So, you've done everything in your power to find the preeminent tile company in Calgary, but you're not sure if you're getting the best price. Don't feel guilty about looking into competitors or negotiating! Feeling uncertain is very common, and there's nothing wrong with wanting the best bang for your buck. There's no need to feel intimidated just because you're not an expert either. You really don't have to have a thorough understanding of the work process to find the best price for a tile installation in Calgary, but you do need to know the market a bit. Below you'll find the basics of planning and executing your best-price strategy for tile installation projects.
Research the market.
Do a web search for tile installation, and make sure to specify a local search with your subdivision or the word 'Calgary' written after 'tile installation'. Since you already know that you're looking for the best price on tile installation in Calgary, you don't want to have to root through New York tiling companies for general pricing research. Not only is the cost of living higher in New York, which means the cost of labor will be inflated, but the climate there is also a lot more humid than Alberta. That means that an installation in Calgary not only cost less in labor, but it would also take less time than one in New York (or elsewhere) because the arid environment narrows the installation window and drying time. The quotes will be entirely different in these two locations. Always research local.
On that note, be sure to get a few quotes from different local installation companies to get a feel for what the current price range is. Ask how much your neighbors have paid for their tile installation. Calgary is a competitive market, and they might have a line on a good deal. You probably don't have the exact same space or job, but they might be able to tell you the installation price that they paid per square foot, which will give you an apples-to-apples comparison. Also, research the best prices for the specific kind of tile you want to have installed.
Ballpark a fair price estimate based on your market research.
When you're deciding whether you're happy with the contractor's price, consider the entire job, including the cost of the tile, labor, and travel time. From Saddle Ridge to Cedarbrae, everyone is in business to make a living. Don't fault them for it, but make sure that they're not taking advantage of you to make more money than they really should or charging you a lot of money to come work in your neighborhood from across town. Deerfoot Trail shouldn't figure into your estimate in any way, shape, or form.
Decide if your deal is "too good to be true."
If a quote comes in exceptionally low, there's probably a reason. Maybe the contractor doesn't have the proper insurance or maybe they're cutting corners that will affect the overall job. On the other hand, they might just be desperate for work and quoting you a rock-bottom price. Ask a lot of questions, get a feel for their character, and don't sign with someone if you think anything seems fishy. Always trust your gut.
Opt to accept the offer or negotiate a better one.
Although it's recommended to discuss pricing and negotiate what you were originally quoted, don't feel pressured to barter if you think it's fair after all of your research. You might be getting a great deal already! If the quote comes in at a number you're happy with, go ahead and accept it. At this point, you'll likely have a good idea of what a decent tile installation in Calgary normally costs, so you'll also know a good deal when you see one.
Finding a good company to handle your tile installation in Calgary isn't much different on either side of the Queen Elizabeth Highway. The prices may vary depending on your location or subdivision though, so it's important that all of your research is done in your regional area. And remember that negotiating the best price for your tile installation job is about knowing the market, not about knowing how to lay down tile. With a little market research, you'll be perfectly qualified to negotiate with any tile installation company.
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