If you are wondering, ‘How to get a plat map of my property?’– it should be included when you purchase a new home. However, do not be afraid to ask for one if you do not get it. The plat map is part of the purchasing packet that normally comes to a buyer when they purchase a home. One of the documents a homeowner receives includes a plat map to help the buyer make the most of their investment.
As a new homebuyer, you may find a plat map confusing, but with a basic knowledge of the purpose, you can use the map to your advantage.
What is a Plat Map?
Buying a new home includes paperwork that comes along with the new set of keys and a lot of documents. The title company may include what is known as a plat map in the paperwork packet. This information includes loads of data about your neighborhood and also a map of land as it is divided into lots. This drawn to scale map shows the land size, boundary locations, flood zones, streets, and other easements including rights-of-way.
How to Read a Plat Map
Drawn to scale, the plat map shows the piece of land your new home is built upon, along with details including the neighboring properties, boundaries, land size, and more.
Other information on the plat map includes:
- Coordinates of the property (north, south, east, west), the orientation of the property
- Easements encroaching on your ownership
- Property boundary lines
- Designations of the roads, including private rights of way
- Dedication of the land for public use
- Zoning compliance
The numbers on your plat map make a big difference in deciphering what the map actually means. First, learn what the right side of the plat map means, typically it is developed by a country assessor. The tract number is often assigned along with the house number of each parcel, or boundary. Along the bottom of the parcel, you will find the width and depth of the parcel. Most plat maps have these numbers indicated in feet.
The APN or Assessor’s Parcel Number is assigned by an assessor, in the middle of the property. The corners of the plat map will also have the book and page number assigned to them.
Other Types of Plat Maps
Plat maps are not all created equal. In fact, land maps, or land survey maps, come in many forms. Here are the different types of plat maps you may encounter, depending on the situation.
As a landowner, the plat map varies depending on the parcel of land and the history of that land. That is why you need to be able to read the plat map regardless of the type of map you have. Here are the 5 main types of plat maps you could see:
- Amending Plat – this is a correction to existing plats.
- Plat of Consolidation – Consolidation is when a single landowner buys more than one lot and then combines them into a single parcel.
- Plat of Subdivision – When a landowner divides a tract, the smaller parcels are called a subdivision.
- Short Plat – Four parcels can be considered a short plat. This type of subdivision is common.
- Vacating Plat – This legally cancels a prior plat.
If you did not receive a plat map when you purchased your property, it is not too late to go to your local courthouse in the county. Get a copy of the deed and ask the clerk for a copy of the land plat map. Then use this article to help you decode the information and dig in deeper to your investment.
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the office of Jeff Barchi, today!