I Want to Buy a House. Where are the Lot Lines?
This is a natural question to ask. If you are purchasing a property, you certainly want to know where the lot's boundaries lie. As a buyer, you should know that it is up to you to order an official survey to find out the boundaries of a lot. A seller is not required to supply an official survey in the state of Massachusetts.
Sometimes when you go to view a home, the listing agent or seller may have a copy of the plot plan available for you to review. However, this plot plan typically comes from the town's records and is really just an estimate of the plot. The plot plan will, however, give you a general idea of the shape and layout of the lot.
If a septic system plan is available, that may show more detail such as where the house is sited on the lot, along with the well and septic tank. Sometimes, a lot is marked by boundary pins and flags, but just as often those official corners of the lot are unknown.
Bottom line: If you want to know the exact boundaries of the lot, you will need to hire your own surveyor. Be sure to include this as a contingency in your offer.
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