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Land lines
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Lee    Posted 05-24-2002 at 02:58:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
any suggestions on how to determine property lines without having to pay a surveyor all that cash?

any websites or info avail which would give a good idea as to where the lines run? I've looked at aerial photos on usgs, but need more specific as it was once family property and is now being split up, so what was once a property line is just now becoming relevant and thus has become invisible over the years. please let me know.
thanks!
Lee


Hal/WA    Posted 05-24-2002 at 21:52:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the property has been in the family and is now being split up among family members, it may be one of the best investments you can make to have the part you are getting professionally surveyed, especially if you are considering building anything on it. Spending the money now might really help in preventing hard feelings, moved fences or even lawsuits later.

On the other hand, if the property was ever surveyed before, there probably are pins at the corners that you might be able to find with a metal detector, or if you have a pretty good idea where they should be, by probing around that spot with a shovel. If you can find an established corner, it is possible to carefully measure distances from that corner to where the other corners should be. In many areas there also are USGS markers that establish section corners. These markers are often in the center of an intersection of two roads and may show up as a divot in the blacktop. It is not too bad to get a close approximation of property lines, if the terrain is reasonably flat. If it is hilly, it is very hard to be accurate with just a long measuring tape.

If you are measuring lines to split up the property, I strongly urge you to do the job with the person getting the property on the other side of the property you are getting. If you can agree on a line, put down permenant markers of the new line and write up an agreement on where the line is, both of you sign copies of the agreement and have the copies notarized. This MIGHT help you out if there is a dispute later. I would not build anything more expensive than a barbwire fence on or near the agreed upon line, and I wouldn't get too attached to the fence.

Property division is really a serious matter. I really would suggest spending the money to have it professionally surveyed. It might be some of the best money you ever spend.


Tom Aldridge    Posted 05-24-2002 at 12:56:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you're land was ever surveyed & has the pins underground then get a metal detector to find the pins, once you use the compass,gps & measuring tape. That's what the surveyors used when they had to 'reassure' the neighbor that the lines were correct. They measured & then took a metal detector to check for the pins. They charged me $250.00 & I think even if you had to buy a metal detector they're less than that.
Tom


DeadCarp    Posted 05-24-2002 at 06:45:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
You need a GPS reader. They used to purposely shift the readings by satellite "for security reasons" but now they read spot on. The readers look like walkie-talkies. About $170 at fleet supply places.

You know about Terraserver don't you? They have online aerial photos that are good for about 6 foot definition. Click "Advanced Find" and type in your location. here's a picture of our north meadow and you can see the old Norway tree by the fork in the trail.


kraig WY    Posted 05-24-2002 at 06:39:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lee, go find a large magazine rack at a book store and find a mag. called "Fur, Fish, and Game". Its pretty cheap. Look in the ad section and you see a bunch of trapping books advertised. Find one call "Land Crusing and Prospecting". I can't find mine now and I can't think of the authors' name. Anyway its just a couple bucks. Its got an excellent section on surveying. It was written a long time ago for trapers, homesteaders, and miners. Simple to read and understand. Get the book, a good map, compass, and your legal discription. A GPS would be nice but spendy. Gonna be supprised how simple it is.


WallSal55    Posted 05-24-2002 at 10:55:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whenever we have had property surveyed in the past, the surveyors left markers, or metal rods
in the ground. Not sure what years they started doing that or how far back they began that practice.


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