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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

Find out the Top 5 bathroom renovation tips direct from our Builderscrack bathroom experts. This advice can make all the difference between a successful bathroom renovation or not... 1) It's All in The Planning As the saying goes -  "The devil is in the detail" and this couldn't be mor

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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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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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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Engineered composite decking versus the tried and tested timber - which is better? Composite and Timber Decking Materials Whether you’re looking to repair an existing deck or start from scratch, consider the decking materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each othe

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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. E

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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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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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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

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

ot an awkward space that can’t be solved with furniture? For Christchurch homeowners Simon and Chelsea, that space was the old dining room. They had ‘tried to make it work’ ever since they purchased their 1990 home four years ago. Enter: bench seating.  With the job now done and dusted, Simon explains to me over the phone just how awesome it’s been chilling out in their new space, sitting in the sun on weekends and sipping their morning coffee. As a fellow chilled out, sun-loving coffee drinker, I knew we had to capture those idyllic scenes for this story. So, our photographer Alana and I went round one Saturday morning with high hopes of two things: sunny weather, and their cat Elphie making an appearance. After a warm welcome, we walk through the kitchen where we’re graced by gorgeous natural light from the high-ceiling skylight, and the sweet smell of freshly brewed coffee. To appreciate the space as it is now, let’s take it back a step. The dining room, before a

Garden Revamp: How Chris and Rochelle Transformed This Small Space

There’s nothing like waking up to a gorgeous garden. That’s now the case for Chris and Rochelle, Auckland homeowners who made good use of their time throughout lockdown doing prep work for their garden redesign. It included plenty of digging and pulling-up, but there was one job left on their garden-scaping list that was a little too big to undertake themselves. The Problem The new design of the garden patch featured a structural garden bed which required a retaining wall, something that Rochelle says was too much for their skillset. “We knew we needed someone to do the last part of the job,” says Rochelle. The garden edging had previously been lined with bricks, but Rochelle was looking for a timber look. With an open mind and a flexible approach, she was hoping to bring the design to life by making the most of the existing area. The Solution Aside from seeking someone who had the skills to build the retaining wall, Rochelle also wanted someone with landscaping

A 3yo’s Take on Having Plasterers in the Home

t’s not every day you get to show off your crayons — at least that’s how three-year-old Quinn felt shortly after meeting the tradespeople plastering her living room. Quinn’s mother, Kate, tells me the crayons were just the start, and that Wayne and Ronan from Claddagh Plastering coped incredibly well with her daughter’s constant line of questioning while working. “She would walk up beside them and say ‘look at my carrots’, ‘I’ve got cucumber’, and ask them ‘do you want to be my friend?’,” Kate laughs. “Wayne was really good with her, he’d take time to say ‘oh wow, yes, wow look at that’ — I think he’s got young ones at home, so he was used to it. “She’d stand there and watch them work, mesmerised by the plaster being put on, it was very cute.” As Kate and I relish Quinn’s adorable toddler bravado, Kate lets me in on how they got to this point of renovating their home, and let’s just say, anyone with EQC experience will be able to relate. “We Could Start to Se

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

ulian and Lexie had one month, $5k and a straightforward plan to renovate their small bathroom. Let’s just say, if you like a good ‘down to the wire’ reno story, you’ll love this couple’s drama-filled journey from settlement to move in day. We’re talking budget blow-outs, schedule delays, on-the-spot decisions and eight scope changes. Yeah — total ‘Block’ vibes, right? Julian jokes that he had a couple of grey hairs come flying through at a rapid rate. “It was a significant, unforeseen scenario,” Julian says, alluding to the cause of the delays. This eventful Project Story will leave you with practical insights for your own bathroom renovation. You’ll discover: What to look out for in your pre-purchase building inspection How to manage scope and budget changes The full list of bathroom upgrades What they would do in hindsight (involves saving money!) Plus, the awesome before and after photos. Let’s get stuck into i

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

Overgrown Patio to Contemporary Deck: How Lex Doubled His Living Space

Find out how this Christchurch homeowner transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow. Walking up the long driveway draws out my anticipation of two things: seeing just how much the backyard has changed, and whether I got everyone's coffees right. As I reach the back of the house I’m given a warm welcome by homeowner Lex, and following inquisitively behind is his kitten Naki – in Māori meaning ‘to glide’, and in Ngāi Tahu dialect, ‘cat’. Naki jumps up onto the newly finished deck as if to begin the grand tour, and I’m amazed – what a transformation! It’s completely reinvented the look and feel of this space. It’s not long before Ashraf joins us – he’s the tradesperson who got the job done with his teammate Conor. And after a few minutes of seeing Lex and Ashraf talking, it’s clear as to why this job went so well; there’s a lot of respect here. Ready for the project rundown and eager to sip our coffees, we take a seat at the modern stone table (whic

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Install window & replace existing window & door

Posted 2 days ago

We have a brick rendered house and need to install a window in one wall. We then need another window replaced however the opening will need to be made slightly longer. Then replace current wood door with new aluminium one. Happy for the job to be done in 2 parts if it means you can fit it in. Done ASAP as our builder let us down and this is now holding up the other trades.

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Home Extension #2

Posted 1 week ago

Existing 3 bedroom home needs to be extended on the current site. Have architectural plans for extra rooms and re-design of the kitchen

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Garage Conversion

Posted 4 days ago

Convert garage into second living space by replacing garage door with wall and window and also separate the laundry by adding barn doors. There is a possibility of more work but needs to be viewed

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Door Frame Replacement

Posted 1 week ago

We requirement a new door frame to be fabricated and installed to replace a slightly water water damaged one currently in place. Timeframe would be week commencing August 2nd 2021

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Advice on load bearing wall

Posted 6 hours ago

Require advice/direction to HVAC installer if a certain piece of 200mm timber can have a 150mm diameter hole cut in it to run HVAC ducting. Timber is believed to be blocking between joists (200mm timber below the cement board in the pictures)but unsure if it is or not. Another photo shows the floorboards and bottom plate. The hole is being cut a run the ducting in the cavity between the 1st and 2nd storey. 2 holes will need to be cut for two seperate ducting runs. Advice is required ASAP

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Build garage and studio

Posted 2 days ago

We are looking at replacing our carport with a garage and possible studio attached to our house.

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Builder required for Pergola

Posted 3 days ago

I am looking for a builder to work alongside my first-year apprentice at an hourly rate to build a pergola structure with windows. And then to rebuild a large timber deck on the North Shore. Immediate start. Future work available.

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Balcony stabilization

Posted 1 week ago

Stabilization of small second floor balcony needed - suspect this involves a new handrail and batons.

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Small Renovation

Posted 2 days ago

We are looking for a builder to help us with a kitchen renovation. We are looking to remove some existing walls in our kitchen and prepare it for the cabinetry we are planning to install in the near future (plastering etc.). We are also looking to replace our back door and get assistance to build an area for our washing machine to go underneath our house. If this sounds interesting to you please get in touch as we are keen to get the work quoted.

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Renovation

Posted 2 days ago

We are renovating our 3-4 bedroom home on the north shore - 2 x bathrooms and 1 x kitchen and some additional storage. Nil consent work. ASAP

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Deck and pergola building

Posted 3 days ago

I am looking for a builder to work alongside my first-year apprentice at an hourly rate to rebuild a large timber deck on the North Shore. Immediate start. Future work available.

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Whole old house renovated

Posted 2 days ago

Hi there, just bought an old property, need removal of the wall between kitchen and lounge first then make a new kitchen, sand the floor , rebuild a new bathroom, build couple of new wardrobes and would like to change all old windows and doors as well . If you can do one of these or the whole job please feel free to contact me.

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Kitchen/Butlers Pantry Framing

Posted 2 days ago

We need a registered builder to install a timber beam spanning approximately 3 meters, walls built for kitchen and butler’s pantry layout, framing only. We need the door on the butlers pantry to be an Internal sliding door. All walls are none supporting apart from the beam which may or may not need consent, we will need advice on this. We are flexible on start time, however once the job has been started we would expect it to be worked on and completed within an agreed time frame.

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Chimney removal

Posted 12 hours ago

There are cracks in the chimney and it appears I may have to get it removed. The house is on a sloped site. Looking to either remove or rebuild the chimney dependent on cost

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Leaking Skylight Window

Posted 6 days ago

The skylight is leaking. Need it fixed & sealed please.

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Skirting

Posted 6 days ago

Replace skirting and floorboard that has been water damaged (rot)

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New Dwelling/Garage

Posted 3 days ago

I am looking for a two-man building team to construct a garage with a dwelling above, labour only. We are looking to start construction in about 2 x months - Future work is available

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Kids house

Posted 1 week ago

We are planning to build kids house in front of existing house. This is just small house in below dimensions Length - 3.3 meters Height - 1.8 meters Width - 1.8 meters

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Need a new garage door

Posted 1 week ago

Hi Our old garage door was removed, it was on a sliding rail which has deteriorated over the years. Looking for a solution either roller door or slide door. Doesn't need to be fancy, but functional and tidy. Nothing electric or motorised.

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Supply and Install Scribers to Windows

Posted 1 week ago

I need 4x Scribers installed on new joinery Please price to supply and install the scribers including no more gaps etc No painting is needed but please use primed scribers I have also attached a photo of a window that is completed already for reference

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Recent building reviews

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Replace GIB and plaster

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repair, replace complete windows with double glazing

Work carried out by an employee of the company

26th April 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Mounting a convex mirror into concrete

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Hardiboard repair house base

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Laundry reno


22nd May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cladding & Framing Repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace bathroom jib and jib stop (1mx1m)

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th July 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Builder

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Building leak repair.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th April 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repair Entry Post.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Windowsill repair

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th May 2021

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Gib & door

Work carried out by a subcontractor

5th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Repairs to bathroom walls , floor and tiling following cistern leak

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Rebuild back step

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Replace 1200mm wall hung Vanity

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

14th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Measuring and fitting new skirting boards

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st February 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

build a new wardrobe and shift a door

Work carried out by an employee of the company

6th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Deck Extension #2

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

28th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Building work prior to kitchen install

Work carried out by the owner/operator

29th June 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Wall out, air con in

Work carried out by an employee of the company

30th March 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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ECONOMIZED DESIGNZ & CONSTRUCTION LIMITED

Joined June 2016

Hi, we do: I) DESIGN: -Design/Drafting and Construction of New Building -Design/Drafting and Construction of Extension or Alteration of Existing Building -Quality Works and Reasonable Rates -with Professional Indemnity Insurance Website: ... II) CONSTRUCTION: -Commercial Building Construction -Residential Building Construction 10 Years Architectural Designer with Civil/Str...

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Xllent Solutions Limited

Joined December 2020

Hi we are a team of young but professional construction carpenters, who completed their qualification this last year. We are experienced in building sleepouts, fences, decks, drywalls and retaining walls. We are relentless believer of health and safety. We are members of Site Safe NZ. We would welcome the opportunity to assist you with your small to medium size construction projects. We do have...

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Quality Service Tradie

Joined May 2021

Property Maintenance & Handyman Services in Auckland Quality Service Tradie has you covered when it comes to either your Commercial or Residential Property, Office or Building. We specialise in Assembly, Disassembly, Fencing, Installation, Repairs, Maintenance, Moisture Barriers, Insulation, Handyman Services, Building Projects & more.. • Assembly & Installation - We assemble...

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Modern electrical solutions ltd

Joined June 2012

Modern electrical solutions ltd trading as Mr Power ,provides 24hour/7days service Auckland wide.Our work details includes the following services : •24/7 Breakdowns,power failure,maintenance & repairs,installation & rewiring,stoves& water heaters,insurance & WINZ quotes,communications & data ,appliance repairs,security alarms,air conditioning ,refrigeration & heat pumps,swimming pools& spa,caravan...

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Ace Wall builders ltd

Joined June 2019

Hi we’ve been building 15+ years and can build a house from start to finish as well as maintenance work . Decks, fences, landscaping we do it all give us a call for a free quote!

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TTZ contractors

Joined July 2016

Hi there, My name is Tee. I am a qualified joiner. I have been in the shopfitting industry for 18 years Most recently I've been project managing, building and installing kitchens all over Auckland,From new to old homes,altering existing kitchens to design.(my vision is a Practical smart looking cost effective kitchen) I also do handyman work around the house from the smallest to the biggest j...

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Blackstone Project Management

Joined June 2019

We provide fixed price / fixed timeframe renovations for homeowners and property investors from kitchens and bathrooms through to full interior and exterior renovations, basement conversion and extensions. With extensive experience in the building and construction industry and a great team we are able to offer peace-of-mind that your renovation project will be done effectiently and to a high stan...

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Unique Renovations

Joined July 2018

Unique Renovations Ltd specialize in commercial and residential renovations. We provide a wide range of building services. If you would like to discuss any of the renovation services that we offer, please get in touch with us. www. ... .nz

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JMC Build Limited

Joined March 2013

JMC Build specialises in major renovations and new builds but we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on quality and providing great customer service.

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N&V Construction

Joined July 2020

Hi, we are NZ qualified builders with 3 years NZ experience and over 15 years of building experience overseas. We can help with any small or big renovation jobs, interior or exterior, including cabinetry, flooring, decking, framing, wall/ceiling lining. We pride ourselves on providing quality job and competitive quotes.

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Mohammad

Joined July 2021

Major renovation on all old or new homes I charge on only labour's not on material mark up. Do jobs on time depending on the job. Fencing, decking and general work to help our customers to provide all work in one place.

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Otto Johansson Building

Joined September 2018

Hi, I'm a Qualified LBP builder with a small crew. We specialise in renovations, new builds, and extensions. We can take on small jobs too, e.g. decks, fencing and retaining walls etc. We work city wide; we're very professional and always up for a new challenge. We will provide a competitive quote and aim to complete your job within budget.

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Muster Brush Limited

Joined June 2017

Muster Brush specialises in everything to do with - Commercial and residential painting :internal & external - Maintenance jobs large and small -Plastering and renovation -Gib board Installation - Wall paper removal and hanging - Decoration: House & Shop, internally and external. We have 15 years of experience and we are looking to establish our name. Our jobs included sub-contracti...

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N & P Building

Joined October 2020

Qualified builder, two man team both with 8 years experience in the building industry. We Specialize in decking, pergolas, fencing, light renovations, interior/exterior maintenance Our main focus is completing jobs to a high standard in a reasonable time frame, all work will be priced beforehand with no hidden costs.

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Diamond Renovation & Maintenance Services

Joined May 2021

We are experienced and professional team who strive to provide the best service for our customers and completing the jobs with high standard. We service throughout North Island.

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East Auckland property maintenance

Joined June 2016

Hi, I have been in the industry for 10 years. I provide high quality work and pride of what I finish. COST LOW TO MEDIUM BUT LOOKS MEDIUM TO HIGH END. I'm specialising in pre-sale and pre-rental renovations. All tradies can be organised and managed, so you just sit back and relax. Projects including bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel, tiling, room alterations, painting, retaining walls, fencing...

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The Way

Joined October 2020

Hello. We are (The Way) . We are qualified Licensed Buliding Practitioner(LBP). We specialise in new bulids cladding, framing, decking, fencing and general carpentry work. Our aim is to provide top quality, service and price to you.

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Nuri Construction Ltd

Joined November 2018

Hi there, With over 18 years of experience in the construction business, we are experts in renovation works, extensions and new builds. No job is too big or too small for us. We are passionate about building quality homes at a competitive price and completing jobs on budget is very important to us. We pride in meeting deadlines and giving you the best advice that meets your expectations. W...

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Muru Pro Builders Ltd

Joined April 2021

Welcome! Valued customer, The team at Muru Pro Builders prides itself on the quality of our services and the ability to deliver beyond expectation with competitive quotes We have over 10 years’ building experience in all residential RENOVATIONS, DECKS & PERGOLAS, FENCES & RETAINING WALLS. Muru Pro Builders are competent and experienced tradesmen ready to plan and achieve your building visions.

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WH BUILDING AND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Joined June 2021

Hi, WH building and property maintenance are a family owned and operated business that has recently been established locally in the Rodney area. We specialise in all types of building work and maintenance across both residential and commercial properties. We're a young, professional hard working team that prides ourselves in delivering high end workmanship on time and on budget to satisfy our cli...

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