Listers will be conducting property inspections in Medford over the next two years, according to the city.
The city has hired Vision Government Solutions, of Northborough, to carry out the inspections, mandated by the Bureau of Local Assessment of the Department of Revenue.
The listers, who will be going door-to-door, will have photo identification, and the city Assessor’s Office is urging property owners to ask the listers for ID before granting them access into their home or business.
A description of the listers’ cars and license plate numbers will be on file with the Medford Police Department and the Assessor’s Office, according to the city.
During the inspections, which will be done at all residential, commercial and industrial properties, listers will physically measure a building’s exterior and do an inspection of the interior.
Building characteristics, such as size, age, quality of construction, construction materials, improvements, story height and condition, will be noted. The homeowner or company representative will be asked to sign a “property record card” at the inspection to verify that it took place, according to the city.
The entire inspection process should take 15-30 minutes.
Listers generally work between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. There will be an initial attempt to visit a property, and, if no one is at the home or business, a letter will be sent to the property owner with a number to call to schedule an appointment.