Why do the Assessors need to come to my home?

The short answer is that per state law, we’re required to make these visits.

Per Mass. General Law Chapter 59, Sect. 39 all municipalities in the Commonwealth are required to assess all real and personal property at "full and fair cash value." To achieve this, the Department of Revenue mandates that each municipality do a full data collection at each of its parcels at least once every nine years. Because of the nine-year cycle, these inspections are referred to as "cyclical inspections."

Assessing office employees may have several reasons to visit your home. Below are few common reasons:
  1. For your home’s cyclical inspection (once every nine years)
  2. To inspect any alteration work (annually)
  3. To verify property sales (monthly)