How accurate are Plat lines on GIS maps?
I just looked at the plats online for our house. We will be putting up a fence soon and will have to get a survey. When I saw the plat, I found something that I never noticed before. The line btwn our house and the neighbour's is further over on the plat. It indicates that their fence, garage pad and a portion of their 2nd built garage are on our property. Essentially, the line btwn the houses ends on their driveway.
How accurate are these lines on these plat maps on the County GIS systems?
We were talking to the neighbour a couple weeks ago as he asked about the trees btwn his driveway and ours. He asked if we could have a collaborative effort to have them trimmed. We agreed and said we'd get together on a weekend in sept to do this.
He then mentioned that the previous owner came out screaming at him because he was trimming what she considered to be her trees. When he told us this, we thought that was silly because if they fall on his side of the property, then he can trim them however he wants, thinking that the dividing line was around the line of where his fence is. This fence was installed by the owners prior to them.
Now, I'm wondering if the previous owner knew about the property lines and that's why she freaked out on him. But then, why wouldn't they have done anything about the lines or notified us about it? Is this a disclosable issue?
See photo below. Our neighbour's house is the one with the red car on the left side of their driveway (when facing the house). Ours is to the left of them, again when facing the house.
Also, looking at our neighbour with the pool, it looks like their back line is further inside their yard, so I'm wondering if these lines are an estimate. However, when looking at all the other houses on our street, the lines look pretty accurate.
This misunderstanding of the line may be why we weren't able to find the pins using a metal detector to get an idea prior to having a survey done.
Finally, after we have a survey and it is discovered that the lines are correct and it is our property, how on earth do we approach the neighbour without causing a huge rift? They could be completely in the dark and have no idea. We certainly wouldn't ask them to move anything, but we would like to be compensated to have that part of the property transfered to them. Is that how it is typically handled? Otherwise, they would have to tear down their garage etc. We wouldnt' ask them to do that.
We're not talking inches here. We're talking about 5 or 6+ feet in width and the entire length of our property.