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Are You Haunted--or What?

2. What way was suggested to determine the condition of your house's "skin?"

B. Ask your neighbor to tell you if it looks OK.

Sorry, this won't work because your neighbor can't really tell what's going on with the house's exterior surfaces, or "skin." Fractured and fragmented? Smooth and burnished? We suggested that you can figure it out by rubbing the surfaces with your own open hand! Looking at it up close is also important, of course, but the way it feels can often tell you far more.

The original builder made all those parts fit tightly together, and everyone who has owned it since should ideally have kept it that way. For example, when you rub the surfaces with your open hand, does it feel rough and jagged? Do loose paint chips scrape your skin? If you get splinters and worry about cutting yourself on sharp glass or rusty nails, then something is wrong. The surfaces should feel smooth and burnished--if they don't, you need to start your repairs as soon as possible.

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