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Agreeing on property boundaries with your neighbor

Property boundaries can seem insignificant when you first move into a property, but when you begin to start considering value maximization or when you are planning on selling the property, the importance of these issues will be highlighted. If you believe that your neighbor is encroaching on your land, you must address this directly and with a good understanding of the law.

No-one wants to become involved in a conflict with their neighbor over property boundaries. This is why you should approach the issue carefully. The following are steps you should take when trying to agree on property boundaries.

Have your land surveyed

Land surveys exist in your city clerk's office, but they are generally too complex to be understood by the average person. This is why you should consider hiring a professional to inform you of your property boundaries.

Speak to your neighbor

If you learn that your neighbor is encroaching on your property boundaries, you should inform them of the results of the land survey. Ideally, they will accept this.

Alternatively, if you both agree on property boundaries that are different from the official land survey made, you can both make a "land lot agreement". This can be done through the signing of a deed, but this must be done in compliance with your local zoning laws.

Consider a trespass lawsuit

If you and your neighbor cannot come to an agreement and they continue to trespass on what you consider to be your land, you may want to consider filing a trespass lawsuit.

It's important to remember that property boundaries can affect the value of a property considerably; therefore, you should take action to clarify your property boundaries when necessary.

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