If you live in an old house, you may be visited by an elderly resident who wants to talk to you about the place.

Ever wonder who lived in your house before you did it? You may get a chance to find out one day when there is a knock on your door.

If you live in a large family, say, 25, that day may come when someone comes to your door, says he or she has lived in your house before and wants to talk to you. They may want to look inside.

Again, your good door may not look like an honest one. For your own protection, you certainly don’t want to bring a stranger into your home. But it’s possible that the unexpected visitor was the original owner or occupier – and you could learn something from them in the form of your museum or other store design.

Talk to the owner first

Do not evict anyone who claims to have lived in your home before. Maybe they have something special to offer. They can paint a picture or fill in the gaps in sections of your furniture.

Go out and ask them some questions that can only be answered with a little understanding of history. When you pass a test, then. Ask them for more information and problems.

Top questions to start asking homeowners:

What replaces the pipe?

What are the improvements? Due date?

• Has the house been extended?

And if they make you look on the inside, you have to trust your man.

Study lessons:

A friend of mine who grew up in Richmond, Va., Had just returned from high school. There, he passed the house of his childhood, stopped, and took a picture.

Almost immediately, the woman left the house and got into her car. He asked my friend what he was doing. He explained, providing information about the house that only a resident would know. So the woman fell silent, and they had all been talking in the street for a long time.

Finally, a friend asked if the stove would come out. Answer by the owner. He explained that he and his wife planned to cut down small trees and clean the walls near the wall if the water in the oven was low. The idea was to rebuild the lowest fence in the area, and also plant trees.

My friend said: “We’ve tried that twice.” “It didn’t work all at once.” He also told the homeowner some of the things his father hadn’t done to stop the waves-something he and his wife thought he was thinking about.

Finally, the owner is happy now because he saved the price and hassle of fixing tests that didn’t work before. But he wouldn’t have known it if my friend hadn’t stopped this afternoon.

And if you’re the one going back to your bathroom, don’t drive and start taking pictures, like my friend, or just repeat and ring the bell. I’ve heard people send them mailbox letters, explaining who they are and what they want. Many have succeeded.

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