1. It’s no secret that one of the best ways to find someone who’ll do a good job is to get a recommendation from a friend, family member, neighbour or colleague. However, it doesn’t necessarily work well when it’s a recommendation from another tradesperson. While your plumber may know a good electrician they’ve worked with before, for example, if it’s a case of trying to get a mate some work, be cautious. It’s also the case that some tradespeople do a good job the first few times you use them and then become unreliable, perhaps because they have too much work - they’re only as good as their last job.