Building Inspection

Who needs a building inspection?

A building inspection is recommended for:

  • Home Buyers
  • Vendors
  • Property Investors
  • Property Managers
  • Commercial Clients

Why is it Important?

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 targeting

  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.


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Different Building Inspection Packages

Standard Inspection

    Package includes:

  • Standard Building Report
  • Safety hazards
  • Significant defects
  • Minor defects
Premium Inspection*

    Package includes:

  • Building inspection report
  • Safety hazards
  • Significant defects
  • Minor defects
  • Asbestos assessment

*Premium Inspections – May not be available in all areas. Please discuss with the local consultant. Contact us on 0800 454 654.

Which package should I choose?

  • Standard is our most popular building inspection and covers the majority of inspection requirements.
  • Premium is usually selected for buildings over 40 years old that may require asbestos assessment.

What areas do we service?

We service the majority of New Zealand with key locations in metropolitan and regional areas. See our location page for more information specific to your region.

What equipment do we use?

We conduct a visual inspection as well as use the following instruments:

  • Moisture meters
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Different scopes and sounding devices

Which specific areas do we inspect?

  • Exterior roof
  • Interior roof
  • Under the floor (if applicable),
  • Interior/exterior of the property
  • Other structures on the site (garages, car ports, sheds),
  • The site itself including factors like drainage, retaining walls and fencing

How long does it take?

  • Depending on the property itself, we generally allow one to two hours for the inspection.
  • Some take less or more depending on the degree of accessibility and depending on the number of defects found.
  • We then prepare the report and liaise with the client on the findings.
  • The report is usually available within 24 hours of inspection.

What is excluded?

  • Too high – second story roofs can be inspected by arrangement
  • Explanation of title or ownership matters or zoning
  • Issues related compliance with the building regulations and acts
  • Anything below ground (footage, draining, soil conditions)
  • Anything concealed within the walls such as insulation, plumbing and electric wiring