Last week I hired a professional to come and survey my land. I had a general idea of where the property lines were, but I wanted someone who was meticulous to measure everything exactly. His co-worker hammered the stakes in the ground for me, so I could get a clear picture of the four corners. The map shows the easement with the Dept. of Water and Power, the zoning and restrictions. They painted spots on the ground around the stakes, as well. I own much more land than I was told. I had a feeling that was the case, which is why I had it done.
A couple of my neighbors had relayed stories to me about how when they had their places surveyed, they discovered that the people next door to them had encroached on their land. Unfortunately, this is all too common. Surveys are expensive, and many homeowners skip over them.
I was very pleased with the results of mine. I had the paperwork filed with the county, for future reference. I took photographs of the stakes, and made careful notes about their location. The man I hired told me that there is an $800.00 fine if someone removes the stake, and that it costs $250.00 for him to come back and replace it. Owning property is serious business!
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