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Old 04-07-2021, 02:47 PM
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When you all hired a surveyor for a pre-purchase or insurance, were you asked to pay a deposit? Or has it always been pay on delivery?
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I have never been asked for a deposit on a pre-purchase survey.
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Some or most surveyors want a CC on file before starting, in case you are a no-show or vanish into thin air. Standard practice.

Some or most buyers want a deposit before their boat goes to survey, but I think you were asking about surveyors.
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Some or most surveyors want a CC on file before starting, in case you are a no-show or vanish into thin air. Standard practice.

Some or most buyers want a deposit before their boat goes to survey, but I think you were asking about surveyors.
Yea, so I need a new insurance survey and I moved 1200 miles away from the surveyor I have used for many years. I was introduced to him by a well known fellow charter captain, so I guess there was a certain level of trust. He would just do the survey and hand me an invoice wtih it and I would cut him a check the next time sat down to I paid bills. I know now days, most surveyors will not hand over the report until they are paid. I interviewed a few surveyors and the one that I liked was asking for $100 deposit to secure the date. I get it, if I am a no-show he should be covered for his time and for loosing work that day. I don't think that is unreasonable, but I did think it was unusual.
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I never have, but we are in the "new" economy where everything is different.
Now you have to pay a deposit before you can look at a boat.......
Now you have to pay 10% more for a house , in cash, and still be out-bid....
etc., etc...

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