Home Renovations

In this article I’ll tell you about Home Renovations in The Sims Freeplay.

 

Q: How do I build a new home?

A: When you reach a level where you can add a new Sim to the town, the Add Sim icon will be available on the Town Map.
Tap on the icon and you will be able to choose one of the new houses from the house menu.

Q: What can I build on the Beachside Lots?

A: There are special bigger homes designed just for this fancy area! They’re available in the selection screen once you tap on the “+home” button for these lots. You can also build any of the standard homes on these lots as well, and have a much bigger yard.

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Q: I have lamps/lights in my house but it’s still dark. What’s going on?

A: By default, lights will stay turned off until one of your Sims or pets enters the room. If you would like your lights to stay on, tap the light and choose the “Turn on” option.

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Q: How do I build new rooms or move walls to edit my current rooms?

A: To edit the structure of your home, navigate to Home Store by tapping this icon:
Then tap the “house” icon to get to Build Mode. Once you are in the build menu, all of the walls of your house will become highlighted with arrows to inform you which direction you may modify your walls.
To edit the size of an existing room, tap on the wall you wish to move, then tap again where you wish to move it to and tap the green tick to confirm your edit.
You can also add new rooms that are not connected to the rest of the house by tapping and sliding your finger over the screen to place the room. If something is in the way and you cannot build there, the outline will appear red. Again, tap the green tick to confirm your purchase and place the room.
To delete a room entirely, simply tap the room you wish to delete while in build mode and tap the red Simoleon symbol. Note if you delete all the rooms of a home this will also delete any additional floors purchased and thus require them to be purchased again should you wish to have additional floors.

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Q: How do I add more stories/floors to my Sim’s house?

A: In order to add a new floor to your Sims homes you will need to have completed the Multi-Story Renovations Quest. From Build Mode, select the Floor Construction icon. On tablets, select “House” first, then the Floor Construction tab (next to the Rooms tab). Tap on the blue outline that appears on the roof of your home to select your new floor, then tap the green tick to confirm your construction choice.

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Q: Now that I have a new floor. How do I add rooms?

A: After adding a floor, the rooms menu will automatically open. In the same way as manipulating rooms on the Ground Floor, tap on a section of the grid and drag out your selection, then tap the green tick to confirm the construction of your new room. Thick white outlines highlight the layout of the rooms in the floor below the one you currently have selected.

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Q: How do I switch between floors?

A: There is a button on the right side of the screen which allows you to toggle between floors. Tap on it to switch between them:

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Q: How do I get a Sim to go upstairs?

A. You will need to add stairs. Open the Home Store and select the Stairs icon. Once you select a staircase that you like, place it in a room on the first floor of the two that you would like to connect.
If there is an object on the upper floor where you are trying to place the stairs, the outline of this object on the upper floor will flash, warning you that you must move an object out of the way first, or place the staircase elsewhere. You should also check that you have remembered to add a room on the top level, as this may also prevent you from placing the staircase.
Once you have installed your staircase, select the Sim that you want to go upstairs, then tap on the staircase and select “Use Stairs”. Alternatively you can also tap anywhere on the connected floor and the Sim will automatically use the stairs to go there.

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Q: How do I build Patios?

A: Patios are available to build once the DIY Homes:Peaceful Patios Quest is completed.
To build them enter Build Mode and select the Outdoors section. Then select the tab labelled Patios. Patios can be any size from 1×2 and up and can be placed in any free outdoor space. You can change the paving used and add railings or gates via the other tabs in the Outdoors section.

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Q: How do I build Balconies?

A: The DIY Homes:Lovey-Dovey Balconies Quest will need to be completed before access to building balconies becomes available. You will also need to build an additional floor on your home in order to build a balcony.
To build a balcony enter Build Mode and select the ‘House’ section, then select the Balconies tab.
Balconies can only be built up to 3 spaces away from the home. You can also build the balcony over part of the home. This is only possible if there is empty space in which to build on, both on the current floor and the floors above it. Areas which are not possible to be built will be outlined and show as red if you attempt to build there. You can change the paving and railings via the other tabs. It is also possible to add posts however they are not necessary to build a balcony.

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Q: How do I build Basements?

A: Basements are available to build once the DIY Homes:Basement of Kings Quest is completed.
Basements are not dependent on the shape of the home. This means that basements can be built using the entire size of the lot! To build them enter Build Mode and select the ‘House’ section, then select the tab labelled Basements.
The dotted white line will show you the shape of the above floor plan. When you try to place stairs red squares will appear indicating an object/item on the floor above.

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Q: How do I add Swimming Pools to my Sim’s Homes?

A: You need to have completed the It’s All Going Swimmingly Quest to add Swimming pools via the Home Store.
To add one, go into the Home Store and select Pools. Tap on the grid (similar to adding/expanding a room) and drag until you reach the size that you would like. If the shape outline is red, it cannot be made. But if it’s yellow, construction is possible. Tap on the Green Tick Button to complete construction.
You can change the shape of your pool by adding new pools to the existing pool. Again, check that the color of the outline in yellow to ensure that construction is possible.

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Q: Can I redecorate the pool once it has been built?

A: Yes, you can change the Pool Interior, the Paving Pattern, as well as the width of the paving.
To change the Pool Interior tap on the Pool Interior icon in the Home Store, then select a new design and tap on the pool to apply the interior. Be sure to tap the Green Tick Button to confirm the purchase.
To change the Paver Design, tap on the Pool Paving icon in the Home Store, then select a new design and tap on the pool to confirm. Again, be sure to tap the Green Tick Button to purchase.
To change the Paver Width, tap on the Paver Width icon in the Home Store, then choose the width and tap on the pool to confirm. Don’t forget the Green Tick Button to purchase!

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Q: Can I add any accessories to the pool?

A: Tap on the Pool Items icon in the Home Store. You can add a ladder, inflatable chairs, slides and even a volleyball net!

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Q: My Sims can’t leave the pool. What do I do?

A: You need to add a ladder from the Pool Items section of the Home Store.

Q: Why are my Sims refusing to stay in the pool?

A: Your pool may need some cleaning! Tap on the pool and choose the “Clean Pool” action to have your Sims make it swimmable again!

Q: Is there anything else I can do to decorate the pool area?

A: There are lots of items in the Outdoor Decorations, Trees and Plants and Outdoor Furniture sections of the Home Store; including deck chairs, tables and chair sets, towels and an Outdoor Bar where Sims can buy drinks to make them Inspired.

Q: I purchased the Dolphin Pool Pack from the Online Store. Where do I find the items that I purchased?

A: The Dolphin Slide and Inflatable Dolphin will be available in the Pool Items section of the Home Store. The Dolphin Beach Towels will be available in the Outdoor Furniture section of the Home Store.

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Q: When I play the game on a tablet, where do I find the Pool Construction and accessories tabs in the Home Store?

A: Tap on the Garden icon, you will see the Pool tabs along the top of the Home Store.

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