When you purchase property, measuring the exact size will help you determine where you will place landscaping, buildings and other home elements like driveways, walkways and patios. When you are purchasing property, being able to measure the size will alert you to whether or not you are getting a fair deal on the land. Knowing the size of your property will also help you determine the worth of your land when trying to sell.
Walk around your property to determine where property boundaries are.
Hammer in a wooden stake at each of the corners of the boundary points. Pound each of the stakes into the dirt and make sure they are secure and steady.
Wrap the plastic tape tightly around the stake two times so that it stays on the stake. Then pull the tape to the next stake, and wrap it around so you create a boundary line to easily measure. Continue around to all four stakes so you can see your property size. This tape will also help you visualize where you may want to place landscaping or other home features.
Place your measuring-tape hook on one of the stakes and walk toward the next stake. Walk as far as the tape measure will allow you, and use your pencil to mark on the plastic boundary tape where the tape measure ended. Write down the amount of feet you have gotten to, and then walk to the same stake you were on your way toward. Hook the measuring tape to that stake, and walk back to where the measuring tape had originally ended. Add those measurements to your original measurements for the total length of one side. Measure each boundary line the same way.
Determine the entire property size by calculating the area once you finish with your perimeter calculations. Multiply the total length of the property line by the entire width to get the total area of your property.