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You may have heard that it's now possible to remodel your Animal Crossing: New Horizons villagers' ugly, gift-filled homes on your island. It's true! Buuuut... you'll have to jump through a few hoops first.

Luckily for you, we've figured out those hoops! So, without further ado, here's how to unlock the ability to remodel your villagers' home interiors.

How do I unlock the ability to remodel my villagers' homes?

You'll need to finish 30 Happy Home Paradise vacation home designs, which is considered "finishing the game". You'll know when you've done it because you'll get to watch the credits. You'll then have the ability to remodel their home interiors — just talk to Tom Nook at Resident Services, and he'll say that your design talents have convinced him to offer a "home-design consulting service".

Do I need the Happy Home Paradise DLC?

Yes, sorry! Although if you previously bought the DLC through the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, and then cancelled your subscription, you'll apparently have access to anything that you unlocked back on your island... which probably includes the ability to redesign villager homes. We'll update this once we found out for sure!

How do I remodel their homes?

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Speak to Tom Nook at Resident Services (once you've unlocked the home-design consulting service) and select "Let's talk homes", then "A resident's home". You'll get to choose which one, and then Tom Nook will take you to the house in question.

My starter villagers still have the basic houses — can I just change them to their unique room design?

The first five villagers to move onto your island will have the basic, wood furniture-filled houses instead of their character's "unique" design. The next five will automatically have the unique room instead. Some people have either gone to the lengths of evicting all their early villagers, while others have moved them out and back in.

But now you don't have to do that! Just speak to Isabelle, tell her that you have concerns about a resident, and select "The way their home looks" — it will immediately change it to that particular villager's "unique" design!

Are there objects I have to use?

No, but there are "recommended" objects from that villager's unique room design. You can use this to get a good sense of their style — or ignore it altogether.

Can I change the room size?

Unfortunately not!

Can I redesign the exterior?

Yes, including roof, door, and the exterior. The only thing you can't do is make the house bigger than it already is.

Can I change what song is playing?

Yes. If you place down any kind of music-playing object, you can select a song (here's the full list of K.K. Slider songs, for reference). That villager's favourite song will appear in the "recommended" category.

When does the redesign happen?

It will take place overnight, which is to say that the redesign will be "finished" at 5am on the next day — though, of course, you won't be able to see it until that villager wakes up.

How much does it cost?

It costs 9,000 Bells to remodel a villager's home.

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What happens to all their objects?

When you remodel a house, the "recommended" category will include everything that you've ever given them, as long as they had it on display at some point. Their objects — anything you don't use — will remain in this storage limbo.

Wait, how do I change my home now?

The ability to change your own house's exterior can now be found in the same section as the villager home remodel option. Speak to Tom Nook at Resident Services (once you've unlocked the home-design consulting service) and select "Let's talk homes", then "A resident's home".

Are there Nook Miles rewards for remodelling villager homes?

Yes — you'll get 1,000 Miles for redecorating a home every time, and you can do up to ten a day (if you have the maximum amount of villagers).

Do you think this is the secret best part of the Happy Home Paradise DLC? Let us know in the comments!

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