Those of you on the south side of town may get a knock on your door sometime this summer as the town embarks on a project to update its property records. At last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Mark Purple said data collectors will be going door-to-door to inspect all single family homes in Southborough.
In a letter to homeowners, the Board of Assessors said data collectors will be tasked with collecting and validating information about every home in town, which will then be used to update records for future home valuations. The data collector will conduct an interior and exterior inspection of each home, as well as photograph the exterior.
The letter stresses that the inspector who shows up at your door does not determine your home’s value. That is done annually by the Board of Assessors based on an analysis of market conditions. So if you’re frustrated about your home’s valuation, don’t direct that frustration at the data collector, but at the Board of Assessors.
The inspection project will be broken up over two years. Purple said the first half of the project will focus mainly on homes on the south side of town and is expected to last for about five months. Homes on the north side of town will be inspected this time next year.
Purple said data collectors will be wearing badges to identify themselves. You’re asked to check the badge before letting anyone into your home, and to contact the Assessors Office at 508-485-0720 or the Southborough Police Department at 508-485-2147 if you need additional verification.
Homeowners who are part of this year’s property records review will receive a letter from the town with more information.