How to Determine Boundary Lines on Your Property

boundary-linesProperty owners in Connecticut probably have a slight idea of what their property is comprised of, but things can get complicated when it comes down to boundary lines. Knowing exactly where your boundary lines extend to on your property can be vital information that every landowner should know.

If you don’t know exactly where your boundary lines are mapped out, there is a chance that one day there may be a land dispute with the neighbors or the town you own property in. In this article, we will examine why you should know where the boundary lines on your property exist and why this could be very important down the road.

Why Do You Need to Know Your Boundary Lines?

Boundary lines or property lines are developed from distinct points that separate the land of two different owners, no matter what the geography looks like. When you know exactly where your boundary lines exist on your property than you can legally place a fence, garage, a pool, or any other desired structure on your land. With the appropriate identification of your boundary lines, landowners can enjoy their land without intruding onto the neighboring property, preventing any unforeseen legal disputes.

Can You Determine Your Own Boundary Lines?

If you’ve never had a professional survey done and you’re thinking about where your property lines exist, it’s not an easy task. A professional surveyor has the ability to accurately record your property lines in an efficient manner. Even if you tried to measure your own boundary lines, there is a big chance that you will miscalculate the data, resulting in an intrusion onto the neighboring property. We recommend you hire a professional surveyor in case you ever have to legally prove where your property lines exist.

How a Surveyor Determines Your Boundary Lines

To determine your boundary line, a surveyor needs to start with your property deed, which includes a detailed description of the measurements and boundaries that have been recorded in the past. With the details from the deed, they calculate the line from the landmarks described in it and use a number of tools for this, such as:

Usually, the surveyors would mark each corner of your property with a stick or a marker and measure from each stake to the next all the way around the property and crosscheck that the measured lines match the deed.

How to Find Local Surveyors

land-surveyor-ctIf you’ve never had a survey performed or if you plan to make renovations on your property some day, you may want to hire a professional surveyor. A professional surveyor should be registered with the Better Business Bureau, licensed in Connecticut, and be able to give you plenty of references either online or at their office. For more information on where to begin, check out this free eBook from GHH: Steps to Choosing The Right Land Surveyor.

Key Takeaways

  • In order to prevent a land dispute with your neighbors or your town, you should know exactly where your boundary lines exist.

  • A professional surveyor will use a number of tools and techniques to determine your boundary lines in a legal manner. 

  • Be sure that the surveyor is licensed in Connecticut
    and registered with the BBB.

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