By Umar Nsubuga
Many people want to know their boundaries when they are buying land. This has become very critical in these times where land grabbing and trespass are common. People are conscious of boundaries in the fear of encroachers on their land. This is a natural instinct people are born with. If animals can mark their territories in various ways, why not humans?
The physical boundary may be a fence, wall or a hedge, mark stones among others. It follows the line of the legal boundary. Abdu-Wahab Nyanzi an architect at JR Consultants, says an architect is usually the best person to consult on the kind of boundary you would like to put up. “The options and configurations are unlimited. The decision to have live fence or wall, hedge or chain link can be well articulated by an architect”, he says.
Every piece of land, whether or not it is registered, has legal boundaries. The legal boundary is an imaginary or invisible
line that divides one person’s property from another. In the urban setting, boundary walls are very popular and are in various designs. They give a sense of security. They can be built from burnt bricks, cement blocks, stone or concrete. The finishes also range from plasters, claddings and stone pitching. Some developers grow creepers on the walls to tone down its boring appearance.
Title and property boundaries
Land titles give an indication of boundary dimensions by making reference to a diagram. However, only a licensed surveyor can determine the actual location of your property boundaries. If you are buying property, you need to know what you are getting. Only a survey made by a licensed surveyor can rightly define what you have purchased, otherwise brokers and the land owner can trick you into paying more for less.
The surveyor gives you a form of protection in addition to clarifying what you have bought, since it will reveal any encroachments or other irregularities. Your surveyor can mark the exact corners of your site with survey monuments. Benefits of fencing your property Erecting fences around your property can give you many benefits. You can decide how your area will look, once you have the boundary.
Indeed, many land owners just think about the land appeal that fences can add to their properties or homes. However, more than just getting better appeal, fencing your property increase the degree of protection. It acts as a deterrent to outside people who may wish to intrude on your home. You can also keep away thieves and burglars with the use of these fences. Because of your added protection, you will have the chance to get lower premium quotes for your homeowner’s insurance.
Insuring your property can lower your financial risks just in case anything happens. With discounts from your premiums, you can gain more savings and spend it on other important things. When it comes to financial gain, adding up fences around your house can increase the latter’s value. If you intend to sell your property, you will get it appraised by authorities. Authorities give more weight to properties that are well protected. This is why you can enjoy a higher price for your property.
In legal sense, a fence can delineate your property lines properly. This will somehow reduce the possibilities of fights and quarrels with neighbours since you and they know where your area of responsibility stops thus, fences can actually contribute to the peace and order that each community is experiencing.
Fences help promote psychological safety and security. If the latter two are your primary reasons for building a fence, then it is only reasonable to deduce that the fence is going to be of considerable height. It can block the vision of people from the outside towards the inside of your home. Thus, better privacy can be enjoyed too