My neighborhood was originally intended to have zero lot lines, with all the homes up against the eastern edge of their lots, and back yard access on the western side of each house. As built, though, each house is several feet from its eastern lot line. Over time, many neighbors, for various reasons, made informal arrangements to move the fences into the originally-intended positions. The previous owners of my house apparently owned dogs very fond of destructive excavations of cable, telephone, etc. lines which caused our western neighbor to reclaim their side yard from the previous owners of our house, and for our eastern neighbor to successfully request a move of their common fence up to the edge of my house.
I’m planning to get my house re-sided soon, which I think would be a good time to reclaim our eastern side yard, in order to give the workers easier access to that wall. Previous conversations with that neighbor have shown that he’s amenable to it; in fact, he’s the one who let me know the history of the fence, but I’d like to make sure the fence gets put back in the right spot. I suppose I should get a surveyor involved, but should I be asking for a survey, or is there some lesser “where’s this one lot line?” service I should be asking for?