For Municipalities

The On-Site Inspection

Recall that it is during this phase that the assessor gathers detailed information about a property from the owner or tenant. An on-site inspection of a property begins with a visit by an assessor. The following steps relate to an inspection of a residential property. This process is, however similar for commercial inspections. The inspection process consists of the following steps:

  1. After properly identifying himself/herself, the assessor will explain the purpose of the visit and request permission to carry out the inspection.
  2. The assessor will then observe, record and/or verify the relevant physical details of the exterior dimensions and characteristics of the property including both land and buildings. Some examples of the type of information that the assessor records are:
    • The type of house- bungalow, split-level, cottage, two storey, etc.
    • Other "outbuildings"- carports, garages, decks, pools and other outbuildings are valued
    • The age and condition of the house
  3. The interior finish details of the house are then recorded. Some details are:
    • The quality of the building materials and the handiwork used on the interior.
    • The size or dimensions and number of rooms
    • The type of heating and electrical system
    • The number of plumbing fixtures
    • Extra features such as fireplaces, basement rooms, etc.
  4. During the inspection, the assessor will answer any questions concerning the assessment process and advise of the appeal procedures should the property owner be dissatisfied with the assessment.

If the property owner is not at home. . . the assessor will leave a "NOTICE OF VISIT" at the house.

The inspection field on the data must be coded accordingly. All pertinent data available from the exterior must be recorded (ie. house measurements, outbuildings, etc.)