What is a Survey?

Many people do not understand just how important a survey can be when dealing with property. At Capulli Law, we receive many concerned calls from clients about what exactly a survey is. A survey is a detailed drawing of a property. A survey will show the exact dimensions of the land and the location of anything that is on that land – such as any buildings and their locations, fences, and even adjacent roads. A survey will also show any easements or rights-of-way which utility companies or others may have in the property.

When purchasing a piece of land, a survey can be very important. It will help to make sure that the size of the property stated on the listing and in the purchase agreement is accurate, that the buildings do not encroach onto an adjoining property, that neighbour’s buildings do not encroach onto your property, and that the property conforms to municipal requirements such as the minimum distances of buildings from the property line.

When purchasing a property, always ask for an up-to-date survey. If one is in the possession of the seller, it must be given to you.

If you have any questions about surveys, or if you are in the process of purchasing or selling a property, do not hesitate to contact us at (647) 504-6878. One of our friendly members will be happy to assist you however we can.