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I Want to Buy a House. Where are the Lot Lines?

I Want to Buy a House.  Where are the Lot Lines?

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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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Comment balloon 4 commentsKathryn Acciari • February 11 2011 05:22PM


You are right on.....whenever I hear a buyer mention the bank doesn't require a survey, I remind them that the bank won't be living at the house or needing to sell the home layer with a encrouchment issue to deal with.  A survey is always best

Posted by Bryan Cerny (Rose & Womble Realty) over 9 years ago

Bryan:  And yet, this is something that buyers skimp on all the time.  Pay for the survey and know exactly what you are getting.  Thanks for stopping in!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Kathryn - What happened to the Valentine series?:)  It is interesting how buyer's agents are not usually concerned about boundaries.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 9 years ago

Conrad:  Have no fear, Valentines are still near.  :-)   I agree - sometimes I think they simply don't know how to respond to the lot line question.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 9 years ago