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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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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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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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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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Decorating a Child's Bedroom? Here's Some Great Tips!

Posted 28/03/17

Decorating your child's bedroom can be an enjoyable, yet challenging task. We share some tips on how to get the best out of decorating this room... Remember to consider your child’s special interests and personality when planning the bedroom decor. Attention to detail helps make the bedro

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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

With so many tradespeople belonging to different accreditation organisations, how do you know which one to trust ? We take a closer look... Tradespeople Accreditations There are 10 common tradespeople accreditation to be aware of. Each one is not equal, yet they are work towards bettering

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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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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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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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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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Posted 2 days ago

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Posted 4 days ago

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Posted 6 days ago

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Posted 4 days ago

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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Posted 6 days ago

slumped floor in corner section of 1930,s house.At same time replace rotten floor boards so carpet will need to be lifted but this will give direct access to bit that needs pack and jack.

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Removal of fireplace/chimney

Posted 1 week ago

There is a gas fire installed in fireplace with a brick chimney. The chimney is 0.6m x 0.6m x 2.4m high. It sits on a concrete base. The fire/chimney has been framed and gibbed. The gib surround is 1.8m x 0.7m. There is a stone hearth in front of the gas fire. The flue goes through a concrete tile roof near the ridge line. I'd like a quote for two options. I'm arranging for the gas to be disconnected from the fire. 1) Removal of gas fire and stone hearth. Gas fire flue to be removed below...

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Posted 4 days ago

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Convert half my Garage to a room/sleepout

Posted 4 days ago

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Laundry Floor

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

528

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

External window to door conversion

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Production Workbench

Work carried out by an employee of the company

6th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Aviary

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Making house water tight

Work carried out by a subcontractor

22nd May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

water cylinder leak damage

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

replace partly rotten soffit

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

General House Maintenance and Repairs

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 1

Shift door position in structural wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

office re model

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Weatherbaord house repairs / maintenance work

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen box window

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Lay down pavers, or put down a concrete pad for spa pool

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Hang a large heavy mirror

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repairs to pile foundation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Beresford St

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cat door through house wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

reclad exterior wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Braden Nelson Builder

Joined April 2018

Hi, I have been building for the past 22 years, I have recently moved from Ashburton to Ch-Ch. Licensed building practitioner and member of Registered Master Builders. Specializing in renovations, additions and alterations, bathrooms, kitchens, decking. No job too small.

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Pro Build

Joined November 2014

HI. I'm an LBP builder with 19 yrs experience on residential projects.I have extensive experience on earthquake repairs, alterations and new builds. I have access to a professional team of subcontractors. Together we can tackle a wide range of projects and have a high standard of quality. Steven.

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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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Strathclyde

Joined July 2014

Established in July 2014, TC Groundworks Ltd Trading As Strathclyde is a civil construction company based in Christchurch, NZ. We are a family run business who have been steadily growing based off our budding reputation. Our employees are generally multi-disciplinary, which gives our business a great versatility in the work we can undertake. Please see our What We Do pages on our website, www.stra...

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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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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi, I've been building and renovating for 6+ years. Working hard and paying extra attention to detail to set me apart from the others. From new builds right down to a small fix up, I can provide advice and competitive quotes

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JDT Building Limited

Joined June 2016

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Marks maintenance ltd

Joined October 2013

Hi there, My name is Craig and i have been in the building & painting industry for over 32 years. I'm a qualified cabinetmaker and joiner. No job is too small. Please contact me to discuss my experience and check out my website. www.marksmaintenance.co.nz I take great pride in my work and I look forward to being of service. Regards Craig

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Blackboard Building Ltd

Joined June 2018

Blackboard Building provides residential building and carpentry services to Christchurch. Whether it is a new build, planned renovation, bathroom do-over or simple home maintenance job. We have over 12 years experience, are covered by liability insurance and, of course, we are qualified ... being Licensed Building Practitioner registered in both Carpentry and Site One along with holding the Nati...

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Hennessy construction ltd

Joined September 2018

Hi I am an Irish construction carpenter, I have 20 years experience and 7 of them in Christchurch working on a variety of projects. I am a licensed builder for the last 5 years . I have been building new homes ,Exstension and working on big and small commercial projects. I can put my hand to most jobs . Before coming to Nz I was building homes ,Exstension’s and installing new kitchens . I prid...

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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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Gw builders ltd

Joined May 2016

With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry we are small family business of qualified reliable builders with a high standard in every job we face.. guaranteed to please! Specialising in: *Light Comercial *Architectural builds *New builds *Renovations/extentions *Landscaping *All forms of concrete work No jobs to big or small!

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Pioneer Solutions Ltd

Joined June 2019

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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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Sheppard Construction Ltd

Joined April 2019

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Bearded Builder Ltd

Joined November 2017

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robmanbuilders

Joined May 2019

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JPL Construction

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Paul Rout Building

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Base 7

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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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