How to resolve a disagreement about a real property boundary

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How to resolve a disagreement about a real property boundary

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2023 | real estate transactions

The boundaries of a property determine the landscaping choices someone makes and even whether they can add an addition to their home based on current zoning rules. The boundary also influences the size of a parcel, which will inevitably impact its market value. 

Frequently, people learn about a visual marker for the boundary of a property from the seller. A specific tree, a fence or a post might mark a corner or edge of the property. People can make mistakes about markers or even move them intentionally in some cases. 

When neighbors find themselves disagreeing about where a boundary actually falls, the issue can quickly spin out of control and develop into a relationship-destroying disagreement. How can neighbors potentially resolve their current disagreement about where the property boundary falls?

Deeds can be helpful

Every deed typically has a legal description attached that discusses the exact boundaries of the property. Occasionally, what someone heard from the previous owner or what they remember is inaccurate. Reviewing the deed could be enough to resolve the disagreement. 

Surveyors can help

There are real estate professionals whose sole job is to establish the boundaries of real property. In a scenario where there is a disagreement that deeds and discussions can’t seem to resolve, bringing in professional help might be the optimal solution. A surveyor will place markers that clearly establish the boundary between the properties. 

In some cases, boundary disputes may even wind up in court, as the actions of either property owner could affect the other. Learning more about common solutions for real estate issues will benefit those who own real property and want to protect their investment.

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