On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:23:49 -0500, "Steve Barker DLT"
Go to city hall and look up your plot. The surveyor who did the
original survey will be identified on it. If they are still in
business, it often saves you some money io have them update their
I found the guy who did one of my properties when the house was built
in 1952, and it cost me a LOT less in 1997 than any other quote I got.
On Sep 12, 3:27 pm, email@example.com wrote:
I had to have a survey done before I closed. Apparently it was just an
updated tape survey cuz the previous owner told me some guys came out,
took a few measurements in the yard and left.
I thought all was well until a few months after closing I submitted a
copy of the map along with the plans for the deck I was building. The
town clerk said I was really close to set back limits, but that I was
OK. I found that really strange since I knew where my deck would end
and I knew where my lot line was and I didn't think I was even close.
I went home and measured and I was right. I then took a close look at
the map and realized that they had put my house almost 20' back on the
map from where it really belonged. I called the company that did the
tape survey and they sent out a crew with transits and measuring
wheels and tapes and spent hours crawling through back yards and up
and down the street and holy sh*t you'd think they were planning some
multi-billion dollar super secret government installation!
When they were done, they sent me a new map, with my house drawn
exactly where I though it should have been based on my quick
measurements with a 25' tape. Sure was fun to watch!
The survey had beter be correct. If you have one done and it is not correct
and you build something by the survey and it is not correct, then the person
doing the survey has to make it right. Say you built your house by the
survey and later found 10 feet of the house was on your neighbor's property,
then the person doing the survey would need to buy the extra land or have
your house moved.
Also, you'll want to make sure there's not any rules about having the fence
ON the property line, AND that there's no utility easements. You'll also
need utility locates before you start punching holes.
Keep in mind that just because you only have gas, does not mean
your neighbors don't have more and it may run across your property.
In most areas the utilities will come out and mark their lines and
pipes for free.
In the unlikely event the main actually is on the other side and an
easement was obtained to make the run shortest distance.
Nobody said it does, only that stranger things are possible and worth
checking on when purchasing property to determine if there are any
hidden "gotcha's" such as a utility easement that isn't obvious from
It probably doesn't, but you never know. While making a flower bed, I
cut my neighbor's TV cable line, which was in _my_ yard. It ran all the
way across my lot to the junction box in the yard of the neighbor on
the _other_ side.
Note: Many posters add data that applies to the problem in general, not
specifically to you, to help other people reading the message later.
Besides, they might point out something you need to know, but haven't
thought of yet. :-)
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