Best Places To Metal Detect (Get Permissions)? If by using metal detecting tools and techniques, you can find gold nuggets that can cost you a pretty penny then everyone will be taking that chance, tempting fate. However, not all locations are open to metal detection; does not mean you should take no for an answer. How do you get permission? How do you make yourself look trustworthy?
This Is It
Do not be that guy who walks up to a person’s door with detector and shovel in hand and point-blank requests permission to search their backyard or garden for rare metals or coins. The permits we are talking about have to do with everyday people in everyday houses not some secret government facility.
Your residential targets of interest include old homes that have been around a long time and therefore have historic value (early 1900s, for example). You can use apps and click on homes in the area to learn if they are worth checking out.
- Once that is done, dress presentable but casual and approach the person or persons; preferably the owners.
- Explain yourself. You did your homework, found the house beautiful, curious, interesting, (you can see where we are going with this), and important to you.
- How so? You are a hobbyist and you are there to metal detect their frontyard, backyard, or garden.
- Be quite clear that you are not selling anything. Take valid ID’s with you in case your upfront nature creeps the homeowner(s), and show them the tools you are going to use.
- Explain also how you are going to use them and whether or not you can clean up the mess, if any, you will need to make via digging a spot or few.
- Assure them that if you come across any relics tied to the ‘old’ nature of the home, you will freely give it to the owner(s).
So far, the idea is simple and logical. Be honest, be nice.
Keeping Mum On The Essentials
You are not a thief, you are a hobbyist metal detector. Now, that does not mean you can be an airhead and inform the homeowner in question that you struck gold, even a nugget. It is their property, after all, and they will happily take that gold off your hands.
Instead let them know that if you find anything of value, you will split the value with them (do not use words like ‘cost’ and ‘profit’, stick to ‘value’). Before long, you will have gained permission to begin phase one of your project. Be honest and split the value of anything you find that exceeds, say $20. Yes, that includes the gold.
Ready For A Close-Up
If you have an online presence – YouTube springs to mind – and you wish to videograph your metal detection efforts, bring this idea up with the homeowner.
- Is it alright if I have you in the video during important exchanges between us?
- I hope it is okay that I am videographing your garden/yard/home. It is purely for educational/informational purposes.
Seven out of ten times, you will face rejection even doors slamming on your face. But keep at it and you will be glad you did. The rewards can be quite lucrative not to mention soul satiating.
Do your research: home, neighbourhood, current owners, etc. An app like Zillow provides amazing support in this regard.