How to Install Downloaded Houses into "The Sims"

Building houses is one of the most creative aspects of "The Sims. For many new players, however, downloading pre-made houses from the many available sources is far easier than creating one from scratch.

Technique for Installing Downloaded Houses

  1. Download a house you want to use in your game to a folder you will remember.
  2. If the house is in .zip format, unzip it by opening the file in an unzipping program.
  1. Extract the house to maxis\thesims\userdata\houses\.
  2. If you have an expansion pack, choose the neighborhood's userdata folder in which you wish to play the game. For example, Neighborhood 3 would be stored in  \thesims\userdata3\houses\.
  3. If the house is not zipped up, then copy and paste the file into the neighborhood house folder in which you want to play the house.
  4. Next time you open the neighborhood, the house you downloaded will appear.


  1. Create a folder in which to keep all your Sim-related downloads. If you have a lot of files, keep them organized — for example, by site or room.
  2. The house file will replace the house already on the lot. If you want to keep the previous house, make sure to back up before installing the new house.
  3. Always back up your userdata folders before installing new houses, families and objects into your game.

What You Need

  • The Sims
  • A file compression (zipping) program
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