Tips for managing your little family's country home
Your little people will need your guidance to handle all of the maintenance that a home in the country requires. In addition to routine tasks, such as keeping the house and yard tidy and caring for lawns and gardens, a variety of malfunctions can occur in the home. The following sections describe how to handle all of the situations you may encounter, as well as provide tips for keeping the house and yard in good condition with a minimum of effort.
How do I manage all the dirt smudges, socks and wrappers that litter the house?
If there are children in the house, you can have them pick up socks and wrappers, as well as clean dirt smudges, by placing them on each one until the house is tidied up. This has the added bonus of allowing the adults to keep working on their careers, instead of doing routine chores.
If you’d rather not have to deal with them at all, you can hire a maid to take care of them for you. The maid will come to the house at regular intervals and tidy everything up automatically.
How do I manage all the weeds that grow in the yard?
If there are children in the house, you can have them pull the weeds by placing them on each one until the yard is tidied up. This has the added bonus of allowing the adults to keep working on their careers, instead of doing routine chores.
If you’d rather not have to deal with them at all, you can hire a gardener to take care of them for you. The gardener will come to the house at regular intervals and tidy the yard up automatically.
I bought a maid and a gardener. They came once and then they left.
When you purchase the On Call Maid Service and/or the On Call Gardening Service, those services will send a maid or gardener to the house immediately to take care of trash, socks, and weeds (as appropriate). Once their work has been completed, they will leave the home. The maid and the gardener don't actually live at the house.
After that initial visit, the service will send another maid or gardener to the home approximately once an hour to perform their work. They will also arrive each time you launch the game.
They prefer to work during the day, so you won't see them at night. If you primarily play the game at night, you may find the option to reverse day and night helpful. You can read more about that here.
What care do lawns and gardens require?
Lawns and flower gardens require daily watering to keep them looking beautiful. If they don’t get enough water, they’ll turn brown. Landscaping that requires water will have an irrigation spigot nearby that you can use to keep them watered. Just drop a family member on the spigot to turn on the water. It will shut off automatically.
If you want the beauty of landscaping without needing to water manually, you can purchase cactus beds, which don’t need watering, or you can purchase Automatic Sprinklers from the Upgrades section of the store to keep the lawns and flowers in peak condition automatically.
How do I hire workers to renovate, expand, or upgrade the house?
To renovate the unfinished/damaged rooms in the house, add rooms, or remodel existing rooms, tap “Store” and then “Home Improvements” to see which home improvements are available for purchase. After you make your purchase, a team of workers will arrive at the home to complete the upgrade you have selected.
Some options will be locked when you first start the game. Additional rooms become available as your family progresses to the 7th generation, at which point all rooms will be unlocked. To learn more about how generations work, please see this article.
What kinds of malfunctions occur in Virtual Families 3?
As in any home, there will be occasional malfunctions in your little family’s house ranging from minor problems that the family members can fix themselves, with the right tools, to major malfunctions that will require them to call a professional to resolve the problem.
Minor malfunctions, such as a leaks, clogs, or small appliance fires, can be handled by the family. They will need the appropriate tools or equipment to take care of these maintenance tasks. You can check the list of malfunctions by clicking here, to see how to handle each one.
Major malfunctions, such as cable or Internet being down, broken appliances, etc., will require the help of a professional repair technician. For those issues, drop an adult on the phone and choose the appropriate technician from the list. See the list of malfunctions, below, for specific information about each of the six major malfunctions.
Once the malfunction has been resolved, it can sometimes take an additional minute or two for other family members to realize that the problem has been fixed. If it bothers you, you can always pick them up and drop them after the repair is complete to "snap" them out of it.