Assessors Office
Property Inspections:
Vital For Fair Valuations

Assessor Office Image
A property inspection is essential for assessing and ensuring fair property valuations. Learn how assessors use property data, what happens during an inspection, meet our data collectors, and see when inspections will occur in the coming months. Please schedule an appointment or contact us to learn more. Thank you for helping us ensure equitable property values.

Wondering why we ask to inspect your home?

If you're visiting this website, you probably received a notice that the Assessors Office would like to schedule a property inspection. Want to know why a property inspection is important?

This short video will explain!
Explanation video about the importance of an assessor's property inspection. 
Access the transcription here.

What does a property inspection entail?

Let us show you! Click on the steps sequentially to walk through a property inspection and learn what a data collector reviews as they verify your property's information.
1. The Front Door
PROPERTY INSPECTION | STEP 1

Every property inspection begins at your front door with a friendly knock. One of our friendly data collectors, direct from our office or that of our partner, CIDARE, will be waiting with their city id badge plainly visible.

We know your time is valuable, so we'll be as efficient as possible. When not operating under COVID-19 protocols, a guided interior inspection usually takes 5 minutes, and the ensuing exterior inspection usually takes about 10 minutes.
Data Collector’s identification card, with photo, name, job, office, and phone number.
The front door of an exposed brick house.
2. The Interior Inspection
PROPERTY INSPECTION | STEP 2

A full inspection usually includes a brief, 5-minute interior inspection. As you guide the data collector through your home, starting at the lowest level and working your way up, they will note the following:

• The presence, or lack thereof, of a basement.
• The type of heating and cooling systems present.
• The types of floors and walls used in construction.
• The number and types of rooms in the house.
• The number and type of bathrooms in the house.
• The overall condition of the house's interior.

​Feel free to ask your data collector any questions. They will try their best to answer everything and if they don't know the answer, they'll pass the question to the assessor.

Please note - NO INTERIOR PHOTOS ARE TAKEN. After the interior inspection is finished, the data collector will move outside to begin the exterior inspection.
A kitchen with a door, a sink, a stove, a microwave, and a fridge.
3. The Exterior Inspection
PROPERTY INSPECTION | STEP 3

The exterior inspection goes quickly. As the data collector walks around your house and takes reference photos, they also note the materials used for the facade and the roof. They also review and make sure that the subareas of the property are correctly referenced on the sketch.

Finally, the data collector will measure the exterior envelope for each building on the property. The measurements are recorded on the reference sketch and used to calculate the total square footage of the property.
Front door of a property.
A property's Sketch Image.
4. Outbuildings and Features
PROPERTY INSPECTION | STEP 4

As the final step in the process, the data collector notes any fixed structures separate from the house (such as a shed or garage) and any special features on the property (such as a pool or patio). For each outbuilding and feature, the data collector takes a picture and records condition information.

And that's it! Your property inspection is complete! Thanks for your help!
A backyard with a white shed, surrounded by trees and grass.

Meet the data collectors

Learn more about our data collectors so they're not strangers!
Data collector Carol Czech is a white woman with brown hair, wearing a vest and she's smiling.
Carol Czech
Quincy Assessors Office
Carol is the in-house field appraiser for the Assessors Office. When she's not in the field, Carol does a little of everything, from property analysis to data preparation, to customer service.
Hakim Boulil is a white man with brown hair and a beard, wearing a jacket and he's smiling.
Hakim Boulil
CIDARE
Hakim works for our partner, CIDARE, Inc., which executes cyclical and building permit inspections for the City of Quincy. A former architect, Hakim brings his friendly demeanor and his extensive knowledge of design and construction to the field.
Hakim Boulil is a white man with brown hair and a beard, wearing a jacket and he's smiling.
Diana Lambert
CIDARE
Diana works for our partner, CIDARE, Inc., which executes cyclical and building permit inspections for the City of Quincy. Formerly a real estate investor and entrepreneur, Diana employs her real estate and business knowledge to make sure the data she collects is accurate and to answer property owners' questions.
Hakim Boulil is a white man with brown hair and a beard, wearing a jacket and he's smiling.
Sharique Anwar
CIDARE
Sharique works for our partner, CIDARE, Inc., which executes cyclical and building permit inspections for the City of Quincy. A trained civil engineer, Sharique's construction knowledge helps ensure data he collects is as accurate as possible, while his kind demeanor makes him approachable and easy to talk to.
Data Collector Matt Cabrera is a white man smiling, with short hair and wearing a dark shirt.
Matt Cabrera
CIDARE
Matt works for our partner, CIDARE, Inc., which executes cyclical and building permit inspections for the City of Quincy. As a data collector and analyst for the last ten years, Matt brings a wide breadth of experience and customer service mentality to the field.
Data collector Chris Rooney is a white man with dark hair wearing a gray vest and he's smiling.
Chris Rooney
Quincy Assessors Office
A long time resident of Quincy, Chris began work for the City as a program manager for the Parks Department. Today he's a member of Quincy's Board of Assessors, working daily to ensure fair and equitable valuations.
Data collector John Rowland is a white man with brown hair wearing a jacket and he's smiling.
John Rowland
Quincy Assessors Office
John oversees Quincy's data collection operations for the Assessors Office. A member of Quincy's Board of Assessors, he holds a Massachusetts Association of Assessing Designation and oversees residential assessing.

Meet the data collectors

Learn more about our data collectors so they're not strangers! Swipe left and right to meet the assessors:
Data collector Chris Rooney is a white man with dark hair wearing a gray vest and he's smiling.
Carol Czech
Quincy Assessors Office
Carol is the in-house field appraiser for the Assessors Office. When she's not in the field, Carol does a little of everything, from property analysis to data preparation, to customer service.
Data collector John Rowland is a white man with brown hair wearing a jacket and he's smiling.
Hakim Boulil
CIDARE
Hakim works for our partner, CIDARE, Inc., which executes cyclical and building permit inspections for the City of Quincy. A former architect, Hakim brings his friendly demeanor and his extensive knowledge of design and construction to the field.
Hakim Boulil is a white man with brown hair and a beard, wearing a jacket and he's smiling.
Diana Lambert
CIDARE
Diana works for our partner, CIDARE, Inc., which executes cyclical and building permit inspections for the City of Quincy. Formerly a real estate investor and entrepreneur, Diana employs her real estate and business knowledge to make sure the data she collects is accurate and to answer property owners' questions.
Hakim Boulil is a white man with brown hair and a beard, wearing a jacket and he's smiling.
Sharique Anwar
CIDARE
Sharique works for our partner, CIDARE, Inc., which executes cyclical and building permit inspections for the City of Quincy. A trained civil engineer, Sharique's construction knowledge helps ensure data he collects is as accurate as possible, while his kind demeanor makes him approachable and easy to talk to.
Data Collector Matt Cabrera is a white man smiling, with short hair and wearing a dark shirt.
Matt Cabrera
CIDARE
Matt works for our partner, CIDARE, Inc., which executes cyclical and building permit inspections for the City of Quincy. As a data collector and analyst for the last ten years, Matt brings a wide breadth of experience and customer service mentality to the field.
Data Collector Matt Cabrera is a white man smiling, with short hair and wearing a dark shirt.
Chris Rooney
Quincy Assessors Office
A long time resident of Quincy, Chris began work for the City as a program manager for the Parks Department. Today he's a member of Quincy's Board of Assessors, working daily to ensure fair and equitable valuations.
Data Collector Matt Cabrera is a white man smiling, with short hair and wearing a dark shirt.
John Rowland
Quincy Assessors Office
John oversees Quincy's data collection operations for the Assessors Office. A member of Quincy's Board of Assessors, he holds a Massachusetts Association of Assessing Designation and oversees residential assessing.

Need to schedule an inspection?

No problem! Please review the letter or notice you received and select the type of inspection you require below.
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Confused? We're happy to help! Give us a call at 617-213-0286.