Buying a House in Whiterun (with Pictures)

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Buying a House in Whiterun (with Pictures)
Buying a House in Whiterun (with Pictures)

"Breezehome" is one of the houses in Skyrim that the player can purchase. It's the first house you can buy when following the main storyline and provides a safe place to stash and rearm the loot in between trips to Whiterun Hold. Breezehome can be purchased for 5000 Gold after completing the “Bleak Falls Barrow” quest in the main storyline.


Part 1 of 3: Finishing "Bleak Falls Barrow"

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Step 1. Start the "Bleak Falls Barrow" quest

This quest is part of the main storyline in Skyrim and you get Farengar Secret-Fire's quest in Dragonsreach in Whiterun. This quest follows directly after the quest “Before the Storm”.

Note: You can make things a lot easier on yourself by traveling to Bleak Falls Barrow before you even get to Whiterun. You can start the "Golden Claw" quest by talking to Lucan Valerius in Riverwood. This will allow you to get all the items you need from Bleak Falls Barrow and give them to Farengar Secret-Fire as soon as you get the quest, without having to retrace your steps

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Step 2. Travel to Bleak Falls Barrow

You can find this "dungeon" south of Whiterun and west of Riverwood. Outside there will be some bandits, so you'll want to get rid of them before entering. You will find the entrance to Bleak Falls Barrow at the top of the stairs, in the ruins.

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Step 3. Kill the two bandits in the first room and then continue

You soon encounter a bandit who pulls the wrong lever, activating a trap that kills him.

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Step 4. Set the pillars correctly

You can look at the carvings above the gate to determine the order they should be in. Set them to “snake”, “snake” and “whale”. This will allow you to pull the lever and continue.

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Step 5. Free Arvel and then kill him

You will find Arvel the Swift trapped in a spider web further down the “dungeon”. By hacking into the spider web you will free him and he will run away. Now try to kill him so that you can easily get to his body. If you don't kill him he will either be killed by a draugr a little further down, or impaled by a nail trap.

Arvel, after being freed from the spider web, will cringe for a moment. Therefore, this is the best time to kill him

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Step 6. Get the Golden Claw and use it to solve the puzzle

You will find this object on Arvel's corps. The Golden Claw is needed to pass the Three Rings puzzle further down the dungeon. If you zoom in on the palm of the Golden Claw in your inventory, you will be shown the correct order in which the rings should be (from top to bottom: bear, hummingbird, owl).

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Step 7. Read the Word Wall and defeat the draugr

The Word Wall will teach you Unrelenting Shout, one of the most useful Shouts in the game. After reading the Word Wall you will be attacked by a draugr overlord. Defeat the draugr and take the dragonstone.

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Step 8. Give the Dragonstone to Farengar Secret-Fire at Dragonsreach in Whiterun

This will complete the quest and allow you to buy a house in Whiterun.

Part 2 of 3: Buying the house

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Step 1. Talk to the Jarl

Talk to the Jarl in Dragonsreach after completing the quest. He will tell you that a house is now available to buy and direct you to Proventus Avenicci.

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Step 2. Locate Proventus Avenicci in Whiterun

You can usually find him close to the throne in Dragonsreach. When he's not there, he's either in his bedroom or eating in the main hall.

If you haven't bought the house yet when you start the "Battle for Whiterun" quest for the Stormcloaks, you will need to buy the house from Brill in Dragonsreach afterwards

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Step 3. Buy the house for 5000 Gold

Proventus will sell the house to you if you can cough up the payment of 5000 Gold. If you don't have the money yet, you can loot some nearby dungeons and sell the loot to the merchants in Whiterun.

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Step 4. Buy furniture from Proventus

Your house will be pretty bare at first when you buy it, but you can add extra furniture and decorations by buying them from Proventus. When you buy extra furniture they will automatically be placed in your house.

You can buy the furniture per room. For example, decorating your living room gives you 2 weapon racks, 1 bookshelf, 1 cabinet, 1 small table and 2 small chairs. Decorating the bedroom will give you 3 side tables, 1 dresser, 1 table, 1 chest, 2 chairs and a place to attach a shield to the wall

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Step 5. Find your new home

After you have bought your house you will be given the key and you can start using it. The name of the house is "Breezehome" and you can find it east of "Warmaiden's", just inside the western gates of Whiterun.

Part 3 of 3: Using your home

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Step 1. Store items safely in your boxes

Throughout Skyrim, many chests will reset after a while, making them an unsafe place to store valuables for later. However, chests in your house will never reset, allowing you to safely dispose of all your excess loot between adventures.

  • Many players will put different categories of items in different chests to make it easier to find items later on. For example, you could place your clothes and armor in the chests in your bedroom, keeping all your ingredients in the kitchen.
  • The weapon you are equipped with will automatically be placed in the weapon racks when you use them. Making them a great way to showcase your most cherished weapons.
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Step 2. Upgrade your kitchen to cook ingredients and make food

Upgrading your kitchen will give you a cooking pot. You can use this jar to combine food ingredients to make more effective and potent food.

Most food requires salt as an ingredient

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Step 3. Upgrade your alchemy lab to brew potions

The alchemy lab allows you to use ingredients to brew very potent potions. You can combine up to three ingredients (two basic and one bonus) to create a wide variety of beneficial potions and devastating poisons. The alchemy lab is the most expensive outbuilding, with a price of 500 Gold. Click here for a guide to brewing potions.

If you have the "Hearthfire" expansion you can replace your alchemy lab with a children's bedroom. This gives you the opportunity to adopt children to live with you. Click here for more details on adopting in Skyrim

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Step 4. Make good use of the nearby blacksmith shop

One of the best features of Breezehome is its proximity to Warmaiden's. This means you can quickly forge and repair your equipment without having to search for all the right tools.

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Step 5. Know what you can't do in Breezehome

Breezehome does not have an “Enchanting Table” or a mannequin. This means that you cannot enchant objects without having to walk all the way to Dragonsreach first. Without the mannequin, you can't display your favorite pieces of armor. Breezehome is also quite a distance from the Thieves Guild dealer at Honningbrew Meadery.

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