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September 15th, 2016

How to Settle Property Disputes through Land Surveying

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Property Disputes through Land SurveyingWhile most people strive to be good neighbors, disputes over property lines and land boundaries can turn even the most amicable relationships into bitter feuds.

Whether you are currently involved in a conflict over land ownership, or you are simply looking to prevent any future issues related to the location of your lot lines, a professional land surveying company can help.

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Why Do Property Line Disputes & Conflicts Arise?

Many homeowners give little thought to the true location of their property line until a problem arises or a land survey is requested by a bank or finance company. Most people simply assume that their property boundary is where an existing fence or tree line is, or wherever the previous homeowner or neighbors say the lots lines are.

Property disputes usually occur between neighboring property owners when there is a change in ownership of a home. The new homeowner may wish to install a new fence, driveway or landscaping that might seem to encroach upon adjacent lots, leading to protests from their neighbors.

Lot line conflicts can also arise when homeowners apply for a building permit to upgrade their home with an addition, such as a garage, pool or extra room. Many municipalities will only issue a building permit if there is a current land survey on file for the property in question.

How Land Surveying Companies Can Help Resolve Lot Line Disputes

A land surveyor is an independent, licensed professional who researches property descriptions and deeds, conducts physical lot line assessments and marks land boundaries with durable corner markers in accordance with all applicable local, state and national laws and guidelines. Hiring a land surveyor is the only legally acceptable way to definitely establish true property lines. If a property boundary conflict escalates to the point where the courts are involved, a land survey will be court-ordered.

A home and the surrounding land is usually a family's biggest single investment, making it important for homeowners to know exactly where their property starts and ends. Professional land surveying companies can set the record straight when it comes to establishing legally binding property lines, preventing both costly legal disputes and irreversible damage to neighborhood relations. As the old saying goes, "Good fences make good neighbors," and a land survey will help make sure that fence is built in exactly the right spot.

Key Takeaways:

  • Property disputes are common when there is a change in ownership of a home.

  • Lot line conflicts can also arise when homeowners apply for a building permit to upgrade their home with an addition.

  • Hiring a land surveyor is the only legally acceptable way to definitely establish true property lines.

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About Adam Hoffman

Hoffman began his surveying career back in 1978 when he worked for his uncle, Bernard Godfrey. After graduating from Paul Smith’s College, he worked his way from rod-man to transit-man and eventually party-chief. In 1988 when Adam received his Land Surveying license, he and Mr. Godfrey formed Godfrey-Hoffman Associates. After 12 years of a great partnership, Mr. Godfrey retired which left Mr. Hoffman with the entire business.

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