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Below is a basic guide for The Sims 3.
You can move into any house you want to in the various neighborhoods, and you'll be given two options for buying one. You can purchase the house furnished, which means every necessity is already provided for you from the beginning. Furnished houses give you less money to work with, but they supply you with important objects when you start. Unfurnished is another option, which is basically the house itself but you get to add everything you want to in it. Depending on how much money you have, furnished is definitely the one to go to if you're planning on getting a job. Otherwise, select unfurnished and head over to part 1b of the guide.
PART 1A - GETTING SETTLED
Once you've purchased your house, go ahead and look over the furnishings that were already placed in your house. Are they enough for you? Do you think they look nice with the house? If you answered no to any of the questions, then you can go ahead and either change the looks of the object or sell the object altogether. You'll get money for selling the object, so you can replace it with something else. Once you are okay with the house, move on to part 2a of the guide.
PART 1B - BUYING STUFF
Since you've purchased an unfurnished house, you'll have a lot of money to work with and an entirely empty house to customize to your liking. Remember the objects you need; fridges, beds, and a toilet. Most other objects can be supplied by places on the map. If you feel like throwing money away, though, you can go ahead and buy said things. Once you are finished, move on to part 2a of the guide.
PART 2A - EXPLORING THE CITY
One thing you'll notice when playing The Sims 3 is the dynamic city that your Sim lives in. You can explore the entire city, going to every store, workplace, and even other Sim's houses without any loading screens. One of the easiest ways of going about the city is by a car, or you can buy a bike for even cheaper. A bike is just as fast as the cheaper cars, and behaves just the same. Alternatively, you can just forget about owning any of these vehicles and just be cheap and take a taxi. The taxi is a poor man's transportation, and you don't have to spend money to use it. You can go through generation after generation of a family and never have to buy a car.
PART 3A - MEETING SIMS
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