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Cost of a tiler - is it too expensive?

  • 28-12-2022 11:41am
    Registered Users Posts: 12

    Hi guys,

    I've a bathroom that needs tiling.

    The floor is about 2 meters X 2 meters.

    The walls roughly the same sq meter.

    So, a small enough bathroom.

    Existing wall hung toilet, vanity unit, and wall hung radiator would have to be taken down, tiled and reput up.

    Included in the quote would be putting up a shower enclosure.

    Ex tiles and shower enclosure for e1700.

    Am eager to get it done, but this sounds quite a bit expensive/what is the opinion?



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,760 ✭✭✭Gusser09

    Hi op. Does he have a good reputation? Have you seen previous work.

    In my opinion when it comes to a job like this its something you wont do often. So id be spending the few quid if he is good.

    I had a lad in to do 22sqm of floor tiling. Done it for 700 but he was a disaster

    A cheap job will cost you more in the long run.

    Is he taking down the fixtures and putting them back up?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,613 ✭✭✭cute geoge

    I think it is too dear ,maybe Paul Murphy would know some builders working cheaper

  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots

    Thanks for the replies.

    Yes, he is taking down/putting back up, installing a shower enclosure, and trimming bottom of a door also (won't close once tiled).

    I've seen some of his work, and looks tasty alright. Just not sure if e1700 is too expensive? Like, different between bit more expensive because he is good, and then just over the top/taking the piss expensive.

    Will come to the tile shop with me also.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭NewClareman

    The tiling part is small, but it really depends on the rest.

    If the work includes all the plumbing, including the shower, I would say it is ok.

    My bigger concern would be whether the tradesperson had the necessary plumbing skills. It's not a big job, but could go very wrong.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots

    Shower area isn't included.

    It is a Reno company. Just thought would be easier to get it all done at once.

    Not sure what you mean by plumbing? The wall hung loo and vanity unit need to be taken down/put back up.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots

    Have decided not to go ahead with this. e1700 for the size of the bathroom (tasty tiler, or not), is too expensive.

    I asked what the charge is per square meter, and he said it's based on his work, not per square meter, which isn't good enough.

    I'm a highly skilled professional myself and what he is charging per day would take me a week to earn on that rate.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots

    Why are you getting so snotty about a query?

    Yes, I do think it is too much money to pay a tiler. I have since found a different solution with a different tiler-not one who is going to rip me off.

    I'm a highly skilled professional with 3 degrees in a good paying job, and I dont get paid e400 per day. Joke if ye think people are going to pay that or sustain paying that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,919 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi

    I would genuinely love it if you will come back with an after-job update on this.

    I had a return bathroom re-built from new, and the tiling, while it looks fine and very nice, is a bit of a disaster. The floor wasn't quite level so the tiles and grout are moving and splitting - I've already had to have one area of it re-done as a patch-up job (I'd have done the whole lot but there's a ton-weight bath in the way).

    The shower enclosure wasn't done properly either, so the grout at the bottom keeps splitting and breaking off, meaning I've had a couple of leaks into the kitchen below. I've had to have that patched up as well, and will again soon I suspect.

    If you've got someone to do quality work at a cheaper rate, then good on you - but I agree with the poster above that 1700 doesn't sound beyond the bounds for the job you've described.

    If I were doing it again, I'd pay whatever it took to have it done right first time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,648 ✭✭✭✭mickdw

    Just got new ensuite tiled.

    2 sqm floor tiles. 16 sqm walls.

    450 cash but that's just tile work. No removing of fittings or old tiles or fitting anything. Work is spot on but walls were perfect for him too. Also has adjacent bedroom which was pulled apart also to work in and easy exit to outside.

    Your job is going to be circa 1500 anyway I'd say when you consider a plumber to pull out stuff. Someone to remove old tiles and leave good enough for tiling again. Then refitting sanitary ware, adjusting door if required.

    Don't be tempted to tile over existing.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots

    I dont have any tiles (already) in the bathroom. The tiling would be done on a flat, already even surface.

    I dont agree with those prices-they were already high, and now extortionate. Anyways, as said, I have decided to do a different tack, and e400 for some tiling and a shower enclosure works for me.

    To be clear, it is not a refurbishment.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,648 ✭✭✭✭mickdw

    You really need to watch alot of these trades people. Your 1st floor shower should have been tanked prior to tiling and not be completely reliant on grout to keep water in it's place.

    Without professional supervision, you really need to know what's what yourself because no matter who you think you are hiring, short cuts will be taken by a large percentage of tradesmen specially ones that can't be immediately seen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots

    Bathroom is already fully tanked and waterproof.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,919 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi

    Hindsight is a great thing!

    That job was a total rebuild of the return on the house, the builder brought in all the trades. Nothing at all seemed amiss at the time, but over the years since then the cut corners/mistakes made themselves known.

  • Registered Users Posts: 685 ✭✭✭20/20

    OP when you say putting up a shower enclosure , What exactly do you mean.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,368 ✭✭✭Rows Grower

    Reads like a very awkward shaped ensuite if there's only 16m in the walls, most tilers these days would only take on a job like that if it were one of a number of jobs in the same house. To get someone to do a quality job for under 21 euro a square yard in such a tiny space is incredible value.

    "Very soon we are going to Mars. You wouldn't have been going to Mars if my opponent won, that I can tell you. You wouldn't even be thinking about it."

    Donald Trump, March 13th 2018.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,648 ✭✭✭✭mickdw

    It was cash and I'm in the west but good value for sure. As I said he had the bedroom to work in which didn't need to be kept clean or anything and direct access to outdoors from the bedroom so while yes it is small and a high percentage of cutting required, it was a decent enough space to work in.

    He would have done work for use in the past as well which would have been good runs of floor tiles etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 38,443 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    You say you are a highly skilled professional. What industry? Does your company charge clients or similar? It's a bit silly to compare wages with fees charged. I'd expect an professional would understand why if you think about it.

    If you want to know what it comes to per square metre, I'm sure you could have worked it out. But he is right, and it's based on the total scope.

    • Remove toilet and vanity. Remove radiator.
    • Remove door, plane door to accommodate tiles.
    • Tile floor and walls.
    • Install Shower
    • Refit toilet, vanity, radiator.
    • What about shower mixer/tap, shower head. Mirrors, toilet roll holder, towel rails etc

    How many days do you think this should take, how many people, what should they be paid. 1700 may be high, but 400 is certainly not enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots

    IF you'd READ my posts above, I have decided to go with a different tack.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,919 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi

    You didn't say what your different tack was, just that you'd got someone to do it for €400. Are we all meant to be mind-readers?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots


    I asked originally for the advice on something else. Your advice was by far out there. Did you even read the OP? Just completely projected your own crap.

    Post edited by DOCARCH on

  • Moderators, Regional North West Moderators Posts: 45,288 Mod ✭✭✭✭muffler

    So you say you are a highly skilled professional with 3 degrees. I'm guessing none of the degrees are on manners.

    Post edited by DOCARCH on

  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,259 Mod ✭✭✭✭DOCARCH

    Mod Note: @Turquoise_Spots No need for the personal jibes!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,648 ✭✭✭waterwelly

    The tiler doesn't get paid 400 a day. Nobody pays for his holidays so this has to be factored in.

    He also wastes a lot of effort quoting for jobs he won't get, timewasters etc. and he doesn't get paid for this.

    When a scbag doesn't pay him for a job he's on the hook for that.

    He also has a vehicle, accountant, phone, insurance etc. all of which come out of the headline figure of say €400 a day, if that what it is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Turquoise_Spots

    Really? What about what is said to me?

    It is not right to talk about personal jibes, when the comments to me show there is double standards going on here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,195 ✭✭✭SteM

    The tiler was also going to take time out of his/her day to go to the tile shop with the OP too. Time that they could have been working on a different job making money.

  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,259 Mod ✭✭✭✭DOCARCH

    I was referring to the name calling in response to a specific post/poster. Not acceptable.

  • Registered Users Posts: 44 LaoisWeather

    Got a total bathroom refurb done a couple of years back. Very similar size to the OP.

    Removed old tiles and new ones fitted.

    Removed bath and fitted shower and enclosure, the one with a curved corner.

    Moved toilet and hand-basin

    Fix underfloor rot from previous water damage!

    External waste pipe decommissioned and new one installed.

    Came in around €1,650 labour charges for plumber and tiler, materials - excluding plumbing fittings I purchased separately

    The OP's price considering less work done ain't too bad considering recent inflation

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  • Registered Users Posts: 38,443 ✭✭✭✭Mellor

    This was ignored. Shocking.

    Instead the attacking some other poster was an easier out.