We don't often see property surveys when we list houses for sale. In the early days of my sales career, the banks and mortgage companies needed a survey to verify location of buildings etc. Then the industry was introduced to "title insurance" and this apparently satisfied the lenders. Consumers, agents and propbably even some lawyers think that Insurance supposedly takes care of any dispute with title and the property that might negatively impact on value. I doubt that, but then I haven't had a client denied a claim yet.
For some buyers, that isn't good enough. These buyers don't want to spend over $1,000.00 of a survey so they have to revert to plan "B". The next-best thing to a "current survey" is the "reporting letter" that is received from the lawyer when the property was first bought. The lawyer would have conducted a "search of title", and likely included a summary of it in the "reporting letter". Look for an underlined paragraph headed "Title."
The "reporting letter" usually provides the lawyer's opinion about the title conveyed to their client, and includes a discussion about easements and restrictive covenants that may affect the property. "Reporting letters" also discuss any issues that may have arisen at the closing, such as a dispute about fence lines or a neighbour's garage partially on the property.
It's a handy document to have when a property is for sale. It provides a bit more security than a title insurance policy.