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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 29/04/19

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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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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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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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Posted 31/07/19

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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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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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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What does that trade logo on your tradie's website or vehicle mean? What benefit can it provide you, the homeowner? Read on to find out more about national trade accreditations in New Zealand... Some industry accreditations are mandatory, as government r

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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

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Posted 1 week ago

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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Posted 2 days ago

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Posted 5 days ago

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Extensive Moisture in Roof Cavity

Posted 1 day ago

We have discovered excessive dampness in the ceiling space of our house which appears fairly recent. The house is early 1970’s, rectangular and with a simple 30 degree pitched corrugated iron roof. The timber sarking under the iron is very wet on one whole side of the house (faces South) and fairly dry on the north side. We're not 100% sure whether the moisture is due to rising condensation, or water forcing its way in from outside. We want to establish where the moisture is coming from a...

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Underfloor access point

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th July 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

Door Frames

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st July 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Beresford St

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Linen closet floor

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th June 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

General repair work around the house

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th July 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

cutting the wall and put it back

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

12th July 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Shift door position in structural wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Door and Door Frame Installation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove french door - put in window

Work carried out by an employee of the company

21st June 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Builder/Tiler

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th June 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

Carport single / Bunnings kitset onto existing concrete

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th July 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
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Production Workbench

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Cost
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Kitchen box window

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Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
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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
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th July 2019

Workmanship
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Cost
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Austin Anderson

Joined January 2010

Hi. I have been renovating and repairing houses since 1988. Bathroom renovations are a major part of my work, however, I am very happy to renovate any part of your house. I will change a rotten floorboard or re weatherboard your whole house. Sleepouts are now a popular part of my services.

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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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wayne duffield builder

Joined August 2015

hi have been building for over 30 years we are very professional company all work under taken . we take pride in our work and all work is done write the first time .free quotes and done on time

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FIRTH HOMES LTD

Joined August 2013

Building, Renovating, Landscaping and Project management. Over 17 years experience. We have simple, practical solutions that are affordable with a 10 year guaranteed quality finish. Work with clients to meet there fixed budgets. Assist with specific requirements, advice and direction from concept and design to completion. All work performed or supervised by licensed Tradesmen. H...

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Tradesman

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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H D Cambridge ltd

Joined February 2018

Hi,we are a small local building team specialising in new builds,renovations and small landscaping jobs i.e. decks and fencing. We pride ourselves on delivering a high standard of work and completing jobs on budget

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A White Creative Construction

Joined February 2017

Hi There. I'm a builder with background in boat building and high end architectural work, but lots of diverse experience in many areas. I pride myself on attention to detail, great finishing and thinking outside the square.

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Shane's Drainage Limited

Joined October 2016

Hello,Drain layers in the Dunedin area for the past 10 years,Specializing in all areas of drainage.Hard working,professional,free competitive quotes.

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Avid Build Limited

Joined November 2018

Hi there, we are a residential building company, servicing the wider Christchurch area. While we specialise in house alterations and renovations, we are also accomplished new home builders and can provide a full project management service for your building project. From the largest feature to the smallest detail, we ensure quality workmanship. Our finishing is some of the best in the business.

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Pioneer Solutions Ltd

Joined June 2019

Pioneers Solutions Ltd is a Building, Design and Transportation contractor who provide design, construction and transportation to the residential, commercial and civil engineering construction industry. We provide Architectural design and construction services specializing in residential and commercial buildings, foundation and slab construction, earthworks and transportation of larger sized item...

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Hennessy construction ltd

Joined September 2018

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Joined August 2018

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DS Built ltd

Joined October 2014

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Foleys

Joined October 2011

We are committed to providing exceptional customer service, for all our customers - Above and Beyond. Every time. This includes our 30 minute time promise - we'll arrive within 30 minutes of the arranged time or the first hour of labour will be free! We have 10 locations across New Zealand, with branches in Central Otago, Christchurch, Dunedin, Oamaru, Ranfurly, South Otago, Twizel, Wanaka, Queen...

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North Construction Services Ltd

Joined June 2019

Hi, we're a family orientated business that has been building New house and renovating old ones for around 16 years. While specialising in new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time - quick fit for purpose renovations and also shop fit out work. Our hard working and professional attitude helps us to chieve meeting deadlines and project completions. Providing acurate quotes and completing...

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

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Gellatly Builders LTD

Joined July 2019

We are a local Christchurch based Building Company specialise in all Carpentry New homes to renovations on your existing home, foundations and concrete work, fences and decks. We are professional and committed to starting and completing your project on time, we pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes to your budget. We are Green status with Site Wise and have a rating of 100% with Healt...

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Canterbury building and inspection services

Joined November 2015

I have over 25 years experience in the building industry. My main focus is on providing a quality experience for the client with a high standard of workmanship and sticking to budget. With good communication throughout the process. I have experience in all forms of building from renovation to new builds to eqc repairs along with sheds and garages. I also offer comprehensive pre purchase/sale pr...

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L T Construction Building Company

Joined March 2019

Hi I am Luke maitland proud owner operator of LT construction and I am looking for work in the selwyn/banks peninsula areas as I am local to these parts and enjoy rural New Zealand. LT construction is a family oriented business that is proficient in project management, consultation, maintenance, new builds, building renovations, decks, pergolas, paths, drive ways, farm buildings, plastering and...

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C Whall Construction

Joined September 2010

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