I managed to get up a little early and meet the tile guy at my rental house. He looked over the bathrooms and rattled off a list of things and prices and then said, "Deal?". I said,"Can I have that in writing?". He wrote it down and it came to $325. That was acceptable so he started right away. I was still late to work though because it seems he likes to talk and his topic of interest is healing and channeling golden light energy. Um, ok. I'm all for positive thinking. When I came back at lunch to meet the A/C guy and the plumbers, the tile guy had classical music on the stereo and was diligently cutting tile for the bathroom so I guess that golden light is working.
The rest of the house looks great. It has taken 3 times as long but I am still happy with it.
I like my decorative stripe even if my handyman thought I was nuts and the gap in the living room isn't as noticeable since it has been grouted.
Hopefully this tile will last a long time.
The house next door is rented already. That was fast. I hope mine rents out that fast once it is done. I asked the tile guy about sealing the grout for me and he said that was something I could do myself. I said, ya but I also have to put the closet doors back on, clean, caulk, take out 2 dead bushes from the backyard, scrub the driveway, hang the blinds, etc.... I don't have time for it all.
Anyway, fixing the 2 plumbing leaks cost me $170 and the A/C furnace maintenance was another $70. At least those are done and off my list.