How do you map your property lines accurately without hiring a professional?


Quick Answer

Checking your deed and your property survey allows you to map your own property lines yourself. If you don't have the survey, you can get maps from the assessor's office that show the clear dimensions of your home's property lines. Use these tools for reference when laying out property lines.

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When you bought your house, the deed and property survey were among the stack of documents provided to you. In the deed, find the verbal description of the property's boundaries and measurements. Measure from the landmarks that the description provides to the property lines, and use a stake to mark the corners. Then measure the distance between the stakes to ensure that your lines match the description in the deed.

The survey contains a rendering of the measurements of your property lines, including the distance from the house to the boundary as well as to the streets. The maps in the county assessor's office may have the information you need if the survey and deed have gone missing, and the county assessor's website sometimes has tools to help with mapping the area real estate. If you've mislaid the deed and survey and the assessor's tools don't help, consider hiring a professional surveyor (and getting a replacement deed from the county records office).

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