Starter Home

The Sims 3 starter house under $20.000 designed for a family up to 4 sims. For the non-functional items (counters, table, windows, floors, wall paint) I used the cheapest items to save money for the best possible furniture items that fit in a $20.000 house. Similar like Best Starter Home 2×2 made in The Sims 2.

  

Lot size: 10×20.
Lot price: furnished $19.103.
House size: 8×10.
Floor area: 80 squares.
Expansions required: none, The Sims 3 base game only.

Best Starter Home 2×2 N 80

Starter house under $20.000 designed for a family up to 4 sims. This home floor plan with 2 bedrooms is more realistic than previous Best starter home 1×2. Made in April 2013.

The 2×2 lot costs $1600. The empty house costs $6971, for the non-functional items (counters, table, windows, floors, wall paint) I used the cheapest items to save money for the best possible furniture items that fit in a $20.000 house.

Tips: as soon you move the family in this house, sell one bed, buy a computer instead, to find a greater variety of jobs, after each adult have a job, sell the computer and buy back the bed until midnight.

If you have expansion packs, use the cheat “roofslopeangle 15“, will look nicer with less pitched roof.


Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $19.985 furnished, $6.971 unfurnished.
House size: 8×10.
Floor area: 80 squares.
Expansions required: none, base game only.

Shotgun Starter Home 1×2 N 88

The Sims starter home under $20.000 designed for a family up to 4 sims, modeled based on shotgun houses, originating from New Orleans and common in south states from 1830s to 1920s, single-story, 3-4 meters wide and 20+ meters long, having 3-5 rooms in row, entrances in the endmost rooms and no hallways.

In The Sims 2 house I cheated a little and made entrance in the second room, for purpose of layout optimization.

 
 

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $20.000 furnished, $? unfurnished.
House size: 6×14.
Floor area: 88 squares.
Expansions required: none, base game only.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Best Starter Home 1×2 S 84

This is the best possible starter home, under $20.000 designed for a family up to 4 sims. The 1×2 lot costs only $300 (the 1×1 lot costs $-400 but is too small). The empty home costs $5469, so $14.500 remained for furnishing. For the non-functional items (counters, table, windows, floors, wall paint) I used the cheapest items to save money for better furniture. Made in 2011 in the same time with Tiny House I having same ground footprint.

Even better 2012 version: removed not-so-necessary computer, changed the 2-sided roof to a 4-sided roof to eliminate attic walls and save money. Beds and toilets replaced with better items, added some lights (I have noticed drop of environment score during night if the room is dark).

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: South.
House price: $19.989.
House size: 6×14.
Floor area: 84 squares.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Starter home 1×1 S 67

Tiny house on a 1×1 lot designed for a family with 2 sims. Notice the efficient usage of the space under staircase. Size: 67 squares (not including 5 squares of staircase void). Designed in July 2012.

 
 

Lot size: 1×1.
Lot facing: South.
Lot price: $9.919 (with minimal and cheapest furniture) / 19.970 (having best possible furniture without exceeding $20.000, including computer and lights, as shown in photos).
Building size: 6×6 squares.
Floor area: 67 squares.
Expansions requires: none, only base game.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Starter Homes tips

Always built houses THEN move family in them. NEVER move family to an empty lot then build the house, because only 80% of Build Mode costs are added to home value. The loss of money will be even bigger if you build, demolish and rebuild.

A way to have a even better furniture in less than 20K is to move a rich family in the house and play it for 5 days, as the Buy Mode items depreciate with 15% per day and reach terminal value of 40% in 5th day (unlike The Sims 1, items no longer depreciate at infinite), then kill all Sims, the house will be empty, for sale, but with used furniture.

Use cheapest items for tables and counters, as these things do not affect Sims mood.

My Best Starter Home include a computer, later I found that this is not necessary. Use computer to find a bigger variety of jobs for your Sims, then sell the computer and buy better beds.