Disputes over property lines can be costly, time-consuming and stressful. Avoiding these conflicts starts with an in-depth understanding of your property’s boundaries and the steps available to you to enforce them.
There are several things to consider when you want to prevent property line disputes.
Clearly identify your property boundary
The first step toward preventing disputes is ensuring that your boundaries have clear markings. The best way to do this and avoid accidental encroachment or mistakes is by hiring a property surveyor to mark your property line. According to Quicken Loans, a property survey costs an average of about $500, though the cost can increase with more complex or larger properties.
Understand your zoning regulations
The zoning regulations also help you avoid property line disputes. Your local zoning laws dictate acceptable use and development of properties in the area. Understanding these regulations reduces the risk of any actions that might encroach on your neighbor’s property or violate these policies.
Maintain adequate records
Well-organized and comprehensive property records, including deeds, property surveys and permits, can help you document and enforce your property lines.
Maintain your property
Routine property maintenance reduces the risk of property line disputes because it prevents any overgrowth from encroaching on your neighbor’s property. Not only that, but it helps you identify any fences or trees that may pose risks to your neighbor’s property.
Establish property line agreements
If there are questions about property line boundaries or shared responsibilities, discuss those concerns with your neighbor. Establish agreements that set expectations for both of you.
Property line disputes can lead to complex litigation issues without careful consideration. Preserve your finances and your relationship with your neighbors by taking the steps to reduce your risk of conflict.