile Forum/Advice Board 11 10-10-2002 06:06 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:28 PM.


Sponsors

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2018 John Bridge & Associates, LLC