To all the builders who have entered the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition, I wish you good luck.
The number of entries is up by 16% this year to 357 entries in total, so that is a great sign that there is still significant interest in the competition and that there are good levels of activity happening around New Zealand.
We have a few changes to the House of the Year programme this year. First, we’ve increased the value of the first four new home categories by $50,000 to align with the increase in construction costs.
We are also making major changes to the regional magazines (previously called supplements).
They will all be managed and produced by one national supplier, and will be a much improved publication promoting all entrants in their region.
In addition to this, they will be supported by a new House of the Year web environment to achieve maximum promotional opportunities for entrants.
These magazines will be distributed by the most effective method available to reach our members’ target audience, which I believe is a huge advantage when you are showcasing your work in your patch.
Also, as we are trying to achieve consistent coverage across the country, we will now have a regional magazine supporting all 11 of our House of the Year regions, which has not always been the case.
The other change is a pricing structure that is consistent throughout the country, and if you have multiple entries, a discount will apply. It is then down to you to capitalise on your success in the competition.
Just remember that your future clients will not be at the event on the night, so our aim is to give you the best possible opportunity to tell them about your work!
As the judging commences this month, I suggest you make sure you go back to your entry, have a good hard look at it, and if you think something is not up to standard, then this is the time to fix it.
To have your work judged by experienced professionals in our field is priceless. You get constructive feedback from industry experts outside your immediate environment, as to where you can improve.
I have entered this competition for more than 10 years now, and I believe it has been a major factor in my company’s success.
Engage your team in the process of judging and bring them along to the evening, and you will be surprised by the benefits you will get back from them. They will want to do better every year.
I have also found that the most successful entrants in the House of the Year competitions, in every category, are those building companies that truly work together as a team — including the architect, client, staff and subcontractors.
I hope to get to most House of the Year functions this year. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and sharing in celebrating your success!