If you are looking for a new home to buy in Texas, there will be many things you should evaluate before you make a final decision to purchase a specific property. Factors like the condition and age of key systems such as heating, cooling and electrical will be important to asses. The age and condition of the roof is also a major factor when buying a home. In addition, you will want to fully understand the property lines around your home and what other parties might have access to some part of your property.

An easement is something that grants another party access to a piece of your property for a specific reason. As explained by Zillow, it is common for utility companies to be granted easement access to perform maintenance or checks on your service. It is also common for a particular easement to allow the general public the ability to pass through your property to some other public space, such as a park or a lake. Some easements give a neighbor the ability to use your driveway, for example, to access their property.

Regardless of the nature of the easement, you should clarify your responsibility with regard to it. You might be accountable for the condition of a driveway or path, for example.

If you would like to learn more about the types of easements that exists, how to learn if a property you are interested in has an easement and what you might be required to do based on an easement, please feel free to visit the easement and right-of-way page of our Texas real estate website.