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Hiring and Using a Live-in Butler (Vintage Glamour Stuff)
A Butler in The Sims 4. They can be hired if you have the Vintage Glamour Stuff Pack
The Sims 4 Vintage Glamour Stuff Pack allows you to hire a live-in Butler. This guide to utilizing the butler services will teach you how to move in a butler, assign them a bed, what you can expect to pay, and how the service works.
Hiring a Butler & Cost of Services
How to hire a Butler? Look to the phone's household tab.
Use the phone and select the Household category. From there, 'Hire Services'. You can see the Butler has a one-time fee of $175 and costs $12 per hour. After the initial fee, you can expect to pay exactly $288 per day the Butler lives with your Sims. This is quite pricey, so it's definitely a luxury meant for rich but busy Sims. However it is clear that for those Sim households, it's worth the time to not have to clean up, cook meals, and repair things. Their time could be spent making friends, having fun and making money!
Giving the Butler a Bed and Access to Rooms
Give your Butler a small bedroom so they have a place to sleep without stealing your Sim's bed. You should be able to afford it if hiring one.
Once the Butler is hired, you can click a bed to assign it to them. Giving them their own small bedroom is a good idea. It's also worth noting that you seem to be able to lock the butler out of areas of your home by using the door lock system. 'Everyone but household members' may work on them. You can also keep household members from autonomously going into their private quarters.
Use the walls up menu in the top right to see doors and click them to manage access. Lock doors to areas you don't want your Butler to enter. In this way, you can also keep your Sims from entering your Butler's bedroom.
If you make enough garden space, the Butler just might pay for himself.
All Butler management is accomplished using the Butler menu when you click on your servant. Your Sims' Butler can do four different tasks automatically. Any of these tasks can be turned off by clicking the Butler and selecting the 'Responsibilities' tab. This may help them to better prioritize the things you want them to do. For example if having the Butler do child care is not a priority because you want your Sim to do it, turn it off.
Butlers will automatically look for things that need done around the home that fit various criteria, and will do little tidying up animations when there's nothing to do. Butlers can:
- Help Raise Children - Is the baby crying? Let the Butler get him! Nothing says rich and powerful like letting someone else change the dirty diapers!
- Tend Garden - If interactions are available, like watering and weeding, the Butler will do this. I recommend starting a moderately-sized garden, as it gives them something to do when nothing is broken or dirty. You need to plant the seeds yourself, but from there the Butler can handle it.
- Repair Broken Things - Your Butler will eventually get around to unclogging the toilet, or fixing that leaky pipe.
- Clean Stuff - When surfaces get dirty, the Butler will handle it. Given what you pay them, it's wise to let them take care of this.
Butlers have animations that help them appear to be busy. This table can't get dirty, but the Butler is removing the dust anyway.
Another area of management can be found under the 'Visitors' sub-menu. The Butler can be told how to handle any guests who come knocking. You can tell the Butler to make them go away, or else greet all guests. The default setting is to have the Butler ignore the front door entirely. Wealthy Sims will surely like having the Butler greet guests and allow them inside from time to time.
A Butler prepares a meal in The Sims 4
On demand, your Butler can be assigned to cook a meal. It is $20 for a single meal, $40 for a family meal, and $60 for a party meal. They can also serve drinks for $8. That you can choose when they cook is a good design decision, since it does come out of your household funds. Importantly, your Sim does NOT have to interact with the Butler to ask them to do this - it's like the Call Over command, else the request to cook meal would be kind of useless. The attention to detail is nice here, as my vegetarian Sim got a vegetarian-friendly dish when she was the one who requested the meal. They will sometimes cook dishes automatically, but those are free (assuming they don't eat it!). They have a high success rate in regards to producing Excellent-quality meals.
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My Butler only occasionally sleeps as their needs seem to get reset somewhat each time your sims travel and return to the home lot. If you stay long enough at home you will eventually see your butler sleep.
As for the cooking glitch, delete your localthumbcache.package file from your TheSims 4 folder and make sure there are no items on the kitchen counters that were placed there with the MOO cheat and that the space around the fridge is also clear.
Once you get your butler 'organized' and CAS-ed they seem to work relatively well. The traits are a gamble as butlers can have any traits so it is worthwhile CAS-ing an ugly sim with good traits to be the perfect butler.
Yes, as I wrote in the Sims4 USForum, I have figured that all out already how to change gender traits and appearance in cas.fulleditmode. But the actual appearance in the butlers outfit you can't change like adding lashes and makeup unless you have makeup in the detail section which I don't have. There should be a cheat like for the appearance in work clothing like we have for the normal Sims.
I have also managed to make my butler finally go to his room and sleep by activating his needs in his menue. As you have said this must be deactivated by default I guess. Still no cooking though. He eats my cooked food I will try what you wrote about freeing the area around the stove and see if this helps.
Again, thanks alot for trying to help. Have a nice day.
I've tried in different households as well.
I mean common! That part is really spoiling the fun. Also I have changed the butlers traits in CAS to all positives, but in the game it still shows the old ones! EA sure needs to patch the pack! Too many bugs if you ask me. Not to mention all the still exsisting bugs since CL.
Ok, you say to deactivate my butlers needs. In the past I always activated his needs. Otherwise he would never go to sleep nor eat which is absurd btw. Maybe thats why he catched the cold from my sim? I just wish I could help him some how via a cheat or so. :(
Unfortunately this does not always work as intended. Debugging the Butler using testingcheats on and shift clicking helps to reset him and in the same menu you can deactivate his/her needs.
If you need your Butler to sleep so triple fast forward will activate while your controlled sim are asleep then no, this would not be the best option for you. Personally I'm not bothered by that as I always play larger households and generally have at least one sim awake skilling up anyway.
As for Get To Work, having a controlled sim in the doctor career allows for the other sim to become sick in your household, again, game design. The issue is that a non-controlled NPC should not be getting sick. So good thing you figured out how to cheat a cure. :)
Try repairing the game with origin by right-click on your game and click repair game, and see if that helps. If you have mods/CC's, take 'm out and go into your game and check.
If he appear in his butler outfit, then you have a broken mod or CC which is causing it.
You then have to hunt for the culprit ;)
Basically the butler is somewhat glitched but I can appreciate just how annoying a llama costume would be.
I recently (2 days ago) started a fresh new save and saved all my important houses and about 25 altered Sims from old save file into my Gallery. Then imported them back into my new save. It was a time consuming thing to do, but since I never did that, I thought it was about time to have a clean save file again.
So here we go:
As you know, the butlers are randomly generated by the game and in a new game file it pretty uncertain that the same Sims will be generated again. At least not right away.
So, when my new save and game was all set up, of course my old CUSTOM CASing Butler wouldn't show up. When the specific Sim hired her butler again, of course a women came. I opened her in CAS, then opened my Gallery added/imported MY custom Butler and deleted the current from the open CAS. Closed CAS and VOILA! My beloved Butler was back in game.
When i go to my phone>Hire a Service>Butler,it sends me a notification that my butler will arrive within the day,i waited like 2 days,nothing
i tried restarting sims/pc,nothing
Created a new game,nothing
REinstalling the game,NOTHING
I can find ANY SOLUTION!!
P.S:i have no mods
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Have a read through the bug reports, I've linked you to a page where someone has mentioned something similar to your problem.
If you have Get Together simmers have been reporting that traveling to a cafe seems to help fix some of the butler issues. That didn't work for me but it is worth trying anyway.
When the specific Sim hired her butler again, of course a women came. I opened her in CAS, then opened my Gallery added/imported MY custom Butler and deleted the current from the open CAS. Closed CAS and VOILA! My beloved Butler was back in game Of course this depends on you actually having saved the butler you wanted in the first place.
There are a lot of tips in the comments from other players that can be helpful at times.
shift click on butler.
If you ask any sim to Move In (Butler included) that will make that sim join your household and so therefore will lose any designated NPC career or role.
So... don't ask a Butler to move in if you still want that sim as your butler.
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