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Builders in Christchurch

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

Hiring a Christchurch Licensed Building Practitioner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reviews of Christchurch Builders


“James did a great job repairing the flooring in our bathroom and at a reasonable cost. We would definitely use him again in future.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Reply: “Wonderful people to work with, very easy to deal with, thank you”

Small Job - Concrete cutter

26th February 2018

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

Work carried out by the owner/operator

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

New Driveway

17th August 2015

“Extremely happy with Kade, he went above & beyond what was expected of him. Happy with price & workmanship, very professional. More than happy to use him again & to recommend him to friends & family. Thank you Kade!”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Bath crack repair

14th February 2018

“Ray was great to deal with. Communication was great and responses fast. Job was organised at a time to suit me and completed quickly. Happy to recommend.”

Work carried out by a subcontractor

Reply: “I was happy how the whole job went by setting a date to do work , happy to do work for you again.”

Timber boundary fence

5th March 2018

“Thanx for a great job Terry!”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Robot pack down/set up

26th February 2018

“Excellent skill level high, went over and above call of duty”

Work carried out by a subcontractor

Recent jobs posted in Christchurch

I’d like a long (5.3m) plantar box built next to my covered entrance elevated decking. ABout 15-18cm wide and 30cm deep. Should nestle nicely between the deck and the concrete block wall behind. Also 2 tiny jobs -…

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There are damaged/rotten external weatherboards that need replacing.

A wooden beam under the shower a notch has been cut from a bearer and joist cut for a pipe - this needs to be repaired!

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Conversion of single concrete block stand alone garage into office space with bathroom. - replace roof to add more height to structure - block up current doors - add window to toilet/shower area - change current…

Replace lounge ceiling, including plaster and paint. The existing lounge ceiling has been damaged from a leaking roof.

The window won't shut because of the wood coming away behind the hinge. We need an urgent fix if possible so the house is secure.

Due to the Feb 2011 earthquake a leak developed around the hot water overflow pipe on the roof, and water ended up coming through the stipple ceiling in my hall way. I had the water leak attended to at the time but a…

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We require a builder to construct a long Aprox 40 M, but Zig Zaged, longest single section of 9m, 3 M Tall interior, non load bearing wall, with wood panels to be attached to all of one side, and about 1/4 of the other…

Looking for a experience person who has erected a kit set Garden shed 3.7 x 2.8 x 2 m Size: Width: 3700mm Depth: 2800mm Height: 2056mm Extra Height And Wide open Swing door (Door: 1800 L x 1800 H mm ) Colour:…

I require a builder who can put up an awning to the house. I have the brackets/ awning etc just need somone who knows what they are doing to attach. Also need an electriction if possible to connect up. This is a…

My mother’s old garage roof has structurally collapsed . There’s also a car in the garage at the time of the collapse and the support beams are sitting on its roof . The car is a write off and needs to be towed away…

Converting garage into studio Wanting to convert current garage into a studio. Looking for a hammer hand or chippy to frame out get ready for gib board .