Your plans have been drawn up, and your finances are in place. There’s just one more hurdle before you can start your new building project: finding yourself a contractor or your architect will assist your plan going out to tender.

To begin, he said, you’ll need to know whether the contractor is registered with the National Home Builder’s Registration Council – the NHBRC – especially if you’re financing the project through a bank (it’s one of their requirements).

“The proposed or successful contractor has to be registered with NHBRC is a statutory body set up under the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act that’s charged with protecting the interests of consumers,”

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