this land is your land, this land is my land

We got our land surveyed yesterday! I’m so happy to know exactly where the property line is, and now we just need to figure out what to do about our fence.

The fence along the back (?) of our property is true to the line; we’ve never questioned that. The fence that runs up the side yard in between us and our neighbors is the one in question. From what the surveyor said, it starts out on the property line, and then slowly deviates. Not sure if this was intentional or just poor planning on the original owners’ part.

Our fence started deviating from the property line

From this picture, you can see the fence has moved to about a foot into our yard. (This is our fence, BTW – not the neighbor’s fence.)

The pink marks our property

By the time it gets past the house, it’s quite a bit off. The piece of fence that the pink thing is tied to belongs to our neighbor. Our fence is the post on the far right. I think you’d have to see it to understand what’s going on – it’s so hard to explain! But yeah, you can see how far over they are – and if we’re able to restore the fence to its correct position, it would really help with the water flow.

Today I turned in the permit to City Hall to demolish our porch. It was $250! I can’t believe I have to pay that much to take down something that’s not up to code anyways. They said they would call this week and set up an appointment for someone to come inspect it. I wasn’t expecting this, so now I’m paranoid that they’re not going to let us remove the porch for some reason. My dramatic-mind is going through all sorts of scenarios…

2 thoughts on “this land is your land, this land is my land

  1. Glad to hear that the survey went ok and that it is done. How do you think you are going handle moving the fence? Would it be worth just taking it down for a while? Also, while you have the property marked you should drive in some metal pipe or metal stakes where the survey stakes are so that you can always find them again. It helps save having to do another survey later on – if it is for informational purposes.

    That is a lot for a permit to tear something down! If the porch isn’t up to code there shouldn’t be any problem taking it down. I think they do that to make sure you aren’t overly devaluing the property. It should also lower your property taxes if you take the porch down (side benefit :) )

  2. Yeah I had a realization… When I was filling out the form, I forgot that we would be messing with electricity (outlets) and gas (outdoor heater). Now I’m paranoid they’re going to reject it because of those details!!

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