Buying A Cottage Without A Land Survey Is Not A Great Idea

By: Marilyn Rogers

Buying A Cottage Without A Land Survey Is Not A Great Idea

 

When a home buyer undergoes a land survey, an Ontario land surveyor will officially confirm the location of the cottage, the land boundaries of the cottage property and the property’s relation to nearby things like lakes or rivers.
 
While a land survey is also a good idea when you’re buying any home or piece of land, getting one when you’re buying a cottage, other recreational property or a home in a rural area is even more important, because official boundaries can become lost over time. It can also be a very big risk to just assume that the property boundaries and size of the land on a listing are always accurate.
 
In a recent column, real estate lawyer Bob Aaron outlined just a few instances where buyers, including many cottage buyers, unexpectedly did not get what they paid for (or actually got more than they paid for) because a land survey wasn’t done before the purchase. These include:

You can read the entire column here.