Costs for tiler

By 18 February, 2014 6

We are in the process of looking for a tiler and have thus far had one quote from a guy recommended by Blackrock tiles (who were great) where we are purchasing our tiles from.

The tiles will be laid over under-tile heating which may complicate the job slightly, although I gather not that much. The chap we spoke to quoted $60 a sqm to tile, plus a possible extra $750 to level the floor in case the underfloor heating people don’t do the job properly. And this was a quote for cash. When he’s being on the level he quotes $80. He also said it would probably take 5 days. Is this about right? Or is this the upper end? Anyone know? Obviously we want a good job done, and if that’s how much it costs, then so be it.

Given we want to tile about 42sqm it works out to possibly as much as it costs to purchase the tiles.

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6 Responses to Costs for tiler
#1
zorro293:21 pm, 18 Feb 14

About $45-$75 per sqm is what you’ll come across. I know it’s a huge difference (and makes a big difference), but anything in that range is reasonably fair.

The “possible extra $750″ seems a bit suspicious. I would’ve thought if there were levelling issues then it’d just be a screed and self-levelling concrete job….if at all (but I’m not a tradie or anything!).

Make sure to select the grout colour and buy it as well. Then make sure they mix is correctly…nothing worse than dirty/incorrectly mixed grout…looks awful and can only be fixed by re-grouting.

The other thing…tiles are damn heavy – anything that saves /your/ back is a bonus.

I had my kitchen/living room area tiled a few years back and managed to do a cash-in-hand job for $45 per sqm…and the guy did an excellent job. His name was Henry…but can’t recall number or anything (but could look for it)…if he even does it anymore! This was years ago :) p

And, yeah, in most cases you’ll pay more for tiling than the tiles…

#2
watto234:01 pm, 18 Feb 14

I know for bamboo floorboards they were quoting me from $30-$50 per sqm. In the end I did it myself, but i did have sore knees and back. I’ve retiled small areas before and its not a quick and easy job. I’d rather clean loos than be a tiler! You can always get a few quotes, but I’d ask the right questions like grout used (or supply the grout yourself for a discount).

#3
gazket7:40 pm, 18 Feb 14

Do you think much scrooge

This a cashy job, like under the table psst and your naming a legit business recommending tradies that do cashies.

#4
Madam Cholet7:55 am, 19 Feb 14

I named the tile shop not the tiler. Anyone who says they will do it for less if you pay them cash knows the risks. Especially in Canberra where anyone you meet might work for the ATO. I know of people who have called the tax office after being quoted cash jobs, so more fool the tradie really.

#5
pinch6:34 pm, 19 Feb 14

If you are paying $80m2 for your tiles then I would assume the tile is a large (450 x 450 to 600 x 600) rectified porcelain tile. Which are a lot more difficult and expensive to lay than the smaller cushion edged tiles of old. If this is the case then the proper leveling of the floor is required to ensure the tiles meet perfectly and don’t lip (quality self leveler is expensive and will need latex additive for use over heating. A quality/expensive tile adhesive rated for use over heating will be required also). In my experience working over heating is always more difficult no matter how well it is done. The 5 days seem reasonable considering the leveling and I think you have been quoted a reasonable price. I have been tiling for 15 years, 10 of those working in my bathroom renovation company that rested me from the daily punishment of tiling, but I would do the occasional large floor area and as of last year for 600 x 600 porcelain I was charging $80m2 + gst for fixing the tiles alone.

#6
Madam Cholet8:28 pm, 19 Feb 14

Thx Pinch. Good to know. And you were spot on about the 60×60 rectified tiles.

I’m not being a Scrooge, as I said, it costs what it costs, but as I’ve never had to get a quote for tiling I wasn’t sure on what the going rare is.

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