On the advise of my wife's colleague, a real estate guru, we hired Igor to remove some badly worn carpet and unsightly blue ceramic tile the previous owner of our home had chosen. Igor and his partner Robert came to the house to give us a quote and noted that the carpet was in poor shape. Robert looked at the tile and rolled his eyes. He said he could tell the tile was laid by Italians and they would be more difficult to get up because the Italians are such craftsmen.
The job went well and took about 2.5 days to complete. Robert was correct in assessing the difficulty of removing the tiles. What would normally have taken half a day took most of a full day.
My only minor complaint is the quaility of some of the replacement quarter-round. I will probaby replace it myself in the next year or so.
A word of advice: Robert speaks only speaks a little English and Igor has a very thick Russian accent. I speak a little Russian so we were able to communicate reasonably well but anyone who has trouble with more than a slight accent might find it challenging.