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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

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New Hardwood Deck and Railing

Posted 3 days 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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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Posted 1 week ago

I currently have a window, but I need to install a door. I may have a door, or I may need a new door.

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Posted 2 days 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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Posted 3 days ago

One panel of soffit has been damaged (? by nesting birds) ans need s to be replaced - it measures approx. 60cm x 2m The damaged panel is two stories high so ladder or small scaffold will be needed for access We can be flexible with time frames

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Posted 1 week ago

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Posted 8 hours ago

A complete bridge repair over Dudley creek St Albans.

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Door fix and new shelving

Posted 1 week ago

One of my doors doesn’t shut properly, it just scuffs at the top. Also like a set of shelves built within a wardrobe. About 1.5m tall by .6m. Would like it to be the same material as the rest of the shelving in the wardrobe. No specific time frame, but just don’t want to be waiting forever

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Outdoor laundry setup

Posted 5 days ago

Need outdoor laundry setup.also require help to obtain building exemption certificate from ccc.thanks

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Removing part of a existing wall

Posted 1 week ago

In need of a quote - Looking to remove part of an existing wall to create more flow. Unsure if it's a load bearing wall - roughly 1600 wide

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EQC works to be completed

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a property that is needing some work completed and am needing to obtain quotes to ensure that the scope of works provided by EQC is appropriate. There is some underpinning of the ring foundation and piles to be repaired as well as other work. If your interested please get in touch

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New Build

Posted 5 days ago

We are searching for a reliable builder to build our new home at wigram skies. Building contract must be eligible for home start grant approval. Competitive pricing and flexibility around subcontracting is a must. Design of the home is underway. Estimated time of building to start is late march/ april 2020.

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Internal wall removal

Posted 5 days ago

I want an opening made between two rooms, another part of a wall taken out and possibly a door removed and walled in a rental property. To start as soon as possible from 27 Jan

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101 MacKensie Ave

Posted 6 days ago

Hi I own a property that was damaged during the earthquake and I was paid out for the damages. However when I've had a builder look at it he tells me that it the payout wasn't nearly enough. I need a builder to give me a professional quote to take back to EQC

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Labour only builder to build two small 1 bed units

Posted 1 day ago

Labour only builder to build two small units. I will get contractors to do the foundations but you can pick it up from there to it is in-closed. You can use my tradies, sparky, plumbers etc and I will supply materials. Full LBP required and references. Job to start in a couple of months. I have working drawings to look at and we could meet up or chat to discuss fully what is required

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Water damaged floorboards

Posted 2 weeks ago

Water has leaked in bathroom damaging vinyl planking and floorboards. Also in places in kitchen. Need to know extent of damage and quote to fix or replace.

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Small Repair to Damage Soffit Board

Posted 1 day ago

Repair required only to the small area of damaged fibre cement soffit board, in the provided photo and painted to match. No additional soffit board is required to the open area. This repair needs to be completed by the end of tomorrow 22nd of January 2020 by a qualified builder, thank you.

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CHC spring clean

Posted 2 weeks ago

Install 2 x flatpack kitchen cabinets against the kitchen wall; repair a broken door lock; attach a notice board to the kitchen wall; attach wall hooks; remove wall attached workstations and replace with new.

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Pool house

Posted 1 week ago

We require a qualified builder to build a small pool house, 8.5 sq metres. Contains toilet/changing room and separate storage pump room. Consent came through today. Excavated, ready for foundations.

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Multi flight aviary

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th October 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
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

We need a new bedroom for our baby.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Letterbox & Fence Repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Design and construct carport

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repair x2 fascia/eave/sofit and frameup of sml backdoor porch area

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cobham Street

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove approx 4m load bearing wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garage/Photographic Studio

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New skirting

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Putting in 1 new panel of soffit

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of fireplace, adjustments to structural wall (requires LBP)

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Wall removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen splashback

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th October 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garage side doors

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Dining Room Ceiling

Work carried out by an employee of the company

15th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

General home maintenance

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Putting up wall cabinet's

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st November 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Build internal wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th November 2019

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

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M&M Projects

Joined August 2018

Hi,iv'e been in building maintenance trade for the last 16 years. I specialise in the fields listed, with no job being to big or small. I pride myself on providing top quality workmanship at competitive rates. Getting the job done first time to the customers requirements.

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JJ Building & Renovations

Joined February 2019

I have been building for 12 years. From being born in the UK I spent 7 years working on barn renovations, before moving too New Zealand 5 years ago. In New Zealand I have learnt as much as I can about different aspects of building. I enjoy not just building things but creating them.

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Panel Homes

Joined March 2017

We are qualified builders with 20 year experience between us. We are LBP registered. We can do. Residential building work and alterations Decks Fences Concrete works We are hard working and reliable, always working to full potential to meet dead lines or clients requirments. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget to a high standard.

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Onsite Construction Ltd

Joined March 2017

Hi there. I have been in the industry for over 35 years and have a small dedicated team of 2 working along side of me. We are a very reliable and honest team with our customers needs our main priority. From new architectural builds to small minor house repairs or decks we continually strive to taking on, and successfully completing all jobs. Quality, trust ,reliability and client focus is our mott...

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Base 7

Joined March 2011

With approx. 40 years in most aspects of the building trade,Starting in my earliest years installing poggenpohl kitchens in upmarket homes in the UK . To building houses on the hills in Queenstown.Recently I purchased a flooring franchise in Christchurch, Not a good idea as it was just before the earthquakes and so didn't work to well. I can lay carpet,vinyl , tiles and underfloor heating at ver...

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Dans Renovations

Joined February 2018

Dan's Renovations is a small company run by the owner Daniel. Dan has his NZQA level 4 in carpentry and has been doing building & renovating for 15 years all over Africa and in Chrischurch for the last 6 years. He has done many jobs for home owners in Christchurch with good results. He specialises in bathroom renos, kitchen renos, car ports, house extensions, decks, fences, veggie gardens, garage...

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Jellyman Construction Ltd

Joined January 2020

Hi, we are Licensed building practitioners and have been building and renovating homes for over 20 years. We specialise in home renovations, and are excited to work with you on your project. We work hard to finish projects on time and on budget, and will keep in contact throughout the build.

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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 and service We offer6 Excellent rates and Prompt service on Odd Jobs New builds Repair work Odd jobs

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Roman Building & Construction

Joined November 2016

Hi, we are Qualified Builder and Sub-Trade with Quality as First Priority in our job. We carry out New Build, Extension, Renovation, Landscaping, Project Management and Handyman/Maintenance. We give competitive quotes and endeavor to get job done on time with top quality. We look forward to provide Excellent Services for you !!

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TnT Decorators

Joined June 2019

Hi, We are a small painting and decorating team and have over 40 years experience in the trade. We work to a very professional standard and communicate with the client every step of the way. We offer free quotes and can give you the professional job you want done within your budget.

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A White Creative Construction

Joined February 2017

Hi There. I'm a builder with background in boat building and high end architectural work, but lots of diverse experience in many areas. I pride myself on attention to detail, great finishing and thinking outside the square.

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Gintas Renovation NZ

Joined October 2016

I've been renovating houses for 15+ years. I focus on getting the job done fast and in high quality while maintaining reasonable prices. My main goal is to understand my client's vision and manifest it as they wish. There are no big or small jobs, all jobs accepted. To see my work you can visit gintas.co.nz

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Canterbury building and inspection services

Joined November 2015

I have over 25 years experience in the building industry. My main focus is on providing a quality experience for the client with a high standard of workmanship and sticking to budget. With good communication throughout the process. I have experience in all forms of building from renovation to new builds to eqc repairs along with sheds and garages. I also offer comprehensive pre purchase/sale pr...

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DG Builders Canterbury

Joined December 2019

Hello. We do small to medium house repairs decks bathroom. General House maintenance. Concrete. Happy to quot House leveling. Drives paths patios the total experience of staff exceeds 30 years building

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CRD Construction Ltd

Joined May 2016

Hi, we are a small Christchurch construction company. All earthquake work undertaken, foundations, new builds all building work undertaken. we pride ourselves in doing the job right.

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C Whall Construction

Joined September 2010

hi, i'm a qualified licensed builder who has been self employed for the last ten years doing smaller jobs right up to renovations an extensions. work well with the client to achieve a professional finish an on time an budget.

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Sayers construction

Joined April 2019

LBP builder that prides himself on quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. With 14 years experience as a carpenter/builder and keeping my overheads minimal, I can offer my wide variety of expertise at a very good price for the customer. I take on all aspects of building, renovation and maintenance works. The work is carried out by myself or by myself overseeing trusted sub contractors f...

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Foleys

Joined October 2011

We are committed to providing exceptional customer service, for all our customers - Above and Beyond. Every time. This includes our 30 minute time promise - we'll arrive within 30 minutes of the arranged time or the first hour of labour will be free! We have 10 locations across New Zealand, with branches in Central Otago, Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru, Ranfurly, South Otago, Twizel, Wanaka, Queen...

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Tom Turner Builders Ltd

Joined March 2016

Licenced Building Practitioner with over 40 years experience. Currently specialising in extensions, renovations and opt-out earthquake repairs. We take pride in doing the job right.

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Mark Smith Builders

Joined February 2012

Mark Smith Builders established in 2009, with 13 years experience we specialise in all aspects of residential buildings, architectural homes, hill sites, alterations and repair work. Mark has developed strong relationships with the people of Canterbury helping with the Christchurch rebuild. As a licensed building practitioner (LBP) you can rest assure your home is getting built by a qualified bu...

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