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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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Posted 1 week ago

The front sliding door into the conservatory area of this property needs repairing to make the door slide more smoothly. However, I want to know what options are available to replace the door and surrounding window (constructed by a previous owner). Tried to show this work in the photos (uploaded shortly) but a site visit would be best. Can be viewed from the road and I'll also be able to meet on-site Tuesday 13th ... am

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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Needing skirting boards removed

Posted 4 days ago

Hi there. Needing skirting boards removed before the weekend as getting flooring laid. Please let me know if possible

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Water Damage Diagnosis and Repair

Posted 2 weeks ago

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Posted 1 week ago

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Posted 3 days ago

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Posted 4 days ago

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Posted 4 days ago

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Repair Bedroom Wall/Move Bedroom Door

Posted 4 days ago

Three jobs required: 1. We have removed 2x built-in wooden wardrobes (one from each bedroom). Side walls of wardrobes still attached, and need to be removed. Then re-gib wall. 2. One bedroom door to be moved to side wall. Close off existing door space. 3. Lounge ceiling gib has dropped, requires re-fixing. No plastering work required as we have someone who can manage this for us.

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Kitchen Cabinet bottom shelf

Posted 1 day ago

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 5
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 5
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Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

16th February 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
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 5

Borer damage

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repairs to Ceiling following roof repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th February 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Re level

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th February 2021

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

Wall build

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Deck remediation

Work carried out by an employee of the company

3rd April 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Hardiplank Gable repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

External cladding tidy up

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garage side door replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Replacing a section of footing beam which got rotted

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Work carried out by the owner/operator

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Workmanship
 5
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 5
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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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TFB Contracting

Joined February 2021

Can repile, relevel houses, retrofit and renovate, plumbing and even reroute pre existing pipes, electrical issues, not a problem. Very professional, no communication issues, I pride myself and am very attentive, small jobs, big jobs am happy to help

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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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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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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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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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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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MCB

Joined September 2013

We've been carrying out renovations and alterations in Christchurch for the the last 20+ years. We have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury. We are experienced in carrying out small jobs and major renovations. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing...

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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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Joined November 2015

Hi there I've been building for many years and really enjoy it. I build new houses to renovations and small basic jobs. I like what I do and I take care in my work. I aim to maintain a good working relationship with the client and pride myself with communication to see the job runs smoothly and to the clients satisfaction.

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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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DNL Construction

Joined March 2021

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Manaia Build Nz

Joined February 2020

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Robertson Built

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

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SP Build Solutions

Joined April 2019

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Fridd Construction

Joined November 2020

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Mitre Ben Construction Limited

Joined March 2016

Hi My name is Ben, and I run a small carpentry business servicing Canterbury and beyond. We specialise in new builds, renovations & hard landscaping I am happy to come to you and discuss what you are needing done, at a time that suits you. I am a Licenced Building Practitioner as well as being a Qualified Carpenter. Thanks for taking the time to check us out, Ben Powley

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HJL Building Ltd

Joined January 2019

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