New Homeowner Checklist

New Homeowner Checklist

Are you a new homeowner or new to Texas? With so much to do upon buying a new home, it is easy to overlook some vital steps. This checklist contains a variety of items often missed because new homeowners are unfamiliar with Texas property tax laws. Please visit other articles in our knowledge base for answers to many of your questions about appraisal and exemptions.

  • Update your current driver license to a Texas driver license that reflects the new property address.  You can visit for more information.
  • Check your property information on, Property Search for ownership updates.
  • Once ownership is updated on our webpage:
    • Confirm name
    • Confirm mailing address
    • Review the structures and improvements for your property for accuracy

Please see the information and links below regarding property tax exemptions. 

  • Add these important dates to your annual calendar:
    • April 15 – Last day for business property owners to file renditions or request an extension to May 15.
    • April 30 – Optional early deadline for filing protests to the Appraisal Review Board for residence homesteads; however, protests may be filed without penalty until May 15, or within 30 days of the date a notice of appraised value is mailed to the property owner.
  • Last day to apply for many types of exemptions, such as Solar exemption.
  • Last day to apply for agricultural or wildlife productivity appraisal.
  • May 15 – Deadline for filing protests to the Appraisal Review Board (or by the 30th day after a notice of appraised value is mailed to the property owner, whichever is later).
  • October – Tax bills are usually mailed during this month.
  • January 31 of following year– Last day to pay property taxes without penalty and interest.

**If a deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the last day to file is automatically extended to the next business day.**

  • Review our website videos
  • Save your closing paperwork in a safe place, especially your survey, deed, and Sale Settlement Statement for future reference.

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