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Our Mortgage is largish, but still a lot less than it would cost to rent the same property, so I guess I'd rather buy than rent, and end up with an asset of my own rather than buying a house for someone else.

That said, my house is my home. Making money wasn't the primary reason I bought it, I wanted somewhere nice for me and my family to live.
 

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The house the other side of the Dude has just sold to a nice couple with two smallish children. If only they knew.....:) On the up side, they seem much, much nicer than the mean-spirited old shrew who lived there before:)

Apparently they have both done try-dives, so Howard tells me they are good for 60m in the channel in March. Problem is, I'm not sure I am!!!!
 

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If you saw the amount of stupid claims made against surveyors then you'd understand why they have watertight contracts. E.g. 'my house is damp and you didn't spot it' - well stop running an unvented tumble dryer in the room then...:)

Like any of these things it is down to the quality of the person doing the survey. It almost doesn't matter if it is a builder, surveyor etc, except that with a surveyor if they miss something then you do have some recourse despite the contract. What you need is a time-served chartered building surveyor who grew up with a builder father. Thankfully I have just described my Dad:)
 

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Its arse covering. Talk it through with the surveyor or someone else who knows what they are doing. The survey on our old flat had a load of old kak in it, my dad (who is a chartered surveyor!) went through it and crossed off most of it as arse covering, rubbish and stuff that didn't really need diong yet.
 
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