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Citywide Re-inspection
of Residential Properties

The City of Grosse Pointe Woods Assessing Department is conducting a re-inspection of all residential properties located within its taxing jurisdiction. This re-inspection project has the objectives of fair and equitable assessment of each residence, preparation of property assessment records using modern technology and presentation in a modern format, and compliance with State Tax Commission assessment standards for periodic review of all parcels located within the boundaries of the city.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of field appraisers visiting, measuring, and photographing my house?

The City of Grosse Pointe Woods Assessing Department has initiated a program to conduct a re-inspection of every residential property located within the city of Grosse Pointe Woods over the field seasons of 2013 and 2014. A component of updating departmental records requires an exterior measurement of each house as well as exterior measurements of any other structure (e.g., garage or shed) located upon the property. A digital photograph is taken for inclusion in departmental records, and is useful not only to the Assessing Department, but as a reference for property owners, real estate agents, and real estate appraisers. The State Tax Commission requires departmental records to meet stringent standards for accuracy, level of detail, and recency of inspection.

Will everything on my property be measured and inspected?

Yes. However, this is only on the exterior. Some items will be noted as informational items only, but the State Tax Commission requires any improvements, large or small, to be inspected and measured.

When will the results of this inspection take effect in my assessment records?

If your house is inspected in the 2013 field season, any adjustments will occur on the 2014 assessment roll. If your house is inspected in the 2014 field season, any adjustments will occur on the 2015 assessment roll.

When will I be able to see the results of this re-inspection?

As a result of the volume of this project, approximately one-half of the properties will be visited before the end of calendar-year 2013, and the remaining one-half prior to year-end 2014. Records in final format will be available prior to issuance of 2014 assessment notices in mid-February 2014.

Do you need to go in my backyard?

Yes. To ensure a proper and thorough inspection, a field appraiser will be required to go into your backyard as a portion of the inspection. The field appraiser will first knock twice at the front door and if no answer is received, will start measuring the front of the house, proceeding around all sides of the house. Please try to keep your gate or fence unlocked for a 7-10 day window of time after a notice of inspection is mailed, giving the field appraiser easier access to perform professional responsibilities if you are unable to be home for the visit. A notice will be left if the field appraiser is unable to inspect fully the property. If a notice is left, please contact the office at (313) 343-2440 to arrange for a field inspection.

Do you need to inspect the interior of my house?

No. The field appraiser will not need to inspect the interior of your house, and will not ask to do so. All inspection-related items that are necessary for review pertain to an exterior-only basis. It is possible that the field appraiser may have questions about the interior of the house, so your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

How will I be able to identify field appraisers as agents of the City of Grosse Pointe Woods?

The field appraiser will bear a prominently-displayed, City of Grosse Pointe Woods identification badge, and will be carrying typically a clipboard, copies of existing assessment records, a tape measure, and a camera. If further identification is needed, please do not hesitate to contact the Assessing Department at (313) 343-2440 to verify the area in which the field appraiser currently is performing inspections.

What do I do if a card is left on my door?

There are a number of different reasons a card could have been left, so please simply call the office at (313) 343-2440 at your earliest convenience to further assist in the accuracy and completion of the ongoing project.

What if I have a pet?

Once a preliminary postcard has been received, if possible, please keep all pets indoors if you do not plan to be home during business hours for the 7-10 days to follow.

What if I have made no changes to my property since it was purchased?

Though you may not have made changes to the property since you purchased it, the project does entail current photography, field inspection, and verification of departmental records. In some cases, properties have not been field-inspected for many years or even since original construction.

Are you able to assess for something that is not attached to my house?

Yes. However, this is case-specific. A common misconception is that if a porch or deck is not physically attached to the house, it cannot be assessed. It is necessary that all structures upon the land be properly inspected and noted on the property record card. To the extent that an item has contributory value, it is appropriate for it to be included in the property assessment.

Which items contribute to an assessment, and which do not?

Replacement of general maintenance items such as roofing, gutters, windows, siding, etc. does not render these as assessable items. Typical items that result in an assessment change include, but are not limited to, discovery of air conditioning, decks, porches, patios, sheds, additions, garages, carports, in-ground pools, and outbuildings, when these items were not formerly considered as part of the assessment record.

Does this have anything to do with my principal residence exemption?

No. This inspection is completely unrelated to your principal residence exemption status.

Is there any way to protest the assessment for my house?

 Yes. Each year in mid-February a notice of assessment is mailed to every property owner within the city of Grosse Pointe Woods. Once the assessment notice is received please review the information provided. A list of dates and times to protest an assessment at the March Board of Review (assessment appeals board) is included on this document. Failure to send or receive an assessment notice does not invalidate an assessment, so please contact the office by the end of February if you have not received your assessment notice. At all times of the year, the Assessing Department encourages property owners to contact the office at (313) 343-2440 or in person at City Hall with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any aspect of the assessment and taxation process.

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