by Andrew Nix
good are property and boundary lines? A well maintained boundary line is
what makes good neighbors even better. Properly maintained lines establish
property ownership and can reduce incidences of encroachment, trespass,
timber trespass, and timber theft. Properly maintained lines provide clear
avenues to post your property with signage that can reduce incidences of
people trespassing to hunt on your property.
do you obtain property and boundary lines? If you are newly acquiring a
tract of property and are comfortable with the present location of the
property lines, a formal agreement with your neighboring landowners or
affirmation of the lines through your maintenance of the lines is enough
to establish property lines.
more prudent choice would be to obtain the services of a Professional Land
Surveyor (PLS). For more information on Professional Land Surveyors, check
the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors website at www.aspls.org
or the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land
Surveyors at www.bels.state.al.us.
A PLS will establish and mark property lines according to your deed
description. The PLS will make notes of any deviations of property line
from the deed description and will note other items such as encroachments
onto your property.
you have the lines established, maintenance should be performed every 5 to
10 years. If you have a large number of lines, you should begin a cycle so
that you are refreshing a portion of your property lines every year, while
covering every mile of lines over a 5- to 10-year period. This maintenance
would consist of freshening blazes, paint, and posting signs.
boundary trees need to be blazed and painted close enough for the line to
be easily seen by you and your neighbors. The posting of signs can be done
at any interval, with 100 to 250 feet between signs adequate. Winter is a
great time for doing property line maintenance due to the lack of foliage;
just remember that the line needs to be visible during the peak foliage
months during the summer. The recognized method of marking and maintaining
boundary lines can best be shown with the following examples:
1. Property Corner