A homeowner who knows the location of his property lines is able to use the information to avoid legal disputes. Property lines, or boundary lines, are the defined points where one person’s land ends and the neighboring lands begin. A property owner uses boundary lines to determine where to legally place desired items. Erecting a structure, such as a fence, or using a part of another person’s land can lead to lawsuits and unpleasant situations with neighbors.
- Check your deed – When you purchased your home or property, you will have received a written deed with your legal description included. Unless you are well versed in the language, it may be a bit difficult to understand. Occasionally, there will be a map included for clarification.
- Check with your local County Offices – With the advantage of technology today, many times you can find an online resource from your local county GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping.
- Contact a real estate professional – A local Realtor in your area should have access to county mapping systems, and can provide a good approximation of where your property lines are. Of course, the best advice is to hire a surveyor if exact points are to be located.