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Tree_Fall
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Finding boundary markers?

I'm planning a driveway replacement. The existing drive joins the neighbors for part of its length making it very important that neighbor, contractor and I all agree on where the property line is. I've located boundary stakes on my back line. Where do I start looking for the front stakes, at the sidewalk or at the curb? I'm guessing they are under landscaping.


ItzMe1972
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Sidewalks usually have a break at the property line.


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Unobtanium
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Try the assessor's website for your county/parish. The EBR assessor has maps (surveys, subdivision plots, etc.) attached to most properties showing boundaries.

Markers will be iron pipe or 1/2" rebar, so you can find them with a metal detector.


NASA_ISS_Tiger
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Markers will be iron pipe or 1/2" rebar, so you can find them with a metal detector.


When our subdivision was being built we had pink flags on spikes driven into the ground. Once the houses were all built they removed the spikes. Or maybe they drove them deeper. Luckily one of mine does correspond to a seam in the sidewalk on one side. The other side is easy too since there's a transformer there.


MikeBRLA
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When our subdivision was being built we had pink flags on spikes driven into the ground. Once the houses were all built they removed the spikes.


Those wooden spikes with flags were just there to mark the location of the metal rods marking the corner of each lot temporarily. The metal rods are meant to be permanent.
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TigerDat
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Markers will be iron pipe or 1/2" rebar, so you can find them with a metal detector


Not necessarily and not all of them will be present still. Ask me how I know.

Get a metal detector, harbor freight has one for under $80, will help you find them of there.

For driveways, especially if you and the neighbor share one, the stakes may be offset to one side of the driveway by as much as 10'

Property plats are public records and can be found usually at your parish offices, in lafourche they cam be found at the clerk of courts office.

If none can be found, you may need a surveyor to come out and mark the line.

Be sure to do all your research because property line disputes cam be a pain in the ass, I know from experience


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jfw3535
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If it's that important, you can get a surveyor to mark the property line for you for about $300-500.


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Weekend Warrior79
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Depends where “your” property starts. Per my parish, my property starts 1’ from the sidewalk; so that is where I’d find my stakes. With that said, when I had my survey done for my fence, my stakes were only on one side of my property and they just used the legal property description for the width to plant my other flags


rodnreel
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As a licensed surveyor the best answer is if it is that important get a professional to locate your corners or reset your corners. I have seen dozens of issues where the home owner did a DIY and was wrong costing thousands.
This is one of those times where a little information can be dangerous and costly.

If your property has a plat then that is where you will find most of your information. Typically the road is 40',50' or 60' wide so your property starts 1/2 of that from the centerline. Be aware sometimes surveyors set reference monuments which is not the corner between you and your neighbor.

The older the plat the more likely the monuments may be destroyed because of later construction and may need to be reset using found monuments along the road left and right of you.

my stakes were only on one side of my property and they just used the legal property description for the width to plant my other flags

This is not the proper way to set missing corners and if a surveyor did do this he/she should loose their license.
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