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The Sims 3 Mods: Build/Buy Search Mod Overview

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Building in The Sims 3 has never been easier!

Are you looking for a mod to make building and finding the perfect object even easier than before? Well, we have just the thing. Let us introduce you to a brand-new Sims 3 Building Search Mod from Lazy Duchess!

Who is Lazy Duchess?

Lazy Duchess is well known within both The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 communities for their game mods.

Some of their other mods include the No Social Groups Mod, Smooth Patch and Random Sim Fixes for The Sims 3 Additionally, a modded launcher for The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden Stuff as well as Playable and Improved Nannies for The Sims 2.

You can find all of Lazy Duchess’s mods on both their Patreon and Mod The Sims!

What is The Sims 3 Build Search Mod from Lazy Duchess?

Lazy Duchess has created this Sims 3 Build Search Mod that is so simple but also powerful at the same time.

The addition of the search allows players to look through the name of objects in the catalog and the object description.

You can see the mod in action in this short video from Lazy Duchess below!

Mod Overview

Currently, in The Sims 3, players are able to organize the catalog by room, function, the family inventory or by collections. You can filter the catalog by either Custom Content, Store Content or by specific pack. However, unlike in The Sims 4, players are unable to search for specific items. This is where the Sims 3 Build Search Mod comes in!

Sims 3 Build Search Mod: Catalog with no Search Mod
The Sims 3 Catalog without Search Function

Now, especially if you have multiple expansion packs or stuff packs, it can be difficult pinpointing that one specific object you are looking for. This is where Lazy Duchess’s mod comes in!

Installing the Sims 3 Build Search Mod into your game is easy and once done you are ready to jump in and start using it straight away.

You’ll now notice that a small magnifying glass has appeared just under where you can view the catalog filters on the very right-hand side of the catalog.

Sims 3 Build Search Mod: With Mod Installed
The Sims 3 Catalog with Search Mod Installed

Upon clicking on the magnifying glass, you’ll then be presented with a pop-up allowing you to enter your search query.

Once you’ve entered your search, the catalog will filter out all results that fit that criteria, making it easier than before to find the object you are looking for! You can then select the object(s) required and continue about building and playing as normal!

Sims 3 Build Search Mod: Search Box Pop Up
The Sims 3 Catalog Search Pop Up

Downloading the Sims 3 Build Search Mod

How do I download the Sims 3 Build Search mod? It’s easy! Simply head to Lazy Duchess’s Patreon. The mod is available publicly right now!

Once you have downloaded the mod from Patreon, you can add it to your Sims 3 Mods folder as normal.

How do I Install Mods in The Sims 3?

Now, if you are new to adding mods to The Sims 3 it is a pretty straightforward process. However, if you have ever added mods to The Sims 4, it is a similar same process. Once you have downloaded the Sims 3 Build Search Mod from Lazy Duchess, you will be looking to add the file to your mods folder as normal.

You’ll be looking for the following file pathway if you are playing on a PC.

C:/Users/<Username>/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Mods

However, if you are playing The Sims 3 on Mac, you’ll be looking for this file pathway instead.

/Users/<username>/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/

By using the guide from Mod the Sims, we were able to make sure our game was mod ready.

Are you new to adding mods to The Sims 3 or do you just need a refresher? You can read a full step-by-step guide below!

Our Thoughts

The Sims 3 Build Search Mod from Lazy Duchess is a welcomed addition to our game. With is being incredibly easy to add into our game, it was plain sailing once we confirmed everything was working.

It was a little bit of trial and error once we were in the Build Buy catalog to get search results to display, however we soon realized by ensuring that the category we were searching, for example, electronics, was showing all objects within that category first. Then, entering our search query would display all of our desired results with no issues at all.

Lazy Duchess’s mod is a great feature to have in The Sims 3. It will definitely come in useful when building and looking for particular items going forward, as well as helping us discover objects we may not have used before or remembered were in The Sims 3.

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Getting creative with the building workstation in The Sims 3

Would you like us to cover more Mods from The Sims 3 in the future? Let us know your recommendations in the comments below.

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About the author


Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff. You'll usually find me hanging out in our Discord, in-game or creating articles!

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