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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!

Latest building articles

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.

Your Handy Fencing Guide For Common Issues & Repairs

Posted 01/10/21

If you want to repair your fence, or replace your fence all together, use this handy fencing guide to answer some of your biggest fencing questions.

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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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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 As the saying goes -  "The devil is in the detail" and this couldn't be mor

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Builders on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Remove flue..replace roof tiles

Posted 1 day ago

Need flue removed and roof tiles replaced where the flue penetrates thru roof

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House and Land build contract

Posted 1 week ago

Looking for a builder to help us find a section and build a new home.

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Remove divider wall (not structural)

Posted 5 days ago

After someone to remove small divider wall, hang new vanity and replace some of the old rimu floor boards in our bathroom.

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Wall cutdown

Posted 1 week ago

Needing a wall cutdown to bench level to enable extension of bench top. See photos attached.

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Construct large kit set shed

Posted 1 week ago

24m x 6m kitset single storey shed to construct including 1x window, 3 x PA doors plus full thermal wrap. Kitset due to arrive week beginning 13th December. Concrete base already done, signed off by council and ready to go. So just shed to construct with council inspection pre roof.

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Exterior door maintenance

Posted 1 week ago

French doors not closing properly and also side garage door has rotten panel’s , may need replacing

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Mitchell - room extenson, expand living room

Posted 4 days ago

Build extra bedroom and take out wall to extend living area. Designs already completed

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NPD Shop

Posted 1 week ago

Framing, hanging doors, secondary wall linings & finishing trim

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Shade Sail installation

Posted 3 days ago

Will involve concreting in two posts along the fence line and attaching the shade sail to the concrete cladding of the house. Wanting the job done asap.

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Help build pre-fabricated accommodation unit

Posted 1 week ago

Looking for qualified builder or highly skilled handyman to assist our builder in the completion of a pre-fab accommodation unit in our Waltham workshop. We need someone immediately and essentially full time from now until 3 Dec. There is a possibility for future ongoing work early in the new year as well.

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New garage

Posted 1 week ago

New garage required including foundation. Can either be custom or kitset versatile single garage Can be completed early next year

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Walls to fix & skirting boards

Posted 1 day ago

Hi there, There are several places as pictured in the house where the walls need to be fixed (plastering) and a couple of skirting boards. Could you please have a look at the photos and contact me with a price if you have availability before Christmas.

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Shaving doors

Posted 1 week ago

I have three doors that need a bit taken off the bottom to accommodate new carpet.

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Car port between house and fence, over concrete driveway

Posted 1 day ago

Looking for quotes to put in a carport in keeping with rest of house. See pictures for driveway spot - thinking a sheltered carport between the house and fence would be good. Excuse the terrible drawing but hopefully gives an idea! The driveway concrete has been replaced since this picture Query as to whether I need building consent for this job?

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Quote (paid) to build a replacement house

Posted 1 week ago

We need a quote to replace our existing house, based on the drawings our draftsperson has made. Happy to pay for the quote. This is part of our EQC on-sold rebuild process, and we do not expect to build it (we are having a different design drawn up) but we need to know how much it will cost to rebuild the same house. The quote must be done by an LBP. EQC will not accept a quote from a QS.

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Replace weatherboards

Posted 1 week ago

Hv approx 8 weatherboards that need replacing because of bora or rotten

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Set up a wall between dinning room and lounge

Posted 5 days ago

I want to set up a wall between dinning room and lounge. Needs a door on the wall. Plywood might be a good choice but we can discuss other options.

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Internal lining

Posted 1 week ago

Install plywood for internal lining with negative detail

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Sleepout

Posted 1 week ago

A self contained sleepout on existing double garage and addition , I have design and consents from council. Requires slab, floor roofing, clading etc. If someone interested and looking for some extra job please get in touch. Best someone could do to complation or only building parts.

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Carport

Posted 5 days ago

Hi I was wondering what it would cost for a carport to be built 6mx6mx3m high Thanks Damian

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Recent building reviews

With over 211,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Awning installation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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Leak in conservatory

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Window to be moved

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Stair Balustrade removal.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Dining & scullery

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Replace back door (entrance to house), frame and steps

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

KITSET SHED CONSTRUCTION

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Minor renovation works

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

hand rails at back door

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Check if load bearing wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Spouting, roof and porch

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repair/replace barge boards and exterior corner posts

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Hardie board around bottom of unit


12th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace gib in garage ceiling

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

House jobs

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace conservatory external wall/sliding door/window - 2 units

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Interior of garage fix up

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th October 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen Splashback

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th September 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bolt in gun safe

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Laundry wall lining

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th November 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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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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HJL Building Ltd

Joined January 2019

Hi, We are Qualifed Licensed Building Practitioners. We have been building new and restoring older homes for families for over 17 years. We specialise in renovations & also do concrete placing. No job is to small! We pride ourselves on providing competitive know obligation free quotes that we stick to, on time and on budget.

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Ross Brothers Limited

Joined November 2021

Ross Brothers Limited has been in business since 2017. We are Site Safe members Site Wise accredited and carry all required insurances. Our previous experience includes house maintenance, renovations, foundations, farm building and new house builds. We have a team of 12 including, qualified builders, LBP's and painter/plasters. With over 150 years of combined building experience in our busines...

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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 WBH operates with a lot of passion to ensure the clients dreams, ideas and needs are met. We handle every piece of material personally ensuring quality and ef...

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Pinoy building company

Joined August 2021

New build house and commercial building , renovation, extension, alteration and general repair, gib fixing, walkway, patio, driveway concreting ,sleep out, tiny house, insulation supply and install, decking, fencing,etc. We are hard working to meet expectation and target and we guarantee all our works .

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John the handyman

Joined December 2017

Looking for small jobs gardening lawn mowing painting small jobs we very professionally hard working meet deadlines honest what we do give a Quote smaller building jobs anything handyman can do , help builders as well

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Gracious Living Property Maintenance

Joined July 2016

Small enough to listen...Big enough to deliver! With 25+ years experience in ALL aspects of home renovations repairs & maintenance. Below are just a few examples of what we do:- - Interior & exterior painting - Wooden window frame repairs - Roof cleaning & spraying - Waterblasting - PVC gutters & down-pipes repairs & fitting new - Waterproofing & removal /replacing of old roof nails & caps...

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C1 ROOFING & ROOF REPAIRS

Joined February 2020

C1 roofing & Roof repairs is a locally trusted roofing service providing residential & commercial projects , Our team is The high end of roofing solutions here in the bay, providing top quality guaranteed workmanship. We take pride in our long lasting relationships with our clients , Our owner and operator Jayden Kani resides here in Mount Maunganui Tauranga (LBP) is ...

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The Black Fence Company

Joined December 2019

the Black Fence company provides building and maintenance services. Including; fences, gates, decks, pergola's and much more. I provide great communication and attention to detail. I also provide other home improvement tasks and 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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Lourie construction

Joined November 2021

We are a small localy owned and operated building company just getting started. Our Director/Foreman has been building new homes and general building work in the North Canterbury area for the past 10 years. We strive for customer satisfaction and completing the job on time and on budget

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NuVista Homes

Joined March 2014

Hi, We are NuVista Homes. We are a multi-award winning, family operated business with over 14 years of building experience in New Homes, Renovations, Alterations, Light Commercial work and General Building. We also offer in house interior design services We pride ourselves on making you happy and creating your project into our own master piece. This means we take the time to get to know you...

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Jamie Crockett

Joined September 2020

Hi, I have be in the building trade for the last 24 years, 19 of them years was in England and the rest here in Christchurch. I am just starting contacting so thought I would give this a go as well, I specialise in renovations and maintenance.

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Daniel

Joined March 2019

Hi, I have been in the construction industry more than 30 years.I am specialise in renovations and new builds, decks and fence.I am a LBP as well. Nice to meet you and give quotes and we can work from there. Cheers Daniel

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Sembel it

Joined February 2021

Big or small we do it all. 20 plus years industry experience. Honest and quality workmanship with reviews to back up. Price competitive and we go the extra mile Police vetted. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget. We aim to exceed your needs and expectations.

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Jmac contractors

Joined August 2016

Jmac contractors is a small business comprising of myself, and a labourer when needed., the person you are talking to on the phone is the person doing the work, no extra costs for office staff or miscommunications.I have been in the building industry for 20 years and have a good understanding of the processes needed for most jobs. I do a large amount of timber works on houses and hard landscaping...

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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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GRAB HIRE also trading as GCM BUILDING SERVICES

Joined March 2013

Hi my name ia Gary . I’ve got a Grab lorry that’s ready to grab your materials . I’ve also got a Komatsu 3 ton digger for your excavations . Quick prompt service. Collecting green waste Rubbish Concrete Soil removals I can also deliver I can also grab a load over a fence or deliver a load over a fence . I can transport 8 tons of concrete or soils Or ap40 The list is endless ....

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CS Built Ltd

Joined April 2021

Hi, we are a selwyn based company. We specialize in architectural and new builds but love getting amongst smaller jobs that get left behind by the big companies, from decks, extensions and small renovations. We are a small crew that prides itself in quality, eye for detail, competitive pricing and customer satisfaction.

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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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Andys Interior Plastering

Joined January 2010

Hi, We've been plastering new houses and tidying up old ones for the last 20 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 20 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury.We also do handyman work around your house and light building work. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing com...

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