As a Tiler, you work in a staggering amount of spaces and with an incredible amount of materials. You often have to work with members from other trades to ensure your job gets completed on time, and to a standard that is to your liking. As your business expands, or as you begin to work on a wider variety of jobs, you will find new challenges that require new solutions. The most effective way to ensure that you are able to work to the beat of your own drum, and adapt to any situation, is by ensuring you have a clear and comprehensive set of terms and conditions in each and every one of your contracts.

Materials used

As a tiler, you work with a vast array of materials, such as granite, marble, stone, slate, quartz, ceramic, porcelain and glass. This means that you will need to include clear terms and conditions in your contract, regarding the price and supply of these materials. The most effective way to protect you from the potential fluctuation of prices is by including in your terms and conditions a clause that communicates that prices are subject to change.

Quantity of Materials

You are often required to use your professional skill and knowledge to know exactly how much material is necessary to tile a certain space. Sometimes this can be very difficult, and as a result, it would be prudent to include the quantity agreed upon in the terms and conditions of your contract. It would also be prudent to include a clause within your terms and conditions, stating exactly what should happen if the quantity of materials ordered is either too much or too little.

What if there are other people on the worksite?

Often you are required to cooperate with other people on a worksite. This can sometimes cause problems in terms of when you can work and how you are able to work. It also creates the potential for your work to be inadvertently damaged by the builder, architect or another tradesman involved in the same project as you. The terms and conditions of your contract should dictate, as far as possible, how you expect to interact with other people on a worksite. This should protect you from any liability resulting from damage to your work, it should also help prevent any unexpected delays which directly interfere with your bottom line.

What about variable weather conditions?

If you are prudent with your terms and conditions, you can avoid losing money due to bad weather. One of the greatest aspects of being a Tiler is being able to switch between both indoor and outdoor jobs. This means that if one job is outside, but it is raining, your terms and conditions could allow you to work on another job instead until the weather clears. This means that you will be able to perform your weekly rain dance without having to fear about losing profits.

What terms and conditions should I put in the contract of my employees?

A good Tiler requires a great deal of precision and a good deal of intellect and experience. As a result, it takes a significant amount of time and effort to become a competent Tiler. This means that the terms and conditions in each and every one of your employees’ contracts should be specific to their skill level and job description. Not only does this protect you from any mistakes they might make, but it protects them from taking on a job that they are too inexperienced to handle.

How can I do this all by myself?

Creating terms and condition for your new business or adapting terms and conditions to suit your growing business can be tricky without the relevant know-how of drafting legal contracts. If you attempt to do this all by yourself, you will need to take a considerable amount of time to be certain you have not missed anything. To assist you with this task, LegalVision’s definitive guide to writing terms and conditions for your business can be found here.

Some tilers have neither the time, nor the energy, to completely restructure their contracts. As you might expect, there are potentially serious legal implications that can arise if your terms and conditions are not drafted effectively. Even if you are confident in creating your own terms and conditions, it is advisable to seek legal advice, in order to ensure they conform to the law of contracts in which they are based. It is never too late to seek legal advice, and will almost certainly make you feel more confident about the entire process.

Conclusion

Have you recently started a tiling business? Are you looking to expand your tiling business? The nature of the job of a Tiler means that the terms and conditions you place in each and every one of your contracts, can have significant effects upon how your business runs from day to day. We have seen that there are a multitude of areas in your job that you can begin to control with certainty by considering what terms and conditions you use in your contracts. This task can prove extremely difficult for someone without prior legal experience and it is certainly advisable that you speak to a lawyer after considering the above factors.

At LegalVision, we would be glad to assist you with the growth and protection of your business, you only need to call for a fixed-fee quote. 

Lachlan McKnight

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