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Old 01-29-2009, 08:09 PM
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Wow, so many great ideas and insights. This thing has been brewing for months, I should have posted here before.

I would like to try locating the pins on my property myself, wouldn't mind getting (or maybe rent) a metal detector to do that. Right now everything's covered with a layer of ice, a layer of snow, and another layer of ice, and the idea of trying to find anything under all that is daunting. But a thaw is on the way, so maybe ---- I believe the original survey was filed with the town, so that may be the less expensive way to go.

The developer had his own survey done last month, but the survey guys were only on the property for an hour or so and there was no digging done that I could see, so I don't think they uncovered the concrete monuments (which the surveyor who gave us the quote says are the basis of surveys in our neighborhood).

It really wasn't much of a survey - they marked one corner by breaking a twig off a tree, tying a piece of plastic ribbon to it, and sticking it in the ground. Another corner was marked by just tying a piece of ribbon onto a branch up in a tree. I will check with the county surveyor's office to see if that survey (such as it was) was recorded.

We'll make sure that the surveyor we go with knows that we want an accurate survey, not just for him to put the line where we want it - good point, that would be fatal in court, if it should get that far. Very good to know that his rate sounds in line.

A lot to think about, and I will share all of this information with my neighbors, I'm sure they'll like the idea of adverse possession just as much as I do! Thanks so much to everyone who replied, it is heartening. - Carol
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:43 AM
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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We have a few historic townsites from the gold rush era around here and they are a surveyors nightmare.

It's almost impossible for them to "close" any survey. (Put 4 sides together and the last lines don't meet) Our surveyor suggested that using the term "lines of occupation" (where the fences are now) would be sufficient for our buyers needs.

It doesn't seem like the developer had a real survey crew out, more like some layout folks trying to get an idea what they have to work with.
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