Survey the property by walking around it. Look for boundary poles set in the corners of the land or other visual markers like fences or tree lines.
Look for boundary pins in the ground if no other visual markers are around. A surveyor will often drive metal pins or stakes into the ground a few inches from the surface to mark out boundary corner points. Use a metal detector to find the pins.
Dig down to expose each of the pin heads. Take care not to remove or shift the pins in any way. Place a wood stake on the pin and bury it in place. You can then use the wood stakes as visual markers.
Measure out the distance between each wood stake with the measuring tape. Make note of the distance from one stake to another, outlining the land's boundaries.
If there are no pins or visual markers, consult the land deed or property records. Records can be found at your county’s land office. Most of the records will indicate a past survey, illustrations of the property shape and size, as well as legal descriptions. Use the information you find to update and map out the boundaries.
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