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What Should You Do After a Damaging House Fire?

Posted 11/05/17

A house fire is a devastating experience, regardless of the amount of damage. Your first instinct may be to begin the clean-up and repair work, but there are several key things to work through first... Five things to do after a house fire There are five important tasks for you to do, if yo

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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

Find out the Top 5 bathroom renovation tips direct from our Builderscrack bathroom experts. This advice can make all the difference between a successful bathroom renovation or not... 1) It's All in The Planning [caption id="attachment_8825" align="alignright" width="255"] Adam Pearce. Bath

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Decking - Choosing the Right Material for Your Home

Posted 28/09/17

Timber is the most obvious choice for building a deck but we there are two more popular options that are worth some consideration. We take a look... Types of Decking Materials There are three main types of materials used when building a deck: timber, concrete and composite timber. Timber

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This is How your Gutters and Spouting Could be Damaging your Home (and what to do about it)

Posted 28/06/19

Guttering and spouting do more than take rainwater away, they are essential for a healthy, happy home. Read on to learn signs that indicate issues, and tips for resolving damage... What damage could my guttering be causing? Externally: A sagging gutter will damage your home’s fascia. P

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Stage 2 of Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Your Twenties

Posted 26/10/17

Many people entering their twenties are looking at the possibly of moving away from property renting and into looking towards home ownership... Rising house prices have has somewhat stifled early home ownership in many parts of the country. But with a little smart thinking and the ability

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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Are you wondering what cladding to choose for your new build? Is your existing cladding looking dilapidated and ripe for renovation? Recladding your home will breathe new life into its appearance. In this article, we give you the information to choose the right cladding for your home. Ext

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Tips on Repairing Your Home After an Earthquake

Posted 27/04/17

In the days and weeks after an earthquake, priorities turn towards repairing the damage to your home. We've put together this handy guide to give you some tips on repairing your home after an earthquake... Your first step should be to contact the Earthquake Commission and your insurance c

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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

What does that trade logo on your tradie's website or vehicle mean? What benefit can it provide you, the homeowner? Read on to find out more about national trade accreditations in New Zealand... Some industry accreditations are mandatory, as government regulations require that certain wor

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Brick or Weatherboard – Choosing the Right Cladding for Your New Home

Posted 06/07/17

Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home is more than deciding what looks best... It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the

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Guide to Installing Balustrades - Up to NZ Building Code Standard

Posted 14/09/17

Wondering what the NZ Building Code requirements are for balustrades on stairs and decking? Then you’re in the right place, we take a look... What is a Balustrade? A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the wa

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Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

Women in Trade - Pocket Rocket Building, Rotorua

Megan Dimozantos, owner of Pocket Rocket Building Rotorua, recently made the career change to building after 17 years working in corporate leadership. She shares with us her story... It all started several years back when she tackled her own home renovation. The success of her renovation led to several friends enlisting her to do their various projects. With a few jobs under her belt she began to realise she wasn't only good at building, but she really enjoyed it - "I'm a really outdoorsy person and being physical is something I really enjoy". After lots of thought and careful planning, Megan made the decision at the end of last year to go out building full-time. Leaving behind the safety of what she knew in the corporate world, for the unknown world of a self-employed tradesperson. So far, so good. Megan has had a steady flow of referral work, surprising herself with the number of jobs she has secured through her contacts and word of mouth around Rotorua. In particul

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

Women in Trade - Pocket Rocket Building, Rotorua

Megan Dimozantos, owner of Pocket Rocket Building Rotorua, recently made the career change to building after 17 years working in corporate leadership. She shares with us her story... It all started several years back when she tackled her own home renovation. The success of her renovation led to several friends enlisting her to do their various projects. With a few jobs under her belt she began to realise she wasn't only good at building, but she really enjoyed it - "I'm a really outdoorsy person and being physical is something I really enjoy". After lots of thought and careful planning, Megan made the decision at the end of last year to go out building full-time. Leaving behind the safety of what she knew in the corporate world, for the unknown world of a self-employed tradesperson. So far, so good. Megan has had a steady flow of referral work, surprising herself with the number of jobs she has secured through her contacts and word of mouth around Rotorua. In particul

Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Builders on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Plasterboard installation and building renovations

Posted 40 minutes ago

Install plasterboard in entrance, lounge, dining, fireplace. Remove an external kitchen door and replace with a window. Extend kitchen ceiling. Remove windows from dining room and put in bi-fold doors. Make room to install gas fire on wall. Widen an internal doorway. Photos are not the complete job but give you an idea. Come have a look and talk to us to get an idea of total job.

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Toilet refurbishment

Posted 46 minutes ago

Remove and replace urinal, replace flooring around urinal, tile floor at Oxford Hotel, Levin.

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Replace stainless steel splashback

Posted 2 hours ago

We need the current stainless steel splashback in our kitchen pulled out and possibly a new jib board put in. I have attached a photo.

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Replacing GIB lining

Posted 2 hours ago

We are looking out for a builder or a handyman to carry out a small job for our client. The scope of work is as follows: Cut out a 1200X1200mm section from existing GIB wall Repalce it with aqua-GIB and paint it. Need someone to get on to this job and finish it up by the end of this week(i.e. 25th January 2020).

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Chimney lowering/removal of 3 chimney stacks

Posted 3 hours ago

Ex-housing corporation, conjoined houses. Require lowering of 3 chimney stacks. One twin and two single stacks. Possibly considering total removal of one of the single stacks. Depending on easy and price.

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Suspended Ceiling

Posted 3 hours ago

New Childcare in Te Rapa, I'm looking for Suspended Ceiling Contractor. Will Send plans

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Garden building

Posted 3 hours ago

Few odds jobs in the garden for a general builder/handy person. Need a box cover for a heatpump fan (approx 1m x500 x 500) Need some framing for a raised garden, then plywood set on top, with some capping on the top (hopefully pictures make it clear).

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BBQ Area and steps

Posted 3 hours ago

I have recently renovated my house and now it needs the BBQ area to be finished. It would involve building some decking (low to the ground) and steps from one terrace to another, about 1.8m height difference.

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Concrete render fireplace #2

Posted 4 hours ago

Looking for someone to renovate our fireplace. Work involves removing old tiles and updating with a concrete render look. Fireplace dimensions approx 1m h x 1.4m w

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Installing Attic ladder and ceiling storage

Posted 16 hours ago

I would like to install an attic ladder and floor in roof to allow for storage. There is currently a good size manhole in the garage roof.

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House renovations

Posted 17 hours ago

Experienced builder required to renovate and modernise a 2 bedroom 1940s brick and tile home. Work required, extending the house if poss to create open plan living, refit bathroom and toilet, replace internal skirtings, door frames and internal doors, remove brick chimney and make good and many other jobs potentially.

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Supply and fit pfc beams

Posted 19 hours ago

We have a new build that requires pfc beams to be supplied and fitted

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Wall removed/replaced/Strengthened for bathroom tiles

Posted 20 hours ago

Undergoing DIY bathroom renovation discovered the wall where I am looking to put tiles on is not stable/sturdy for the tiles. Currently have new gib board up but understand may need to be taken down again.

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Building a deck

Posted 20 hours ago

I need steps and a deck built coming out from our front opening doors. Also need some form of fencing around the deck for privacy..

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New Hardwood Deck and Railing

Posted 21 hours ago

Remove existing deck and handrailing Replace with a new hardwood deck and railing (pricing and options). This is a refurbished 1950's house ex-State House. When the property became privately owned it was renovated by an unlicensed builder. The current deck/railing is pine which was stained a couple of years ago. I have no idea what this might cost. I am not the current homeowner but as the previous homeowner and now tenant organise quotes and contractors.

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Sleepout

Posted 21 hours ago

A sleepout with legs! Built off a deck on 2nd story with storage area below, approx 10 sqm.

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 23 hours ago

We're looking for a builder that can undertake the building part of our bathroom renovation. We'd like to: - block off the toilet door, which is currently separate, and knock through the adjoining wall to make it one big room. - get the shower area re-built as it currently has a design flaw which means it leaks out of the shower. - build a cupboard to enclose the washing machine, which is also in the bathroom. - install a vanity unit and mirror. There is no particular timeframe we are...

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Weatherboard replacement

Posted 1 day ago

Weatherboard approx 3 metres long to be replaced, it is the bottom weatherboard. Earlier tradesperson repaired by tacking tin over part of the damaged weatherboard

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Wall with door

Posted 1 day ago

I have a loft in my house and wanted a quote for a door and a wall to be built (only 1 side). so basically i just want the room to be enclosed.

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Adding one internal wall in the double garage

Posted 1 day ago

double garage about 7.9 x 6.2 sqm. Would like to add an internal wall to make it 2 rooms. Please provide quote first.

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Recent building reviews

With over 153,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Shower Tray Replaced

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Small building job - Concrete plinth for under front loading washing machine

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Rearrange window and door in villa

Work carried out by an employee of the company

14th January 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ceiling repair after water damage

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Wooden Gate needs fixing; very difficult/impossible to open and close

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

13th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Playhouse kitset

Work carried out by an employee of the company

12th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

fix walls

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Front door

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace timber window in Avondale

Work carried out by an employee of the company

11th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Floorboard replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Truss Removal Assessment

Work carried out by a subcontractor

10th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

cut out and install a new front door

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Raise kitchen floor and door

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

8th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Fix rotting post

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Office Extension

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Skirting Boards

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th January 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Complete earthquake damage form to confirm no pre-existing damage to property

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Create internal entrance from garage

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

General home maintenance

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

French door and deck

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4
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