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Chatham Residents Can Expect Property Appraisers to Visit

Post Date:01/18/2019 2:23 PM

Chatham County property owners can expect to see property appraisers from the Tax Office and Vincent Valuation Appraisal visiting their properties over the next year to 18 months. The appraisers are visiting properties as a first step in the 2021 revaluation process, according to Tax Administrator Jenny Williams.

“Revaluation will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2021, but reappraisal is a key phase,” Williams said. “We want people to know that the appraisers will be out and about in the county. They will be onsite to inspect, take measurements and photograph improvements."

The role of appraisers is to review properties to assist in determining their fair market value, which means it is important to document the current state of properties. 

HOW WILL WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE?

Any appraisers visiting your property will have a COUNTY DECAL on their vehicles and will carry county ID badges.

WHAT WILL THEY BE DOING WHEN THEY VISIT?

They typically will drive by properties or park nearby. They will take photos of any improvements, such as additions or swimming pools. All structures will be measured from the outside. They will enter homes, but they may leave a door hanger if they have questions about something on the property. Much of this work will be done Monday-Friday, but occasionally the weekend.

WHAT IF I AM UNSURE?

If residents are unsure that a person visiting their community is a county-affiliated appraiser, they can verify the appraiser’s identity by calling either the Tax Appraisal office at 919-542-8211 or 919-545-8476.

More information on the Chatham County revaluation process will be coming soon, including a timeline and key steps, said Williams.

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