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Hiring A Builder 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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Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering building related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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Posted 29/04/19

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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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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Composite or timber decking – which is better? To choose a suitable material for your project, we have gathered the key aspects to look at.

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Guide to Installing Balustrades - Up to NZ Building Code Standard

Posted 14/09/17

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

Posted 26/10/17

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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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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Here’s a guide on the types of cladding options and materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each other.

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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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Posted 1 week ago

1) Extend an existing bedroom out by 2.6m and along with it a standard tiled roof to create a study room and walk in closet. The width of the existing room is 5.4m. 2) Extend the family room area into a self contained student pad/granny flat with a separate entrance as well as entry into main house. This is to include an ensuite and kitchenette. Size of extension is approx 6m x 5m.

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Provisioning of Services to comply Healthy Homes Standard

Posted 1 week ago

Hi, I'm looking for a registered builder who could do an assessment of Healthy homes and provide a quote to provision services to get it complaint. Expertise: 1. Registered builder 2. Experience in Healthy homes assessment and provisioning Next step from here: 1. site visit and do an assessment and come up with a quote 2. Once quote accepted, work needs to commence Thanks

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Timber around garage door

Posted 1 day ago

Hi there I am needing the timber around my garage replaced as it has rotted and I am needing to get the garage door replaced but they advised I should do this first. Is this something you may be able to help with? I would ideally like a quote on the cost to replace the timber. Thanks Emily

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Ranchslider fixed and shower sprucing

Posted 1 day ago

Hi my ranchslider is jammed my tenant thinks it’s because of the carpet being lifted but I’m unsure how to fix it I also have a shower that has a wooden panel at the bottom that is moulding and needs replaced I’m looking to get both things done fairly soon and as affordable as possible as the house will eventually be bulldozed so not looking to spend lots.

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Posted 1 week ago

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Posted 1 day ago

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Posted 1 day ago

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Posted 3 days ago

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Posted 22 hours ago

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Posted 1 day ago

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Linwood College

Posted 2 days ago

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Installing a firewall between two units

Posted 1 week ago

Hi there, I would like to install a firewall between two units. Building consent has been issued. I'm looking for a person who can install the firewall and get the certificate of compliance from the CCC. Things i would like to know is: 1. How long it will take to install the firewall? 2. What is the cost involved? 3. What is the timeframe involved from the start to the end including Certificate of Compliance from the council? Requirement: 1. The person needs to be a certified builder...

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Design new steps / way to enter front door and back door

Posted 1 day ago

My house was raised during earthquake repairs a few years, leaving a too big step up to the front and to the back door. The builders came up with two solutions I am not happy with - a wooden floating step for the front door (sitting on the tiled front porch) and a concrete slab for the back door. I need better solution for each but am not sure how best to solve it. I am interested in getting some design ideas and then ideally having those ideas built. What I don't like about them: 1. They d...

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Posted 3 days ago

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Bulkhead and Access door

Posted 1 week ago

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With over 201,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Garage Entry/Office Framing

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Building Garden Bins

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th August 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Floor Repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Re cladding entire home - using the Dynex Palliside system

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Eave repair and wooden step

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

odd job building

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace Underpurlin

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Floor boards replacing

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace boards with water damage and resolve water damage

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Leaking roof

Work carried out by an employee of the company

16th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Skirting board and porch repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

installing beam

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Medium chicken coop built on site.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Weatherboard repair.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Part replacement of timber window frame

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Nursery road


12th July 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Edward Ave - Jamming Door

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Gable end replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th June 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Split Beam in Attic Space

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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R W Steele Builders Ltd

Joined September 2010

We are a 50 year old family business. Work undertaken is of a professional standard. We believe customer satisfaction is the utmost, wtih immense attention being paid to detail. A high level of communication is necessary. All types of work are undertaken, whether this be a new home, alterations or additions to existing homes, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, decks and pergolas. We have the ab...

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SGA Builders Ltd

Joined July 2021

Hi we've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 16 years. while we specialise in a new builds and renovations we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are professional and work hard to meet deadlines for the project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on time and budget.

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CJs Repairs

Joined February 2020

I am a sole trader mainly doing small construction and repairs to residential buildings. I have a lot of experience working with rental properties to keep up with regular maintenance, curtain installs, as well as repairing doors, windows and everything in between. I offer a bit of everything and like to turn my hand to a creative solution for unusual projects including bespoke items from furnitur...

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Custom sheds

Joined November 2015

I am a skilled builder with the ability to carry out small to large jobs and alterations. Currently doing warehouse building. I am not only able to build them for a fraction of the price but due to the ability to import to the NZ standard we can supply all the materials at a much more deserible rate than the nz market has to offer. They can range from large to small, tilt slab to iron, or both. If...

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Lightning Construction Ltd

Joined May 2016

Lightning Construction are a Christchurch owned and operated company in business for over 10 years. We are always happy to do work from small one-off jobs to full design and build of new houses. Sheds are one of our specialties along with Velux Skylights. We are always happy to pop out and see you to provide an obligation free quote. Available for urgent works within 4 hours. Maintenance jobs ar...

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Bethel Buildings Ltd

Joined February 2019

Hi, we are professional company and have high attention to detail whether it be large or small jobs. We specialize in renovations and alterations. Our team have over 30 Years combined experience. Other services we offer is double glazed timber joinery, window sash repairs and replacement and we have a painting crew too. General Maintenance.

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SMALL JOB SPECIALIST

Joined March 2019

Hi I have been building and renovating houses for 40 years and i am just doing odd jobs and maintainence . I Give free quotes and will do the work in time frame agreed upon

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Angus Chisholm Builders Limited

Joined June 2020

Angus Chisholm Builders Limited is a Christchurch based residential building business directed by Angus Chisholm, a Registered Master Builder and Licensed Building Practitioner, who has been successfully and competently building houses in Canterbury for over 17 years. Laura Chisholm, BE Civil (Hons), MEngNZ, wife and fellow Director, has been devoted to the business for over 7 years providing exce...

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Masani homes Limited

Joined August 2018

We are a new construction company specialising in residential construction with a creative twist. we are always happy to help so reach out if you think we can be of assistance.

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Ben Dykstra

Joined November 2009

Born, raised and living in Canterbury. Residential Builder for 25ears. Trade & LBP Qualified. Honest reliable and hold a Very High Standard of Workmanship.

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JC Roofing and Building Maintenance LTD

Joined July 2021

At JC Roofing and Building Maintenance, we specialize in re-roofing, roofing maintenance, new builds, renovations and construction. Together we have over 45 years experience within our trade. Contact us today for a no-obligation free quote.

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Core Civil Solutions nz Limited

Joined December 2019

Hi, we have been involved in the rebuild of Christchurch for over 7 years. We have experienced LBP builders and able to do a wide range of building works and construction. We are specialist in foundation re-level works and retaining walls, Our team are able to provide a solution that works for you. Please look at our web site for more information. ...

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi, I've been building and renovating for 6+ years. Working hard and paying extra attention to detail to set me apart from the others. From new builds right down to a small fix up, I can provide advice and competitive quotes

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TW Plastering and Building

Joined April 2015

I am a highly experienced builder with great attention to detail. I truly believe in making my customers happy, even if something is difficult to achieve, the homeowner comes first. I love having creative and functional spaces. I have a great track record of positive feedback, I have added some of this to the photos section. Please feel free to take a read, I am very proud of my work. Please...

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Murrell Contracting

Joined January 2014

A Team of Qualified Tradesmen inc a Registered Builder and a Drain layer we are based in Christchurch a We offer Excellent rates and Prompt service on Odd Jobs New builds Repair work

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Kinabuild

Joined February 2021

We are a licensed building company based in Christchurch and a proud member of New Zealand Certified Builders Assn. There is no job too small for us. We can help with any residential or commercial building work such full build, renovations, alterations, fit outs, repairs, & more.

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Blackboard Building Ltd

Joined June 2018

Blackboard Building provides residential building and carpentry services to Christchurch. Whether it is a new build, planned renovation, bathroom do-over or simple home maintenance job. We have over 14 years experience, are covered by liability insurance and, of course, we are qualified ... being Licensed Building Practitioner registered in both Carpentry and Site One along with holding the Nati...

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PD Arthur Builders Limited

Joined January 2019

I am a qualified, certified licensed builder with 30+ years experience building houses/over 60's units, alterations and general building works. EQC and insurance work are also areas of expertise along with driveways, paths and re-roofs.

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Mattis Gether

Joined June 2021

Hi, I just started my own business as a Handyman after more than 10 years in the commercial building industry. While I specialise in timber project I also do outdoor projects and maintenance. Reliable and flexible, I will accommodate to get your job sorted in time and on budget!

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Think Construction Ltd.

Joined March 2010

Company Profile: We are a building company specialising in residential projects from small alterations to new house builds. We work with the client from the design concept through to the completion of your project (or anywhere in between). We work closely with designers (yours or ours), to ensure continuity and confidence in your build, from concept to completion. Personal Profile: Direct...

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