Hidden fence costs
Some years ago my former neighbours decided to subdivide their land into three-to-eight 10-acre blocks, which were to be fenced at his cost.
We thought “OK, we will get a new fence”.
After a few years, the neighbouring property was sold.
It was only then, when I saw a surveyor, I asked him if the boundary pegs were correct.
They were not. I lost 50sqm of land.
So before you buy your house, make sure the fences have been paid for by the previous owners, or your neighbours might have a bill for you.
The Department of Commerce has a booklet you can download. Before you hire a fencing contractor, make sure you know where the boundary pegs are and do the right thing.
The seller’s disclaimer through their real estate agent means nothing in terms of the law.