How to buy a house in Final Fantasy XIV
In Final Fantasy XIV, players can purchase a house to call their own if they’ve reached a high enough level. These houses can be used as a place to store items and quest turn-ins, as well as a place for the player to live out of combat.
There are three different types of houses: apartments, villas, and mansions. Apartments are generally small and cost less gil than other houses, but give you the least amount of storage space. Villas provide more storage space than apartments at an intermediate price point between apartments and mansions. Mansions are the largest and most expensive, and they provide the most storage space than any other house.
There is a different set of rules for purchasing housing in different cities depending on what type of house you want to buy. It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of leveling and logging out, but it’s important not to forget about your house. Housing is a staple of Final Fantasy
There are a lot of criteria that go into earning a place to live.
Buying a Personal house
You need to be level 50 and at least a Second Lieutenant with your Grand Company to buy a personal house. Once you buy it, you can move in immediately.
After purchasing your house, you’ll need to visit the residential area of each city to unpack your goods. From there, you can place furniture and decorations.
You’ll need to visit the residential area in each city when it comes time to renew your lease for another year. This automatically occurs every six months when the game detects that you haven’t logged in for 14 days. If you do not renew your lease, then the item maintenance will be lost once it expires; however, housing is not automatically renewed. You must remember to stay logged in at all times or else you will lose any items that are not stored within your personal bank upon logout or disconnection from the game server.
Buying an Apartment
You need to be level 50 with your Grand Company, and be at least a First Lieutenant to buy an apartment. When you buy it, you can use it as soon as the quest is finished. You will also need to purchase some furniture before moving in. The apartments are located throughout Eorzea and are on the maps of all city-state maps except Limsa Lominsa on the Ul’dahn map.
You must be at least level 30 with your Grand Company to move in. This means you must have completed the quest “A Secret Passage to the Forgotten City” which transports you to the Forgotten City. After you begin that quest, you can renew your lease every six months by buying a large house.
The furniture that is available within apartments is not as much as what is available in larger houses. So if you want more storage space, then buy a larger house.
Buying a Villa
You need to be level 50 with your Grand Company, and be at least a First Lieutenant to buy a villa. Your house can only be purchased from Sharlay as part of her questline. You will also need to purchase some furniture after moving in, as well as a garden for the front of your house. The Villas are located throughout Eorzea on the maps of all city-states, except Limsa Lominsa on the Ul’dahn map and Ul’dah and Gridania on the Ul’dahn map.
You must be at least level 30 with your Grand Company to move in. This means you must have completed the quest “A Secret Passage to the Forgotten City” which transports you to the Forgotten City. After you begin that quest, you can renew your lease every six months by buying a villa.
The furniture and storage space available within villas is greater than what is available in apartments, but less than what is available in mansions. So if you want more storage space, then buy a larger house.
Buying a Mansion
You need to be level 50 with your Grand Company and at least an Officer rank with it. You can purchase a mansion from Hismena in Ul’dah. You will also need to purchase some furniture after moving in, as well as a garden for the front of your house. Your house also comes with Mogzin, the Moglin Butler. You must be at least level 30 with your Grand Company to move in. This means you must have completed the quest “A Secret Passage to the Forgotten City” which transports you to the Forgotten City. After you begin that quest, you can renew your lease every six months by buying a massive house.
Unlike apartments and villas, there is no furniture available for purchase within mansions or mansion gardens. So if you want more storage space and don’t want to take over a whole garden, then buy a larger house.
Buying a Free Company house
To be allowed to world purchase a house, your FC should have at least 4 members and be at Rank 6. There are three different types of FC houses: Small, medium, and large. The big difference between the size of the house is the amount of storage space. If you’re looking for a place to store your stuff, you’ll probably want to look into an FC house.
You can also get a free company house by purchasing a personal or apartment and then converting it into an FC house:
An apartment can be converted into a small Free Company House for 100k gil.
A villa can be converted into a large Free Company House for 800k gil.
A mansion can be converted into an extra-large Free Company House for 1 million gil.
Keeping your house
You don’t need to pay anything to enter your house once every 45 days, but you must do so.
You can move into or out of your house as often as you like, as long as you do it within those 45 days.
You can store items in your shared home even if you’re not logged in. As long as they’re not being displayed on the transfer list, you can store them in your shared home until the next log-in. You don’t need to make a new deposit to cover the items.
Shared housing etiquette guidelines:
- Stores and mail cannot be placed on a table.
- You cannot sit on a bed.
- You cannot discard items by using the Alt key while holding the item in your hand.
- When you invite other players to your home, they’ll arrive with you when you log in to your house.
- Only the owner of the house can make changes to rooms or add decorations.
- Only go into shared housing when you’re in the city and in areas where there aren’t any monsters (such as an inn). If there are monsters in a shared home, they will sometimes drop items upon death that belong to that shared home. Those items will be left behind and can be picked up or stored.
The price of a house increases based on the size of the house, the location, and how long it has been on the market. For each apartment, villa, and mansion you buy, you will get a discount for a year, although there is a limit to the number of discounts that can be applied to an individual property.
Each house also comes with its own special furnishings. Most of these furnishings are only available from housing-specific NPCs, but some are available from either the market or from NPCs that sell rooms.
Residences: The Residences give their owners access to daily mail and Pickpocketing. They also come with special furnishings and even a Moglin Butler (Moglin Butler: Moglin).
Apartments: The Apartments come with several special items players can display, including the Resident’s Bed, the Resident’s Table, the Resident’s Wardrobe, and the Resident’s Desk. They also have a special parlor with an in-house chocobo stable.
Villas: The Villas come with more rooms than usual (such as an extra room for guests or crafting), and some rooms are even specialized (such as the Dining Table).
Mansions: The Mansions come with special furnishings, including the Maester’s Desk, the Maester’s Wardrobe, and the Master Bedroom (that is not accessible for players).
Free Company Houses: The FC houses come with special furnishings for each occupant in addition to some standard items in the Free Company House.
One of the biggest obstacles to getting a home in Final Fantasy XIV is availability. The same amount of plots are available on each server, so if you’re looking to buy a house it’s easier on Siren than it is on Balmung.
Towns: The more players you have, the better your odds of having a choice of locations.
Size: The larger the city, the more locations available. This doesn’t mean you’ll have a choice to live in Ul’dah – if you want a villa it will be in Ul’dah – but if there are multiple types of homes you can choose from. For example, if there are 4 mansions for sale in Gridania and 20 players on that server, then you could end up renting one for 1 year and never get one again.
Price: If you want to live in the most expensive homes, then Limsa Lominsa is your choice. If you’re looking for affordable housing, then Gridania is the best place to go.
Permissions: If you’ve got friends or family on FFXIV, they can give you permission to live in their home. This doesn’t mean they get an extra room (that would be greedy), but it does mean they can give you permission to enter their home (something similar to the WoW “invite a friend” feature).
Siren: In Siren, the amount of housing available is low. There are only 4 types of homes – apartments, villas, mansions and free company houses – and they’re all pretty large. If you can’t afford a mansion and there’s only 1 villa and 5 apartments for sale, then your best bet is to put your name on a waiting list.
Balmung: In Balmung, there are not as many housing options as you might expect. It’s primarily one type of home – the free company house – so you don’t have to worry about competing with other players or anything like that. If you want to live in an apartment, then your best bet is to put your name on a wait list.
Location: In any case, if you’re looking for housing make sure it’s close to a city – it’s going to be cheaper. If you can afford a free company house and it’s only 20 minutes away from an Inn or a city that has inns, then that should be a factor.
Hosting other players: If you want to invite other players into your home, there are 2 options available: The first is through the “Invite Guests” option from the house menu.
It’s easier to move after purchasing a home. Once a house is relinquished, it’s available for purchase for 12 to 24 hours. If another player hasn’t purchased the house before this time expires, you’ll need to wait 7 days for the ownership period to expire before it’s available again.
Once you’ve relinquished a house, it can be placed on the market for sale with a waiting period of 24 hours before anyone can purchase it. If someone is logged in during this time and purchases it, they can immediately change residency without waiting 7 days.
After a free company has been on land for more than a week, they’ll be given access to a free company house located on that land. If they already have a home elsewhere, then they’ll be given 7 days to move out of the existing one before the free company house becomes theirs.
The cost of housing increases as more players take up residence, so it’s advised to release your housing if you’re no longer living in it or if you aren’t planning on moving in any time soon so that other players have a chance to purchase it.
Housing related items: Several items can be placed inside houses, including books for reading and posters for decoration. These are available from various NPCs, but most are available from the Housing Merchant NPCs near houses that can be rented.
Decorations: You can also buy decorations that you can place inside your house.
You can buy these houses by taking the following quests:
Apartment – Housing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul for 200 total gil (10g each) from an NPC in any city-state except Limsa Lominsa. The quest requires level 20 and above, but it goes faster if you have friends that are doing the questline to support you.
Villa – To Live a Virtuous Life for 400 total gil (20g each) from Sharlay, also in any city-state except Limsa Lominsa. The quest requires level 35 and above though it goes faster with friends. After the quest is complete, you will have to do a few more quests around Gridania to get your house. Some quests require a group or specific classes, so it may take a while before you get everything done.
Mansion – A Stand for Societie from Hismena in Ul’dah for 1500 total gil (75g each). The quest requires level 57 and above. After you have finished the quest, you will have to do a few more quests around Ul’dah to get your house. Some quests are required for specific classes, so it’s important that you don’t miss anything.