How To Find Property Lines Online

These are the Six Best Methods To Find Property Lines for Free

Many homeowners want to know How to find Property Lines online and for Free.  This is a question that pops up from many homeowners who are curious to “see” where their property lines start and where they stop,
The issue is perhaps even more important – for those considering the installation of a privacy fence, garage, or shed.
 
Quicken loans suggest four ways to find property lines, whereas we Include two additional methods to find property lines by yourself.
 
If you fall into either category and wonder, “How can I see my property lines?” – this guide will provide the online resources you need to find your legally recorded property lines.
 

How To Locate Your Property Lines Online: Six Best Methods

1.  Access Property Tax Assessor (Via BSA Online)

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BSA Property Lookup – besthomegear.com
Your tax assessor’s office may provide plat map snapshots through its website.  Start Here: Assuming your city or town subscribes to BSA Software (most do), go to BSA Property Lookup.
 
Another online resource for property look-up is Netroline, which may be another quick way to see your records online if you cannot locate your property using BSA.
 
Open the link, select your municipality (township, city, etc., that taxes your property), then insert your address under property lookup.  

 

2. County Recorder or Tax Assesor’s website

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Property Tax Assessor Records
If your municipality does not use BSA for property lookup, you can use Google to search online for your County Recorder or Tax Assessor’s official website.
 
Once there, Look under Tax Records or Property Lookup for your property – which may have online maps of all real estate in your area. 

3.  Property Deed (Easiest Method)

Your property deed includes a tax description and, many times, a survey of the property that details the property lines.
If you don’t have a copy of your deed, you can get one from the county recorder’s office for a small fee.
 

4.  Google Maps

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Type your property address into Google Maps and zoom in until the property lines are visible. Note: this feature is not available in all locations. 
Additionally, this information will not provide a Legal Description or exact measurements for your property lines.
 

5.  Google Earth

You can also find property lines through the search engine Google Earth.  As mentioned with Google Maps, this information may not yield accurate results to determine property lines for building a deck or fence.
 

6.  Property markers

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Image of Surveyors Property Marker – besthomegear.com
If you have property markers set up, you can use them to determine your property lines. 
 
Note: Property markers (iron stakes or memorial tags shown) are typically only possible to find with a Legal Survey and a metal detector, as most are partially buried. 
Another handy tool is a cordless blower to clear debris while searching for property markers.
 

Wrap Up:

In conclusion, the quest to find free property lines is feasible with the array of resources available today.

Whether you’re looking for property lines to build a fence or you want to know where your property lines are to keep an eye on the dog (or the kids:)

Individuals can often obtain accurate estimations of their property boundaries by using free online mapping tools like Google Earth, government websites offering GIS data, and county assessor’s offices.

Additionally, utilizing old surveys and deed documents and collaborating with neighbors can provide further clarity on property lines.

However, it’s crucial to acknowledge free methods’ limitations and potential inaccuracies. These resources may not always offer precise boundaries, especially in densely populated areas or regions with complex land divisions.

Therefore, consulting a professional surveyor is the most reliable way to determine property lines definitively.

Moreover, while free methods offer valuable insights, they require patience, thoroughness, and a discerning eye to interpret data effectively.

Don’t forget to cross-reference information from multiple sources and consider the historical context to ensure accuracy – before you build!

Ultimately, consulting with experts and conducting thorough research remains pivotal in clarifying property boundaries and ensuring legal compliance and peace of mind for property owners.

References & Further Reading

Kevin Carroll
Kevin Carrollhttps://www.besthomegear.com
Kevin is the author and editor for Best Home Gear, and uses his 25+ years experience in Commercial and Residential Construction Management to author and publish the work for this website. In addition to publishing Best Home Gear; Kevin enjoys the outdoors in Michigan and Arizona, hiking, cycling, fishing, golf, and completing DIY projects at his Home and Garden.

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