After living on the ranch for 16 years, we decided we better have the land surveyed since we never thought the fence lines were on the property lines. We only have up the 17 year by Colorado law to dispute.
We got the results today and what a shock. Our north fence is 288 feet off and run almost the entire north of the property. It starts on the property line on the north west corner and increases in width to appear like a wedge at 288 feet in the north east corner. The south fence is 30 feet off in our favor. The east fence is close but off in the far north corner 23 feet to our neighbors favor. The west fence is almost perfect and this is only because my husband already moved that fence 60 feet west 3 or 4 years when the fence was falling down. Our neighbor on that side kept telling us the original fence was not right and needed to be moved 20 more feet on our side so 80 feet on our side from where the fence is currently. Well, I guess that fence stays right where it is.
The surveyor said he didn't even know how my husband got that fence right on the west property line since it took him forever the find the southwest surveyor pen which he finally found it on the south side of the road. When the county put in the road years and years ago they took 60 plus feet of our 1/4 section instead of the 30 feet they had in the easement rights. There is nothing we can do about the road now so we just have to live with the 3 some acres the county took.
Anyway the 288 feet is almost the length of a football field and certainly many football fields wide. The entire portion that we have been not able to graze is 10 or more acres on the north side and another 2-3 acres on the south side. Our neighbor that owns the east, north, & south adjoining property has already agreed to move the fences to the correct property lines after viewing the survey results and the west side is already where is needs to be.
I think we should have done this many years ago. Goodness, we have more land for more ???? Moral of the story if you think your fences don't match your property line then it might be a good ideal to have the property surveyed.