When you’re buying a home for your family, you want everything to be smooth sailing, right? You have high hopes for everything: a dream home, an easy buy, an easy move, and, of course, easy unpacking. Buying and moving homes can be stressful, so it’s going to be a massive burden that while you’re in the process of settling in, you have a neighbor knocking at your door and informing you that your fence, shed, or whatever is on their property.

So, no one likes stumbling into a land dispute; you might feel more frazzled than festive. It’s really stressful, especially if something just isn’t your fault, like the previous owner having a fence or shed put up or their house extended past the property. It can all be super confusing. But you don’t have to worry, though! While yes it can be stressful, sometimes even costly, it’s not the end of the world (nor is it your fault).

In fact, land disputes among neighbors are more common than you might think, and they can often be resolved amicably. So, with that all said, here’s how you can handle this tricky situation with grace and get back to enjoying your new nest.

Get to Know Your Boundaries

First things first: understand exactly what’s being disputed. Is it a fence line, a garden, or perhaps an old tree whose roots are causing confusion? Knowing the specifics will help clarify your next steps and keep conversations focused and factual. Actually, it’s going to be best to look into your title documents and deed, which is something you can order here.

This, in itself, will almost always fix this dispute. These papers usually detail your property lines and any rights that come with your land. If the legal jargon feels overwhelming, don’t hesitate to get help from someone who speaks the language of legalese—like a trusted realtor or a legal advisor who specializes in property laws.

Bring in the Experts

So, just like what was stated above, it might be helpful to get an expert on your side. So, with that said, if things still aren’t clear, hiring a professional surveyor might be your best bet. They can map out your property based on legal descriptions and physical land markers. This map isn’t just a piece of paper but a powerful tool for understanding and asserting your property rights.

You don’t have to go to court, and just talking it out with a professional can usually be cheap or free, such as discussing the property with the real estate agent you bought from, for example.

Try and Talk It Out

Sometimes, this will do the trick; sometimes, it just won’t. But it’s best to try this at least once. So, with that said, once you’re armed with information, a friendly chat with your neighbor might be all it takes to clear the air. Invite them over for coffee and discuss your findings. Most times, neighbors aren’t looking to stir up trouble—they’re likely seeking peace of mind just like you.

Mediation

If a casual conversation doesn’t do the trick, bringing in a neutral third party could help. Mediation is less formal than court and gives both sides a chance to express their concerns and work together toward a solution. So it can be awkward, but sometimes it’s just needed.


Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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