How to use Google Maps to find property lines?

One of the most important things for a new owner to understand is the exact boundaries of their property.

Property lines are the legally defined boundaries that determine the perimeter of a piece of property. They establish where one person’s property ends and another’s begins. These lines are documented in property deeds and can be identified through professional land surveys. Understanding property lines is crucial for preventing disputes with neighbors, complying with zoning laws, and ensuring accurate real estate transactions.

There are many ways to find out your property lines.  Google Maps is the most used online map service globally. However many people do not how to find the property lines on Google Maps. This article will help you find property lines on Google Maps.

 3 Easy Steps to Finding Property Lines on Google Maps

Although Google Maps does not directly show property lines as part of its standard map features. There is an easy way to see the property lines.

Step 1.) Start by going to the Google Maps website

Step 2.) Once you are on the website find the search bar located at the left side of the screen and type in your exact property address.

Step 3.) Once you have searched the property address, you will be presented with a standard default map. Next, tap the “+” button located at the lower right-hand corner of the screen to continue zooming in. Continue to zoom in on the property you are interested in until you spot those property lines. You will recognize them as slender gray lines.

Important Things to Consider Regarding Google Maps Property Lines

If the property lines do not show up, it is likely that this feature is not accessible in your region.

While Google Maps can be a valuable tool for displaying property lines, it is essential to recognize its limitations to manage expectations and accurately interpret the displayed information. One primary limitation is the accuracy of the data. Property lines shown on Google Maps are based on available public records, surveys, and other sources, which may not always be up to date or completely accurate.

It’s important to note that Google Maps property lines should be used as a general reference and not as a legally binding representation of property boundaries. For precise and legally recognized property information, it’s advisable to consult official land records, surveys, or local authorities.

About the Author

Matthew Reynolds, MAI is a commercial real estate appraiser with Vanguard Realty Advisors. He has been appraising commercial real estate for +20 years. He has done simple and complex appraisal assignments, including land appraisals. He can help you navigate and understand the commercial appraisal process. Please contact him for any appraisal services or to request a quote.