What is a survey stake?
When land is surveyed, metal stakes, also known as "irons" or "monuments", marks the corners of the lot. These markers are typically a hollow, metal pipe, approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and 1 1/2 feet long. Newer stakes may have plastic caps on top or have the tip painted with a bright color.

If you live in a improved subdivision the lot lines are sometimes marked with a saw-cut line in the curb or a silver monument. However if these items exist they must be verified by a licensed surveyor if used for improvement purposes.

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1. What is a survey stake?
2. What if I cannot find my survey stake?
3. Does finding my survey stake guarantee the location of my property line?
4. When would I need a survey?
5. How do I get my lot surveyed?
6. What can I do to settle a land boundary dispute?