Hidden Costs of Flooring

Aside from size and material type, several other factors can make a huge difference on the price of tile. Considering your options can give you the best deal.

Location, Location, Location!

Contractor fees for flooring installation vary widely based on your geographic location. Right out of the gate, you will pay more for tile if you live in a city with a high cost of living (New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.)

Who You Hire

If you want to save money, consider hiring a handyman. You might also be able to find a local contractor who specializes in tile installation.

Another option to consider is hiring an installer from a home improvement store. These stores have vetted these contractors and guarantee the quality of their work. You may also be able to get financing from the store.


How accessible the work site is will influence the end price tag. If you live in a small home that’s easy to get to, there shouldn’t be added charges. But, if you live in an apartment or a building with an elevator, the building contractor will likely charge you an extra fee for the added trouble.

Tile Type

Stone tile (marble, granite, slate, etc.) will be much more expensive than cheaper alternatives like ceramic tile. Stone is hard to work with; it requires specialized tools and specific know-how. Stone also needs to be sealed after it’s fitted. This all adds up to a pricier installation.