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    Tiling a small bathroom.

    Firstly, I did not get a quote because the work this guy did before was acceptable and very reasonably priced. I assumed that the pricing on this work would be as acceptable.

    I supplied all the tiles, grout and adhesive. This guy, my sisters b/f's dad has tiled my 6ft X 6ft over Weds, Thurs and Friday. His final charge was £160.00. I was pretty gobsmacked.

    Is this a good price / bad price or p*ss take?

    I was expecting ''mates rates'' and maybe I underestimated the price.

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    wel its dependant on how many hours he spent not days

    i think it could be in the region of £15+ an hour

    Depends on the size of tile used.

    e.g. if tiles are 6inch then he has to lay 144 of them for your 6x6 feet.

    But if tiles are 12inch then only 36 tiles

    More tiles the more expensive.

    I recently paid £135 for a guy to lay approx 40 10inch tiles .

    Of course if you could get one 6ft by 6 ft tile then it would be the cheapest of all :roll:

    Original Poster

    Wednesday 8am - 4pm
    Thursday 11am - 5pm
    Friday 8am - 1pm
    I was at work during these days so don't know if he worked straight through.

    Tiles are 15cm x 15cm.

    Well 15cm is approx 6inch so he laid approx 144 tiles. With cutting and edging etc
    he worked 23 hours so approx 1 tile every 10 mins to do it right allowing for measuring ,cutting etc.
    He was woeking for only £6.95 an hour which is cheap by tradesmens standards these days

    I would say you got a fair deal on that.:)

    I supplied all the tiles, grout and adhesive



    so it was just for labour.

    i think it was reasonable if he worked all these hours

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    if he tiled the whole room then that is a very good price, even more so if he had to visit on 3 days.

    Has he done a good job.??? You don't say if you like it or not. I wouldn't mind paying someone £160 for grafting for 3 days and doing a good job.:thumbsup:

    That's probably about right, some might say less than normal. A lot of contractors now want £120+ a day, sometimes more so if we say he did two full days work then £80/day isn't too bad. Certain main dealer garages charge up to £80/hour for stuff !!!!!
    It does seem a lot but unfortunately that's the going rate, market forces and all that, if he did a good job then i'd just accept it and maybe consider doing it yourself next time. The problem these days is that there are a lot of c**p tradesman charging big rates and that is out of order.
    The pricing of these sort of jobs is also dependant on complexity of the tiling ie non-flat surfaces, plenty of cutting etc etc, not just the room size.
    Enboy your new bathroom ;-)

    I tiled my entire kitchen - on my own - only the second time I have ever tiled - female - disabled - and got it finished in 4 days and it looks fab.
    If he had a lot of 'obstacles' he had to cut round then fair enough, 3 days is about right. However if it was a straight run it seems excessive.
    Also, it's a bit of a misconception that larger tiles take less time...if your wall isn't perfectly straight then they are a nightmare to lay. I found 15cm x 15cm tiles much easier. My friend also laid large tiles and he vowed never to do that again as it took him days and days!

    Original Poster

    You lot are real stars, thank you.

    I am very pleased with the work. My grudge is that the guy is a jack of all trades and specialises in none; he is not a tradesman as such. I was hoping to get it for the price of a good drink.....but I think sometimes I don't live in the real world.

    I could have attempted it myself but honestly I am so impatient and useless, I would have broken more tiles than put up and losy my temper every day that I attempted to lay them. Plus my tool kit only comprises a hammer and a butter knife.

    I am happy that I didn't get it as cheap as I would have liked but it could have been worse.

    diabeticguy;1444161

    I was hoping to get it for the price of a good drink.....



    He works in your house for 3 days and you think it is enough to buy him a drink !

    Many trades people work on a price of over £100 a DAY, so you go the work fairly cheap.

    Next time agree a price in advance !

    In London he'd have charged £600 for three days - you got a great deal

    i was 450 for my small bathroom for 2 dyas work! thats a great price

    How can you not be happy with 160 thats well cheap if he wants some work in london i need my bathroom tiled send me a pm and i will leave my number.

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    barnehurst;1444285

    In London he'd have charged £600 for three days - you got a great deal


    Yep - plumber charged me £200 to fit a power shower pump, piping and showerhead. It took him 5 hours in total. Other quotes were £250 and £350!

    It aint cheap darn sarf :-D

    diabeticguy;1444106

    Wednesday 8am - 4pmThursday 11am - 5pmFriday 8am - 1pmI was at work … Wednesday 8am - 4pmThursday 11am - 5pmFriday 8am - 1pmI was at work during these days so don't know if he worked straight through.Tiles are 15cm x 15cm.



    15x15's means these were probably wall tiles not floor tiles Bogeyman so he didn't lay 144, it would've been closer to 800...
    Working on you having an 8' ceiling you're looking at 18m2 worth of tiling (less anything to take out for any areas not tiled - doorway, window, behind rads if they didn't come off?)
    As other people have said there would have been a number of factors that would vary the price inc type of tile, cuts & obstacles & any making good or prep work carried out before tiling (that you don't mention).

    You got a damn good price so long as the work was done well...nothing personal but if you thought you were gonna get this done for virtually nothing I'd say it was you that was either very naive or the one 'extracting the urine'.......

    (Worth noting that a lot of pro's would've have this done inside of 2 days & would've charged by the metre, not time taken)

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    will he come and do mine please, after i have learnt how to plumb and plaster so maybe give me a year or three:oops: Great price there:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Still appreciating your opinions.

    I stopped fixing friends and neighbour's PCs because they wanted the job done for 'the price of a drink'

    Good on your sister's bf dad for not allowing you to take advantage of him.

    I guess next time you'll both agree on a price before any work starts

    “That’ll cost you a drink”, is an obvious elliptical abbreviation of “That … “That’ll cost you a drink”, is an obvious elliptical abbreviation of “That’ll cost you the price of a drink”. The difficulty is to work out how big a drink really is. It long ago ceased to have any relation to the price of an actual drink, if it ever did, and seems these days to be somewhere between £10 and £50, depending on where you are and the size of the job or favour. There is also a large drink, and the dreaded big drink, which is about ten times the size of a drink and usually refers to some dodgy transaction that would not withstand close scrutiny by the forces of law and order.



    What size drink were YOU thinking?!?

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    diabeticguy;1444106

    Wednesday 8am - 4pmThursday 11am - 5pmFriday 8am - 1pmI was at work … Wednesday 8am - 4pmThursday 11am - 5pmFriday 8am - 1pmI was at work during these days so don't know if he worked straight through.Tiles are 15cm x 15cm.



    For the number of hours, (if true!) it sounds reasonable. Though its not easy to comprehend just how many tiles he has actually laid. (ie do you mean the room is 6' x 6' and fully tiled top to bottom?) If it was, then I would think that the price is very cheap!

    Laying tiles is pretty easy, but the starting point needs to be carefully accessed. If you don't then the job becomes a dogs dinner! I always do my own - though I have a huge floor area that I am considering paying to be done in the not too distant future. Expensive floor tiles laid uneven would really be a headache! I'd imagine this will cost me in excess of £1000!

    CHARLIETHIRTYTWO;1444783

    What size drink were YOU thinking?!?

    Obviously not as big as the ones you drink Charlie!!

    Original Poster

    stora;1444736

    I guess next time you'll both agree on a price before any work starts


    Indeed I will.

    gari189;1444820

    Obviously not as big as the ones you drink Charlie!!



    Just for the record I'll have you know Mr189 that my New Years resolution was to stop drinking alcohol!!

    EDIT for 'Typo' - should have read "stop drinking ETHANOL"

    CHARLIETHIRTYTWO;1444976

    Just for the record I'll have you know Mr189 that my New Years resolution … Just for the record I'll have you know Mr189 that my New Years resolution was to stop drinking alcohol!!



    Totally agree - continuous intravenous infusion of alcohol is far more effective....

    Charlie you are right about the area. I was calculating on a tiled floor.
    In that case this was a real bargain and if it was me I would get my kitchen, toilet etc all retiled while
    before the tiler realises that he's working for peanuts
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