How To Split Households And Move Out In The Sims 4

There are few games that can provide such a complete life simulation experience as The Sims 4 does. It might not always be completely true to life, but the experience of growing, learning, and becoming an independent person can be easily recreated in this charming game. That is a big part of what makes it so appealing.


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Sometimes you will find that your little Sims are fully ready to strike out on their own. Maybe they’ve grown into full-fledged adults, and you want to continue life through their perspective, or maybe you just don’t like their living arrangements anymore.


How To Move A Sim Out Using The Split Household Option

The Split Household option is available in-game as you play your currently active household; it is an option that you can access through the Sim cellphone.

To use it you just need to follow these steps, while making sure your active Sim is the one you want to move out:

  1. Open the cellphone menu. You will find this at the bottom of the screen underneath your Sim’s portrait.
  2. Select the Travel option. The icon for this displays a car and a downward-facing arrow.
  3. Select the option to Split from Household and Move. Your Sim will queue this action and then perform it, so it will take a little while for the UI to load.
  4. At this point, a new household will be automatically created for your Sim and they will appear in it. However, you can also choose to change this and move them into an existing household instead through the option at the top of the menu.
  5. Confirm the details by selecting the checkmark at the bottom of the screen.

Once you confirm, you will automatically leave the current household to decide where to move your Sim.

After choosing a lot, you will continue playing as that Sim instead of going back to the household you’ve just split them from.

How To Split A Household’s Funds

A female Sim is using her phone, a male Sim stares at her from a few steps behind. The symbol for the Simoleon is overlapping the scene in the form of an icon while an arrow points to the same symbol, now smaller and duplicated.

The option to split funds is integrated into the screen to split the household itself. You will find it at the bottom, under a small heading. This screen will show you the current household funds on the left, a bar where you can input numbers in the middle, and the funds of the new household on the right.

There will be arrows on each side of the middle bar as well; you will have to click these to move funds from one household to another.

Splitting funds is as simple as inputting an amount in the middle bar, and then clicking the corresponding arrow to move that amount of funds. Normally, you will need to click the right-facing arrow to transfer funds from your old household to the new one.

The left-facing arrow will let you do the reverse. A few uses for this arrow are returning funds when you’ve made a mistake, or transferring funds from another existing household into your own.

How To Move A Sim Out Using The Manage Households Option

Another way you can move a Sim out of a household is through the Manage Households option in the Neighborhood view. This view will give you the option to move an entire household into a different lot, or select specific Sims to move out of one household into another.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Select Manage Households. You will find the icon in the same bar where you can find the Option Menu.
  2. Select the household where the Sim you want to move out lives. You will be taken to a screen where you can see the household details, including their funds, and there will be a menu at the bottom where you will be given a few options to choose from.
  3. Select the best option according to your needs. You can transfer a Sim between households, go to Create A Sim and edit the household, or move the household into a lot. If you want just one Sim to move out, the option to transfer a Sim is the most appropriate.
  4. Select an existing household to move the Sim into, or select the option to create a new household, which will appear at the top.
  5. Select the Sim you want to move out of the household.
  6. Click the right-facing arrow in the middle of the UI to move the Sim from left (current household) to right (new household). The Sim’s portrait will switch sides, indicating the change.
  7. Adjust the funds at the bottom, making sure to also click the right-facing arrow so the funds will actually be transferred to the new household.
  8. Click the checkmark icon at the bottom to accept the changes and you’re done!

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