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Discover Your Property Boundaries: Essential Tips for Syracuse Homeowners

Friday, May 31, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Discover Your Property Boundaries: Essential Tips for Syracuse Homeowners

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Why Knowing Your Property Lines Matters

Knowing your property lines is vital for preventing legal disputes, ensuring compliance with local zoning laws, and planning landscaping or construction projects. It's an essential aspect of responsible homeownership that can save you time, money, and stress.

Understanding where your property boundaries lie can help you plan for a new fence, avoid conflicts with neighbors, and adhere to zoning regulations. At BELL Home Team, we're here to guide you through the process of identifying your property lines. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started.


1. Check Your Property Deed

Your property deed is the first place to look for information about your property lines. This legal document often includes a description of your property’s boundaries. While the language may be technical, it can give you a general idea of where your property lines are located.

2. Examine Your Plat Map

A plat map provides a visual layout of your neighborhood, including your property and its boundaries. This map is typically included with your closing documents when you purchase a home. If you can’t find your plat map, your local county recorder or assessor's office should have a copy.


3. Review Your Property Survey

A property survey is the most precise way to determine your property lines. Surveys are usually conducted during the home buying process and should be part of your records. If you don’t have a survey, consider hiring a professional surveyor to measure and mark your property lines accurately.

4. Visit Your Local County Recorder or Assessor’s Office

For the most official records, head to your local county recorder or assessor’s office. They maintain detailed maps and documents of property lines. Many of these records are now available online, making it easier than ever to access the information you need.

5. Use Online Mapping Tools

Online tools such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping can be helpful. Websites like your local county’s GIS portal or other mapping services allow you to view property boundaries. While these tools provide a good starting point, remember they may not be as precise as an official survey.

6. Avoid Trusting Fence or Driveway Boundaries

Don't use fence lines, driveway boundaries, or your neighbor’s garden as a point of reference. Just because you've assumed that's where your property ends doesn't mean it's accurate. If the fence was built without a survey, it may be placed where the builder thought the line would be rather than where it actually is.


7. Look at Sidewalk Cuts and Streetlights

If you’re looking for clues as to where your property might start and end, streetlights or telephone poles at the road are commonly placed on property lines. Similarly, many cities follow property lines when pouring concrete for sidewalks by including a cut at the property lines, ensuring each property has a complete number of sidewalk squares. While these details may be more reliable than following your neighbor’s fence, they’re still not always accurate. Don’t consider breaks in the sidewalk or the location of a streetlight as a definitive marker of your property line without checking the survey first.

8. Consult with Your Neighbors

If you’re unsure about where your property lines are, a friendly conversation with your neighbors can often clear things up. They might have documents or knowledge about the boundaries that can help. Plus, maintaining good neighborly relations is always a plus!

9. Hire a Professional Surveyor

When in doubt, hiring a professional surveyor is the most reliable method to establish your property lines. Surveyors use specialized equipment and expertise to ensure accuracy. This is particularly important for significant projects like building a fence or an addition to your home.


Finding your property lines doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By utilizing these resources and tips, you can determine your property boundaries with confidence. If you have any questions or need further assistance, the team at BELL Home Team is always here to help. Contact us today for all your real estate needs in Syracuse and the surrounding areas.

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