Recent home projects have served as reminders of the importance of obtaining references for tradespeople (if a larger project I would suggested a minimun of 3). Also ensure you ask for a quote, an outline of work to be done and a projected schedule for job completion. Trade estimates can vary wildly sometimes even in the 1000s of dollars! When you do the preliminary screening, asking questions and seeking referrals you are more likely to have success with your home projects. Happy Renovations!