177319157Dean Graziosi explains that understanding and knowing where your property lines are is a great way to avoid any disputes with your neighbors.  The purpose of property lines are to define the points where your land ends and your neighbor’s begins.  Knowing where your property lines are will allow you to legally build fences, pools, driveways, and garages without crossing over into your neighbor’s property.  It is also a great way for homeowners to avoid expensive lawsuits that resulted from property line disputes.  To help you understand where your property lines are, I have put together some helpful information.

The first place that you can look for information regarding your property lines is your deed.  You will find a description of the boundaries for your property which will make it easy for your to measure from known landmarks on your property.  Homeowners should be careful when using this information to determine their property lines, some of the landmarks included in the deed may no longer be on the property.  If your current deed does not include this information, you may be able to locate it using an older deed.

The next step you can take is to look over your property survey.  When you purchased your home, you likely received a map, also referred to as a plat, which provides you with measurements and the location of your property lines.  If you didn’t receive this information with the paperwork you received when you purchased your home, you can contact your local clerk’s office.  You may also be able to locate copies of this information online, according to Dean Graziosi.

If you are having difficulty locating a survey or plat, you always have the option of hiring a professional to perform a land survey.  The surveyor will measure and map your property while also marking the corners of your property with stakes.  The cost of hiring a professional surveyor tends to vary from area to area and the size of the project.  If you choose to hire a surveyor, it is highly recommended that you speak with more than one to ensure that you are receiving the best price available.

When you hire a surveyor, you should hire one that is licensed in your state and carries professional liability insurance.  This will cover you in the case that your survey made a mistake during the survey.  You should also ask about the type of equipment that will be sued in the process; know that a GPS and CAD will provide you with more precise measurements.  You should also explain why you are in need of a survey and voice any concerns you may have related to your property.