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Builders in Christchurch

Looking for a Christchurch builder can be quite a mission nowadays. Many builders are already booked for months in advance to fix earthquake damaged buildings. Then again there is the large influx of new builders to the region, including builders from overseas who you have never heard of before. But to top it all off, your mate from down the road says that he knows ‘the friend of a friend who could fix your place for half the price some other bloke quoted.’ How do you choose the best builder for your job?

Hiring a Christchurch Licensed Building Practitioner

Choosing the right builder to fix your Canterbury home depends on the type of work you need done. If the work is structural, designing a fire system or is related to the weather tightness of your property (all of which are classed as restricted building work), you will need a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP). If it is cosmetic such as building a fence, putting in a new kitchen or building a deck, a non-licenced builder is fine, as is  an LBP.

The Government has made it compulsory to use an LBP for all restricted building work (RBW) throughout the country to safeguard and protect homeowners. For a builder to be accepted onto the LBP register, they would have had to been assessed as competent to carry out work of weathertight or structural basis on a residential property. This makes choosing the right builder to hire easier. It allows you to confidently pick an LBP who specialises in  the job you want completed, knowing that it will be done to a high standard. Remember to check that they are certified in the area of building which you need their skills for, as there are six different types of building work you can be licensed for (such as bricklaying or carpentry).

There are a couple of ways you can check if the builder you have chosen is an LBP. Firstly they are required to carry their LBP photo ID and you can get the details off this card to check the official LBP register. This public registrar can be accessed on the Licenced Building Practitioner website where you can check what type of work they are registered to do. You can check out their licence history and disciplinary records for the last three years.

Some builders have chosen not to become LBP’s even though they might have had years of on the job experience and knowledge. Instead they might be members of one or both of the two building trade organisations, the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand (CBANZ) or the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA).

The CBANZ will only accept members who have either the level of experience required or an accepted building qualification. They also require their members to have insurance to cover them and their work for the term of the contract. Members must also provide a 10 year Homefirst Builders guarantee and must follow their Code of Ethics and Conduct.

The RMBA requires members to have either a certain level of experience and/or appropriate qualifications. Their work is inspected several times during the year by the RMBA mobile inspection team. They must be financially responsible and follow the Constitution and Code of Conduct set by the RMBA. Members must also give their clients a third party written guarantee on all new homes and renovations done by them.

While a builder may belong to either or both of these trade associations, remember though that if you want them to do restricted building work, they must be a Licenced Builder Practitioner. Find the best builder for your Christchurch based job here. Post your building job today and let the builder chase you!

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Reviews of Christchurch Builders

Kitchen fitting

21st February 2018
Workmanship5
Cost4
Schedule5
Communications5

“Wayne and his team were awesome!”

Work carried out by an employee of the company


Small Job - Concrete cutter

26th February 2018
Workmanship5
Cost4
Schedule5
Communications5

“Roman was great to deal with , he was friendly and gave lots of advice .
The jobs was done and completed on time and it looks great , I am very happy with it.
I would have no hesitation in recommending him or using him again in the furure .
Alva”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Reply: “Thank you for the review Alva, it was really good working with you too. Thank you very much 😊”


House Cleaner Wanted

5th September 2018
Workmanship5
Cost5
Schedule5
Communications5

“She did an amazing job and I will consider them for future jobs.”

Work carried out by an employee of the company


Workmanship5
Cost5
Schedule5
Communications5

“Excellent communication and workmanship. Recommended.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Reply: “Thank you for your comment and recommendation. Would be happy to carry out future work for you.”


Carpet lift / store / relay

5th September 2018
Workmanship5
Cost5
Schedule5
Communications5

“Excellent highly recommend”

Work carried out by the owner/operator


Workmanship5
Cost5
Schedule5
Communications5

“I highly recommend Tim and would use him again.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Recent jobs posted in Christchurch

We have a 90sqm 2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1950's weatherboard house in Casebrook, Christchurch (TC2 land). We would like to extend it out 3m x 9m from the north face. There is also some re-arranging of the interior walls…


I'm looking for someone to replace the timber on my rotted and broken vege garden box. It's coming apart at the sides and corners and the wood is not in a good state. Obviously needs to be untreated timber. I'll leave…


We require someone to install a fold down clothesline for us. I had a go at it on the weekend (fixing it into a concrete wall) but didn't have much success and I'm reluctant to drill more holes into the concrete so am…


Garden wall damaged by car. Hebel garden boundary wall, damaged by car collision. Road side of wall OK. Nothing wrong with pillars. Just want the hole filled and surfaced. I have the right colour…


Looking for a Licensed Building Practioner to do small amount of finishing work on a residential property. Work includes: Refitting a few linings Installing some flashings Fixing balustrades Pointing cracks on block…


We have misaligned vertical roof struts along at least one section of our roof as a result of EQ damage. These have had emergency bracing to make the roof safe but the overall structure still needs properly realigning…


I need a small fence and gate built around a patio area (outlined in photo attached). Happy for it to be built out of either new or recycled timber. Is required to keep a toddler off drive area.


We require a builder to reframe and line an alcove where we have removed an old brick fire and will be placing a free standing one. It will need to be lined on both sides (in the lounge and a bedroom). We are looking…


We have a 3 bed home in riccarton and we want to split the 3rd bedroom (28sqm) into two bedrooms. We'll need to add an extra window to the new room as well.


We are installing a new kitchen and need a small window filled in to make room for cabinetry. Our house is a 1920s weather board villa.


To build a room of ~ size 3.6m x 2.7m as per the below specification. Roof coloursteel with gutter 2 downpipes. Cladding shadowclad on a cavity system Double glazed Window and door Flooring 20mm chipboard with…


Something a little different! We are after this to be built for us, does not require to be freestanding but does need legs (just no feet like shown in photo as we will slot these into purpose-made metal legs). The…


Bar as shown in photo, but left unpainted. Front to have some basic design feature. Counters would need to be a white laminate type (so can be wiped clean). Measurements: 1.8m W x .60m D x 1.1m H


Herringbone style bar as shown in photos. Prefer something rustic e.g. using old wooden pallets for the design. At back of unit, has 1 shelf which is lower than the top counter. Counters could be either wood, or a white…


We require a qualified builder who is experienced in renovation and general building work. The work involves removal of an existing back door and replace it with a walk in storage cupboard. Replacement of a laundry…