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ConsumerBuild proves popular

The Department's ConsumerBuild website has proved extremely popular with Web users since its December launch.

ConsumerBuild holds extensive information for people who are building, renovating or maintaining a home. It was developed in partnership by the Department of Building and Housing and Consumers' Institute.

During its first 11 days online, the site averaged 1900 visits per day. It has received mentions in a number of newspapers, and on other websites. The site has also been nominated 'Pick of the week' by Xtra in its weekly email to customers - citing it as 'Important and very useful'.

Feedback received through the site is a key indicator of its appeal. So far the comments have been positive and constructive, and we invite you to visit and offer suggestions on how the site can further be improved.

Topics covered on ConsumerBuild

  • The Building Act
  • Buying a house
  • Buying a section
  • Managing the construction phase
  • Dealing with tradespeople
  • Finding and dealing with designers and architects
  • DIY
  • Leaky buildings
  • Legal issues
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Materials and features
  • Moving a house
  • Project management
  • Renovations and alterations

There is also news and updates on hot topics in the building industry, step-by-step guides to buidling and renovating, and plenty of other resources, tips and useful contacts.

Visit ConsumerBuild at www.consumerbuild.org.nz