In Skyrim there are five houses that the player can purchase. Houses are among the most expensive purchases a player can make, but owning a house allows a player to store items in it securely and can be a welcome sanctuary after dungeon-crawling. Houses also include a bed which belongs to the player; player-owned beds provide a temporary boost to health and stamina after sleeping in them (unless you are a werewolf, in which case you can never obtain such a boost from sleeping no matter where you are). Buying a house may require completing certain tasks for a city's jarl or becoming a Thane of that city.
Aside from houses, undertaking certain faction questlines can also provide the player with a shelter associated with that faction at no extra cost. Marrying a person also allows you the option to live in your spouse's house.
Note: Houses do NOT come furnished and furniture must be purchased through the jarl's steward
EditWARNINGThere is a known bug that prevents the Weapon Racks and Plaques from working in some of these houses. This bug may be avoided by making sure you purchase all of the house improvements before you enter the house for the first time (meaning, have the gold to cover the home purchase as well as the improvements).
Additionally, it would be a good idea to save your game on a "back-up" save slot before buying anything at all just so you can test all the Weapon Racks and Plaques before continuing with your game.
- Arch-Mage's Quarters
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