In between slaying the undead and gathering as much iron as you can get your grubby little hands on, it’s nice to return to a warm cozy place to call your own…filled with the heads from all the vicious animals you’ve killed. That’s right, in New World you can buy your own home and even decorate it! In today’s guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about housing in New World.

Whether you want to enjoy the various perks that come with being a landowner in New World, just enjoy buying/crafting furniture, or (just for once) don’t want to be a murder hobo, buying a home is for you. But first things first — how does one go about buying a house in New World?

Let’s get started!

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How to Buy a House in New World

Anyone who plays New World knows that the settlements are your central hubs. The overworld may be where all the questing and slaying gets done, but the settlements are where the crafting and refining happens. It’s where you find your faction representatives and auction houses. It’s also where you find normal houses.

If you’ve played New World much at all, then you’ve probably seen those buildings in settlements that look like you can enter but can’t. When you approach those misleading doors, you are given an option to buy that property. Congratulations, (just like in real life) if you have enough money, you can now buy that house. But unlike in real life, having enough money won’t be a laughable pipe dream!

Prices and Costs of Housing in New World

You now know how to buy a house, but how much will it cost exactly? Well, that depends on the tier of the house in question. A Tier 1 house costs 5K, a Tier 2 house costs 10K, a Tier 3 house costs 15K, and a Tier 4 house costs 20K.

What’s the upside to a higher tier of house? Besides simply showcasing your wealth, a higher-quality house gets better housing benefits (which we’ll cover more below).

However, you’ll have to pay a weekly tax that gets more expensive the higher-tier your house is. Thankfully, the cost is only 10% of the base cost of your house, so the end cost doesn’t go up by much. This can vary a little bit depending on your territory standing in the region and whether or not the company (player guilds) that governs the area taxes the land your house is on. Failing to pay the tax will lock you out of your housing buffs and benefits until you do so.

Benefits of Housing in New World

You can buy a house fairly easily. The question now is why would you want to? Owning housing in New World provides you three major benefits that we’ll cover in-depth here.

Extra Inventory Space

Anyone who has played MMOs before knows the pain that comes with finding that rare item out in the wild, only to realize you can’t put it into your bag unless you drop an equally rare item. Or you can pick up that rare item, but now you’re a point over your encumbrances limit and snails are outpacing you to your next quest objective.

In New World, this problem is even more pronounced. In addition to your weapons, armor, and potions, you need materials such as iron, wood, iron, motes, and iron, to name a few of the essentials. Naturally, these all weigh you down and take up precious inventory space.

The game by default lets you store items at your local settlement in storage facilities. This is very useful, but still isn’t enough. Especially once you hit end-game, as every inventory slot is worth as much as the best piece of gear. Thankfully, each house you own in New World gives you extra inventory space. This is a huge boost that should not be underestimated, seeing as you’ll need as much space to craft everything from your boots to your end table.

But how much extra storage space do you actually get? Once again, this depends on your house’s tier, as well as what tier of storage chests you build/obtain (chests obtained by looting tend to give a bit more space). With a Tier 1 house, you can have a single chest, and the limit increases by one with each tier. The storage chests themselves have four tiers as well:

  • Tier 1: 200/225 additional slots
  • Tier 2: 300/325 additional slots
  • Tier 3: 400 additional slots
  • Tier 4: 500/525 additional slots

Free Fast Travel

The forests and the mountains of New World may be beautiful, but who actually wants to walk through or over them? This is where fast travel comes in. If your next quest destination is too far away — or you’re just too lazy — why not teleport directly there, as opposed to trudging all those thousands of miles? Well, in New World, there are a couple of reasons.

For one thing, you simply might not have the Azoth required to do so. Teleporting ain’t free, you know. For another, you have to either be in a settlement, or fast travel site to, y’know, fast travel. If you’ve registered with an inn at a settlement, you can always recall to that inn for free, but this comes with a twenty-minute cooldown, and you won’t always be registered at the inn you want to go to.

One of the beauties of home ownership in New World is that it gives you extra places to fast travel to at the low, low price of zero Azoth. While there is a cooldown on this teleport, having additional fast travel options is always nice. Thankfully, the cooldown is reduced with higher-tier housing.

  • Tier 1: 4 hour
  • Tier 2: 3 hour
  • Tier 3: 2.5 hour
  • Tier 4: 2 hour

Trophies

Finally, our guide has reached the most fun part of owning housing in New World — decorating! You get all the fun of picking out tables and chairs, with none of the hassle of assembly. Well, you still have to craft them, but compare crafting in New World to building a shelf from Ikea and tell me which one you prefer.

The best (or most mechanically relevant) part of decorating your home is the trophies. How many times have you killed that cave-dwelling grizzly or giant crocodile and wished you had a wall to mount the head on? Well, that’s where a house comes in.

Each trophy you place in your house grants some nice passive bonuses, such as extra damage against specific enemy types or bonuses to foraging, logging, and so on. However, keep in mind that you have a maximum of five trophy slots available per home. Use them wisely!

Best Housing Locations in New World

Alright, so now that our guide has covered why you want housing in New World, on to the next question — where’s the best place to buy a house? Just like in real life, it’s all about three things, location, location, location. Also like in real life, one of the best ways to get ahead in the New World is to own multiple houses.

But unlike in real life, in New World, you are capped at three houses max. The means that choosing where to buy them is even more important. If you are playing the long game, there are two destinations that are your best bet for house placement.

Reekwater

Reekwater is a great location for end-game. The big draw of Reekwater is that it’s right next to three key high-level zones you can farm. Those being Eternal Pool (Protector’s Arena), the Lazarus Instrumentality, and the Siren Queen’s Lair. These places can be a pain to get to otherwise.

In addition to the three zones mentioned above, Reekwater also has some rare cooking ingredients that are hard to find in other places, adding a little extra spice to this location.

Ebonscale Reach

Ebonscale reach is another must-have location. By placing a house there, you have easy access to multiple portals that are great for end-game farming. Ebonscale Reach also comes with its fair share of high-end cooking resources as another bonus.

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And there you have it, explorer. Enjoy the sweet privilege of owning a home in the New World!  We hope you found our guide to housing in New World useful and have obtained a lovely house (or three) for yourself! If there’s something else you think we should cover or include in our guide, let us know in the comments below, and subscribe to the High Ground if you want more news, guides, and articles on the latest gaming trends!

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