First Time Buyers’ Guide: Animal Crossing Edition

Creating The ‘New Horizons’ Home Of Your Dreams

So, you’re spending a lot of time at home right now and the new edition of Animal Crossing has just been released for the Nintendo Switch. Whether the gamer in your home happens to be yourself or the kids, you probably have some time to kill. Thankfully, when it comes to building your very own virtual dream home, we’ve got you covered.

Animal Crossing is a popular social simulation game created by Nintendo that puts a human character for you to control in a town filled with talking animal residents. Players can build their dream home, wander around town to make friends with neighbors and pass time doing activities such as fishing, catching bugs and digging up fossils.

Since its release in 2001, the game has cultivated a dedicated fan base. The newest installment, Animal Crossing: New Horizons (March 20, 2020), brought a flurry of old and new players who want to live out their homeowner dreams any way they can. It plops your character on a deserted island owned by a talking Raccoon, Tom Nook, who wants to help make the piece of land a haven for yourself and other animal villagers.

While you work to get your new island just how you want it, here are some tips on how to make the most out of your new digs.

1. Location

When you first arrive on the island, you want to make sure you choose the right place to set up your tent. Just as you would when considering a real-life property purchase, it's important to weigh the benefits of each area. Do you want the peaceful sounds of a flowing river? Are you more of a beach-dwelling type? Maybe you want to surround yourself by trees, or stick close to neighbors so you can create a small-town feel. Different locations have different advantages, like easy access to fishing or quick stops at the local general store, Nook’s Cranny, so it’s important to prioritize.

The tent will eventually turn into your home, and the perk of this game versus real life is that if you change your mind on location, you can relocate your house exactly as-is in the future. That being said, you won’t have the opportunity to change its location for quite a while, so you want to make sure you think through your initial placement.

2. Loans

They’re inevitable, even in a digital world. In the real world, we recommend connecting with our preferred lenders rather than visiting a talking raccoon, but even in this idyllic universe you still have to pay for upgrades to your home. Tom Nook’s loans are interest-free and can be paid back at your leisure. In the meantime, you can use your funds to add furnishings to your newly expanded space.

The loans take time to pay off, but it’s worth some temporary debt in order to branch out your style to other rooms. Loans help you get what you need out of your home and make it a place you’re happy to come back to, even if it’s just to change your outfit a hundred times a day.

3. Aesthetic

As one of the easiest things to change in the game, your aesthetic is not something that needs to be set in stone. You can change this up as much as you want and take the time to find what you like best. Use every opportunity to decorate and re-decorate, easily switching between a modern design, rural farm feel and everything in between. Select Pinterest-worthy finishes, ranging from your preferred wood flooring to the wallpaper lining the rooms.

Don’t like something you own? Sell it at Nook’s Cranny, give it to your favorite neighbor or try to customize it into something you like better by changing the color of the wood or fabric. You have the chance to furnish your house without real-life financial strain, so take some chances on things you aren’t sure you’ll like and you may be surprised.

4. Neighbors

There are going to be amazing neighbors that you want to live on your island forever and others you could definitely do without; equal housing is just as much a feature of the Animal Crossing world as it is of ours. Try to not judge them right away. Sometimes the ones you thought you’d hate end up being pretty friendly, funny or quirky in ways that you enjoy.

Talking to villagers every day builds relationships, which makes them more inclined to give you gifts like furniture, clothing or DIY recipes that make your life on the island a little more fun or functional.

If you can’t get past their personalities or presents, you can avoid talking to them or report them at resident services and they’ll eventually move away. It may be rude, but hey, it’s just a game and you run the show.

5. Community

As a primary member of your in-game community, you have a responsibility to help your little island flourish. Buying from local and traveling vendors or donating bugs, fish and fossils to the museum opens up more opportunity for growth and brings new business to your island.

Plant flowers outside of your neighbors’ houses, build gardens between buildings or plant trees wherever you see some space. Set up a bonfire pit on the beach or create a little park where everyone can gather for some quality time together. You can make this island into whatever you want it to be, and your neighbors will thank you for making the community beautiful.

6. Be Patient

In your real home, our trusted partners like KSI, California Closets, and Arteva Homes can help shape your property to your exact preference. Similar to the real world, Animal Crossing gives you the tools to make changes to your residence, ensuring you end up happy with it in the end.

Whether that means experimenting with the color of your roof or trying to get some savings together so you can upgrade your home again, you won’t be able to get everything perfect right at the start. You may change your mind on the wallpaper you like or what kind of flooring you think goes best with it. You may even do a full overhaul of your indoor or outdoor setup.

Nothing is set in stone, so you can embrace the journey without any pressure to make it feel complete right away.

7. Take A Break

You deserve to rest. Make sure that you give yourself some time off to enjoy your home or yard and spend a day meandering around town instead of chopping down trees. Look at the butterflies rather than rushing to catch them all. Try to spot a shooting star or balloon present blowing in the wind. This fake island world is your oyster, and you moved here for a reason. Enjoy it.

While Animal Crossing proves to be a great escape, you may find yourself ready to take the next step with a real estate transaction in the real world. Whether you’re in a position to buy or build your own dream home, Arterra is here to help make that a reality. If you would like to learn more about what Arterra can do for you, give us a call today at 248-212-0751.

By Lauren Maternowski

Guest Copywriter




425 S. Main Street,

Rochester, MI 48306



17370 Hall Road

Clinton Township, MI 48038

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