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Question DetailsAsked on 3/19/2017

how i know if the right and left side of my back patio fences are mine , i will like to replace them

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Look at the survey done when you bought the house, if one was done - typically a sketch included with the title insurance policy, and shows general dimensions of lot and locations of house and corners, and fences and such, and any infringements (things sitting on the line) - and those should be called out as such.

Otherwise, if you can't find your corners - commonly at exact corners away from the street and at street easement on sides bordering streets but sometimes a nail in the middle of the street (which may have been paved over). Driven corners of on-line markers in ground (as opposed to street) are normally just 1/2" rebar or 2x2piece of hardwood with a "P-K" location nail in the top driven in the ground sticking up very little (sometimes original wood lath or survey flagging is on or next to it still). If you can't find your corners and sight or stringline between them to see if fence is on your side or not (or on the line, in which both parties bear responsibility for maintenance if looking to replace due to deterioration,or both parties have to at least agree to the work if not both pay for it too), then a Land Surveyor can remark the corners and do a sightline check the fence to see whose side it is on, or if it straddles the line.

Survey typically about $125-150 range IF the corners are there or easily relocated from the street - more like $175-250 commonly if they have to pick up from nearby monuments or hubs to "bring in" survey control to your property, and can run up from there if the corners are marking and they have to go more than a block or so to bring in control.

IF you have a surveyor come in, probably good idea to have them put several "points-on-line" - driven rebar - on the lines so the fence guys have exact line location points to run stringline along so the fence stays where it is supposed to be - on one side or the other or on the line, as applicable.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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