About us2018-11-28T18:28:11+00:00



Hello! The GATOR Family is here to help, Inspection Gator that is. We offer a unique blend of professionalism and southern hospitality with every inspection we perform. Inspection Gator began offering services to the local community in May 2008. The housing market was beginning a challenging time to say the least. Our children were buying homes and I saw a need for quality home inspections. With years of experience and after extensive training, Inspection Gator was established. I had a vision for our company, and I knew I wanted to provide more than just a service. I wanted to provide beneficial information, a positive experience, and customer service second to none. Inspection Gator quickly became the one to call for professional property inspection services. Our team of Jason Eddy (Arkansas and Texas), Richard Oakes (Texas), and myself, Derek Ballard (Arkansas and Texas), have over 25 years of combined experience in the building and inspection industry.

Jessica and Heather keep our scheduling and office running smoothly and they might be the first friendly voice you hear when calling Inspection Gator. They are ready to help and get you taken care of in the most expedient way. Our inspectors are bound to a strict code of ethics and we feel our customers deserve a quality inspection. We understand that the purchase of your new home or office is a very important decision and can be very stressful at times. Our goal is to provide you with quality information about the property that may help you make good decisions regarding the purchase. Our motto: “Your Peace of Mind is Our Business,”  is our commitment, and Inspection Gator is dedicated to your satisfaction and your peace of mind.



Derek R. Ballard –Owner/Founder Licensed in Texas: Trec 10108 and Arkansas: HI1529 ASHI Certified Inspector: #252158

Affiliations: ASHI, TAREI, INTER-NACHI, Texarkana Board of Realtors, Better Business Bureau
Born and raised in the Texarkana area, I have had the honor of many friendships and acquaintances over the years. After years spent working for a local paper mill and years of construction, I really felt like I wanted to serve the community by doing something meaningful to enhance the housing quality in our area. In 2008 I attended the American Home Inspectors Training at the University of Texas at Arlington and also obtained licenses from both Texas and Arkansas. Later that year, I started Inspection Gator LLC. My prior experience and extensive training gave me the confidence to reach out to area real estate professionals and the general public. I must say it was a very humbling experience as so many faithful clients began spreading the word about my style of inspection. My wife Jessica has been a constant support and part of the background success of our company. My personal goals keep me constantly learning, and my fantastic clients continue to drive my desire to serve. We feel like our clients are our family, and we want to be an ally in their quest to make good decisions regarding their real estate investments. As my children have grown and purchased homes, I felt that having a home inspection was a must for them and for anyone wanting to be proactive in determining the condition of a property before they spend their hard earned money.

Jason Eddy – Arkansas AHIB# 1814 and Texas TREC 21704

Jason joined INSPECTION GATOR LLC in 2015. He is licensed as a home inspector by the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board and by Texas Real Estate Commission. Jason lives in Texarkana with his wife Sarah and son Hunter. They have family in Louisiana and Texarkana. Inspection Gator is delighted to have Jason with us bringing energy, a heart for customer service, and experience. His construction knowledge and work ethic makes him a tremendous asset to the community and the home inspection industry.

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