The Benefits that Ontario Land Surveyors Provide for Homeowners

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An Ontario Land Surveyor (OLS) is a person who is licensed by the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors to practice cadastral (legal boundary) surveying in Ontario.

In order to become licensed, the individual must meet specific academic and experience requirements, including a degree in Geomatics Engineering and minimum one year of articling under an experienced OLS.

There are a number of reasons to consult an Ontario Land Surveyor.
• Are you thinking about buying or selling a home?
• Are you thinking about building an addition to your home or constructing a fence along your property line?
• Are you in a property dispute with a neighbour?
• Are you developing a piece of land?

An Ontario Land Surveyor creates land survey plans which are instrumental in understanding the exact location of property boundaries. Land survey plans have legal standing and provide valuable information to homeowners, buyers, sellers, real estate agents and lawyers.
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What Is an Ontario Land Surveyor?

Your deed will confirm you as the property owner, but how do you know the exact location of the boundaries of the property you own? This information requires a land survey plan created by an Ontario Land Surveyor. A land survey plan is a two-dimensional drawing that defines the location and dimensions for the boundaries. The survey plan can also provide other valuable information about the property such as the location of structures, easements and rights-of-way.
A land survey plan in Ontario can only be created by an Ontario Land Surveyor. The survey plan is based on the surveyor’s professional opinion of the boundaries, derived from extensive historical research and field work.
To become an Ontario Land Surveyor one must gain a degree in Geomatics Engineering and article for an experienced OLS for at least a year.

How Can an Ontario Land Surveyor Help You?

The work that Ontario Land Surveyors perform and the survey plans they produce are the foundation of Canada’s land system. Without them we would not enjoy the ease and security with which we can own, subdivide, develop and transact real estate. Land survey plans provide invaluable information as well as peace of mind for both existing and prospective homeowners. If you are selling your home, it is a good idea to include a land survey plan as part of the listing package. If you are planning to purchase a home, it is important to acquire a land survey plan as part of your due diligence on the property so that you can confirm that what is being represented is actually for sale.
Existing homeowners can use the information contained in the land survey plan to properly plan new additions to the home and property. Proper planning is vital to minimizing potential property disputes with neighbours. An up-to-date land survey plan can also provide factual evidence that can help neutralize any existing property disputes before they end up in court.
If you are a homeowner consider an Ontario Land Surveyor as a crucial partner in protecting your investment and your peace of mind.

Protect Your Boundaries Inc. is a licensed member of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors, and is entitled to provide cadastral surveying services to the public of the Province of Ontario in accordance with the provisions of the Surveyors Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter S29.

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