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JIM'S BUILDING INSPECTIONS
OFF THE TOOLS AND INTO BUSINESS

by Jim's Building Inspections,
last updated 18/09/2017

Jim’s Building Inspections offers a profitable opportunity backed by one of the biggest names in franchising

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Cornelius Strydom, Jim's Building Inspections: 'We want people with an extensive background in the building and construction industry'

Cornelius Strydom, Jim's Building Inspections: 'We want people with an extensive background in the building and construction industry'

When people buy a home, they make a huge commitment in both time and money – especially money,’ says Cornelius Strydom. ‘That’s why it amazes me that so many people essentially make their purchase decision based on emotion, when they might take weeks to choose a camera or a car. If you are spending hundreds of thousands on a place you want to call home for the next 10 years, you should always get it checked out first.’ 

Cornelius is the first New Zealand franchisee of Australia’s biggest house inspection group, Jim’s Building Inspections. ‘We do all manner of pre-purchase building inspections: vendor reports, buyer reports, home health checks, methamphetamine sampling, safe-to-rent checks (for landlords), and mould and moisture inspections. 

‘And although I only started in January, the Jim’s name means the work has come in much faster than I expected, so I’m having to put my other hat on and find additional franchisees to meet the demand. We need people now, and getting in early means they will have a great choice of territories!’ 

Founded in 1982 by Jim Penman, the Jim’s Group has expanded from the original lawnmowing business to become the largest franchise in Australia. There are now 48 divisions covering a whole range of home services, and Jim’s has become the world’s largest home services franchise with divisions in four countries and over 3,700 franchisees. ‘As you can imagine, that means great training, great support and great marketing muscle for new franchisees – whatever service they choose,’ says Cornelius. 

there’s a lot of work out there 

Cornelius grew up in South Africa and became an engineer involved in major construction projects for 25 years, including the past 10 in Australia. ‘Having been in management for much of that time, I felt I had moved too far from the field. A good friend introduced me to the Jim’s Group: I made serious enquiries in October, and was so tempted by the idea of introducing Jim’s Building Inspections to New Zealand that I launched the business here at the start of 2017.’ 

A building inspection (also known as a property or house inspection) is designed to give owners and buyers independent and objective advice about the physical state of a building. ‘It enables buyers to make an informed decision, usually about whether to purchase a property or not,’ says Cornelius. ‘Without detailed knowledge of construction methods and materials, many defects in a building can stay hidden. Few potential buyers actually get up on the roof, for example, or have the knowledge to assess the potential cost and works implications of any defects.  

‘As experienced industry professionals, Jim’s Building Inspectors are equipped and trained to hunt out potential problems. With such a huge investment in a home, it really does make sense to protect that expenditure with informed knowledge. The growth in building and the turnover of homes, especially around Auckland, is driving a growing need for proper building inspections. All that means a lot of work for a new franchisee backed by one of the most reputable names in the business.’ 

affordable business

Jim’s Building Inspections is currently looking for 10-12 franchisees across New Zealand to start immediately. ‘We want people with an extensive background in the building and construction industry – registered builders, carpenters and associated trades – with a proven track record,’ says Cornelius. ‘It’s a great opportunity for them to make the change from the hard grind of being on the tools, and can be very profitable. 

‘There’s an affordable initial investment, of $65,000-$75,000; the Jim’s Pay for Work Guarantee; a low flat fee which means the more work you do, the more money you make; and customers pay upfront so there’s no more chasing money. Group buying power ensures lower costs for insurance and other supporting services. 

‘You’ll be supported by Jim’s renowned training, systems and technology. All our experience will be passed on to you and our industry-leading iPad app greatly increases your speed and efficiency and enables you to complete any report in a timely manner and email it direct to your customer. You then add the personal touch by sitting down with them to discuss the contents. It incorporates photographs, because illustrations add so much – a lot of clients have zero technical experience, so being able to show any potential problems can make them much more comfortable about making decisions.’ 

simple, clear and useful

All Jim’s Building Inspections franchisees are security-vetted and have full professional indemnity insurance, which provides further peace of mind to the client. ‘Reports are written in simple, clear, jargon-free language without pages of limitations or exclusion clauses,’ says Cornelius. ‘Our aim is to inform the client just what is potentially wrong with any property and to provide a possible solution for them to research. 

‘You need to have good technical knowledge and be prepared to provide a first-class service in line with the guarantees offered by Jim’s Building Inspections. As you will be dealing with all manner of buyers, vendors and real estate agents, you also need good people skills. 

‘If this sounds like you, give me a ring and let’s talk about the opportunity.’    

See this advertorial on page 31 of Franchise New Zealand magazine Year 26 Issue 2

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industry home and building investment $65,000 - $75,000 number in NZ New and globally 100+ FANZ member yes
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industry home and building email phone
investment from $65,000 - $75,000
FANZ member no
number in NZ New
number globally 100+
contact Cornelius Strydom

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