Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Realty Data Systems (RDS) inspecting my property?
RDS has been engaged by your municipality for the inspection of real properties, in order to comply with the Assessment Demonstration Program. This program became New Jersey law in January of 2013, and is intended to provide a more cost effective and accurate process for property assessments. It includes the annual adjustment of assessments to reflect changes in the market, and requires the completion of an interior and exterior inspection of all properties once every five years.
If my home was inspected in recent years, will another inspection be required?
Yes. If you have received a postcard notifying you that an inspection will take place this year, or a notice has been left at your property during our initial visit, an inspection is required this year. The previous inspection was likely part of a community-wide “revaluation” which took place prior to implementation of the new program. Once this year’s inspection has been completed, you can expect it to be an average of five years until another inspection is scheduled, in most circumstances. If improvements are made to your property during this period, a second inspection could take place at an earlier time.
Will this inspection affect my property assessment and tax amounts?
While our inspectors collect essential property data on behalf of your municipality, RDS plays no role in determining your property assessment or tax amount. For this reason, our staff has been instructed to direct any questions on these topics to your municipal Tax Assessor. Our sole focus is to ensure that property records are complete and accurate.
How can I schedule an interior inspection?
If a notice has recently been left at your property, we were not able to complete an interior inspection during our initial visit. Please click on the “Book Now” button on our homepage to schedule a more convenient appointment. Our system will allow you to view available inspection dates and times in your municipality, after choosing your inspector # (which is contained on the notice you received). If no available dates are displayed, our second and final visit to your property has already been completed.
How can I be certain of an inspector’s identity before allowing him/her into my home?
All RDS inspectors are easily identifiable in several ways. Each inspector will be wearing company insignia embossed in blue on a gray shirt or jacket, and will be displaying an RDS photo ID in a visible location. Inspectors also carry an official letter from your municipality’s Tax Assessor, which identifies them as RDS employees. In addition, all properties subject to inspection are mailed a notification postcard at least two weeks prior to any visit.