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FAQ about Remodeling

Are there other times when a remodel will not cause a property tax increase?

Yes. A remodel for the purposes of earthquake safety, fire protection and soundproofing will not cause an increase in property taxes. Also: a remodel for the purposes of accommodating an owner, who is permanently disabled will not cause a property tax increase.

How does the Assessor's Office determine the increase in value for a major remodel?

The Assessor's Office determines the increase in value by considering the total construction cost and by reviewing recent sales of similar remodeled properties in the same area.

How does the Assessor's Office know when a home has been remodeled?

The Assessor's Office receives copies of all building permits issued by the cities and the county.

How does the Assessor's Office obtain information concerning the size and the cost of a remodel?

In addition to obtaining the building permit information, the Assessor's Office mails out a questionnaire to the property owner seeking information on the specific cost of construction and the actual size of the addition.

If I add a new family room, will the entire property be reassessed?

No. Only the "value added" by the new family room will be assessed for property tax purposes. The rest of the house and the land will not be reassessed.

What should I do if I disagree with the assessor's value for my remodel?

If you disagree with the value, you should immediately contact the Assessor's Office and discuss it with an appraiser. If you still disagree, you can file an appeal with the Assessment Appeals Board within 60 days from the date on the supplemental notice.

When will a remodel cause a property tax increase?

Generally speaking, a remodel will cause a property tax increase when actual new square footage is added, or new improvements are built ( i.e., spa, swimming pool). The complete remodel of a kitchen or bath with new, upgraded fixtures and appliances may also cause an increase in the assessed value.

Will every remodel cause an increase in property taxes?

No. Permits for normal repair, replacement and routine maintenance do not cause a reassessment for property tax purposes. Examples of these include a new roof, replumbing, rewiring or replacing a deck, etc.