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Surveys play an important role in real estate – they’re a record of a property’s boundaries and where one property ends and another begins.
Record Of Surveys – Review and Filing
A Record of Survey is an official map (18 inches x 26 inches) that is reviewed by the County Surveyor’s Office and then recorded with the County Recorder’s Office. The map depicts the survey that was made on the ground and delineates the boundaries (lines) described on the deed for the property.
Boundary lines on a survey depict the line where two properties meet. Sometimes, two property owners will agree to adjust the boundaries between two contiguous lots, and they can legally accomplish this by filing a Record of Survey that includes a Boundary Line Adjustment. Typically, this Boundary Line Adjustment can be completed without signing a separate deed.
Boundary Line Adjustments
Boundary Line Adjustments generally only cover a minor transfer of land, and are commonly used to correct a property line or a setback encroachment (for a fence, walkway, driveway, etc).
Boundary Line Disputes
Some of the most common types of boundary line disputes, include:
- one neighbor “occupying” a portion of land for a period of time and attempting to claim ownership of the land through “adverse possession”
- party wall disputes
- easement and/or access disputes (for a road or driveway)
- fence disputes
- outbuilding disputes
- landscaping disputes
We Can Draft Or Review A Boundary Line Agreement Or Easement
If you have a boundary line dispute with your neighbor or need to modify a boundary line, we can draft a contract that legally resolves the dispute and defines the new boundaries or easement agreement. After you and your neighbor have signed the contract, the next step would be to hire a land surveyor to document the new, agreed-upon boundary lines, and then have the Record of Survey reviewed by the County Surveyor’s Office and recorded with the County Recorder’s office.
At Timely Contract, we have local real estate attorneys who have experience throughout Idaho, including: Boise, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Moscow, and Sandpoint.
We also have local real estate attorneys who have experience throughout Montana, including: Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, and Kalispell.
And we have local real estate attorneys who have experience throughout Washington, including: Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, and Cheney.