How to Determine the True Property Lines From a Boundary Survey

Boundary lines are used to show the corners of the property and the land included in a particular lot. Boundary lines are marked by a surveyor for a variety of reasons. A land survey may be done when selling or purchasing a home to show the area of the property. A homeowner may also choose to have a survey done when obtaining a building permit or for fence installation. Boundary surveys may also be used to mediate property disputes to show the true property lines.

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Step 1

Obtain a copy of the boundary survey plan. This will show a drawing of the property, including the house, other building structures and fences. It can be provided by the Realtor when purchasing a home or by the surveying company.

Step 2

Review the survey. The boundary lines will be marked on the survey along with the measurements of the property provided by the surveyor.

Step 3

Check the marked corners of the lot for the flags left by the surveyor. These flags are used to show where the property ends.

Step 4

Look for lines sprayed onto the grass. This is an indication of the easement. Easement lines are used in the surveying of property for the purpose of putting up a fence. If utilities, such as gas or water lines have been located, they will be marked with colored flags and a corresponding color of lines painted onto the ground. Take care not to dig in these areas.