Houses play an important role in Skyrim. They are your safe haven in which you can place gear, loot, and other valuables. Houses are important in the context of marriage and children as well. You can move your entire family to a specific house. But what happens when you grow tired of your old house and want to perhaps move someplace bigger and better? It would be convenient to trade in your old property for a new one, but is it even possible? In today’s guide, we’re going to focus on housing options in Skyrim, but before we proceed we need to clear up the basics, can you sell a house in Skyrim?
How many houses can you buy in Skyrim?
Provided you have the funds, you can buy all houses and properties in Skyrim. The total number of houses available to you in Skyrim is 9 if you count the houses added with Dragonborn and Hearthfire DLCs. Most houses are in the major cities, with the three houses being in the middle of their respective holds.
Houses provide you with enough storage to place all your loot, the storage is not limited to only chests and various other containers. All houses come equipped with several other storage types such as bookshelves, shield plaques, weapon plaques, display cases, mannequins, and weapon racks. Some houses have extra features as well such as alchemy labs and arcane enchanters.
Having your own house and sleeping in it can provide you with several buffs such as the Well Rested buff that adds a 10% boost to skill increases for 8 hours and Lover’s Comfort if you’re married. Lover’s Comfort gives you a 15% boost to skill increases for 8 hours as well as provides you with a boost to magicka and health regeneration.
Which houses can you buy in Skyrim?
You can buy specific houses in every hold in Skyrim provided your reputation within the hold is high enough, you are thane and you have enough money. The full list of houses you can buy in Skyrim is as follows:
Breezehome in Whiterun
Breezehome is the cheapest house in the game but has everything you need storage-wise. This will probably be the first house you will buy. Breezhome can be purchased for 5 000 septims but the total cost after upgrades amounts to 6,550 to 6,800 septims.
Honeyside in Riften
Honeyside is larger than Breezhome and costs the same. Nothing special about the house except for the fact that you can circumvent several loading screens as it has two exits. Honeyside can be purchased for 5,000 or 8,000 septims, the total cost after upgrades amounts to 8,850 to 12,300 septims.
Vlindrel Hall in Markarth
Vlindrel Hall is perfect for displaying your book collection and for players who are fans of dwemer architecture. Vlindrel Hall can be purchased for 8,000 septims, after upgrades the cost rises to 11,900 to 12,200 septims.
Hjerim in Windhelm
Hjerim has a tragic past but once the house is upgraded fully, it is among the best and most spacious in the game. Hjerim costs between 8,000 and 12,000 septims, after upgrades the total cost of the house is 17,000 and 22,250 septims.
Proudspire Manor in Solitude
Proudspire Manor is the most high-end and expensive house in the game. This is pretty much the only thing that makes the house special and not in a good way. You definitely shouldn’t purchase this house except if you have money to throw around. Proudspire Manor costs 25,000 septims, after upgrades the amount of septims needed rises between 36,000 to 39,000 septims.
Severin Manor in Raven Rock
Severin Manor like Vlindrell Hall features unique architecture. This house is free but it comes with its own set of downsides. You cannot move your family to this house and you have no housecarl.
Lakeview Manor in Falkreath Hold
Lakeview Manor is a house added with Hearthfire that you can build by yourself. It’s the only house that features an apiary. Lakeview Manor land costs 5,000 septims.
Windstad Manor in Hjaalmarch Hold
Windstad Manor is one more house added by Hearhtfire, it’s the only house in the game that has a fish hatchery. The land costs 5,000 septims.
Heljarchen Hall in the Pale Hold
Heljarchen Hall has a terrible location and an even worse “unique aspect” of the house. You can build a grain mill that allows you to grind wheat into flour. Yes, the reward is flour. The land on which you will build Heljarchen Hall costs 5,000 septims.
There are numerous other houses available to players as a part of the Creation Club but we’re not going to review them since those aren’t part of the base game available to all players.
Can you sell your house in Skyrim?
No, you can’t sell your house in Skyrim, but this is not such a big deal since there isn’t a limit on how many houses you can buy. You can also add plenty of cool houses with mods. The only downside to the fact that you can’t sell houses is that you’re not able to return your money once you’re done with the house.
What’s the biggest house you can get in Skyrim?
The biggest house you can get in Skyrim is Proudspire Manor. It’s also the most expensive house in the game. As I’ve mentioned before except for the incredibly high price, it offers little storage space and not a lot of special features.
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