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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Bathroom Tiler: The DIY vs. Professional Debate

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What are you going to do to bring your dream bathroom to life?

When it comes to home renovation projects, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved if you’re ready to invest a little sweat equity. Or, you can hand the job to trained experts and sit back while the job is done for you.

If you’re thinking of tiling your current bathroom, or tiling a new bathroom, it’s tough to know what’s the best course of action.

A). You do the job yourself to save money, but there’s a good chance this option takes longer - and there’s no guarantee you’ll get the same professional results as a tiler who's been doing the job for years.

B). You hire a Perth tiling contractor who can get the job done right first time - but you’ll need to factor in a higher budget to take care of the labour, materials, and expertise you’re bringing onboard.

So, what are the pros and cons of hiring a bathroom tiler vs. doing the job yourself?

In this article, we’ll break down your options, show you the best ways to save time and money, and leave you with some simple steps to take when you’re ready to elevate your bathroom with eye-catching and durable bathroom tiles.

Important things to consider

Tiling is a skill that can be learned (though every tiling job offers a unique degree of difficulty). 

However, just because you *can* do something doesn’t automatically mean you should do it. There’s much more to consider for a bathroom tiling job than your ability to pick up the tools or prepare a subfloor for installation.

Before making a definitive choice, consider taking into account the following considerations:

  • Time: How much time do you want to invest in the project? If you’re working a full-time job, or running a busy family home, it can be tough to find time to devote to proper floor preparation, tile installation, and after-care.

  • Disruption: Even the smallest bathroom gigs will interrupt your regular routine. If you’re got a young family, pets, or other responsibilities, you’ll need to consider whether it’s worth tackling the job or delegating to experts.

  • Skill: Paying for professional bathroom tilers means paying for experience. It’s tough to put a price on a tiler’s knowledge and technical expertise. Whether it’s preparing your floor correctly to avoid cracks and damage, or delivering an eye-catching job without hassle or delay, it can be worth paying for expertise to ensure the job is beautifully done.

  • Cost: This is one of the biggest considerations - how much are you willing to spend? Naturally, hiring the pros will cost more than tiling the bathroom yourself. Keep in mind, you may need specialist tools and materials which can increase the price. You also increase the risk of a DIY mistake - and these can be seriously expensive to fix.

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DIY tiling mistakes to avoid at all costs

If you opt to go down the DIY route, it helps to know what avenues to avoid.

No matter how skilled you are, how many YouTube videos you watch, or how many tiles you’ve laid before, here are some of the most common mistakes we see (and have been called out to fix throughout Perth). 

✘ Incorrect measurements

Chances are you know how important it is to cut your tiles correctly - but even the smallest mistake can ruin a carefully planned bathroom floor or wall. For example, a tile just 1mm too small will leave a 1mm gap that can disrupt an entire layout or encourage moisture penetration that damages tiles.

✘ Poor tile cutting

How much experience do you have on the tools? Tile cutting doesn’t just require accuracy, it can be messy and dangerous too. Whether you’re causing injury to yourself, or cutting tiles poorly and having to start over (which costs you money), you can end up with a headache in more ways than one.

✘ Poor floor preparation

An often overlooked aspect of DIY bathroom tiling, preparing your floor is crucial to avoid problems down the line. From uneven surfaces that haven’t been levelled properly to too much adhesive, you need to know how to prep your floors like a pro.

✘ Lack of after care

With new bathroom tiles laid, the hard part is done, right? Not necessarily. For example, removing spaces can be a tricky job. Without the right tools or touch, you can undo all your hard work, damage tiles, or mess up your grouting and have to start over.

Got price on your mind? Check out our Bathroom Tiling Price Guide [Perth]

Pros and cons of hiring a professional Perth tiler

Upgrading your bathroom is an exciting project, but like many professional services there are pros and cons to calling Perth’s best bathroom tilers. Most obviously, professionals bring experience and ability that no DIY’er can match - but you will pay more than collecting the tiles and getting the job done yourself.

While there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer, use the table below to compare the top pros and cons so you can make an informed decision.

Pros of Hiring the Pros

Cons of Hiring the Pros

✔ Quicker process from job start to finish

✘ More expensive than DIY

✔ The skills and team for the job

✘ Takes time to choose the best contractor

✔ Peace of mind warranties are available to protect your investment

✘ No guarantee you’re their only client - which can cause project delays

✔ Less stress than having to do yourself

✘ Less control than doing the job yourself

Stuck on the fence? Put our experience to the test by requesting a 100% obligation-free quote on 0402 665 136 or using our online form.

Trust Modern Trend Tiling with your next bathroom upgrade

Your kitchen may be the heart of your home - but your bathroom is where you’ll start and end your day.

Whether you opt for a versatile ceramic option, an elegant mosaic tile, or eye-catching natural stone, the right tile can lift your bathroom and give you a space you deserve. That’s why it’s equally important to choose the right local tiling team.

At Modern Trend Tiling, we love seeing our clients enjoy their spaces whether it’s with our help or not. If you’re leaning towards a DIY tiling job, be sure to check out the following free resources to arm yourself with the info you need to nail the job.

We also help Perth homeowners inject new life into their bathrooms with a variety of services whether you’re renovating a small bathroom, opting for a custom upgrade, or have other plans entirely. 

Every project, no matter the size, is treated as if we’re working in our own homes. That’s why we ensure that the job is done right the first time and that you’re completely satisfied with the outcome for years to come. 

To get started with new bathroom tiles, call us on 0402 665 136 or request a fast and FREE quote using our online form.