Benefits of a Managed Repair

Fletcher EQR is responsible for managing the completion of the earthquake repair works in a proper and professional manner, on behalf of the Earthquake Commission.

One of the main benefits of the EQC Canterbury Home Repair Programme is that there is no charge to you if the actual cost of the repair work exceeds the estimate – so you are protected from cost escalation and financial risk.

Read some of the positive feedback on the work of repair teams here in our Homeowner Stories section.  There's also feedback in the Compliments Page we publish for contractors to read.

An expert project manager

  • With a managed repair we provide all aspects of the repair process, including the physical repair work, quality monitoring and control, legal and building code compliance.
  • The accredited contractor will organise and liaise with all the various tradespeople required. (For example where your repair needs painters, paperhangers, tilers, carpenters, electricians etc.)  This represents a considerable saving in time to the homeowner.
  • Contractors working under the programme have been through an accreditation programme that validates their qualifications, skills and experience.

This is based on the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme put in place by the Government in 2012. Master Builders and Certified Builders qualify automatically.

Protection from financial risk

  • There is no charge to you if the actual cost of the work exceeds the estimate.   An example of this might be asbestos.  Where necessary we test for this in areas of earthquake damage to be repaired.  It can sometimes be found during a repair.  Testing and removal requires specialist contractors and can be expensive.
  • If labour or material costs rise during a repair this is not something homeowners need to worry about.
  • Many homes have structural damage and where there is serious damage to your home we refer the repair to our technical team to investigate an appropriate solution. This means you would receive a range of expert input at no cost.  The engineering work is carried out by qualified engineers under senior professional supervision, including Chartered Professional Engineers on both New Zealand and international registers.

Other design work that requires particular skill sets (fire safety, external moisture, geotechnical engineers and specialist surveying) is carried out by specialists in those fields, including Chartered professional Geotechnical Engineers, Architects and registered surveyors.   Read more here about our technical team.

 Quality and Peace of Mind

  • Every repair we manage has a Contract Supervisor who monitors the progress of the work and inspects it on completion - to be sure all the repairs in the Scope of Works have been completed to the required standard.
  • There is a range of Fletcher EQR staff in hubs who can help you with issues and logistics including advice on temporary accommodation for homeowners who need to relocate during repair work.
  • Our contractor accreditation process means you don’t have to find an appropriately qualified contractor to do the job. Over the life of the programme we have built a profile of the contractors we engage with so we can allocate work with the best fit possible. 
  • There is a structured process of contractor performance evaluation that produces ratings on a range of criteria. A disciplinary regime deals with under-performance, and can lead to contractors having their accreditation withdrawn.
  • Once the repair work is completed there is a three month Defect Liability Period and contractors have agreed that they will return to fix any confirmed defects in workmanship advised during that period.    
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It was good to have a contractor (McBride Construction) that carried out all work in a professional manner and with quality workmanship.
 

Bishopdale Homeowner
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Thanks to Mason and his workers from Mason Wairau Painters for the efficient way they carried out the repairs to our house. At all times they were polite, respectful of our property and carried out their work quickly and competently. We are grateful they have completed the work ahead of schedule.
 

Woolston Homeowner
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I was very happy with Simon and his team from SBS Construction. They were very organised and professional, and I was kept up-to-date with regular phone calls. 
 

Riccarton Homeowner
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We were amazed at the ability of G N Brewer’s staff to work so hard. The ground here is very stony and would have taken considerable effort to dig out the trenches but they just kept slogging away until the job was done. The work ethic of each of them was amazing and on top of that, they were at all times pleasant, polite and respectful.  
 

Fendalton Homeowner
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