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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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Report and repair quote for the earthquake related damage for EQC

Posted 6 hours ago

Repair of the cracks in the brick sills, a crack in an internal wall plaster and a damaged porch roof.

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Putting up gib in ensuite, hanging mirrors and a vanity

Posted 5 days ago

We require a builder to do some work in our en-suite and main bathroom including: Gib our en-suite bathroom (1.9x1.6m) we have purchased the aqualine gib, gib screws and gib glue already. Cut a window sill so it is flush with the timber framing and can be gibed over (picture attached). Hang 3 mirrors 900 wide x750 high, 400 wide x 600 high, and 600 round. Hang 1 vanity (300w x 1740h x 320d) Install en-suite skirting (already purchased and undercoated)

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Alterations on a Tiny House on wheels made with SIP

Posted 1 week ago

We're looking for someone to carry out a couple of small alterations on a tiny house on wheels,. The walls and flooring are made of steel SIP (structural insulated panels). (It's not a timber frame as some other tiny houses have.) One alteration is to raise the SIP floor mezzanine by about 50cm. Currently that mezzanine has a lounge space with sofa on top of it and storage underneath. We want to raise that floor in order to then create a sleeping space underneath in place of the storage s...

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Carport relocation

Posted 1 week ago

Moving carport from the front of house & relocate to the side of the house, earthmoving soil removed and backfill with gravel, Carport posts to be in concrete.

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Replace Shingles

Posted 6 days ago

Wooden roof shingles on a bungalow need replacing. Above 2 sets of front windows.

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Concrete flue removal

Posted 8 hours ago

Remove pre cast concrete flue . Exterior and interior walls made good. This is a gas fire removal.

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Bishopdale - interior alterations only

Posted 3 days ago

Building Alterations to quality 170m2 two bedroom 25 - 30yr old conc slab bungalow to convert to 4 bedrooms - Some wall removal, 20 - 25 LM of new internal framing, gibbing and finishing to paint quality; doors; ranchslider to replace existing window; no painting; doors; some rewiring, lighting upgrading; limited bathroom plumbing. Access to site mid-late March and all work to be completed not later than 15th June 2021, completion date being critical. Fortnightly progress payments on i...

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Changing 8 windows, bracing.

Posted 1 week ago

I have remodelled the interior layout of my home and I need an LBP to change 8 windows throughout the house, as well as ensuring the interior construction is braced as per plans. New (secondhand <5 years old) windows are onsite (as is timber framing). 3 cavity-sliding doors to be installed. Council building inspection to follow. Building is late 70's, exterior is Summerhill stone, & will be rendered. Further work (eg gib lining) potentially available. The builder I have previously worked with ha...

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Load bearing wall removal

Posted 5 days ago

I would like to get a wall removed from my property. I assume it is load bearing. I have attached photo of the wall to be removed.

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Replace skirting at wall base

Posted 1 week ago

We need to replace wall skirting that has had water damage. And now does not fit the length of the wall

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Lift flioring, reinforce borer affected joists, reattach flooring

Posted 1 day ago

I have an urgent job. I need the flooring sheets in upstairs bedroom lifted, inspected for borer/reinforced with healthy timber, and the flooring re screwed to the joists. Needs completed before 5 Feb. This is when the carpet gets put down.

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Velux roof window

Posted 6 days ago

We have 2x roof windows that will need installed next week. Already framed up just wanting someone with experience to fit them and flash them. Can provide extra labour to help lift into place.

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Weatherboard repair.

Posted 1 week ago

Shiplap weatherboard to be repaired /replaced on upper level gable end.

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Carport needed

Posted 1 day ago

We had a garage which collapsed in the earthquake and are just going to replace with a carport with a faux front and automatic door. There is an existing concrete slab but a small back retainer needs to be built.

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Modifying a Small Kitchen and General Maintenance Work to a Rental

Posted 1 week ago

We're looking for a builder to start some small renovation work to our rental including updating the doors of some kitchen cabinets and removing others as well as other general light maintenance work. The work is required immediately so please get in touch ONLY if you're available for an immediate start.

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Build a new stud wall

Posted 14 hours ago

I am looking at building a stud wall in the living room to convert the part of its's space to the 3rd bedroom. I would like to know how much the cost of the following work is (On site quote is not possible at the moment) • Build a single stud wall (3.2m wide and 2.4m high) • Cut and remove the carpet only where the new stud wall is installed • Install cornice and skirting board (Standard boards) • gib, plaster, and paint on both side of the wall • Install a door in the built stud wall...

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Quote for changing the whole outdoor stairs

Posted 1 week ago

Apparently the construction and design of the stairs would not comply the current building good practice and there is a significant split on top side of the stairs stringer sitting on the cantilivered concrete balcony

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Hardiplank Gable repair

Posted 5 days ago

I have broken concrete hardy planks on my gable that need to be replaced and would like to get a quote please

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Framing a center wall in a garage

Posted 20 hours ago

Ive got a double garage and im making a sleepout on one side so I would like a frame wall built as I have all the h1.2 timber already just need someone to make just the frame wall. If quote is cheep enough then ill have more work in future wall is 6m long and 2.1m high

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Internal wall extension

Posted 1 week ago

Internal wall to be extended by about 750mm to close off a gap. May need to replace the jib with ply as looking at putting in some hanging shelves.

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complete remaining EQC work to a side of the house

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

New ceiling

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Install a flashing under spouting

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

wooden outside step on external stairs is cracked

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace entire wooden window frame in bedroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Various building tasks

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Down pipe replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

French doors exterior

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replacement of boundary fence

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of wood burner and flue


13th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Installation of attic ladder

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Build bbq and deck gas heater

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of fences

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Weather proof a porch

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

repair rot patch in bay window


3rd January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Step replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Reline Attic Area

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st January 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ceiling Access hatch, skirtings, floor access etc.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Surfeit repair

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

16th November 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Replace shower basin/tray

Work carried out by an employee of the company

27th October 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

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Fix It Fox

Joined December 2020

No Job Too Small. Hands on Engineer. I have built a broad spectrum of residential and engineering items. I have a full suite of skills - fabrication, building, roofing, plumbing, drainage, electrical etc ie classical handyman who does well in all trades. Good tool base. Multiple trailers. Can cart 9m lengths. Engineers built the world.

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SS The Builder & Property Maintenance

Joined June 2017

SS The Builder & Property Maintenance are experts of building and glazing, repairing things made from wood. These could be wooden structures, furniture, shelves, rafters, cabinets, drywall, siding, dressers, door frames, beds, stairways, building frameworks, toughened glass, frameless shower, pool fences, balustrade, splashbacks and the list goes on. Do you need a carpenter in Christchurch or...

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Carl Taylor Builders

Joined July 2019

Carl Taylor Homes has been trading since 1999 and we are members of the CBS ( Combined Building Suppliers Co -Operative ). Carl Taylor Homes has developed a reputation in Christchurch and the Canterbury region as builders of quality homes, specialising in the construction of semi-commercial and residential buildings, architectural design and construction, project management and building mainten...

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DS Built ltd

Joined October 2014

Hi I have 14 years experience in the residential construction industry both here in NZ and a stint in the UK. We specialize in new architectural builds, but also do smaller jobs; renovations and extensions, bathrooms, retaining walls, custom decks and outdoor areas. We are very professional and pride ourselves on working hard to meet deadlines and budgets.

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George Mallory Builders Limited

Joined February 2007

Hi - We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 10 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury. While we specialise in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time - check out the photos below. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines...

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Molior Building

Joined October 2015

Hi. Molior Building have been in business for 5 years . We have a broard range of experience in residential construction. From new builds to renovations, we cover it all. All of our carpenters are LBP qualified and pride ourselves in using our knowledge to train apprentices to help bring on the next generation of carpenters. We offer a no obligation free quote and have access to structural eng...

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Lynx Construction Ltd

Joined January 2015

I am a new home builder but also able to under take any other building work from decks to renovations and do as little or as much as clients wish to suit their budget.

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Wilson Built Homes LTD

Joined February 2018

Hey there. We have many years of experience through the residential and commercial sectors in Canterbury now. We specialise in new builds, reno's, fences, decks, concrete works, general handyman work and so much more. We work and operate Wilson Built Homes with a lot of passion to ensure the clients dreams, ideas and needs are met. We handle every piece of material personally ensuring quality...

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Cadmy Builders LTD

Joined August 2011

We've Build in New Zealand since 2004 and other 15 years over seas.. I'm member of Certified Builders association and License Builder Practitioner, We are a small team of two ready to take over any jobs big or small. Alterations, Renovations, Extensions, New Build, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Decks, Pergolas, etc... We have good recommendations at competitive price with a high standard quality. We c...

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Canterbury Builders Limited

Joined June 2014

We are dedicated craftsmen with a passion for building beautiful homes. Our years of experience in the building and project management industries mean we can provide you with a full range of construction services, taking care of everything from concept to completion. We take great pride in our quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail because we want to be as happy as you are with your fini...

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JPL Construction

Joined August 2018

Hi, I run a small building company specializing in bathroom renovations and decks, general building, alterations and maintenance. I am professional, competitive on price and pride myself on having satisfied customer's. I can project manage your work from start to completion handling all the council and architect requirement's and providing all the subtrades required.

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Superior property maintenance

Joined October 2019

Hey, I've been in the building industry for 10years and now bring that knowledge to Superior Property Maintenance. Meeting all your property needs. Everything from odd jobs to renovations with a superior finish. Click for a no obligation free competitive free quote.

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Dans Renovations

Joined February 2018

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

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Kit set Assembly Services

Joined January 2018

Hi at Kitset Assembly Services, we are the manufacturer approved installers of your new nz made garden shed. Fully trained in all areas of Kitset Assembly from indoor/outdoor furniture to BBQs and everything in between. Not to mention that all job related rubbish is removed free of charge. You can be assured of a quality job and with set pricing rather than per hour rates there are no hidden surp...

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Abacus Building Maintenance

Joined October 2014

hi i am a licensed building practioner tradesman carpenter main line of work is building maintenance of all types,i do a lot of bathroom renovations supply and install working with only registered tradesman all types of work undertaken

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JLF CONSTRUCTION

Joined October 2020

Hi, I've been building for over 10 years and decided it's time to be my own boss. I've worked on and completed high end architectural new builds to small maintenance jobs and everything in between. I take huge pride in my work from start to finish I'd with that providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on time and on budget

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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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Rawiri Building & Construction LTD

Joined August 2020

Kia Ora! We are Rawiri Building & Construction! A small business located in Christchurch. We are family operated and love working with other whanau to achieve the required Mahi. Whether you are wanting small repair work, fencing, decking, renovations, or a new build we would love to help you achieve your goals! We pride ourselves on efficiently, providing competitive quotes, and completing jobs...

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Total Builders

Joined July 2013

We are a building company in Christchurch with more than 20 years building experience in Christchurch and Canterbury. We can meet every customers needs from house maintenance to light commercial work. Renovations and extensions are our specialty as well as new house builds all build by skilled, licenced tradesmen. Need a deck? we also have a team ready to construct the deck of your dreams. For a c...

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Jazr

Joined October 2014

Hey, ive been in the building construction for 10+ years doing various jobs from architictual new builds, renovatios of all sizes and Aluminum companys. I am a quilified carpenter and i take pride in my work, im reliable/honest and work very hard to meet deadlines for project completion.

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