Picking a surveyer
I agree with hamiam - the broker has a vested interest in see the deal go through, and a survey that reveals too many problems would be counterproductive to that interest. The vast majority of brokers are in for the short term deal, and couldn''t care less about what happens after the sale. Kind of like real estate brokers, but with much less legal accountability. The best surveyor would be the one that elicits a groan of dismay from the broker.