Make Sure You Know Your Property Lines
Knowing where your property lines are before making improvements is important. Otherwise, it could get costly.
When neighborhoods and homes are built, the land is surveyed. If there is a mistake made by a surveyor or builder, property lines can be skewed. A mere 3-foot deviation on a property line could send you to court, so PUP Pavers takes this very seriously.
Questions homeowners may face regarding property lines:
- Where does my neighbor’s property end, and where does my property begin?
- How far from the center line of the street is my property?
- Are additions to the house — including installation of walkways, sheds, or other structures — the proper distance from the property lines?
Fences and centerlines of the streets often provide a general idea of the location of a property line. However, they are not always accurate indicators. Fences sometimes are located on property lines, but they may have been erected well inside the line by the previous owner with the thought that it would make maintaining both sides of the fence easier. Sometimes property owners assume (incorrectly) that their lines extend to the same distance as their next-door neighbor’s line. On occasion, property lines are not straight. Lines on an arc can be hard to define.
Properties that border park or government lands also can present situations that are not correctly interpreted by homeowners. Some homeowners assume that since the adjacent park land will not be developed, it is okay to extend fences, or erect sheds, on that land. This assumption could lead to serious consequences for homeowners.
Homeowners whose fences are well within their boundary line must realize they are still responsible for their entire property, such as the maintenance of trees that are outside the fence but on their property.