Our modern instinct when we need a plumber, builder or other tradie is often to hit the nearest browser for some heavy-duty searching. If you need more extensive work done, however, it may make more sense to advertise and let the workers come to you.
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In the current issue of home design magazine Inside Out, author and renovation expert Ian Evans suggests that running an ad in the local paper can produce good results:
Work backwards. Instead of searching for tradespeople, place your own advert locally and have them come to you. You will have to check any unknown people or companies carefully, but you can often find good tradespeople this way.
You could easily adapt this approach with online services like Craiglist as well, and it's the basis of WhoCanDo which we've covered in the past. As Evans suggests, vetting is important, but that applies regardless of how you find your heavy-duty home helpers.