Originally Posted by jeanfrancoissavard
Well, the broker provided me with the survey. I think the broker provided me with wrongfull information. Whether he knew about the deck issue is another thing but he still gave me that information.
have recourse. IANAL, so I don't know. But I'll say this: IMO you screwed up. You never
take consultation from somebody who is not working on your
behalf. A survey paid for by somebody else was not done on your behalf.
When we were buying our boat, I had the option of approaching the prior potential buyer, who had had a survey done, with the offer of "buying" the survey from him for half what a new survey would've cost me. And some might say that would've made sense, since it'd been performed just months before and I was going to use the same surveyor, anyway.
I paid to have my own survey done. And I paid a premium to be there during the survey.
I don't get why people are willing to spend thousands on big-ticket items like boats and homes, but get all tight-fisted when it comes to hiring a professional like a surveyor, home inspector or a real estate attorney, to make sure everything is in order.
Btw: It is not uncommon for surveyors to disagree about the condition of a boat's core. My surveyor felt parts of the core on our deck were "marginal." The surveyor and boat-builder who inspected it for the seller felt the core was fine throughout. (For reasons I won't go into, I have reason to trust both the PO's word on this and the other surveyor's belief in his own evaluation.)