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Section 4: Pre-appraisal Contact

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The pre-appraisal contact should be a personal meeting. During this meeting, give the property owner information on the overall timing of right of way acquisition, the general type of facility to be constructed, and the appraisal procedure that will follow. However, do not make a commitment to value or make an offer before receiving approved values. Also, use this contact to initially determine existence of the following items:

  • property improvements
  • leasehold interests in improvements on the property
  • known hazardous materials affecting the property
  • known or evident underground improvements
  • known liens against the property
  • advertising signs on the property.

During pre-appraisal contact, resolve any possible controversy with the property owner by distinguishing between realty being acquired and personalty not being acquired. Advertising sign structures are to be considered as personal property that may be eligible for relocation benefits if such sign structure is relocated.

Pre-appraisal contact is discussed in TxDOT's Appraisal and Review Manual. Complete Form ROW-A-PAC, Pre-Appraisal Contact with Property Owners, during the pre-appraisal contact.

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