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2. What way was suggested to determine the condition
of your house's "skin?"
A. Rub the surfaces with your open hand.
Yes, this is the answer we were looking for. Rubbing the surfaces with your open hand was suggested to determine whether the house is well maintained. Looking at it up close is also important, 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. Try it! When you rub the surfaces with your open hand, are do they 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!
Go to the third question, please!