Even if you know well The Sims 4the different employment options, the Interior decorator Added path in Dream Home Decorator game pack will probably have features you don’t know about. Especially, Gig tasks in this career include somewhat more direct player control than previous additions.
While the new gigs don’t include too many new elements, you’ll be using the build mode and photography skill in a slightly new way, as well as managing a gig budget and setting up a spectacular “revelation” to showcase your hard work. to your Sim’s customers.
Here’s everything you need to know about completing gig tasks in The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator.
How to fire the customer in The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator
Interior designer gigs are reserved by social tasks. After starting the career as an interior designer, you begin by asking the client(s) about their likes and dislikes using the social menu, and end with revealing your hard work.
However, in order to actually perform the main part of the gig, you need the client to leave the property. It’s going to be hard to renovate the living room with them sitting on the couch, after all.
After learning everything you want to know about your customers’ preferences, use the Return the customer social interaction to gently eject the entire household from the field. They will stay gone until you call them back (or the time runs out for the gig).
It’s only when you’ve fired the clients that you can access build mode on their property, so this step – although not an actual task – is very important.
How to Take Before and After Photos in The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator
Taking before and after photos are two separate tasks you need to complete to complete the gig. The option to take before pictures becomes available after you refer customers.
You can take these pictures using the Entertainment > Take a photo option on your Sim’s phone, just like in the regular game. But alternatively, during an active interior designer gig, you can click on the floor and choose Interior designer > Take a before/after photo in the options menu.
When taking before and after photos, you have the usual photography options: you can apply filters, flip the camera, and take up to five versions of each image. You also seem to have a bit more freedom than usual to pan and zoom to frame the shot exactly to your liking, saving you the hassle of multiple attempts to set up the right shot.
After completing your renovation project, you should take after the pictures. Ideally these correspond to the areas you used for the before photos when the renovation started, but as far as I can tell this is actually not tracked in a way that affects the score of the gig, so don’t worry about lining things up exactly.
Once you have all the before and after photos you need, there’s one more step that isn’t mentioned in the gig to-do list. Go to your Sim’s inventory and click on the memory card. You will see the Manage current concert photos option.
Clicking this option opens a pop-up window where you can match the before and after photos you have taken. Combining a Before photo with an After photo gives them a shared number, indicating that you consider them the “Before and After” photos of the same area. You can also use this time to delete photos you don’t want to include in your slideshow.
Don’t worry if you forget to do this, though; you’ll be prompted to organize and finalize your slides before the big reveal.
How to Use Build Mode During a Concert in The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator
Unlike any other active profession in The Sims 4, the interior designer career requires you to perform certain tasks outside of Live Mode. As the whole theme of the pack suggests, you’ll actually be doing the majority of the renovation gig in Build Mode.
You can only enter Build Mode after the Clients have left the lot. Entering this mode pauses the game in Live Mode, as it would during regular gameplay.
In the upper left corner of the screen, you will see the lot details panel, which now includes a new Concert Details tab where you can follow the renovation project in this mode.
On this panel, you can see the description of the concert and the payment; a running tab of how much money you’ve spent versus your budget; and the client’s likes and dislikes as you discovered them during the social phase at the start of the concert.
Below this information, you will also see a list of requirements. These are not always mentioned elsewhere and include restrictions such as parts of the building that the client specifically does not wish to alter in any way. Later in your Sim’s career, you may see details such as brand deals listed here that require you to include items from specific in-game companies in your renovation.
The game will consider the renovation task complete as soon as you enter and exit Build Mode for the first time during the concert. It will be marked off your to-do list and the option to take photos after will appear at this point. However, you don’t have to stop renovating at this point, and you can freely return to build mode as often as you like to make further changes while the gig is active.
How to Manage Your Gig Budget in The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator
Another feature that makes interior designer gigs slightly different from other similar careers is the budget.
Other gig-based careers assume your active Sim pays for any expenses they might incur out of their own pocket. This is not the case for the interior designers, who received part of the client’s change to carry out the renovations.
There are two ways to track your remaining budget during a gig. The first is in the bundle information panel at the top left of the screen, where you can see what you’ve spent so far and the total remaining under the customer’s budget title.
If you check the lower left corner of the screen, you’ll see that your active Sim’s Household Funds have been temporarily replaced with the Concert Funds. This shows you the actual amount of budget you have left to work with. Unlike the regular game, you can have negative funds during a gig and still buy stuff, but going too far over your budget will negatively impact your performance and reputation.
Although budget management does not directly affect department tasks, it does have a significant impact on how work is graded overall.
How to Increase Your Gig Budget
There are several things you can do to increase your budget during gigs:
- Sell any client goods you wish to replace, as this will add the value of that item to the gig funds. However, you can only replenish your budget to its original maximum; so to get the most out of it, be sure to only sell items once you can perceive their full value.
- Remember that recoloring already owned items using the designer tool (represented by a swatch card icon, third from the left in the top menu bar) is free. This includes replacing walls and floors with the same coating in a different color chart.
It’s pretty easy to keep a simple design refresh within budget this way. However, things get a lot trickier at higher levels, especially if you’re tasked with undertaking major renovations, such as adding more rooms and levels. So don’t neglect your budget management skills, even if you’re constantly under budget on your first few gigs.
How to complete the reveal in The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator
Once you’ve completed the renovations to your satisfaction and taken all the pictures, it’s time to move on to the final gig task: the reveal.
To start, you need to call back customers to the batch. You can do this either under the social tab on your Sim’s phone or by clicking directly on the customer’s portrait in the Relationship panel. Before customers arrive, you will be asked to line up your before and after photos and have them ready.
The client’s family will quickly return to the field and a targeted event called “The Reveal!” will begin. At this point, you will not be able to interact with the customer(s) except with the Reveal the renovations to the client social interaction. Launch it to get started and see a very smooth slideshow of your photos, set to soulful music.
Your main objective in this event is called Reveal a renovated space!. To complete it, you need to complete the listed objectives by talking to customers, showing the items you want to showcase, and – once everyone in the customer’s household has had a chance to take a good look around – asking for their final verdict. You’ll know when they’re ready for the latter because they’ll show a clipboard icon with a green check mark above their heads.
Completing each objective in the Reveal event automatically ends the concert. Your Sim will receive their salary and you will be notified of any increases or decreases in their performance and reputation. You can choose to stay in the field and chat with customers a bit more – it can’t hurt your chances of getting a repeat customer – or go straight home and have the rest of the day to yourself. .
To learn more about The Sims 4: Dream Home Decorator, check out our beginner’s guide to getting started as a home decorator.