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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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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.

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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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Are you wondering what cladding to choose for your new build? Is your existing cladding looking dilapidated and ripe for renovation? Recladding your home will breathe new life into its appearance. In this article, we give you the information to choose the right cladding for your home. Ext

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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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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

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 regulations require that certain wor

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 weeks ago

We need a builder who will check for earthquake damage in our 2 bed unit and sign off an insurance form so that our purchaser can complete his application for insurance. You must be a ‘licensed’ or ‘master’ builder according to the form. Thank you. We need this done ASAP so that the purchaser can confirm on the purchase. Thank you.

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Addition of small external wall with door

Posted 2 weeks ago

We need an external wall added to enclose a small porch area, to create a new room. Room will be less than 5 square meters so no consent needed. Would like wall to include double glass doors (eg French or sliding door) but happy for these to be second-hand. Can provide further details as needed :)

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Extension- two story-244 squares

Posted 2 weeks ago

I am looking for some quotes to add on around 244 square meters. This can be total price or labour only. There will be a double garage/storage, two bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. Large master bedroom, bathroom and lounge second floor. I only have Proposed drawing at this sage, not working drawing.

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Replace one cracked rafter in the roof space in the kitchen

Posted 1 week ago

Replace one cracked rafter in the roof space in the kitchen

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Shingle replacement

Posted 3 weeks ago

1930 Bungalow that we need the shingles replaced on 2 gable ends. (approx. 5sqm)

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Odd jobs - urgent

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a bedroom door that won’t open that needs to be fixed today please. Also have a couple of small odd jobs that could be done at the same time. Panel on front door needs attaching, and also the door on a storage compartment needs fixing as keeps falling off. I’m home today until 1.30, otherwise after 4pm. Cheers

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Create New Ceiling Access

Posted 4 days ago

A new ceiling access is required, located at the opposite end of hall than existing access, for the installation of insulation. Minimum size quoted by insulation installers is 370mm by 400mm. Job relisted due to the originally selected quote has now said they are unable to complete the job.

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Remedial work

Posted 2 weeks ago

house relocation and needs re clad and weather proofing work

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Renovation

Posted 2 weeks ago

Urgently needing barge boards replaced on my property. And then straight after that for concrete floor slab to be levelled and then lining of kitchen and bathroom and installation of new kitchen and bathroom. Plus a few other small jobs. My overall job is not large and is in a small unit of only 70 or so square meters total size.

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Replacing rotten barge boards

Posted 2 weeks ago

Barge board rotten and so insulator carrying power line has pulled away and is now dangling. Need to have builder asap to replace barge and at same time to have power company temporarily remove pole fuse

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Create Ceiling Access

Posted 2 weeks ago

A new ceiling access is required, located at the opposite end of hall than existing access, for the installation of insulation. Minimum size quoted by insulation installers is 370mm by 400mm.

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Building Inspection

Posted 1 week ago

I have a house I want a verbal inspection done on, before the house is put to auction this Friday morning. Mainly I want to ask questions about the viability of making changes to the house (eg new kitchen layout and cost to replace bathroom), and someone that can give me some solid advice on piles (floors are a bit squeaky). The house is ... s and the agent has told me there is room to get under the floor. It's a small house, only 80sqm. Cheers

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Reveals need replacing around windows

Posted 1 week ago

I am in the process of selling my two-bedroom two-storey townhouse. The purchasers have had their building inspection completed and it was noted that there is moisture damage to three of the four south-facing surrounds of the windows and front door. The building report condition of the purchase now requires that the damaged reveals around these areas are removed and replaced were needed to a satisfactory condition. During the work, moisture testing is required beyond the reveals so this will ne...

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New utility hole

Posted 1 week ago

Need a new one in a more accessible location so that I am able to get insulation installed in the roof. House was built in '97.

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Install wall mount dog door

Posted 5 days ago

Super easy, concrete already cut with gap waiting for Dog door to be installed in wall. just putting in and fixing jib otherside where dog ate a couple of hole.s. There is a cable that can hopefully be pushed up. After trying to get this job done tomorrow before the shutdown is in full effect in builders from Wed night.

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Conservatory/Sunroom/Extension

Posted 2 weeks ago

Approximate 18 m2, conservatory walls can be mixed i.e. doesn't have to be all glass.

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Balustrade design and installation

Posted 1 week ago

Design balustrade and underdeck supports for building permit then later install ballustrade. Framed glass, 23.6 m long with one 90 deg corner.

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Removal of bricks about foundation for air ventilation

Posted 3 weeks ago

We are on the hill and have some small water under - runners that go beneath the house. This makes the basement (which isn't that deep) pretty damp and musty, even with lots of black plastic. We just require removal of bricks and placement of grills around the house, to allow for airflow. Cheers, Gretel Roberts

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Minor bathroom expansion

Posted 1 week ago

We're looking to the push the wall (at the end of the bathtub) out so that the new wall is in line with the bathroom door, thereby removing the coat space and expanding the bathroom. Also planning on replacing the bathroom door with a cavity slider. Please refer to attached image.

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A unit for a oven

Posted 1 week ago

A unit made for a oven to sit on

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CHC spring clean

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29th January 2020

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Fence supported bike shelter

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Brick veneer repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Floorboard replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Door frame alignment

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th January 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Builder #2

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22nd January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Small Repair to Damage Soffit Board

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New Hardwood Deck and Railing

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tiny sleepout for inside warehouse

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Minor floor board repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of one wall ?Structural

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Sourcing & fititng older doors for unit

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Create internal entrance from garage

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

67 Poulson St #2

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removing part of a existing wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Door not closing well


5th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

General enclosure area - trellised

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

General home maintenance

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd January 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Roof

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th February 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Work carried out by an employee of the company

26th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
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 5

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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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Mitre Ben Construction Limited

Joined March 2016

I am a qualified carpenter and specialise in both building & handyman jobs. Decks and fences are something I do often and I am happy to discuss what you are needing done at a time that suits you. I work with a Licensed Builder Practitioner for any restricted building work.

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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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George Mallory Builders Limited

Joined February 2007

Hi - We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 10 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury. While we specialise in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time - check out the photos below. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines...

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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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ko plumb ltd

Joined April 2012

OK Plumb ltd menu # Plumbing # Drainlaying # Waterblasting # Roof leak repairs/replace iron coloursteel. # Spouting leak repaires/replace # Log burner installs # New house plumbing/drainlaying

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SS The Builder & Property Maintenance

Joined June 2017

SS The Builder & Property Maintenance was born out of frustration whilst trying to solve the same problems on construction sites time and time again. After working with a crazy amount of construction companies I`m ready to change the dinosaur ways of the industry. I want to feel proud of the industry I love whilst constantly shaking things up at the same time. I want to bring modern technologie...

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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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Homebase Construction Ltd

Joined August 2019

Hi, I’m Jeff and I’m the owner operator of Homebase Construction. We are a small family run building company specialising in architectural new builds, renovations and herratige restorations. Myself and my team are experienced at what we do and find great satisfaction delivering an amazing job on time and on budget. Check us out on instagram “Homebaseconstruction”

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Canterbury Builders Limited

Joined June 2014

We are dedicated craftsmen with a passion for building beautiful homes. Our years of experience in the building and project management industries mean we can provide you with a full range of construction services, taking care of everything from concept to completion. We take great pride in our quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail because we want to be as happy as you are with your fini...

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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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Shane's Drainage Limited

Joined October 2016

Hello, Certified drain layers in the Dunedin area for the past 15 years,Specializing in all areas of drainage. Hard working,professional,free competitive quotes.

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Robertson Built

Joined March 2018

We are a small company looking to make a big impact in our region. We are committed to providing a great service at a the best possible price. Contact us today for more information, we are always looking for our next challenge.

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Brothers Landscapes

Joined August 2013

We have been a family business for the last 17 years and offer the complete landscaping and construction package from tree felling, ready lawn, irrigation, paving, retaining walls, fencing, decks, concreting, planting, renovations, new builds and much more. FREE quote to transform your section. Experienced, professional and on time. Phone Brothers Landscapes and Construction in Christchurch for a...

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JRB Homes Ltd

Joined March 2018

As a business owner and site foreman, I strive to provide the best work ethics in both client and colleague relationships. I pride myself in time management, effective communication and quality control in all areas of my business. Over the last two years of developing my business, I have successfully built, renovated and repaired homes. My overall goal is to be competitively priced with the best e...

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StoneBridge

Joined January 2020

Hello, We've been in the commercial cleaning business specializing cleaning for large businesses for the last 12 years. While we do specialize in commercial cleaning we also do a number of jobs in Carpet Cleaning and private construction & renovations. We are very professional and work hard and pride ourselves in the quality of service we provide, competitive quotes and customer satisfaction.

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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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Perkins Services

Joined September 2010

Hi,We are a husband and wife team and can do almost anything.My husband is a builder/handyman and I can clean,paint and help with rubbish removal.We have 28 years experience. We are very trustworthy,reliable,and energetic. We guarantee satisfaction. Reasonable rates.

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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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L J Construction Ltd

Joined August 2019

Hi I am a qualified carpenter with nearly 15 years experience. I specialise in renovating bathrooms, building decks, outdoor areas, and fences. I have completed my apprenticeship in housing and have worked on commercial sites for the last three years. I am very professional and have an eye for detail. My quality of workmanship is second to none and my ability to complete jobs within budget and spe...

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