Locate a property stake on your land and prevent a lawsuit. Property stakes indicate a line of separation between your property and others. Before you begin a project bordering on an adjacent property line, make sure you remain within the confines of your own property. Make your search a fun project. Use a few basic household tools in your search and invite a friend to help.
Review the documents you received at the time you purchased your property. A detailed property boundary description becomes part of the package of documents given to the buyer when the title changes hands. This document will help you begin your search for a property stake.
Walk the perimeter of your land. Begin in a front corner of your property. A property stake blends in with its surroundings. Look for a few inches of rebar, a reinforcing [steel] bar, protruding from the ground; an inch or two of a T-post; a wooden stake similar to the kind that supports tomato plants or a short cement post.
Drag the blade of a hoe across the surface of the earth in targeted areas and along boundary lines. A metal detector will alert you of a “hit” when it detects the presence of rebar. Mark a property stake with a squirt of ground paint. This acts as a “bookmark” for future use.
Consult the property description document and step off toward the next stake in line. Determine the direction with a compass and calculate the distance to the next stake with a tape measure.