Building Inspection

Building Inspections

What is a building inspection?

A building inspection is a report on the current condition of the property you are looking to purchase, or a report on the current condition of the property in which you live.

The single biggest financial commitment you will make in your lifetime is the purchase of a new home.

Before you make this commitment, it is essential to have the house checked over professionally, by a registered building inspector, and to have a thorough understanding of the investment and the journey you are embarking on.

A building inspection will:

  1. Identify major and minor defects or potential safety hazards (including whether existing building works comply with the New Zealand Building Codes and Standards)
  2. Allow you to plan and budget for future maintenance and repairs
  3. Identify problems in your existing home before they worsen
  4. Give you the information required to plan future renovation
  5. Identify any damage that has been caused by termites and other pests
  6. Identify potential asbestos issues
  7. Potentially become a powerful negotiating tool in regards to purchase price

Who needs a building inspection?

A Building Inspection is an invaluable step in the process of purchasing a home or project and is recommended to all New Zealand home owners and potential purchasers.

Jim’s Building Inspectors are trained and have firsthand experience in the building products, systems, design methods and the industry standards that are used in New Zealand, together with knowledge of NZ specific factors such as earthquake risk and extreme weather.

Building inspections are non-destructive, visual inspections of the property, specifically targetinga

  1. Exterior and interior roof spaces and materials
  2. Under the floor area including foundations, framing, insulation and ground moisture
  3. Interior/exterior of the property including windows, floors, ceilings and any specific services and systems
  4. Other structures on the site such as sheds and garages
  5. The site itself, including factors like drainage, retaining walls, driveways and fencing.

Jim’s Building Inspectors also use instruments such as moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, scopes and sounding devices, to ensure the most accurate information is described.


What inspection packages are available?

Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand offers three convenient packages, tailored to meet different requirements.

The standard package is the most popular building inspection and covers the majority of inspection requirements . Premium is usually selected for buildings over 40 years old that may require upgrades to electrical, plumbing and gas lines.

A basic inspection is usually carried out on apartments above ground floor where there is a low risk of termite or other pest related damage.

Inspections usually take up to one hour to complete.

Please contact Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand to discuss your requirements and competitive pricing.


    Package includes:

  • Basic Building Report
  • Safety hazards
  • Major defects
  • Minor defects

    Package includes:

  • Building inspection report
  • Safety hazards
  • Major defects
  • Minor defects
  • Presence of Methamphetamine

    Package includes:

  • Building inspection report
  • Includes safety hazards
  • Major defects
  • Minor defects
  • Presence of Methamphetamine
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Gas

What do we provide you with?

Within 24 hours, your building inspector will provide you with a simple, jargon-free report of your inspection, and the opportunity to discuss the findings with the inspector over the phone. We also welcome you to be present at the building inspection, if you wish.

We can help you understand the risks, if any, of undetected defects. You will also know what factors may have limited the report so you can make an upfront, informed decision.

The report will include:

  • Identification of safety hazards such as Asbestos
  • Identification of any termite damage and what this means.
  • Identification of major defects such as anything of a structural nature or anything that requires repair or replacement to stop further damage or prevent emergency works in the immediate future
  • Identification of minor defects such as foreseeable property upkeep
  • Detailed photos describing the issues

There are some exclusions in the reporting, however these can be handled separately and specifically if required.

Examples of exclusions include:

  1. Second story roofs can be inspected by arrangement.
  2. Explanation of title or ownership matters, planning regulations or specific zoning matters
  3. Issues surrounding compliance with the New Zealand Building Codes and Standards (refer)
  4. Anything below ground (footage, drainings, soil conditions)
  5. Anything concealed within the walls like insulation, plumbing and electric wiring.

Jim’s Building Inspections New Zealand have building inspectors throughout New Zealand and look forward to assisting you with your property needs.



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  • "Great report, it had all the information I was after and Cornelius was a huge help!"

    Nov 27, 2016by C. TaylorInspector: Jim’s Building Inspections (Auckland)
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