Around the House - Giovanna Ferrara
Whether you are the proud owner of a home or cottage in the country, or looking to buy or sell your property in rural areas of Nova Scotia, it is very important to get educated about several items such as wells, septic systems, right of ways, easements and protecting your ocean front property. Your realtor will be able to guide you through these important items and make it a very pleasant experience.
Well and septic: It is very important to get your water tested once a year and to get your septic tank pumped every few years as recommended by a professional to avoid any problems in the future. Don’t be alarmed if your water test turns out to be negative when you get a test done. There are several cures and preventions so that your water supply will become safe for you to drink. With our septic systems we will have to make sure they are properly maintained and environmentally friendly, usually your septic system should be low maintenance but it is important to be careful not to flush anything down the toilet that shouldn’t be there.
It is recommended that you talk to a local well driller and septic installer for any questions you may have.
Your realtor and your real estate lawyer will also emphasize the importance of checking on any right of ways and easements that might be deeded to a property:
Easement: An easement is the right to use another person's land for a stated purpose. It can involve a general or specific portion of the property. An easement may give a utility company the right to erect power lines.
Right-of-Way: A right-of-way is a type of easement that gives someone the right to travel across property owned by another person.
How does an easement affect the person who grants it?
The landowner who grants an easement usually cannot build structures within an easement area or use fencing that would hinder access. Other activities might also be prohibited. Before you purchase property you should know where all easements are located and what restrictions are associated with them, this will prevent you from getting a rather unpleasant experience with your new neighbours and other beneficiaries of an easement.
Now let’s talk about the importance of protecting your shoreline: Seawalls are embankments that prevent the erosion of a shoreline by a body of water. Sea walls act as a deflector so they deflect the energy and force of the sea and push it back out to sea. They are a great form of coastal defence so you can enjoy waterfront property without worrying about loosing up to three feet when that next storm hits our shore.
There has been a variety of different options to prevent your shorefront property from erosion, the most common re-enforcement along the Northumberland Shore are rock retaining walls, they seem to resist our climate the best. Make sure you ask your realtor to provide you with information to protect your seawall and names of professional retaining wall specialists.
Giovanna Ferrara works out of the Pictou office for Sunrise Brokerage & Sales Ltd. She offers our readers buying and selling tips in today’s busy real estate market. This column runs once a month. www.sunrisebrokerage.ca