Be flexible. Little trick to be flexible is to ask a tradesman if he has a hole in his schedule, then inquire about a discount if you book during that time.
Don’t fall for the “Your roof is falling” tactics. In a case your basement floods, a cash-hungry contractor might try to talk you into a drainage system that costs around $7,500. But the reality is that you can guard against indoor deluges just by cleaning and extending gutter downspouts and grading soil away from the foundation. But if you plan to spend more than $10,000, hire a home inspector and he will help you figure out exactly what you need done and how to avoid hidden costs.
Try to get some free DIY advice. You can simply go to Youtube and nd type in “askthebuilder” for how-to videos on simple procedures, like replacing a faucet or a light fixture.