How can I determine my property lines?

If you’re a home owner in Georgia, you should have a good understanding of your property lines. Not only will this allow you to identify when your lines of have been breached, it will also prevent you from encroaching on your neighbor’s property, which may cost both time and money. BobVila.com offers the following information on how you can identify your property lines if you’re unsure where they lie.

Contact your zoning department

Property lines are designated by plats, which are maps of your property. Plats are normally kept at your local zoning office, where they can be retrieved by homeowners. You may have also been provided a copy of the plat when you bought your home, so be sure to look through your mortgage documents. If your home is older than 100 years, it may lack documentation on boundaries.

Examine sidewalks

Sidewalks are often designed around property lines. Go to the front of your house and look at the lines in the concrete. These may mark out your home’s boundaries, particularly if the concrete poured in front of your house differs from the front of your neighbor’s property. While this isn’t necessarily a definitive boundary, it can give you a general idea.

Have a survey performed

If a dispute has arisen and you can’t locate the necessary documents, consider having a survey of your property. Not only will this provide a clear picture of the confines of your property, a professional survey is also considered legally binding in court. This makes it extremely useful if you plan on building an addition, which could be disputed if it ends up on your neighbor’s property. 

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