It is interesting that two responders on this thread who would not trust a surveyor
if they were paid by someone else both are or have been surveyors. This probably speaks a great deal about the chances of real "independent" surveys actually being possible in the real world.
Well the problem is we are in this business and know what goes on all the time. For example I had a client that hired me to survey
a boat this summer. I found some major problems with the boat so the seller contacted another surveyor
I know, that surveyor agreed with my findings, so the seller contacted another not so respected surveyor. He said the boat was great not problems a real jewel. The sell contacted the buyer and said see I have somebody that thinks your guy is wrong. The buyer said sorry no thanks. now somebody will come along and use the sellers 3rd survey and think the boat is fine. I feel bad for that guy.
I have see brokers do this too, just keep getting the boat looked at till he gets a report he likes.
Honestly I am not disagreeing with you on this because I want to protect my little business, myself and most surveyors really want to see our clients protected and get the best value possible. It's not like we are getting rich
doing this. I just honestly think it would be a big mistake to turn over the
responsibility of reporting the condition of a boat to the person selling it. Do you take the used car dealers word for it that the car you are looking at is ok. I don't But if you are comfortable with it then just take the sellers word for it why would he lie?