Flooring--Do Some Work Myself?
I pulled up my carpet in the basement and discovered old stick on tiles were underneath. I then went to one of the big box home improvement stores to make an appointment for someone to come out to measure and give me a quote. The sales associate practically refused to make the appointment because he feels the big box stores are basically charging customers too much money. He and another customer convinced me that ceramic tile would be the best replacement since I would not have to worry about water or moisture problems. The sales associate showed me some reasonably priced tiles. Both the sales associate and customer gave me the contact numbers for personal installers they know. However, the sales associate claimed I shouldn't try to remove the existing old stick on tiles because it would be too difficult for me (the area is 21 X 21 sq. feet). I'm not sure if the sales associate said this to add to the cost of the job for his recommended installer or if it is truly possible for the installer to fill in the missing stick on tiles with a filler before installing the ceramic tile.
What's your unbiased opinion? Should I try to remove the stick on tiles myself? I have a tool that would allow me to stand rather than get on my knees to remove the tiles.