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Ask Tile Excellence!

Tile Installation and Tile Repair DIY and How-To Consumer Help Blog |Tile Excellence. Step-by-step instructional posts from Tile Setter and owner, Chris Lawson, a tile layer for over 30 years, the last 15 years spent serving the towns and cities North of Boston, MA, including the North Shore area, Essex County. Gloucester, Rockport, Hamilton, Manchester, Beverly, Danvers, Salem, Newport, Cambridge, Boston, Ipswich, Georgetown and more.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Florida Tile Installation Pay is Only Half of Boston and I still Made Over $10,000 Around 5 Weeks!

Purchasing TileExcellence.com

I’ve been writing about the opportunity presented by the purchase of tileexcellence.com for some time now. 

I’ve clearly stated the income possibilities to easily surpass the cost of the business in a very short time. I have always done all tile installations myself without the help of others or a tile crew. If a person bought tileexcellence.com and they were to implement tile crews the income would multiply by leaps and bounds!! I don’t supply tile materials for my jobs either, which if done could be more $$$$ made. Using the Tile Excellence blog [which comes as part of this sale] for advertising, the passive income would be incredible!

I have indisputable proof of what I’ve been saying all along; tile work here in Florida pays $2.50 per sq. ft. for normal straight tile installation, In Boston it pays double around $5.00 per sq. ft.  In about the last 35 days I have ALONE without any help earned over $10,000 laying tile. THAT EQUATES TO about $20,000 PAY IN BOSTON, which is $5000 more than we are asking for the business!! This proves that the $15,000 asking price for tileexcellence.com could be earned back in the first month with hard work. EVEN as a one-man show, 

tileexcellence.com in Massachusetts is a great business and huge moneymaking opportunity with the unlimited potential to pay off quickly if you’re willing to work. Give me a call for details on how you can pick up on this extraordinary chance to be independent with a turnkey business at a steal of a price.

Regards, Chris Lawson
978 471-9127

Here is a price breakdown of the work done in about 5 weeks total.

In Crystal River. FL.,
·       1200 sq. ft.  of tile installed @ $2.50 per sq. ft. = $3100
·       1 (one) walk-in shower tear out and replace = $900
·       1 (one) tub enclosure tear out and replace = $800 

In Spring Hill: Florida
·       2000 sq. ft. tile installed @ $2.25 sq. ft. = $4500
·       1 (one) slate and glass tile shower $800

Grand Total $ 10,100


These jobs were completed by me ALONE from the 22nd of December till the 1st of February
Here are some photos of the completed work:

1200 sq ft of 4ft by 9-inch porcelain tile being installed
Getting the first rows started to lay tile through the whole condo
Tub enclosure is torn out and relayed
End of tub with bench
Ceiling tile over tub
Walk-in shower with tiled ceiling
Outside floor of shower and tiled curb
2000 sq ft of 18 by 18 tiles installed  in Spring Hill, Fla
Very nice porcelain tile will last a lifetime when installed correctly on concrete
Glass tile and slate sunken tub surround ungrouted
After the grout, the color  in the slate is more prominent
Glass on front of tub is really classy
The slate outside floor really came out amazing

Saturday, July 29, 2017

How to Build Hot Tub, Jacuzzi Motor Access Panel-Door During Tile Installation

Hot tub- -jacuzzi access doors are essential to being able to get to your hot tub motor for replacement or repair as needed. I've been asked many times what is the best way to do this while still using being able to use tile on the front of the garden tub. On this post, I will go through a simple, inexpensive process, step by step with photos showing how to build an access panel door while being able to both tile and access the motor.

How to Build Easy Motor Access Door Panel Jacuzzi or Hot Tub during Tile Installation
Video Category: Home Style

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tile Installation Services | Labor Only | Tile Excellence

... for the entire summer posting tile job pictures here and on Craigslist Boston-something I haven’t done since I retired 2 years ago-- from a tile installation job I just finished in Gloucester, MA?  Because...

I am BOOKED solid with tile installation and repair jobs,  including lots of waterline swimming pool tile repairs.

"Hey there, this is Chris Lawson, owner of Tile Excellence. I’ve been providing customers quality tile installation and tile repair services, one-job-at-a-time throughout Cape Ann, the North Shore and for customers North of Boston at reasonable prices for over a decade. I retired a couple of years ago to Florida, and decided recently since the demand for tile services has not slowed down much, and since it has not sold yet, I felt an obligation to my loyal customers here in MA. So instead of relaxing and figuring out my FL plans this summer, I filled my schedule book with tile jobs throughout the Boston North, MA area, and  I arrived from Florida in early May and won't be done with my tile job commitments in MA until September. I am looking forward to my FIRST day off in a month tomorrow,

Most tile jobs were set up during the fall/winter while I was living in Florida. People knew how in demand Tile Excellence's services have been as I've been turning away tile jobs for years now due to the demand. But the calls and requests for my services have not stopped, and since Tile Excellence has not been sold yet, I feel an obligation to the loyal customers of Tile Excellence. It has such a strong reputation for providing quality tile installation and repair services throughout the cities and towns North of Boston and throughout Cape Ann and the North Shore for well over a decade, at the most reasonable prices, people won't stop asking for tile services. the calls haven't stopped and neither have the top listings on , sometimes for multiple listings on PAGE ONE  of Google, which
FontCandy.png means Tile Excellence continues to be the number one tile installation and tile repair service North of Boston and is certainly a turnkey business. If you are the new lucky owner of Tile Excellence, you could already have your summer booked with tile jobs. A simple ad, like below, along with the Tile Excellence website--which is where I get almost all my customers except for referrals and repeat customers, who I am doing work for this summer mostly--and the blog of course, and you’ll see, the phone doesn’t stop.  You’ll be turning down good tile jobs before you know it, just like I have been for the past several years and how I was able to comfortably retire early.
Since I am HERE in the Gloucester, MA area until September, and I am willing to mentor you through the transition of ownership. I will make sure you are making the money we discussed, and you are all set up and running before I leave--at no additional costs. I want you to have as much success as I have enjoyed, and want the good reputation Tile Excellence has earned to continue. plus I’d like to get back to that retirement gig. I have been a master tile installer for over 30 years, so I think it’s time. Don’t you? You can call me with any questions, and I'll be happy to meet with you and go over the business and how I’ve run it, and how I can show you how to be just as successful. There are also many additional opportunities available due to the popularity of the website and blog [with almost 200,000 visitors as of today] --mostly advertising options--residual, passive money plus other ideas I wish I could have done. tons of other residual monies available through the solid reputation and popularity of Tile Excellence, and as the new owner of Tile Excellence, the opportunities are limitless." 
Tile Excellence owner, Chris Lawson, provides MASTER TILE INSTALLATIONS, one job at a time until complete.  I've been installing tile for 30+ years I Install marble, ceramic, mosaic, travertine marble, natural stone, anywhere tile can be installed,  Shower benches built out of cement blocks NOT WOOD.  Wood in your wet area shower doesn't make sense and concrete blocks cost less and last forever. Waterline swimming pool tile is a specialty of mine. I offer free estimates full warranties and personal 1 on 1 services.  I have tons of local references and can get to most jobs within a reasonable time. Call me direct please chris 978 471 9127
Waterline Swimming Pool Tile Repair                  Jacuzzi Tile Repair Picture from Tile Excellence








Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tile installation is a very specialized trade and most tile after installed is in effect a concrete like product and can't easily be changed. In most cases if change is needed then new material will have to be repurchased. So it is imperative to hire a qualified professional tile installer to do your work. But How do you know who to choose?

Here are some basic guide lines that can help you make an educated choice.

1. Its always nice to find someone one of your friends has had in their home and has had experience with the installer's work, so start with friends and family to see if any one knows a quality tile installer
2. If none of your friends or family knows of a good tile installer , then the newspaper or numerous internet classified sites are your best bet, the most known of course is craigslist.
3. Always get at least 3 quotes  and if they seem like high prices  they probably are and continue looking until you find something comfortable for you.  The most economical way to go is to find a labor only installer and supply the materials yourself.
4. ALWAYS  get and check as many references as possible  the best reference is a completed tile job somewhere in public  that you can go out on your own and see for yourself.

For instance,  I have 2 jobs in the public mall here in Boston on the North Shore that anyone can just go into the store and see the work.
5.  Longevity and durability of a job is very important  if you can talk to a customer of your installer who's job was done some years ago  you will know the job is still in tack and done in a quality manner and you will get a lasting installation
6.Ask questions of your prospective installer before committing to hiring him. NEVER let ANY installer tell you its ok to lay tile on top of a wood substructure, It will not last half the life of tile laid on Hardiboard or Durock your grout can crack and tile break  from wood movement and any water ever on your floor will cause failure . make sure any tile laid in a wet area such as shower or bathroom is installed with thin set concrete and NOT tile mastic as mastic does not do  well in a wet environment. Never install tile in a shower on Sheetrock  or green board use only Hardi board or durock.
7. Always insist your installer use spacers and if he tells you he doesn't need them he can do well without them  then  don't hire him  period. I've been installing tile for over 37 years  and can lay a floor without spacers  but the finished product is  NEVER  as clean and straight as the one done with spacers.
8. I personally would never want any bench in my shower built out of wood, wood in a wet area makes no sense. Cement blocks are much less costly and will last forever.  I would insist on a concrete block bench in my shower
9. Finally your installer  will be in your house for some  days make sure your choice for a installer is one you feel comfortable and at ease  with.

I hope this advice has given you some inside information and thoughts from a professional tile installer that will make your choice for a tile installer easier and less stressful   

Remember, tile installation is a very hard and physical trade right up there with stone masons, sheet rock hangers  and roofers many years of work can take a real toll on the body. I myself have had both my hips replaced,  my knees are sore, and my back hurts as i step out of the truck first thing in the morning. We deserve to make a good wage,  not outrageous , but fair and honest working pay. If you have any question about your job  as always I am here and accessible by phone to answer any questions from anyone who needs  guidance    chris lawson  Tile Excellence  978 471 9127