21 October 2011
Marine Surveyors can be instructed for a number of different reasons.
Ultimately Marine Surveyors are here to help and to protect you as the purchaser or owner. By using our experience we are able to provide information on the condition or if a damage survey, the cause and effect. The result is simple, we save you time, money and give you the information you need to make informed decisions.
If you are considering purchasing a vessel, it is prudent to appoint a surveyor to check the vessel prior to concluding the purchase. We as surveyors are looking to identify any defects resulting from poor construction, misuse or neglect on the part of the vendor. 'Buyer Beware' is an alarming but realistic approach to buying a vessel. Following a survey the report and valuation (if required) will allow you to conclude the purchase with confidence or re-negotiate the purchase based upon defects identifed. In the most extreme cases the survey will allow you to walk away from a purchase due to significant material defects having been identified.
Surveyors are independent and do not operate for any other party other then for you the client. We report to you and take instruction from you.
How do I Choose a Surveyor?
1. First ask if they have experience with the type of vessel you are considering. This also includes sailing on or operating if a motorboat.
2. Is the surveyor well established with years of practical experience gained in many disciplines or a recent graduate from a classroom based course?
3. Does the surveyor have full insurance?
4. Ask the surveyor for a sample report for a similar type of vessel to that being considered.
5. Ask to see testimonials/customer reviews.
6. Is the style of report that the surveyor produces easy to understand, informative and well presented with lots of phorographs?
7. If a valuation is required is the surveyor's reports accepted by all Insurance or Finance companies?
8. Does the surveyor have Terms of Business and a Survey Contract?