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Adding a Courtesy House

As the game matures and changes so too must our tactics in terms of how we play and how we help each other to play. The Courtesy House is the perfect example of this.

Originally when the idea of a Courtesy House was first kicked around for most players it meant building a Haunted House on a lot that none of their Sims actually lived at. The house was used to hold as many of the Haunted Items and Objects as possible - and included all of the standard items that a Sim Home would have so that visiting Sims could keep their stats up while they worked the various Quests to earn SP and also, for Simmers who lacked the accoutrements in their home town, worked various hobbies and jobs as they apply.

As the game matured though, and the number of different objects grew, it became evident that a second type of Courtesy House was required - a Jobs House.

Where the first Courtesy House contains all of the hobby-based objects that are required - and usually but not always includes a second floor with a fire pole for the SP quests that require that - this second Jobs House holds all of the objects used for career development, including (but not limited to) Fashion and Woodworking Tables, the Politics Mirror, and etc.

Locating the Courtesy Houses
It is traditional to place the two Courtesy Houses in the two isolated lots in the bottom left hand corner of the game play map - directly south of the Art Museum.

In addition to building the Jobs House with all of the career-related objects it should also contain a bedroom with a bed, couch, TV, and wardrobe and a fully equipped bathroom at a minimum to allow your visitors to keep their Sims refreshed.

The Haunted Courtesy House offers everything a visitor needs to obtain the Ghost-related Missions and then some!
The new Social Goals system in the game has demonstrated the need to add a courtesy house in your town so that visiting Neighbors will have a single destination that they can head to in order to complete most of those goals.

The most common choice for placing the Courtesy House is on the lot in the bottom-left-hand-corner of the map. For our Courtesy House we decided to go with a Haunted House Theme - since Ghost Hunting Actions are one of the goal topics and besides, that gives all the Sims in our town who are working the Ghost Hobby a single destination to do it!

As you can see from the image above, we went whole-hog on decorating the place - but that is not an uncommon approach for serious FreePlay fans - after all your Courtesy House represents you to the community of players at large, right? So looking your best means looking good!

In addition to the obvious items a Courtesy House should contain as many of the items required for social goals completion, which at a minimum would include the following:

  • Bathtub
  • BBQ
  • Bookshelf
  • Chair
  • Coffeemaker
  • Couch
  • Diving Board in the Pool
  • Fireman's Pole
  • Frisbee and Dog
  • Garden Plots
  • Guitar
  • Haunted Items for Ghost Hunting
  • Magazine Stack
  • Painting Easel
  • Phone
  • Pool Toy in the Pool
  • Sink
  • Stove
  • Swimming Pool
  • Toilet
  • Woodworking Bench

That is just a start - we will add any other useful required items when we discover them!

Our Haunted Themed Courtesy House for Visiting Neighbors

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21 comments, latest first.
I just friended you on Game Center my username is MinecraftDancingQueen. I really need help on these social tasks!

Added 21st Oct 2015, ID #618580

Is this still active? I would love some assistance and offer any assistance that I can... Lol. My ID is Binthere03. Please get in contact with me as I'm not sure how to get in contact with anyone else. I'm really enjoying this Sims FreePlay and want to continue and help others continue if I can. My email is Looking forward to seeing you all on here!!

Added 27th Sep 2015, ID #612058

I'm not getting xp or money from my workplace movie studio. There is no countdown over it either, however, my Sims can go to work. What's up?

Added 14th Aug 2015, ID #598083

The Party Boat is linked to your Facebook Account basically. You need to link your game to your Facebook account in the settings, and then you can access the Party Boat through which you can then add friends FROM Facebook.

Added 10th Jan 2015, ID #499532


Added 23rd Dec 2014, ID #489212

Is any part of the party boat on facebook

Added 7th Aug 2014, ID #432075

I have a fully stocked courtesy house-one location with everything, including occupation items, firemans pole and pets. All are wlecome to friend me and use my house. However, I would love to have one neighbor that also has 1-2 houses that provide the needed items for SP's...Please friend me :-). Game Center name..... Gahlyndin

Added 7th Jul 2014, ID #413650

I have a courtesy house across from the Community Center, fully stocked and colored purple with its own mini haunted house.
My Game Center account is QueenZoroark.

Added 26th Jun 2014, ID #407074

Use the phone to call tech support.

Added 27th May 2014, ID #389456

Can someone help me on the social goal on how to call tech support for your neighbors tv

Added 16th May 2014, ID #384757

How do you complete the painting in your neighbors home I can't get past that part

Added 11th May 2014, ID #383459

Correction: my Courtesy House is located top left of the town map, 4th house ( the one with the pool). Fully stocked, including firemans pole, but please let me know if I'm missing anything.

Added 22nd Apr 2014, ID #377601

I have a stocked courtesy house, 3rd lot on the left. Also a flagpole in the home by the lighthouse. Game center name is. Gahlyndin

Added 16th Apr 2014, ID #375475

Don't know how old this posting is, but I just got a social task to practice auctioneering in a friend's neighborhood so an auction podium somewhere in the set up would also be appreciated, for anyone who is making one of these!

Added 11th Apr 2014, ID #373653

I'm trying to work out how to pass my social goal of "show off my soccer skills in a neighbouring town".... Please help if anyone knows! I'd really appreciate it as it's driving me nuts...

Added 24th Mar 2014, ID #367690

Can someone help me with my mission I have to paint in a neighbors town and I'm lost

Added 13th Feb 2014, ID #354675

Can anyone help I have two seniors I have completed the bird watching quest and got a parrot on a stand but don't know how to get my seniors to have a hobby of birdkeeping???

Added 10th Feb 2014, ID #353693

None of my neighbours have a courtesy house, and nor do i. I read this article and i am thinking about building one. I am always stuck on some of my social goals, so would you please tell me your game center username so i can add you? You seem like you have a courtesy house, as you have a photo of it. I would be very thankful if you told me

Added 6th Oct 2013, ID #312902

Thank you. Time to go more some stuff around

Added 17th Sep 2013, ID #310064

Sorry that should read the lot at the bottom LEFT corner - I am fixing it now.

Added 16th Sep 2013, ID #309961

The lot in the bottom right hand corner of the town map is where the SimStudios are located. Are you referring to the lots behind the swim center?

Added 16th Sep 2013, ID #309935

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