Should I get a property survey?
May 16, 2012 6:27 AM Subscribe
What's the downside of not getting a property survey?
posted by glenngulia to home & garden (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We bought a house a year ago in Ohio. At closing, the sellers provided the copy of a property survey they had done recently because the neighbors behind them were disputing the border. Visible stakes should were placed in the ground (per the survey), but upon moving in, we saw none.
The house behind us owns a huge piece of land so their house is very far away from us. We're not planning on building a fence or anything like that so the exact property line isn't that important to my day-to-day life.
Flash foward to this spring, each time they mow the lawn, the neighbor encroaches further and further onto what we thought was our property.
I'm feeling to cheap & lazy to have another survey done to put new visible stakes in the ground. Do I have anything to lose by ingoring this issue, i.e. losing a portion of my property due to something along the lines of squatter's rights?
(How am I arriving at what I think should be the property line? I live on a cul-de-sac developed 15 years ago. The house behind me is probably 50-75 years old and the owns the land behind every house on my street. I believe all the property lines on my street are aligned with one another. These neighbors behind me encroach the invisible line of the backyards of the house on my left and right. Our street doesn't curve in front, so our fronts of our properties line up. I guess it's possible that I own 20 less feet than both of my next door neighbors but that seems odd. One of my next door neighboors has visible stakes and says we used to have visible stakes that lined up with theirs but they magically disappeared before we moved in.)