King County Appraisers Working Island-Wide
Mercer Island is due for on-site appraiser inspections; click to learn more
As early as this week, the King County Department of Assessments will be sending out its professional real estate appraisers across Mercer Island to physically inspect the outside of all properties.
For approximately six to nine months, these officials will be conducting their
, as they do for all parts of King County. Mercer Island's last on-site inspections occurred in late 2013.
Appraisers often drive marked King County vehicles, but sometimes also use personal vehicles; they will always wear a County badge with photo identification and will generally be working from 8:00am to 5:15pm Monday through Thursday, with some Fridays. No City solicitors license is required.
To conduct their work, the appraiser will visually inspect properties that are in plain view from a public vantage point (street, sidewalk, etc.); for those properties not in plain view, appraisers may use a private walkway or driveway for access, per Washington State Code (
If an appraiser needs to see more of a property, they will first knock on the door, contact the homeowner, and request permission to walk around. If no one answers, they will leave a card and come back later.
For more information, residents are directed to call the King County Department of Assessments office at
, or visit its
, which offers informational videos and FAQ's about the assessment process.