How to Write a Contract for Tile

By George Lawrence J.D. - Updated April 11, 2017

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Remodeling often involves choosing specific types of material and hiring specialists to install that material. Bathrooms, kitchens and patios often use tile as the floor covering. There are thousands of tile options to choose from; the owner of the building and his interior decorator want to choose the right type of tile to suit the room. It is also critical that the tile be installed properly, with even grout lines and no loose ends. A tile contract between the owner and the specialist installing the tile can help ensure that the job is done to the proper specifications.

Finish all Negotiations

Agree on a price, a time frame for installation, and other details such as what each party is responsible for and what to do in the event of a breach of contract.

Identify the Parties to the Contract

Use identifiers such as “owner” to indicate the owner of the property and “contractor” to indicate who is doing the work.

Break the Contract Into Sections

Include headings such as “Contractor’s Duties” and “Tiling.” Include enough headings to encompass the entire scope of the tiling agreement.

Describe the Contractor’s Tiling Duties

In the "Tiling" section, include basic information such as “Contractor agrees to provide all setting, grouting, cleaning, and sealing materials.” Be specific as to what the contractor must do, such as remove and dispose of existing tile and install tile that is up to code.

Finish Up

Fill in the other sections of the contract with information that relates to each section heading. Under a heading called “Payment Terms,” for example, describe the amount of the contract, how payment is to be made and when payment is due. Sign and date the contract. Provide copies to the contractor and the owner.

About the Author

Based in Traverse City, Mich., George Lawrence has been writing professionally since 2009. His work primarily appears on various websites. An avid outdoorsman, Lawrence holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both criminal justice and English from Michigan State University, as well as a Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he graduated with honors.

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