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Mark Your Property Corners so You Can Check Building Setbacks

Marking the Property Corners is a Very Important Part of Due Diligence

Hey, everyone. Brian Freeman here. Hey, we’re back on that lot. We’ve done a few videos on this lot. I wanted to show you another thing we found on this property and why it’s even more important to get your property corners marked

Some Background on This Parcel of Land

I’ll give you a little background on this particular lot. There’s a public road and then a 56-foot strip of land that runs back to the lot. Instead of it being a regular easement where you have adjoining parcels, and there are easements across them, it’s a 56-foot wide parcel of land. The owner of that parcel of land has given easements to all the different homes on this road for ingress and egress to travel in and out.

Mark the Property Corners to Establish Property Lines

By marking these corners, we’ve established this as the front line of this property. This front property line is straight. We’ve established the property corners on the East and West ends of the property, and we have found that it clips off the front corner of this structure. It runs through four or five feet of the front of this house.

Confirm Your Building Setbacks with the City of Middleton or Canyon County Planning & Zoning Departments

When you’re building, you have a building setback. You find your property line, and the City of Middleton or the Canyon County Building Department will tell you what the building setback is for a structure. This particular property has a 20-foot front yard setback. So for this house here, you would have to come back to the property line and then cut off another 20 feet of that house.

Problems When You Buy a Property with Structures not Meeting Current Building Setbacks

This home’s in a condition where you would tear it down, but if this was a house that was a good home and you purchased this property, this would be five feet onto the neighbor’s property. So you potentially would have to tear that part of the home down. If you made a neighbor upset and they turn you into the county, you have a code violation, there’s a ton of things that could happen with this, and you’ve got to make sure you mark the corners.

Make Sure Existing Structures Meet the Required Building Setbacks

It doesn’t matter if it’s on the front yard, backyard, or side yard; you’ve got to make sure that any structures on the property are within the building setbacks. So make sure you find that out. This particular property has a 20-foot front yard and 20-foot rear yard, and then it’s got 10-foot side yard building setbacks. There are a couple of other structures on the back of the property that are not permanent structures and fall within the building setback; however, it will not be a big issue since they will be getting torn down.

Wrapping Up

Make sure you mark your property corners to confirm you meet the building setbacks for existing structures on that property. So I hope that was helpful. Thanks again for tuning in. If you need help with building, buying, or selling your home or land, feel free to contact us. Have an excellent rest of your day.

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