Andrew (Andy) Lynn is a person who has continuously had to move to stay one step ahead of the people he has "worked" for. It's not the economy that made him homeless, it's his work record. In fact, his brother is in the same business in Venice, FL and is excellent.
Andy has some serious "issues" that you should be aware of. People are "beneath" his "artistry." So is, cleaning up his construction mess, paying his suppliers, and completing his work. As a result, people end up with an incomplete job, a trashed house, and him doing whatever he wants. A wire in the way? No problem; he'll cut it and drop the wire into the wall - who cares if your sockets don't work, right? Same thing with plumbing, tile, and preparation work.
He bites off way more than he can chew, tries to make it look "professional" but leaves when the work is 60-70% done after trashing the premises and slowing down to below a crawl. [continued below]....
..... After a few photos of how "great" his work is, he's trying to score another job before you fire him. He says he's been in the business for over 10 years but can't show more than a few days' worth of references or his "scrapbook."
Demand several years worth of references - not just recent jobs that are hoping that he'll finish what he isn't doing. Demand that he shows you a CONTRACTOR's license and permits for any sheet rock, electrical, plumbing, framing, or any other work as well as PROOF OF LIABILITY INSURANCE.
Having spoken with dozens of ticked-off former clients, their belief is that he has "serious" mental issues including narcissistic personality disorder, passive aggressiveness (hidden things are found vandalized by him months after he leaves), and is allegedly abusing crack or speed. There are some sort of allegations of some former alcohol-related police problems as well. You should check these issues with references as well - not just with recent or current clients. Shouldn't any contractor be able to show multiple references where the work was completed to the client's satisfaction and has held up over time?
It's no wonder that he keeps skipping town to tell new people how "great" he is; no one in his old towns are willing to listen to him anymore.