Every three years each home in Hays County must be appraised. There are around 95,000 home in Hays County right now and that number is only going to increase. With technology improving Hays County officials are using it to their advantage. Now that officials are able to use drones to appraise homes the process is quicker and more precise.

The drone system that Hays County uses are provided by Eagle View. Eagle View specializes in property measurements by using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. The drones are able to accurately measure a property and the square footage of the home that’s on it. Drones are even able to see what additions are added to a home such as, a inground pool, back patio, or extra room additions. These additions greatly affect the value of a home. The software does not reveal any private information and is strictly used to help appraise a property.

Home appraisals are typically completed around the middle of April. Homeowners then have 30 days to appeal or protest the appraisal of their home. It is important for homeowners to check their appraisals thoroughly to make sure that no mistakes were made. Home appraisal mistakes can possibly affect a homeowner’s home insurance.

David Valle, chief appraiser for the Hays County Appraisal District, says “the job is very important for the county. It’s a responsibility like no other. This county has grown exponentially and new technology helps make the process more smooth for us.”