Four years ago my wife and I purchased (10) acres of land to build a house and retire. We just moved into our home this past year. When we bought the property there was a survey; however, on the west side of the property there was an old fence, and the survey never pinned anything but the N/S corners on that side.
I had alway suspected that my neighbors to the west may have been using approx. (20) foot of my land (to the old fence), but I never knew for sure until I recently had it surveyed again, at my cost. All along the (1000ft) N/S perimeter on the west of my property, my neighbors have assumed to be their property to the old fence line, which is inside my property approx. (20) feet. And (3) of my neighbors have put materials (large dirt and wood piles), and old things (engine blocks, batteries, tires, swing sets etc.) on my property. As well as , one of them has built a small metal building (approx. 8x10) on my property.
I have talked to several of them, and they seem skeptical that it is my property, and certainly reluctant to move their building, materials, and junk etc. I am planning on building a fence on the property line, but approx. (1/3) of this line will blocked by the materials, and junk that they have strewn in this area. What recourse do I have?
I have spoken to the Sheriff's office, and they told me this is a civil matter, and they would not plan to do anything. They also told me I could not personally put this material back on my neighbors property, or haul it off. But they did say I could go ahead and build the fence?????
I am confused on how I can legally proceed. Have my neighbors used the property so long that it is theirs??? If so what good is a Title Search, Title Insurance, and a Title Survey?
How should I proceed????