On The Sims, life is as simple as the click of a button. With The Sims 4 recently released, new users are again rediscovering the joys and wonders of building that first family, buying that first home, getting a job and bringing up three children – all without leaving the comfort of their homes.

In reality, buying and setting up a new home requires a bit more effort.

The Money

On The Sims, you start with a budget (yes, that’s right – free money). It’s not a huge amount but it’s workable. Really though, the majority of people (if not all people) use cheats to fatten up their bank accounts. Being poor isn’t fun and at least in the cyber world, we can do easily something about it.

In real life, getting money involves having an actual job and working. Most first home buyers don’t casually have hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank so they have to get a loan. When getting a loan, always make sure you’re not borrowing more than you can handle. You don’t want to still be stressing about that bank loan 50 years down the track.

Choosing a house

On The Sims, we get a convenient birds eye view of every house from the wall structures to the carpet colours. It only takes a few seconds to inspect a house and only a few minutes to explore the whole neighbourhood of houses. You can also choose to custom build your own house but that’s a whole different story. Pick a house, click it and it’s yours! Simple as that.

In real life, looking for houses can take weeks, even months. You’ve got to physically travel to house inspections, walk through the rooms, meet with real estate agents, call up a surveyor to check the foundations and only then can you consider deciding on a house.

Furnishing the house

On The Sims, all you have to do is sort through the inventory of items, pick out the ones you want and click on a spot to install them. You can sort through colour-schemes and prices in minutes.

In real life, you’ve got to travel to IKEA, and walk through its ginormous warehouse in the hopes you’ll find something within your price range. Instead of clicking a button, you have to call up a guy to install it or navigate your way around the confusing instructions and then repeat for every item of furniture/appliance. Oh, and don’t forget that buying homeware and cutlery is also a thing that needs to be done.

Setting up your first home can be hard. Luckily, we have financial advisors and experts to help us along the way.

This article was brought to you by Start Right Homes, experts in first home buying. 

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