Right Person For The Right Job

Home Builder with Floor Coverings International


Let me ask you a quick question - If you needed a new roof, would you call a landscaper?  What about if you needed a drain un-clogged, would you call an electrician?  No? I thought not.  Then, may I ask, why do so many people use a handyman or a sheet-rocker to install tile?

Tile is one of the products many people assume they can install themselves or use a non-trained tile setterto install - not true!  I have seen more bad tile jobs than good, and that is a shame.  We recently installed hardwood in a house in Morris County.  They were having their half-bathroom enlarged and adding a shower.  They asked us if we could install the floor tiles.  Sure, we would be happy to.  What about the wall tile?  Oh, the general contractor will do that.  OK.  Well, the bathroom construction came out GREAT!!!  This was without a doubt the BEST framing and sheet-rock work I have ever seen.  EVERYTHING was perfectly square and plumb, awesome!  Now for the bad news, the wall tile installation was a disgrace.  When Chris my tile setter got there to do the floor tile, he asked me if the homeowner installed the wall tile.  I told him the GC's sheet-rocker did the wall tile. End of conversation.  Well, we completed the floor tile and the customer was very happy.  Then she looked at the wall tile and her face dropped.  When just the wall tile was up, she had nothing to compare it to so to her it looked fine.  But after we installed the floor and base tile, she saw what a good vs. bad tile job looked like.  Now, the wall tile look horrible.  She ended up paying us to rip out the wall tile and install new.  She asked the GC to correct the problem, but he stood firm that his tile work was acceptable. He did give her a credit on the wall tile, so all she was out of pocket was the rip-out charge, not too bad.  I give a lot of credit to the CG for this as he is a great guy and realized he made a mistake by having his sheet-rocker install the tile.



Most GC's that I work with gladly hand off the flooring and tile work to us.  They know what they are good at and what they are not.  Same here - we do not paint or do sheet-rock for a reason and the reason is we are not experts in that field.  We are flooring experts and stick with what we do best. 

 The bottom line is that if you going to hire some one to do work on your home, hire only those who specialize in that particular product or field - trust me it will pay off in the long run!

Comments (5)

Pam Sitterly
CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas

Excellent points. It costs less to use the right professional! Thanks for the reminder.

Nov 28, 2010 02:03 AM
Mark Woodward
Floor Coverings International - Randolph, NJ
We bring the flooring store to your door

Thanks Pam - you are soooo right.  Not only will it cost less, you will be assured a quality job!!  To point, that is why I would NEVER attempt to sell my house on my own!

Nov 28, 2010 02:32 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Fabulous post Mark.  I'm going to reblog.  We have run into so many tile jobs done by homeowners and handyman...and one recently by a plumber...that are an absolute disaster.  The biggest issue is the floor prep or lack thereof...so, even if they actually lay the tile correctly and neatly (which is rare), it cracks in a couple of years.

Nov 28, 2010 02:50 AM
David Okada
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Service-Beyond Your Expectations


I have seen too many renovations that look like an amateur did it. It makes the property harder to sell and does not get the price the owner is hoping for considering a renovation was done. Great post.

Nov 28, 2010 03:02 AM
Mark Woodward
Floor Coverings International - Randolph, NJ
We bring the flooring store to your door

Deb - very good point and I could not agree with you more!

David - how true!  With a poor tile job, the potential buy may realized the tile has to be ripped out and re-done...and the rip-up can be very costly, thus potentially killing the deal!

Nov 28, 2010 03:55 AM