Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to use and what tradesmen accreditations are right for the job you want doing? Is an industry based accreditation offer the same as one from the government? We’re here to dive into the mysteries of what the most common tradespeople accreditation are. Let’s jump on in!

Tradesmen Accreditations

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Believe it or not, but this year the Year of the Kitchen. Okay, well maybe we’ve exaggerated that a bit, though many homeowners will consider kitchen design trends before renovating their kitchen at some point through the year. However, this year does see the start of many new exciting kitchen trends, as well as the continuation of a few favourites. Whether you are installing a complete new kitchen or partially renovating an existing one, we’ve got you covered with these new kitchen design trends.

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building a conservatoryIf you’ve been thinking about adding an extension to your home, building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home.

One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home.

Hiring an architect will help you to have an elegant, sophisticated and warm conservatory. (more…)

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installing solar panels

If you’ve ever considered installing solar panels, you are not alone. Kiwi homes are generally exposed to 20-30 times more energy from the sun than they use in power or gas and most of its going to waste. By making use of it, we can reduce emissions, create jobs and contribute towards energy independence.

The cost of solar panels continues to fall rapidly and it’s become competitive with other power generation options. So it’s not surprising to discover that the installation of solar power in NZ has increased by 370% in the last two years.
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eco-friendly green homeIf you’re looking to reap the financial and environmental benefits of living in an eco-friendly green home, then consider building from scratch. A new home lets you add energy-saving features at a significantly lower cost than if you renovated an older home.

Eco-friendly green home

An eco-friendly green home will be designed around solar heating. It will also involve orienting the house and as many windows as practical north.  The kitchen should be east-facing with the living areas west-facing. This will decrease the need for you to use appliances to heat or cool your home.

Builderscrack has professional tradespeople available to advise and provide you with eco-friendly green home solutions. Read more on what to consider when building your eco-friendly home. (more…)

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home movie theatreSaturday night at home in the middle of winter, the fire is blazing and the curtains are closed to the outside world. You’re snuggled up on the couch ready to watch the latest Netflix release but something’s missing – your own home movie theatre!

So what’s stopping you? Start finding qualified tradespeople in your area to design and build your home movie theatre! Like all home renovation projects, time spent researching and planning your home movie theatre and finding the right tradesperson, pays off when you’re relaxing in your comfy leather movie chair, popcorn and remote control in hand. (more…)

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Ventilation is the process of changing or replacing air in a space in order to control temperature and remove moisture, smoke, odours, heat and dust while replenishing oxygen. A ventilation installer will work with the exchange of air inside and outside, as well as air circulating within a building.  It’s a very important factor in controlling air quality indoors. Ventilation is either natural or mechanical/forced.

ventilationVentilation installers specialise in many different areas. Ventilation installers will fit heating equipment and pipework systems, while ductwork installers install ductwork and ventilation systems.  Domestic installers can fit central heating systems and will ensure they are functioning correctly.  A service engineer will plan and carry out repairs and maintenance on all kinds of systems to make sure they’re working efficiently and safely.  A commissioning engineer makes sure systems meet their original design specification, and test and check to ensure they do what the homeowner needs them to.  A control engineer designs and install the control panels that operate and adjust heating systems.

Energy efficiency is an important and part of a heating and ventilation installers job as they are responsible for ensuring systems work efficiently to reduce fossil fuel consumption, carbon emissions and save energy. Heating and ventilation professionals also work with renewable energy heating systems like ground source heat pumps, which take the heat from underground and pump it to the surface into buildings to supply warm air.

A heating and ventilation installer will:

  • have good practical skills
  • be able to follow technical drawings, plans and instructions
  • have a logical, methodical and safe approach to work
  • be able to take accurate measurements
  • have a head for heights and happy to work in all kinds of weather
  • be comfortable working in confined spaces
  • have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • work well in a team and be able to adapt to changing situations
  • be a good problem solver with a pleasant and presentable manner

When hiring a ventilation installer ensure they are knowledgeable on ventilation, heating and air conditioning as they often all work together. They should also be able to repair, service and maintain ventilation systems.

Posted In: Heating Professionals, Kapiti Coast, Papakura, Tauranga, Ventilation Specialists, Waitakere City

removalistsA removalist or moving company helps homeowners shift their personal property from one home to another. They’ll use vans or trucks or if moving internationally may use shipping containers.

The moving industry includes the services of truck and trailer equipment rental companies, alongside companies selling moving supplies such as boxes and bubble wrap for people who want to do the preparation work themselves. They then will use a removalist to load and unload their belongings.  Removalists may offer training or advice for homeowners who will be using their equipment to relocate themselves.

Removalists will firstly assess how much space will be required to move your items. They will then work out which items to pack together, and how to best utilize the space they are going to use.  They may use bubble wrap, specific item cartons, custom-made packing, paper blanket wrap and other packing items to ensure that your belongings aren’t damaged.

removalistsCareful wrapping and packing is needed to prevent damage to property, and many contents insurance policies won’t cover goods in transit unless they’re professionally packed and unpacked. When packing a van or container for a removal, removalists will need to make sure that polished surfaces are protected with moving blankets and/or cardboard where appropriate.

Fragile items should be packed in rigid boxes with screwed up newspaper being used to protect against scratches and chips in transit.  Softer materials can be packed in suitcases, boxes and bags.

Moving furniture can present many challenges, especially in older properties when trying to get items through doors and windows.  A good removalist will be creative with the dismantling and moving of items through entrances.

It is good practice to get quotes from multiple removalists in order to find the one most suited for your needs.

The services of Removalists may include:

  • Packing and unpack furniture
  • Moving
  • Vehicle transportation
  • Pet transportation
  • Unpacking

Posted In: Auckland, Kaikoura, Kaipara, Kapiti Coast, Removalists

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excavatorAn excavator is a tradesperson who specializes in the excavation and movement of dirt, digging and filling holes, creating holes and some landscaping.

Their work involves large-scale mechanical equipment, Backhoes, excavators and diggers are used to remove large quantities of dirt from the ground surface in a relatively short period. Upright tools, such as shovels and spades, pickaxes or mattocks, coal scoops and bucket augers are used in excavation to breakup soil and remove loose dirt fill and debris.

Earthworks are engineering projects involving soil and rock.  Earth is cheap and in plentiful supply but it can be hard to handle in large volumes. Certain properties of soils can pose problems, but these can be overcome when constructing earthworks. An earthworks professional will dig, scrape move soil to alter the landscape.  They can also compact and pact soil, bring out its clay like attributes.

During property construction, earthworks involves making retaining walls, foundations or other structures which are sometimes backed with rock.  Earthworks also includes making canals, altering rivers and roads.

Landscape Architects and Gardeners also make use of earthworks by shaping the earth to make gardens visually appealing or more practical to use.

The services of an excavator include:

  • Excavating
  • Digging holes
  • Filling holes
  • Demolition
  • Moving land & dirt
  • Retaining walls
  • Landscaping

Hire an earthworks & excavation specialist

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Cladding installation describes the process of covering one building material with another. Cladding can be expensive needing an initial outlay of funds, but it’s a long-term investment with a number of advantages and benefits to the homeowner.

Cladding installation benefits include:

  1. Provides protection and insulation from the elements
  2. Improves the visual appearance of your home
  3. Is low maintenance

Not only will cladding cover and insulate, it can give a facelift to your home without spending a lot of money.  It’s available in a wide variety of options which will suit a range of homes.  Generally materials will be able to be applied both inside and out, and owners can choose either partial or full cover. Cladding installation professionals may offer stone, UPVC, wood or steel cladding.

cladding installation professionalsStone cladding

Stone cladding gives a beautiful appearance to a home and is considered to be luxurious and top of the range in quality and class.  It can be expensive as options will include granite and marble.

Stone cladding needn’t cover an entire exterior and often only areas frequently exposed to the elements, such as porches or garages are covered.

Marble cladding is frequently used in bathrooms and is inexpensive when compared to granite.

upvc claddingUPVC Cladding

UPVC cladding is the most inexpensive type of cladding and very durable. It’s very low maintenance when correctly installed and can be used in most homes.

There’s a variety of colour options and it will suit any home irrespective of style or type.

wood claddingWood cladding

Wood cladding can be fitted to a homes interior, giving a warm feeling to any building. As timber is a natural resource, panels will have individual characteristics and beauty.

The cladding ends of timber panels need pre-treatment against moisture to prevent the panels lifting and warping.

Panels can be left untreated if self-staining is an option.  Pine, spruce, cedar and larch are popular wood cladding options.

steel claddingSteel cladding

Steel cladding has full insulation on the back of the panels and is manufactured in long lengths to prevent unsightly joints appearing.  It’s available in embossed wood-grain surfaces or a plain design.

Installation and Maintenance

It is recommended to hire a cladding installation professionalbuilder or architect, as building codes and practices include regulations that need to be adhered to.

Posted In: Cladding Professionals, Hurunui, Invercargill, Kapiti Coast, New Plymouth, Queenstown

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