House Boat Surveys - are prices cost of marine houseboat surveyors worth it?
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We're thinking about getting a house boat survey, and are the cost of marine houseboat surveyors inspections worth the price?Reply - Answer
We are looking at a few older houseboats, and some are steel and fiberglass. Are budget is limited, so we don't want to spend our money needlessly.
Do you recommend getting a marine survey done before purchasing a used houseboat?
Appreciate any help, Craig
Well Craig, welcome to the houseboat forums, and congratulations on your decision on buying a houseboat.
When it comes to your question about getting a marine surveyor to do a survey on your prospective houseboat purchase, my opinion and recommendation is YES, and it is definitely worth the price or cost.
Depending on the size of boat, professional surveys are generally under a thousand dollars, and can very often uncover serious or necessary structural repairs or conditions. One way that you can save money on is by doing a DIY Houseboat Pre-Inspection
before calling in a professional surveyor.
Insurance companies usually ask for a recent marine survey to be supplied when it comes time to insure your houseboat. Many marinas nowadays require proof of houseboat insurance coverage before granting docks and slips.
I know the cost or price of a boat survey seems as an extra negotiable expense, even before you bought the boat, but they are worth their price in gold when they save you from buying a financial wreck.
Personally I wouldn't buy a used houseboat without getting a houseboat inspected by a qualified marine surveyor, who can supply me with a full report on the condition and estimated value of a vessel.Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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