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The Sims 4 Dream Home Decorator: Guide to Gigs

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In The Sims 4 Dream Home Decorator, your Sims can embark on an exciting new active career in interior design! As an Interior Decorator, you’ll be completing gigs to build your career performance and professional reputation. It’s important to understand what kinds of gigs you can get as an Interior Decorator because they’ll dictate how much freedom you have to design the home of your client’s dreams.

When you first join the Interior Decorator career, you can look for gigs to take on in the career panel. At first, you’ll only have access to simple room renovations but as you gain promotions and build your reputation, more challenging gigs will open up to you. Eventually, you’ll be able to design an entire level of a Sim’s home, take on commercial jobs, and even add new levels to a building.

You can easily sort between the different types of gigs by clicking the tabs at the top of the gig selection menu.

Types of Gigs

  • Room Renovation: This is the simplest type of gig that you’ll be starting out with. Clients will ask you to redesign one room in their home for them. Sometimes they will ask you to renovate a specific room in their home, like their child’s bedroom or the kitchen. Other times, they’ll let you pick which room in their home needs the most help.
  • Room Addition: Room additions allow you to create a brand new space in the home. You’re restricted to the home’s existing foundation, so no making the house itself bigger but you’ll be able to rearrange the interior floorplan to create a brand new room for your clients.
  • Level Addition: When you become a highly sought after designer, Sims may start requesting an entirely new level to be added to their home. You’ll have lots of freedom on these gigs because you’ll get to design a whole new floor plan from scratch.
  • Level Renovation: Sometimes clients will want a whole level of their home redone. Depending on the individual gig restrictions, you may or may not be allowed to adjust the floor plan but you’ll have a lot of design choices to make either way.

Gig Restrictions

Each gig will have its own restrictions and it’s not necessarily determined by the type of gig. The same type of gig might have different restrictions. For example, one room renovation might allow you to knock out and build new walls while another room renovation might not allow you to touch the floorplan at all. Even though you can see a lot of information about the gig before you go, you won’t know the specific restrictions for that gig until you arrive and go into Build/Buy.

You can see what restrictions you have at the bottom of the information tab in the top left corner of your screen while in Build/Buy. Sometimes you might be restricted from adding new floor tiles. Other times you might be restricted to editing only the ground floor. If you aren’t able to do something to a house while on a gig, check the gig restrictions. You might be trying to do something you aren’t permitted to do on that gig.

Our Tips

Always read all the information about a gig carefully before accepting it. You’ll be able to select the gigs that work best for you and your build style if you know exactly what you’re getting into beforehand. Some things will be a surprise when you get there, like the clients’ likes and dislikes and the gig restrictions but most other information will be readily available to you right from the gig selection menu.

You’ll be able to see who the clients are, whether it’s a residential or commercial gig, if they live in a house or an apartment, the type of renovation they want done, and their budget. If you really want to let your creativity loose, it’s best to select gigs where the clients have a large budget to work with. Up for a rewarding challenge? Pick a gig with a really tight budget! Hate renovating bathrooms? No problem. Avoid bathroom renovation gigs and focus on different rooms that you like redecorating more.

If you do your research before selecting your gig, you can ensure you’re curating your gigs to get the most enjoyment out of them as a player. When I was playing through the career, I got burnt out fast doing the same types of gigs over and over again. Once I started paying more attention to which gigs I was selecting, I started having a lot more fun because I got to pick and choose what was the most fun for me to redesign.

 

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