Can a Metal Detector Find Property Markers?

Can a Metal Detector Find Property Markers?

Whether you’re putting up a fence, building or planting near the edges of your land, or settling a dispute with a neighbor over a fallen tree, you need to know where your property ends and your neighbor’s property begins.

Property markers (also called survey pins) are iron stakes buried in the ground that mark the corners of your property. They are typically 6-10” underground, and placed about 14.5’ from the curb, but that distance varies based on the age of your home and the surrounding neighborhood.

Professional surveyors can find your property markers, but their services could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. If you’ve considered trying to find them yourself, you might have thought about renting a metal detector to search with. While a metal detector can get the job done, the ideal tool for the task is a magnetic locator.

Unlike metal detectors, magnetic locators will only detect ferrous metals like iron and steel. A magnetic locator rental can help you find your property markers much faster than with a standard metal detector. They’re easy to use, lightweight, and can detect iron and steel as deep as 16’ in the ground. You won’t have to worry about it picking up bits of aluminum foil or other metallic objects in the property.