GET A FREE PROPERTY SURVEY
So, you are thinking of starting a new project, backyard fencing, decking, patio or landscaping. Where is your property line? Is it where the neighbor has cut the grass for the last 10 years? Does the old tree mark the line? Maybe it is the edge of the flower gardens.
DON’T GUESS! It is so easy to get a FREE COPY of your registered property survey from your local county office. You can access many local county offices online to look up your property line and print for free at home.
You are looking for the property records and deeds department. Some are on old survey map paper in huge file cabinets, sometimes they are micro fich, and the newer records have been updated on computer and online.
If your county office doesn’t have online resources, just go to the main courthouse to the records department. You can look at your recorded survey for free and take a photo with your cell phone, or have them make a copy for you for a nominal fee (usually $1 to $5 depending on size).
If you purchase a piece of property you will have a deed (receipt) of the sale and the deed is recorded. Along with the deed, the original deed should have an original survey recorded also. There is also a tax record image (may not be as accurate as the property deed record).
When pulling your property survey consider getting a PLAT MAP. This is the entire area that was recorded. This way you also have property lines of the properties all around you. Why is this important? If you cannot find a property pin you may find the next one up and subtract the distance to determine your pin location. Check out this article Reading Your Property Survey.