While they do it every year, the Harris County Appraisal District is reminding residents that appraisers will be visiting neighborhoods throughout the county starting Oct. 1.
With so many people working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, HCAD wants residents to know what to be on the lookout for when appraisers show up to verify neighborhood changes, property characteristics and other data.
While initially focusing on new construction, all properties are subject to verification.
“Correct data is essential to developing accurate estimates of value,” said Roland Altinger, chief appraiser. “Field inspections by our appraisers are a very important part of this process.”
HCAD wants residents know what appraisers will look like and what they will do while appraising properties.
Foremost, appraisers “will never ask to enter” a home nor ask property owners to accompany them around a house.
“Appraisers will knock on the front door to alert the resident they are on the property, identify themself as an HCAD appraiser, and ask permission to measure the home and any other structures on the property,” HCAD reported in a news release. “If access is denied, the appraiser will leave the property and estimate the size and characteristics from the street. If the property owner is not home, the appraiser will measure the sections of the structures that are accessible without entering a gate.”
Appraisers may appear as early at 7:45 a.m. but not later than 5:15 p.m. All appraisers wear a blue jacket or vest with the “HCAD emblem on the front and HCAD Appraiser on the back and carry an identification badge with his or her picture, name and unique appraiser number.”
Since they work from their own personal vehicles with a magnetic sign attached, identifying them