Why You Need to Work with a Licensed Builder
February 14, 2020
Not every home builder in Auckland will deliver the same quality work. You may save money teaming with an unofficial builder, but do you know what licensed builders do to earn their distinction in the building trade? Below, we explain why it always pays to pursue a licensed building practitioner (or LBP) and what they offer that unlicensed builders can’t.
Licensed builders are confidence builders
The Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) scheme was launched by the Government in November 2007,
in order to give the New Zealand public the confidence that LBPs working on their homes and buildings are competent and that homes and buildings are designed and constructed in an exemplary manner.
Licensing promotes, recognises and supports professional skills and behaviour in the building industry—an industry that historically has not always enjoyed a good reputation. The LBP scheme gives you the necessary information to make informed decisions about the competence of any building practitioner you may engage with.
Within the scheme there are seven licensing classes, each based on a specific role or occupation that is vital to a building’s performance, and setting out minimum standards that each require a certain level of knowledge, experience or skill. Under the scheme, LBPs should only undertake work that they are confident doing.
Registration offers peace of mind
The public register holds the details of LBPs who are registered under the LBP scheme. Use this register if you want to confirm the validity of a licence or locate an LBP. For further identification—and peace of mind for you—the Registrar also issues each LBP with a photo ID licence card.
LBPs are accountable to the Building Practitioners Board, which investigates complaints such as negligent work or incompetence. The Building Practitioners Board oversees restricted building work when it is not appropriately licensed or has not provided the required records of building work.
Licensed builders are current on regulatory changes & innovations
Working with a licensed builder not only ensures you are engaging with a person competent for the task at hand, but also someone who is right up to date with any regulatory and technical changes related to their specific areas of expertise.
LBPs are also required to undertake a set of skills maintenance activities every two years in order to continue promoting and uplifting their knowledge and skills, and to renew their licence.
Again, this is reassuring for people looking to find a reputable builder. LBPs are constantly up to speed with industry changes and conscious of their obligations to you.
Licensed builders have experience resolving problems
Building a home can be stressful enough. The last thing you need is for any issues to drag on unnecessarily. Issues can often be resolved by talking the problem through and coming to an agreement or compromise.
This is another strength of the LBP scheme. It encourages self-resolution, which hinges on three simple steps: fact checking, communication, and thorough documentation—in writing—of any agreement.
Self-resolution is an easy way to solve any dispute. It can prevent escalation, preserve trust within the builder-client relationship, and prevent future disputes from occurring.
All of which is good news when you’re looking for a smooth and problem-free building process!
Partner with a licensed builder to bring your dream home to life
Your new home deserves nothing less than the finest licensed home builders Auckland has to offer. At LD Construction, we appreciate the emotional investment you’ve placed in your new build, and work alongside you to capture your vision. Contact LD Construction today to see what our licensed builders can do for you.