Animal Crossing New Horizons: Happy Home Paradise - Beginner Tips

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You have a brand new job at Paradise Planning in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise. It's down to you to create the dream vacation home for multiple clients and create facilities out of abandoned buildings. With such a big responsibility on your shoulders, it can be a bit daunting if you're new to the game. This is why we've put together some beginner tips that can help you start your home design career!

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Beginner Tips

There are a lot of things for you to get used to in the game and it can quickly become overwhelming if you're not used to it. If you follow our beginner tips, you should find that the game becomes less confusing and more fun. However, the most important tip for you to remember is that you can remodel any house that you have completed so it's not the end of the world if you make one you don't like.

Try To Get 7 Clients Finished

When you start the game, you will notice that there are only a few limited things that you can do. If you try to get 7 clients finished at one time, you will unlock quite a few important and useful features. Some of these features include building fences, making outdoor spaces look better by using trees, and room expansion. By completing 7 clients, you will be able to become more creative with your home designs and you will be closer to unlocking even more features.


If You See Something You Like, Buy It

The Paradise Planning office has its very own shop that operates in a similar way to Nook's Cranny. Once you start to earn Poki, you will be able to spend it on the items in the shop. Often these are rare furniture pieces that you would find difficult to get at home. Also, you can buy souvenir chocolates which are crucial in being able to build your villagers a vacation home. Apart from the chocolates, the stock in the shop changes every day so if you see something you like it's worth buying it as you may not see it again for a while.

Pick Projects That You Will Enjoy

There are a lot of clients for you to work with and there are multiple abandoned buildings that you can renovate too. However, when you're starting out it can be a little daunting and the best thing you can do is to pick a project that you will enjoy. When you're looking to get new clients, you will see thought bubbles above their heads that give a brief description of the kind of home they want. If it sounds like something that you'd enjoy making then you can talk to them to take the project on. Each remodel in the game will take time, therefore it's worth picking ones that you will enjoy.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise Finished Client Home Coffee Lover

Listen to Lottie and Niko

Lottie and Niko give extremely useful advice throughout the beginning stages of the game which is why it's worth listening to them. They can give you small handy tips or tricks to use when designing a home or they can give you advice on spending time in the resort. Also, they can help you in times when you're stuck and not sure what to do (especially Niko).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise Character and Niko outside Paradise Planning Office
A tiny monkey in a tiny hat has a big heart!

Facilities Are Big Projects - Be Patient With Them

Once you've reached the stage where you have learned how to unlock facilities, you will realise that they are much bigger projects than vacation homes. Instead of creating a home, you will be creating public services or businesses and this takes time. You can do a lot with facilities as there seem to be a lot more furniture options/decorative options available to you when you're working on them. Also, your facilities will eventually be used by other characters so it's important to be patient while designing them to ensure you're making the best building that you can.

The More You Play, the More You Will Learn

The more that you play the game, the more that you will unlock and learn. Yes, completing 7 clients will unlock quite a few features for you but there are many more for you to find and figure out for yourself. A lot of the things that you will learn at Paradise Planning can be taken back to your own Island and applied to your own home. Two examples are accent walls and polishing, they're both useful things for building a house for a client and for elevating your own home decor.


There are numerous things for you to learn and do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise. If you're enjoying the DLC so far, we have some guides that will be useful to you. We have one on how to customise furniture as it works a little differently in the DLC and one on how to change the weather.