Originally Posted by benjiwoodboat
That's an interesting point. But I wouldn't want a survey that a seller or broker has had time to edit!
Fair point - but even if no one is trying to pull a fast one the buyer can't rely on the survey anyway.
The plus for me is that if it does turn out that something obvious was missed (deleted? or simply intentionally glossed over) - either by your own inspection(s) or from a later survey then makes it pretty obvious that the Vendor / Broker is up to no good. (for me) would be a no brainer on canning the deal as I would not trust them to have not hidden other things I had not spotted (and might not until after purchase
To my mind the big plus (to a Buyer) of having sight of a recent Survey is being able to get a very good heads up on what needs doing (for everyone and / or just for you - no boat is ever perfect) and to go away and price the work up with no time pressure, nor even to make an offer........... so you can price the work needed into your offer (advantage to a Vendor is that will be less haggling later / less chance of someone pulling out of a sale) - before parting with own cash for a survey.
But as you say, doesn't exclude the risk of a Vendor / Broker pulling a fast one - but if so inclined, they would be anyway (even if that simply hoping your surveyor not spotting or buyer not fully understanding the results - especially the costs)......but with a pre Sale
Survey they've just given you a large red flag / smoking gun
For a Vendor, could turn a "maybe" Buyer who might not feel comfortable in risking the cost of a survey & haulout into an actual buyer....knock a month or 2 off the sale time and the survey pays for itself, knocking less than 1/2% off the sale price is (IMO) not so useful a marketing
FWIW, I consider even "old" surveys to be very valuable (especially a few of them over several years) as gives a heads up on what work has been done (and what not) and the sorts of things that have been occuring.....and lets you check the quality of the work done.
Anyway, all very much an "each to there own" thing