Hiring a quality tile contractor or tile installer is just as important as choosing the right tile for your project. A quality tile contractor can make a huge difference in the execution, timeline, and quality of the tile project. But where do you start? D&B Tile Distributors is here to help you throughout the entire process, so here are some things to look for when choosing a tile installer and also some warning signs to look for in the hiring process. 1. Assess Their Skill Level D&B Tile has a list of recommended tile contractors on our website which can help you start with a list of options. According to the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), you'll want to check and see if the installer is a Certified Tile Installer (CTI). If they are not certified, you’ll want to look for at least two years of verifiable experience as the lead installer full-time. Being a helper, grouter, or finisher is simply not enough. 2. Ask For References Quality installers will be able to provide references that will speak to their ability and level of service. You should talk to a minimum of two references, but ideally three or four. When talking to the references, you can use our handy tile installer reference questionnaire form to make sure you’re asking all the right questions. 3. Check their Business Online Search their business name in Google and look for the company listing. See if any customers have left reviews on the Google listing or other directories like Houzz, Yelp, Home Advisor, or Angie’s List. Also, check to see if the business has a website with any examples of their work and customer testimonials. Finally, check their rating with the Better Business Bureau. 4. Look for Warning Signs There are certain warning signs that you should look for when trying to find a reputable tile contractor, according to the CTEF. First, be wary of a price that is “too good to be true” or if you’re being pressured to pay upfront, in cash, or without a contract. Next, be sure you’re receiving informative answers, not vague brush-offs to your questions. Finally, be wary if you cannot see work examples or talk to references. Overall, finding a quality contractor is an important aspect of getting a beautiful result, and it’s easy to accomplish following the steps above. Do some research about their experience and certification, talk to references, check their online presence and reviews, and pay attention to any warning signs. Once you find the right contractor, you’ll be glad you took the time to choose well. There’s nothing quite like a job done right the first time! And of course, we’re always here to help you, so feel free to reach out to our associates at any of the nine South Florida D&B Tile locations.