How to Find a Property Map

By Si Kingston
Get a map of your property to determine the property lines.

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Property maps are often necessary to settle a property line dispute or to determine the true value or land associated with a piece of property. Property maps can consist of a sketch of the building, an architectural drawing of the building or a formal survey of the land. Each of these maps is available. Some can be found and copied for little or nothing. Land surveys, however, are typically completed by professionals who understand zoning laws and boundary designations and can interpret them for you.

Order a formal land survey. Many land surveys are required to finalize a real estate transaction, but you can order them yourself by contacting a survey company directly. It is best to contact a survey company in your county; that company will be most familiar with local zoning laws and other issues pertaining to land boundaries. The surveyor will draw up a formal map of the property. There is a fee for this survey.

Find a map of the property at the county auditor or assessor's office in person or online. The county assessor will have a sketch of the building and parcel map. The parcel map designates the horizontal and vertical boundary lines of the property. Online maps can usually be accessed for free, there may be a fee to access this information in person.

Visit the Register of Deeds at the county courthouse. The Register of Deeds records all documents pertaining to property, which includes parcel maps and plats displaying divisions in a section of land like a subdivision. There is usually a fee to copy this information. Some Register of Deed county offices have search indexes online which are free to access.

About the Author

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.

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