As was previously mentioned, marine
and home surveyors suffer the same plight. An intrinsic conflict of interest. If they fail too many boat/homes, they never get recommended by brokers/agents. So, every broker I spoke with recommended finding my own. That way there was never a conflict of who the person was working for - at least at the start. At some level a surveyor (or home inspector) works in the area and most at least coexist with brokers.
However, there may be a way out that is beginning in the home industry and still needs to play out. First, no noncertified inspections or inspectors. This means ACMS, NAMS or someone who requires testing, experience, etc. I understand this would affect some people who have great experience but no certification
. This could be resolved by rolling it in over two years and everyone in that category could be certified.
Next, is a warranty. When I bought my most recent home (7 years ago), the inspector provided a warranty. In the first year, if an inspected item was found to be defective, they covered the cost of remediation (parts+labor). If the furnace or A/C failed it was covered. Now there were "outs." If they could not inspect something, like plumbing
in the wall. However, even that may be covered if the exposed plumbing
showed signs of failure and it was not noted. The list was very extensive in what was and was not covered. I am sure the same could be done for boats.
A warranty motivates the organization to ensure the people inspecting are doing inspections correctly and completely. It also motivates sellers to get an inspection
done, knowing I am more likely to buy with a warranty on the first year. Prices are adjusted to handle the findings (either way). A "clean boat" takes on real meaning. Doing this also means negotiation are fairly clean and brokers have less hassle trying to decide if this "item" needs to be released to a potential buyer.
It is working in the housing industry. I think it could work here, but it will suffer from a lot of rejection from the people who stand to lose big - mediocre inspectors.
I also thing the first certification
organization to offer a warranty is going to clean up and the others will be forced to adapt or die. Which is good for everyone.