Here are just some of the offices to visit and documents that would need to be reviewed:
- Property Files. In a city these files are kept at City Hall, and in smaller communities a Municipal or Village Hall (i.e. Tahsis Village Office or Port Clements Village Office). These files can contain subdivision plans, building permits, service connections and locations, lot surveys, building plans, any correspondence between the city and the property owners, professional work, home warranty information, and city inspections. In more remote regions the Regional District may have documents on the property, although not as detailed regarding the buildings, as many of the more remote properties do not need building permits.
- Title and title documents. These can include easements, covenants, plans or building schemes registered on the title. These are usually provided by the listing agent's office, but as your agents Ed and Shelley will go through the documents and make sure their buyer understands all of the legal issues that may be on title.
- Septic documents. This step is for properties that are not on a city sewer system but instead have an independent septic system. If the system was permitted, then the local health authority will have a file on it.
- Home Owners Protection office and warranty. For homes under 10 years of age, HPO should have proof of home warranty insurance on file.
- Survey documents. These may come from the property owner, or from the original developer or from the company that did the original surveys.
- Archeology Branch lets us know if there are any known archeological sites on a property. This has become a hot topic these days, especially here on the coast.
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