Boundary line issues can be very sensitive among neighbours, so it is a must that you follow the guidelines set forth to define the true and correct property line. Boundary line disputes can only be solved when all of the facts and data is gathered. Once the proper data is obtained and the boundary is determined, the dispute can be resolved.
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Things you need
- Deed for your property
- Deed for your neighbour's property
- Metal detector
- Real estate surveyor
Visit the register of deeds and secure a copy of both the title for your property and that of your neighbour's. The deeds will give detailed descriptions of the properties and, while the recording on the title is potentially inaccurate, these documents are paramount to this process.
Obtain a property plat map for the neighbourhood from the register of deeds. There may not be a plat map for your area if you live in an older part of your community. If you live in a new development the developer will surely have the plat map. If you have access to a metal detector you may want to see if you can locate the iron pins that were driven in the ground when the land developers originally marked the boundary line.
Talk to your neighbour and present the legal documentation that you have gathered. This information may be all that is needed to resolve the issue. In some cases you may have to take it a step further and get outside verification.
Employ the services of a property surveyor and present the documents that you have gathered from the registrar to the surveyor. The surveyor will determine the exact location of the property line and leave markers indicating the legal property line.
Tips and warnings
- Real estate surveyors can be found in the phone book.
- Be sure to remain respectful during exchanges with your neighbour--these types of affairs have been known to get out of hand.
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