Fences should not be considered an indication of property boundaries. Legal
property boundaries are demarcated by surveyor pins or stakes. These are
typically 1/2" to 3/4" round iron pipes flush or buried slightly below land
surface. Newer pins might have yellow or orange caps that indicate the
surveyor's license number.
Locating property lines can be challenging. Older surveyor pins tend to
erode. Older property markers could be metal posts, rebar, pipes or car
axles. Those having difficulty locating their surveyor pins, also called
corner pins, should contact their city or county government and get a copy
of their plat map.
A plat map will identify each specific lot located in a subdivision - as
well as the shape and dimension of the lot - and where the surveyor pins are
If a plat map is not available, or no pins are found, the next step is to
contact a registered land surveyor to locate the property lines and set new
surveyor pins. The boundary surveyor will thoroughly research city and
county records relating to the land and all adjacent property. After
research, the field work begins, reconciling the research with the onsite
analysis on the property to determine the final boundary lines.
Boundary surveys might also include property improvements, fences, power
lines and any encroachments crossing the property lines. Costs of a boundary
survey can vary depending on property size, terrain, vegetation, location
A survey is strongly recommended before subdividing, improving or building
on land. Building beyond property lines could result in being forced to
alter or remove a structure, fines and lawsuits.
SUNIL SETHI REAL ESTATE
Sunil Sethi / Broker, President, REALTOR, MBA, CPA (inactive)
38750 Paseo Padre Pkwy Suite B3 / Fremont, CA 94536
Cell 510 388 2436 / Fax 510 431 9046
CA DRE#: 01173766