With cottage-buying season now underway, it’s important to remember that a land survey is the single most important document in the whole purchase process.
If the cottage building is sitting on land owned by the Crown, or a local municipality, or a neighbour, the otherwise proud owner is going to be extremely unhappy and will soon be seeing a litigation lawyer.
It is dangerous to assume that any cottage is built exactly where it should be located. Only a survey prepared by an Ontario land surveyor can confirm that the cottage is situated inside the appropriate land boundaries, that the land it sits on is where it should be and is the correct size, and, if appropriate, the lot has private lake frontage.
Sadly, some industry stakeholders still have not gotten the message that the survey is of critical importance.