How do I find out if there are any easements on my property?

To determine if there are any easements on your property, it’s essential to conduct a thorough investigation as easements can significantly impact your ability to install structures like swimming pools. An easement is a legal right for someone else to use a portion of your property for a specific purpose, such as utilities, access roads, or drainage systems. Here’s how you can find out about any easements:

  1. Property Deed: The simplest way to start is by examining your property deed, which should outline any known easements on your property. Easements are usually recorded here, giving you initial insight into any that exist.
  2. Local Government Records: Visit your local government office, such as the county recorder, county assessor, or city planning department, to access public records related to your property. These offices maintain detailed maps and records of all registered easements. They can provide you with information on any recorded easements that affect your property.
  3. Title Search: Conducting a title search is a more thorough way to uncover easements. This process involves reviewing public records to trace the history of ownership and identify any easements that may not be listed on your current deed. While you can do this yourself, it’s often more efficient to hire a title company or a real estate attorney, as they have the expertise to navigate complex property records.
  4. Survey: Hiring a professional land surveyor can provide a comprehensive overview of your property, including the boundaries and any easements. A survey can reveal not just recorded but also unrecorded easements based on the property’s usage and history.
  5. Homeowners Association (HOA) or Neighborhood Association: If your property is part of a homeowners association or a similar organization, check with them. They might have knowledge of easements that affect your property or neighborhood.

Understanding easements is crucial before undertaking any major project on your property, such as installing a fiberglass pool.