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Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« on: April 22, 2011, 03:34:12 PM »
I'm trying a Architect and have done a few jobs with good results until this one client I just can't figure out what I'm doing wrong for her.

The job is to make her a Book Nook with a stereo, sofa, coffee table, living chair and 2 bookcases.
I built a room onto the house for this added the required items and added some windows and some extra decorations for finish the room off.

When I turn the job in she looks the room over and gives me the message:
I cannot live in the squalor! You need to at least give me enough to live with before I let you finish!

I've tried redoing the room several different ways. More windows, fewer windows, fewer but more expensive items, more but less expensive items , bigger room and smaller room and can't figure out what she wants.

If it helps her traits are Grumpy, Frugal, Coward, Perfectionist and Family Oriented and shes a best friend.

Any advise on how to handle this one?
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2011, 04:12:10 PM »
Sometimes it's pathing issues.  Are you certain everything is accessible and that the addition isn't blocking something else?
 
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2011, 04:25:32 PM »
As far as I can tell you can get to everything. I had my sim go in and test out the chairs and everything and I don't see anything that it could be blocking.
Where I built the room at there as a ball on the ground that I moved to a different location. Could she be upset that I move the football?
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2011, 04:52:18 PM »
Where I built the room at there as a ball on the ground that I moved to a different location. Could she be upset that I move the football?

I wouldn't have thought so.  If you're certain everything is accessible, could it be something you deleted that the client wants back?  It's quite a while since I've done this profession.  I do remember that sometimes my Architect would get negative reviews for no reason that I could determine, and I wondered if it was just kind of a random thing in the game.  Sometimes the client's traits are a factor, though, and maybe this is just your client's Grumpy trait manifesting itself?  If it helps any, my Architect seemed to get more negative reviews the higher he got in his profession, which made no sense to me at all.
 
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2011, 05:48:23 PM »
Did you spend all the money? Basically, the client needs money to live and if you spend all her money, then she won't have any left. Simple maths. Was it that?
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2011, 05:59:20 PM »
Did you spend all the money? Basically, the client needs money to live and if you spend all her money, then she won't have any left. Simple maths. Was it that?

I've tried it spending all the money, going under budget and going over budget. I wouldn't have thought nothing of it if I just got a bad review but it doesn't let me finish the job to get a review one way or the other.

But maybe I'm just not going enough under budget. I'll give that a try.
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2011, 06:04:10 PM »
Usually, to save money, I do not build new rooms, but put the required items and a few decorations in an already existing room. That helps and the client is satisfied anyway.
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2011, 06:37:09 PM »
Usually, to save money, I do not build new rooms, but put the required items and a few decorations in an already existing room. That helps and the client is satisfied anyway.

I do that most of the time but this house was kind of small and already full of stuff I couldn't find a good place to put everything she wanted.

But you were right about the money. I went back and did it with cheaper items and just spent a little over half of the budget and she was finally happy. :)

Thank you
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2011, 04:27:08 AM »
You're welcome, Grimsoul. Glad I could help. :)
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2011, 01:04:21 PM »
Took another job with this client ,Stella Striker, and having a time making her happy again. I'm starting to not like her. I think if I see another job come up for Stella I'm just going to ignore it.

Another question, Do you ever get jobs remodeling apartments in Bridgeport?
There's not that many houses there I find I'm doing the same half dozen or so houses over and over.
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2011, 04:14:57 PM »
Took another job with this client ,Stella Striker, and having a time making her happy again. I'm starting to not like her. I think if I see another job come up for Stella I'm just going to ignore it.

Another question, Do you ever get jobs remodeling apartments in Bridgeport?
There's not that many houses there I find I'm doing the same half dozen or so houses over and over.

You better ignore her and those apartment jobs. :D It's difficult to renovate apartments, because, first, there is the place problem, and then, if you delete some existing items, the client will complain. Ignore those and you're fine. ;)
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2011, 05:15:40 PM »
You better ignore her and those apartment jobs. :D It's difficult to renovate apartments, because, first, there is the place problem, and then, if you delete some existing items, the client will complain. Ignore those and you're fine. ;)

I don't doubt it's pain to renovate an apartment. I was just wondering if any jobs ever came up for them. I've made to level 6 and have only had houses come up.

Where it's seems to always be the same few houses I've renovated them so much adding on rooms and floors that they look nothing like the started off as.
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2011, 09:48:14 AM »
Frugal: money saver. Don't spend all of the money for them. Noramlly I don't look at the traits. Shows how devoted I am!


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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2011, 12:43:01 PM »
Frugal: money saver. Don't spend all of the money for them. Noramlly I don't look at the traits. Shows how devoted I am!

I've tried that. I've had other Frugal clients and haven't had a problem with them. I just stay about 15% under budget and everything is fine.
There's just something about Stella that no matter what I try she's never happy.

She's also the only one I've had that won't let job be finished. Anyone else I either get a good review or bad review and the job is over.
With her I get no review and the job stays active for several days. A few days later she'll offer another job and it's the same way again. I've tried 5 or 6 jobs for her and tried everything I can think of to please her and only did it once. And I don't know what I did right that time.

It's a shame I can't figure her out too. Usually the jobs she offers are job types I've never done before and need for the portfolio.
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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2011, 09:38:29 PM »
I've always used tons of knicknacks, pictures, vases, plants, toilet paper, whatever I can still afford.  It seems to make a huge difference.  Also, be sure you haven't deleted something the sim family needs.  I know I did a job for Simis Bachelor and he went on for days before I figured out I'd miscounted the beds and accidentally left the family with one too few.  I replaced it and he finally let me finish the job.

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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2015, 12:16:11 PM »
I had a client complaining about living in squalor, and discovered that her house had 5 adult sims living in a house with only two beds. I added some more beds and then she loved my remodel.

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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2015, 11:45:40 AM »
When a client complains about living in squalor, it's usually necessities that are missing such as beds, showers, refrigerators and so on. I've managed to account what they need to live:

  • Refrigerator**
  • Stove**
  • Beds => number of Sims in household*
  • Bath/Shower****
  • Toilet***

*Where beds are involved, they have to account for the life stage of the Sims. For example, 6 beds will not support 2 adults, a child and 3 toddlers; even though this may be accepted, three of those beds will need to be replaced with cribs. Likewise, a bed and two cribs will not support 2 adults, a teenager and a toddler; double beds will support a married couple, but not siblings.
**A Food Synthesizer is not recognized by clients as a refrigerator/stove.
***An All-In-One Bathroom (regardless of EP) is not recognized as a toilet.
****A Sonic Shower is not recognized as a shower.

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Re: Problem satisfying this one Architect client
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2015, 02:42:11 PM »
When a client complains about living in squalor, it's usually necessities that are missing such as beds, showers, refrigerators and so on. I've managed to account what they need to live:

  • Refrigerator**
  • Stove**
  • Beds => number of Sims in household*
  • Bath/Shower****
  • Toilet***

*Where beds are involved, they have to account for the life stage of the Sims. For example, 6 beds will not support 2 adults, a child and 3 toddlers; even though this may be accepted, three of those beds will need to be replaced with cribs. Likewise, a bed and two cribs will not support 2 adults, a teenager and a toddler; double beds will support a married couple, but not siblings.
**A Food Synthesizer is not recognized by clients as a refrigerator/stove.
***An All-In-One Bathroom (regardless of EP) is not recognized as a toilet.
****A Sonic Shower is not recognized as a shower.

All very useful info! I have also learned that a mini-fridge does not count as a refrigerator.