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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Creating Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in Older Homes

Posted 05/01/17

Great indoor/outdoor flow is high on the must have list for many homeowners. But achieving this this can be a challenge in older homes... Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes. Older properties

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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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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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Making house water tight

Posted 1 week ago

I have a house that has come up with three areas that have high moisture readings. Report available. I need a quote to eliminate or mitigate the things that have led to this. House is plaster over concrete block. I am thinking gib board may need removing , area investigated then gib replaced . May need some flashings

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Need a window covered up!

Posted 6 days ago

Hi there! I have a window that I need blocked off as I am having some kitchen renovations done. I have attached a couple of photos of the window from the inside and outside of the house. If you are able to give me an indication of how much this might cost that would be great! Any questions let me know! Thank you!!!

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Browning Kitchen

Posted 2 weeks ago

In my kitchen is a wall with two windows. The wall has had some of the plasterboard removed, leaving the framing exposed. The bit of timber beneath the window sills is not level, and so the two jobs that need doing are; 1. removing the bottom part of the window sill to be tapered and re-installed as level with the kitchen bench 2. put in plasterboard so the wall is ready for tiling The red rectangle on the attached photo shows the bit of timber that needs to be removed and replaced with s...

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Hen house and ground prep

Posted 6 days ago

Needing a medium sized henhouse built and ground levelled out. Have some shadowclad sheets

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Vent removal

Posted 3 days ago

I have an old vent under my house which is blocking access to get underfloor insulation put in. Just need someone to come and take it out. Its from an old diesel heating system that hasn't been used in years. There is access in the middle of the house and from outside where the old unit was taken out. Unsure who would do this kind of job so hoping to get a response here. Wanting this done as soon as possible, because want to get it insulated before winter.

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Chimney Removal

Posted 2 weeks ago

Chimney removal to roof line Chimney is concrete blocks plastered over.

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Converting garage into sleepout

Posted 1 week ago

I have a single garage that is part way through being converted into a sleepout. It has 3 internal walls finished and half a ceiling. The rest of the job would include removing the garage door and replacing it with a wall including a window (I already have the window). placing insulation in that wall and the half of the ceiling that is not finished. Then carpeting over the concrete floor and plastering/painting the interior walls.

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Skirting, carpet, and tile removal

Posted 1 week ago

Please quote to remove from ground floor in new townhouse carpet and tile and skirtings. Tiles in small kitchen and WC. Carpet on stairs and living room. Everything is clean and the space is empty. Thank you.

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Builder/carpenter

Posted 1 day ago

to demolish a bedroom wardrobe

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Office re model

Posted 1 week ago

Move an internal wall, put in a kitchenette, carpet and fix walls

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Scotia cuts for ceiling

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have the tools .. literally just need someone to come in and cut 4 peices of ceiling Scotia for me for our Landry :) I can do the rest.

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Opawa

Posted 2 weeks ago

Building site clean up and leveling ground bobcat best option

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Garage conversion

Posted 1 week ago

I have a double garage that I want to convert into a sleep out with toilet and bathroom .

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Estuary Road

Posted 1 week ago

We would like to get a quote for fixing a botched EQC repair. We have an engineers report from EQC that we would like to work to. The repair involves fixing a concrete ring foundation and re piling and making repairs from there. We accepted a payout because we don't trust them to do the job properly. Please let me know if this is something you want get involved with and quote on. Thanks Chris

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Extension to Conway

Posted 1 week ago

I am wanting to add 2 bedrooms and an ensuite, move a current laundry and bathroom, and take out a wall and pantry in the kitchen. I have plans that have been submitted to Council for consent. I want the build completed before winter 2019 so am looking for a builder ready to start when consent comes through. Definitely prefer a Master Builder.

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Shed repair or removal

Posted 3 days ago

We have an old wooden garden shed which is in poor condition externally. We would like to have it assessed as to whether it is economical to be repaired or whether it should just be removed.

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Outside window frame

Posted 1 week ago

Window is in but needs finishing around window outside. Wood

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Carport repair

Posted 1 week ago

Timber structure needs to be pulled into place. Concrete block wall of carport needs to be re-built.

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Install ceiling access hatch

Posted 1 week ago

Install ceiling access hatch to allow access for roof space (low pitch flat roof house) so electrician can inspect and ascertain how to re-wire.

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Kitchen - Bathroom Reno

Posted 23 hours ago

Require a builder carpenter to replace damaged joists in bathroom and kitchen (size 5.7m X 2.5m for both room adjoining each other). Create small hall wall through existing bedroom and 2 new door entry points. Change one external back door move about 3 meters add new window in Kitchen. Type of house: Older weatherboard house with staco finish. Some studs also may need to be replaced. Presently all interior wall linings removed and flooring covers in both Kitchen and bathroom. House is...

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Remove existng wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th December 2018

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Garage help

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garage Lining

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th November 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ramada Suites

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th November 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Fold-down clothesline installation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th September 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Chloe Coutts

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Need a builder

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th August 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Alter ceiling joists

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Demolish existing payroom's wall and Setting auto garage door

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd December 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Floor check/fix

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New bedroom, bathroom and laundry

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th December 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Garage repair 2

Work carried out by an employee of the company

8th July 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 3

Are We There Yet?

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st October 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Weatherboard replacement, scribe and flashing

Work carried out by the owner/operator

14th January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Scrim investigation/removal in 100-year-old house

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th August 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace existing garden shed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th December 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace Barge Boards

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th December 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Install stadium seats (6)

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd July 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removing external French Doors and preparing for brickwork.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th September 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Patio - 7b Fenmere Place


17th December 2018

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
Communication
 5

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JOAT property services

Joined November 2017

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Joined January 2019

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Matt Wooding Builders Limited

Joined November 2018

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John rawlinson

Joined February 2016

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Joined April 2015

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Rainbowscapes

Joined March 2017

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H-T services

Joined October 2017

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Ferguson contracting Canterbury

Joined January 2018

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Ian. Builder/ Handyman

Joined August 2018

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Dans Reno

Joined February 2018

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Gw builders ltd

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Joined December 2017

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Trev's Handyman Maintenance

Joined February 2017

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Robertson Built

Joined March 2018

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M&M Projects

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Wilson Built Homes LTD

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