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    • Latazza
    • By Latazza 7th Jul 17, 8:18 PM
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    Auction/Bid DIY Job sites
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    • 7th Jul 17, 8:18 PM
    Auction/Bid DIY Job sites 7th Jul 17 at 8:18 PM
    Hi All,

    Tried posting on rated and that but no responses to my job offer. Merely a tiled bathroom floor albeit 2x3m and offered market rate or the area but think such a small job people are not bothered.

    I have the tiles, screed everything but cannot lay due to a disability, so therefore looking to post it on a website whereby people bid on the job, and bid against each other and then I do my due diligence on them and offer the job. Do any such sites exist? I thought my £100 was enough but if not then I have an idea of what it will cost.
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    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 7th Jul 17, 8:20 PM
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    More than that for a decent job.
    • andyhop
    • By andyhop 7th Jul 17, 8:47 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 8:47 PM
    It's more like a £300 job. Even then small fiddly jobs when you have a customer so focused on cost are not even worth considering
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    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 7th Jul 17, 8:53 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 8:53 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 8:53 PM
    I've never had any success with these types of sites. If you need a tradesperson ring round your local ones and ask them to come and give you a quote. And the cheapest is unlikely to be the best, but that's your call.

    Our bathroom fitter charges £150 a day + materials at cost, and reckons to tile a bathroom (walls and floors) in about 2 days.
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 7th Jul 17, 9:00 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:00 PM
    I don't think that a race to the bottom price is a very good idea at all.

    Try and get some recommendations. Are you on social media? Can you ask there? Either friends or something linked to your town?
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    • Latazza
    • By Latazza 7th Jul 17, 9:22 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:22 PM
    It is a square room with a pedestal and toilet and massive 900x300 tiles would take a fitter no more than 2 hours, 3 atmost
    • andyhop
    • By andyhop 7th Jul 17, 9:35 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 9:35 PM
    Do It yourself then

    900x300. Most won't even have a cutter to snap these

    You'll be back on here next week complaining your £100 floor tiling job has failed .
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    • phill99
    • By phill99 7th Jul 17, 10:45 PM
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    • 7th Jul 17, 10:45 PM
    It is a square room with a pedestal and toilet and massive 900x300 tiles would take a fitter no more than 2 hours, 3 atmost
    Originally posted by Latazza
    Sorry but as the owner of a property maintenance company running 18 sub contractors and fitting 20 kitchens and bathrooms a year, you are simply a talking rubbish.


    So a guy comes to you from where ever he lives. Lets say a 30 minute drive. He pays for a van, its running costs, diesel, insurance etc. He turns up at yours with a cutter large enough to accommodate 900mm tiles. It will take him 20 minutes to et his kit up. A professional tiler will have something like a Sigma Cutter. That would have cost best part of £500. The cutting tips will cost £30 everytime they need replacing. He will have a decent wet cutter - probably a bridge saw to cut that size of tile. Again £400. So in just two tools to cut your tiles, he's spent just on £1000. He then uses his skill and experience to lay your tiles, starting off with a dry lay to make sure they sit properly and doing his setting out to minimise wastage and to get the most aesthetically pleasing results. So that's probably 4 hours work. He then cleans down, tidies up and packs his kit away.


    He can't grout the same day as the adhesive needs to set (even rapid set requires 24 hours before grouting). So he has to come back a second day to grout up.


    So this job has now run into 1.5 days.


    Out of the £100 you want to offer him, he then has to pay for public liability insurance, accountancy fees, sick pay, holiday pay, reinvestment in tools, adverting costs etc.


    So you actually want to pay some one £85 for 1.5 days work. And you wonder why you can't get any one to do that damn job?
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    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 8th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
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    • 8th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
    I'm a reasonably competent home decorator, but there are jobs that I won't touch - and tiling is one of them.

    £150 a day for someone's expertise is on the low side - but I think OP is then making the mistake of thinking that they should only pay half of that for what they deem to be a half day job. That's fine if the tiler has another half day job set up nearby- but not so good if they have to forego half a days pay. Ditto the next day when he comes back to do the grouting.

    That's why it's so difficult to find a tradesman to do little jobs - because of people who are only interested in a 'bargain'.
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 09-07-2017 at 1:39 PM.
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