The methods that local governments use to assess property tax differ from municipality to municipality. The first thing you need to do, in order to find ways to lower your property taxes, is to find out how the municipality in which you reside determines property value.

Review you property tax information. The municipality that governs your property taxation, in most instances that is the county or parish, keeps records on your property. These documents include things like lot size, square footage, number of rooms, additions or alterations, and architectural design of the home. 

If you are thinking about making major home renovations like building a pool, adding a deck, or even constructing a shed, remember that these improvements will, undoubtedly, raise your property taxes. In certain areas this list extends to include property improvements like replacement windows, vinyl or aluminum siding, painting, and fencing.

If your home is scheduled to be assessed, you may want to restrict its appeal by not performing any cosmetic improvements to the outside of your property until after the assessment. You also want to prevent interior improvements like new appliances, flooring, or counter-tops before an assessor


After undergoing a tax assessment, many homeowners simply enable the assessor to roam the property by themselves. In this way you could make it more likely to get a more realistic property assessment and possibly lower your property taxes.