How to Handle Property Disputes with Land Surveying

July 6, 2018 7:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Land disputes between neighbors are relatively common, especially after recent changes in property ownership. For example, neighbors commonly argue about who’s responsible for maintaining a fence located along the property line, who should have to pick up fallen branches or do yard-work and landscaping near the boundary, or simply where the property line begins and ends.

The best way to settle these sorts of disputes is by hiring a professional land surveyor to perform a boundary survey in Mobile, AL. Upon the completion of this survey, you’ll have a clear map of exactly where the property lines lie, which will eliminate a lot of the awkward discussions or bitter arguments you’ll have to have with your neighbors about which pieces of land are which neighbor’s responsibility.

Here is a brief overview of these surveys and what you can expect out of them.

The land surveying process

Professional surveyors use a variety of instruments and equipment to perform measurements and draw out boundary lines. During a typical survey, your surveyor will mark the boundaries of your property using markers such as metal posts. With the help of these markers, you’ll be able to get a clearer idea of whether your neighbors are encroaching upon your land—or if you’re encroaching upon theirs.

Your deed will contain a legal description of the boundary. This document will be of great assistance to the surveyor in his or her work.

Keep in mind that a land survey is your only legal means of officially determining property ownership. If you take the conflict to court, it is likely the judge will order another independent land survey to be completed on your property to settle that dispute, with that surveyor’s findings being considered binding.

Ending your dispute

Of course, depending on the relationship you have with your neighbors, it might take more than a surveyor to end the dispute and make things amicable between you again. Some land disputes require you to seek legal assistance and spend some time in court. If you can resolve the situation through amicable discussions then all the better for you both, but this is not, unfortunately, always a realistic solution.

But before you take any steps involving lawyers or surveyors, you should at least attempt to talk to your neighbor about the issue. The conversation might not result in conflict. If it does, go with a land surveyor first, and then inform your neighbor of the results in writing so you have a paper trail of communications that can back you up in court, if necessary. Further conflicts or discrepancies can be resolved with the assistance of a mediator or, ultimately, an attorney.

For more information about land surveying and the various benefits associated with it, we encourage you to contact the team at Polysurveying today to speak with a real estate surveyor in Mobile, AL. We will be happy to answer any questions you have for us. We look forward to working with you and helping you resolve your boundary disputes.

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