You decide it is time for a new car, so you dutifully do your research to learn the strong and weak points about each model you are considering. If your choice is a used car, you take it to an independent mechanic to check it out and give you a report. You don’t want a lemon now, do you?

Sounds like good advice, but why would you investigate a $25,000 automobile you will have for five or six years and not exercise the same scrutiny when buying home at ten times that much that you expect to live in for the rest of your life? If you are smart, you don’t. Enter the home inspector.

“We go through the house and try to find things wrong with the property,” Texoma Home Inspection owner Jake Reynolds said. “We look for big things, anywhere from the foundation to the roof to the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, electrical, heat and air to see that everything is working like it’s suppose to.”

It’s not a pass or fail; it’s just an informational report, so you can make an informed decision if you want to buy this property or not. Most of Reynolds inspections are done for prospective buyers, but sometimes home builders will provide one as a sales incentive. And while home inspections are optional and not required by law, sometimes a lender will ask for one.

Reynolds suggests that the prospective buyer familiarize himself with the property before calling in an inspector so as to point out things that could be a problem.

“We usually recommend that the buyer show up toward the end of the inspection,” he said. “That way we can show them the problems that we found and explain why it’s a problem. Most of the time, they show up.”

Reynolds, who is also a Bonham fireman, does 40 to 50 inspections each month.

“I could do it full time,” he said. “But, I also enjoy my work with the fire department.”

Reynolds is fully licensed by the state of Texas and the International Society of Home Inspectors and offers a 90-day warranty on his reports.

“If I say something is working, and it fails within 90 days, then it’s covered by the warranty through a third-party company,” he said. “I also do a thing called the buy-back guarantee. If you find something big that I missed that I shouldn’t have missed in the first 90 days, the international society I belong to will buy the home back for what you paid for it.”

A quality home inspection report can be a useful tool in the hands of a prospective buyer to aid in negotiations with the seller, and the relatively minor cost, considering the overall cost of a home, makes it a worthwhile investment in almost every situation.

Edward Southerland is a feature writer for Best of Texoma. For more information, visit or