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  1. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    I’m thinking about compiling a list/checklist for prospective customers to ask their Tilers quoting for work some questions to ascertain whether they are any good or not.

    If anyone has any suggestions of questions to ask then please post them.

    I do have quite a few ideas myself and will post them later on but I am keen to get more feedback. This is a list that any of us could use and send out as an attachment when we provide customers with their quotation. Obviously we would fill the form out ourselves but leave space for other tilers to fill it out too.

    Any feedback would be most welcome.

    I though about this after seeing the countless poor tiling photos from disgruntled customers on here so this might not only help the good Tilers get more work but also to stop customers getting poor tradesmen in to do work for them.

    Obviousely there will be some suggesting that they don’t need any help finding work and I absolutely agree but I still think it’s a good discussion to have.
     
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  2. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Burnley
    1/ Have you done this before?
    2/ Why can you start on Monday?
    3/ How come your so cheap?
    4/ Why do you only accept cash?
    5/ Do you own a Rubi?
    ...theres the door, goodbye :)
     
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  3. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
     
  4. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    6. Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
    7. If you answered ‘Yes’ to question 6 then Please can I see a copy of your Insurance Certificate. If you answered No then please proceed to question 45.
    ...
    ...
    ..

    45. Please **** off.
     
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  5. timeless john

    timeless john Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    Not only would we be telling ‘tilers ‘ on here what to ask, but it’s taking the bread out of my mouth along with all the free information that’s provided here to ‘tilers’ with no morals and will just rip off any little old lady.
    These people don’t need help, they need to train to do the job properly and stop putting my trade into disrepute.
    I tell my customer how I’am going to do the job, what materials I’am going to use, and how much I want to do it - and that’s fixed for the original work quoted.
    It’s taken me 45 years to get this grumpy and I’am not about to give out my experiences to rip off merchants!
    It’s Friday 5.00 and I’am still at work, and loving every minute of it!
     
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  6. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    it's 6 o'clock, go home, it's time. :)
     
  7. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Makes no sense in relation to the topic, Timeless John.

    What I’m suggesting is a way for customers to only choose the professionals, like yourself.

    If a so called Tiler is unable to answer the questions satisfactorily then the customers shouldn’t appoint them as their Tiler.

    That said, I do take something from your post and understand that you won’t be contributing.
     
  8. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Question- how many years experience do you have?
    Question- how would you prepare the walls in my shower?
     
  9. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    I do not even help,
    no customer asks me questions ....
    I have to ask questions to the customer ....:)
     
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  10. Middlesex Tiles

    Middlesex Tiles Company Support

    Location:
    Ruislip
    When my customers come saying that their Tiler has requested PVA - I tell them to request a new tiler.
     
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  11. callatiler

    callatiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Aberdeen
    Most work I do is recommendation so no need to convince customers I’m best suited. New jobs I can afford to walk away without need to convince them I would be best choice. The more medals, certificates, stripes, trophies you try and push under a customers nose the dearer they think you are going to be and most just want a bonnie bathroom/kitchen etc that hubby won’t lose the rag as to how much it’s costing. Best advice is to turn up at quote on time not looking like a hobo, be polite, considerate and confident to deliver what is asked for and promised then give a sensible clear quote.
     
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  12. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    That’s the thing, customers don’t know what to ask. That’s where the list comes in.

    I couldn’t care less if someone inadvertently gets help from this thread who hasn’t been tiling for more than 6 months. Plus it’s not just about the tilers, it’s about the customers too. Trying to make it easier for them to get a good job done by a professional.

    I do agree about being busy enough to not worry about it and I’m in the same position but I still think it’s a good excercise. Who knows what’s round the corner?
     
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  13. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    in short, it was what I wanted to say.
    but you were faster than me .... haha
     
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  14. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    They should ask "what is the meaning of 42?"

    Seriously though, I know where you're coming from but like many others, I'm the one asking the potential customer the questions, not the other way around.
    I think most customers can guage your value and integrity pretty quickly.
    First impression counts a lot too.
     
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  15. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    OK, let’s say hypothetically that you wanted to employ a Tiler because you’d broken your neck in an unfortunate speedboat accident. Do you have any questions you would ask a Tiler if he was quoting to install say a level access Wet room for you?
     
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