About Us

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Jim’s Building Inspections provides industry leading building and house inspections.


Our strict pre-selection process ensures your building consultant is highly skilled, qualified, experienced, fully insured and where required licensed. Jim’s Building Inspections is now delivering services in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney.

Regional areas are also being actively serviced with inspectors based in regional centres of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Jim’s is Australia’s largest and fastest growing network of building consultants and inspectors servicing the clients throughout metropolitan and regional Australia.

The Jim’s Group currently has 33 divisions and approximately 3200 franchisees.

We are growing at a rate of 5-8% across the divisions annually and now have a presence in four countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada. As most people will know, the Jim’s Group started as a part time gardening business while Jim Penman completed a PhD in history. By 1982 Jim was working on his mowing business full time and he began franchising in 1989.

The organisation has a strong focus on customer service which is the basis for its success.

Jim Penman became renowned for his commitment to customer service and he now has the face that ‘…launched a thousand trailers.’ Importantly this brand now achieves 94% recognition across Australia. Jim Penman’s approach to franchising is expressed in the group’s values and these are the basis for his successful franchising of a wide array of services. Jim will only sign up franchisees he is convinced will succeed and his first priority is their welfare.

With more than 25 years of experience establishing franchises that are dedicated to the success of the franchisee, the Jim’s Group ensures that the rights of franchisees are protected and promoted. Jim is the owner and full time CEO of the Jim’s Group. He is married with 10 children, loves his work and has no plans to retire – ever.

Meet The Team:

Our Inspectors

Inspections for our clients include:


Home Buyers




Property Investors


Property Managers


Commercial Clients

Featured Partner 

Habitat for Humanity – Building Homes, Communities and Hope



Jim’s Building Inspector’s support Habitat for Humanity to provide housing for people living in poverty, in Australia and internationally.


What others are saying

  • "Richard adapted very well to our compressed timeline, provided a thorough rundown and follow up report that was instrumental in determining how much we offered for our house!"

    Jun 15, 2014 by Michael HillInspector: Jim’s Building Inspections (Lockleys, SA)
  • "It was my first time building a new house and I have had issues with my builder throughout the process, but Richards’s inspection on the day, report of defects and general discussions have given me the peace of mind I needed. "

    Mar 23, 2014 by Tim BurtonInspector: Jim's Building Inspections (Lockleys, SA)
  • "His willingness to travel outside of the metro area to carry out the Building Inspection was really appreciated. "

    Jul 08, 2014 by Kathy WoodInspector: Jim's Building Inspections (Victoria Park, WA)
  • "Just a note to emphasise the great work and report delivered by Jack at our property in Boolarra, Victoria. "

    May 01, 2014 by Joseph O'KaneInspector: Jim’s Building Inspections (Pakenham)
  • "I was so impressed with the way Andrew responded to me and assisted at short notice.  I was amazed at the report  that Andrew had presented to me after doing a pre-handover on my new home.I would not have picked up on half the things that Andrew did.It was money well spent and would recommend  Andrew to anyone."

    June 27, 2015 by Angela SpargoInspector: Jim's Building Inspections (Adelaide, SA)
  • "I asked Robert for a second opinion, he showed that my heating ducts had not been put back and I was simply heating the soil under the house!"

    Jun 21, 2014 by Sue Le LievreInspector: Jim's Building Inspections (Brighton, VIC)