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Old 03-28-2008, 10:04 AM
Location: The Big Mitten
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My husband and I are looking into relocating and Ft. Worth is at the top of our list. He is a self-employed tile installation contractor of 25 years. We're a bit gun-shy though, as we did this back in 2002 - moved to Mesa, Arizona, and he was so undercut price-wise that we couldn't survive and had to move back to Michigan.

Basically we're looking for a brutally honest answer. Does anyone know what a seasoned professional (he actually went to college in Scotland for his trade and was trained for two years, then served a four year apprenticeship - he's truly an artist at what he does) can expect to make per square foot?

Anything that anyone could share would be extremely helpful to us as we're getting down to the wire of making a choice.

Thank you so much!
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:25 AM
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well--you don't give any kind of figures for what he is making now so it is difficult to have a ballpark idea of that will work around here for people with background in construction/remodeling

if he is truly an artist (and I have seen tile jobs that are just that) his best bet is probably to get in with a high-end decorator or cusom builder--
there are still million dollar +++ homes being built in DFW area and people with money to do high-end remodeling
-- high dollar homes means bigger budgets for "custom" work in tile and other features like wood trim work and custom murals/painting

the problem is that most builders have people they have built a relationship with over time that they trust to be dependable and do quality work--also they have worked out their financials to where is is usually beneficial to both parties...they can bid a job and have an ideal of what their tile work will cost w/o getting specific bids--

MANY of the custom builders I have seen in Colleyville, Keller, Southlake doing high end homes use Hispanic tile people--even companies like David Weekley use hispanic crews for tile work--they are usually less expensive bidders for work than Anglos--many of them are illegals with some type of fraudulent paperwork and work in family crews--

You best bet IMO is to search MLS listing for homes 1Million or more and see who builders are--there will be new construciton listed--many of those builders will have web sites with info so you can contact them--if you can get through to a construction forman or the builder--not just sales people--you might could get idea of dynamics of market...
this site has info about new construction in Frisco which is north of Dallas--subdivision with multi-million dollar homes and lists the builders--
Chapel Creek - Frisco, TX | Neighborhood Information | Homes For Sale
are there unions for this type of work?
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Old 03-31-2008, 03:49 PM
Location: The Big Mitten
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Thank you so much for the info - that is a wonderful idea! I know exactly what you mean too, about building relationships because that is what my husband has done here in metro-Detroit for the last 10 years, but when your builders aren't building... He has taken video of his more elaborate work and has put it on CD's. I'm going to show him your post - very good info.

As far as pricing, it varies from job to job, so it's hard to nail down a price. I think he's typically charging about $6.50 psf right now but used to be able to charge much more. I'm not concerned about his quality, timeliness and cleanliness - time and again people have commented on how impressed they are with all of that. It's just getting the proverbial foot in the door, and being able to prove himself.

Again, thanks for your input! I truly do appreciate it.
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:38 AM
Location: TX
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also look to some of the remodling companies. We are having work done by Paul Davis Restoration. The tile guy they contracted was very good and we will now use him when we redo the master bath (without going through Paul Davis).

Also we got alot of bids from contractors using the websites such as realiablecontractor etc... you have to register with them but it's a good way to get your name out there.

As far as cost... we just had our kitchen done.
total cost was aprox $15/sqft. that includes the cost of all materials and new baseboads and paint...moving washer/dryer/fridge and reconnect plus reconnect of utility sink. also the cost of rip out of old hardwood and old tile and the haul away of debris.
The tile guy had a hispanic crew of 3 for the rip out and 2 for the laying of tile. They were finished in 4 days. just under 400sqft of tile for kitchen and laundry.

If we had gone direct with the tile guy and not used a remodling company our cost would have dropped to $12.5 per sqft.

hope this helps...good luck
hope this helps
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:20 PM
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the remodeling work has lots of labor costs to prep the area first in the price per ft that new construction would not have which makes it seem much higher than her price per sq ft
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