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Builders in Auckland

Finding a builder in Auckland can seem like such a daunting task at times! Where do you look, what qualifications and experience do they need and how much do they cost? Luckily we have made it simple here at Builderscrack to let the tradespeople chase you, rather than you chase them! Yet how will you know they can safely and correctly do your job?

Firstly it depends on the type of building work you want done. If the work is going to be structural, affect the water tightness of your home or involves designing a fire system, you have to use a Licenced Building Practitioner (LBP). For other building jobs, a builder who is not an LBP is okay to use, but you still could pick an LBP if you wanted. It is compulsory to use an LBP for those three types of work in order to ensure that all restricted building work (RBW) is done to a high standard.

How do I know if my builder is a Licenced Building Practitioner?

Once you have chosen one or more builders to find more details about, you can quickly check if they are an LBP by looking on the Licenced Building Practitioner website. This website holds a public register of all the LBPs in NZ. You can search for them by location, name or the details they will have on their LBP photo ID card. If you have not yet found a builder, you can also search the register to specifically find builders within the Auckland region who are LBPs.

There are six different types of building jobs in the register such as designers, carpenters and site or foundation specialists.  You'll need to make sure you hire an LBP who is registered to work on the type of job you want done. You will also need to check that they are certified to work on the type of building you are hiring them for. That's because there are three different categories of building types with each one requiring specific experience or qualifications from the builder.

What do I do if my builder is not an LBP?

While it is compulsory to use an LBP for all RBW, not every job you want doing needs an LBP. If your work is not restricted, then hiring a builder who is not an LBP is fine. There are two trade organisations which help regulate the building trade and provide homeowners with the confidence to hire a builder that they do not know or have had a recommendation of. They are the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) and the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ).

The RMBA checks out the financial records and building history of all builders before it will accept them into their association. They also require members to either hold specific industry based qualifications or have a certain level of experience too. Members will also have their work inspected by the RMBA mobile team a couple of times a year and must follow the Constitution and Code of Conduct the association sets. As a homeowner, another big plus is that your RMBA builder is required to give you a third party written guarantee on all work they have done for you.

A builder who is a member of the CBANZ will also have had to have specific qualifications or a certain level of experience before they will be accepted. Their members also have to follow the Code of Ethics and Conduct, provide insurance to cover their work for the duration of their contract with you and give you a 10 year Homefirst Builders guarantee on the job they’ve done.

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2017 Bathroom Trends and Design

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Reviews of Auckland Builders

Sealing block wall

30th May 2016

“Excellent dealing with James. The communication was clear and prompt. James really took the time to understand what our objectives were and offered us a range of options to consider.
The job we listed was to investigate our issue and provide a quote for possible solutions. We are now taking time to assess which option we wish to proceed with
Highly recommend him and hope to deal with him again.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Small re-cladding job

8th November 2016

“Andrew and Dane did a great job on such short notice, particularly when the job turned out to be much larger than expected! Great comms, would highly recommend.”

Work carried out by a subcontractor

Reply: “Thank you for your review.”

Sleepers garden edge

25th September 2017

“Sean was great. He's friendly and professional and did a fantastic job of creating our garden boarder with sleepers and re-contouring part of our lawn with soil. We would happily use him again. Thanks Sean!”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Reply: “Andrew and Emily are really easy to work for they are good people........., It was a pleasure helping you with your project, if you ever need help again i would be happy to, Thanks guys enjoy your garden”

Papakura fix up

2nd September 2017

“Nice guys but lacks professional attitude.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Showroom adjustments

8th September 2017

“Raymond was awesome to deal with. Tricky job where they had to work in a showroom that was open to customers most of the time he was working. He was courteous, got the job done quickly, to a high level and to a tight timeframe. There were a few additions but Raymond was upfront about any extra costs. Very professional, highly recommend!”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

New 30sqm Deck

21st October 2013

“Ben and his team did a fantastic job! It was a really drawn out process with a lot of headaches (thanks Auckland Council and Watercare :( ) and Ben was so patient and worked with us to finally get the finished result. Recommend to anyone and everyone!”

Work carried out by an employee of the company

Reply: “A few minor hickups along the way but we got there.
The client made the job very easy for everybody and were very patient with the requests from the council.”

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