Property taxes can cause trouble for homeowners. They are always there and increase over time. (Read more here) Here are some quick tips for lowering your property taxes:

Visit Assessor’s Office

Most homeowner’s do not realize property tax cards are available to the public. Visit your local assessor’s office and request a copy of your tax cards. Property tax cards list information such as the size of your lot, number and dimension of rooms, any special features and any home improvements made.

Review your tax card and check for inconsistencies. If you find any discrepancies, speak to the assessor to make corrections or reevaluate your home. Small mistakes may make a difference in your tax amount.

Compare Neighbors

All home assessments are available to the public. When you visit your assessor’s office, research and review comparable homes in your neighborhood. You can also view general statistics about your town’s assessment results.

Again, you are looking for inconsistencies. If your house is listed much higher than comparable homes, you need to find out why. If you find any big discrepancies, politely bring it to the local assessor’s attention and ask for a reassessment on your home.

Evaluate Your Curb Appeal

Assessors have a set of guidelines they follow when assessing your home. However, results are still subjective. Studies show that attractive homes are usually assessed higher than unattractive homes.

Check your outside curb appeal. Compare the look of your home to comparable homes in the neighborhood. Do not primp and dress up your yard before the assessment. Save cosmetic changes until after the assessor leaves.

Limit Additions

Home improvements and structural additions will raise your property tax. Do your research before adding a permanent structure, such as a deck, garage or in-ground pool. Research the cost of the addition compared to the increase in taxes. Call your local assessor’s office for advice. This article provides some tips and tricks to lowering

Join the Assessor

You do not have to allow the assessor into your home; however, if you don’t, they may think you have something to hide. Your home may be assessed higher if you do not allow the assessor into your home.

Join the assessor during the walk-through of your home. Assessor’s usually notice the good points of your home, such as new appliances and improvements. Walk with the assessor and politely point out deficiencies as well as the good points so you know you are getting a fair evaluation.

With a little research and a little patience, you can possibly reduce your property taxes.