From the Auglaize County Auditor’s Office:

The Auglaize County Auditor’s Office is beginning the annual countywide field appraisal work for new construction (new dwellings, garages, pole buildings, wood decks etc.). There are several hundred parcels that will be looked at throughout the county. These are cases where the Auditor’s office have received either a building permit or some other information about changes in structures on the property.

The Ohio Revised Code requires the Auditor’s office to “view and appraise” the property. The purpose of the project is to verify and update the description and data characteristics of the property, including any outbuildings, especially where there are new buildings or changes to existing structures. The appraisers will always knock on the door and introduce themselves, showing an ID badge. Each person also has a safety vest to help identify them as county appraisers. The vehicles have magnetic signs identifying them as county appraisers as well.

The appraiser’s will NOT go inside the home, even if invited to do so. They will simply make an exterior inspection and confirm that the current record matches the property. The appraiser may ask the homeowner to verify some information such as bedroom and bathroom count, upstairs or basement finish, and other data characteristics about the property. If any changes were made since the last inspection, measurements may be needed. Photos taken of the exterior will only be for county records. Those photos are not posted as public records nor are they on the Auditor’s website. If no one is home, the appraiser will leave a door hanger notifying they were there. The door hanger will show the Auditor’s office contact information.