I've done a lot of remodeling, sometimes with landscaping - I once counted seven places, quite a bit of it done by me or my husband, and some by hired recommended electricians or plumbers (well, one, back in Venice was a friend in the first place), landscape people I knew from work.
Sometimes I was not working for a few months at a time (taking no clients) and stayed home to remodel except for errands, and sometimes I was not there at all, off at work and leaving them to it. Only trouble I ever had was with a guy who was on an associate's crew, a previous meth addict, and he was both a fool and full of temper. But even he didn't steal anything. I'm lucky though, knowing people who knew people who were good, if I didn't know them myself already.
I made a mistake on hiring a fellow here in New Mexico, but that was my money saving self in action, and he meant well.
Only person who ever stole from me was one of two people, one a theater director and one a friend's son, both needing drug money, and that was, gads, 35 years ago.