Move Your Home and Other Buildings in Animal Crossing: New Horizons


Move or relocate any building and home in Animal Crossing New Horizons! The cost might surprise you! #AnimalCrossing #NintendoSwitch


There may come a time when the little section of your island that was available to you at the beginning of your journey feels to congested or doesn’t have the town flow you had hoped for. Well lucky for you, at a certain stage, your buildings, home, and villagers’ homes can all be relocated!

How to Relocate

What you Need

In order to relocate in Animal Crossing: New Horizons you will need to have the Resident Services building built. That’s right, Tom Nook finally gets to improve his quality of life on your island paradise by moving from a small green tent to a large office building; and he brings along a long-time friend for help!

Isabelle joins Tom Nook in the Resident Services building to take over the morning announcements and help you with designing certain elements of your island like your island flag and island tune!

On a side note, this image of Isabelle is a downloadable phone wallpaper, and one of 70+ you can get of Animal Crossing Villagers; which I made and are completely free for the community!

To get the new Resident Services building you will need to have:

  1. Paid off your Deserted Island Getaway Package
  2. Upgrade your Tent to a House
  3. Invite three Villagers to your Island
  4. Built Nook’s Cranny (and check out our Buying Prices Guide 😊 )
  5. Placed a Bridge on your Island
  6. Designated Areas for the three Villagers’ Homes
  7. Wait for all three Villagers to move in (1 day per villager)
  8. And lastly, requisition for the Resident Services building to be built (1 day building process)

And now you’re ready to go into your newly built Resident Services building and have a chat with Tom Nook who sits on the left side of the counter. Tom Nook will ask how he can help, and here is where you select the menu option “Let’s talk infrastructure” and then “I want layout changes”. You’ll then be at the important menu; making choices!

From here you can choose to move:


Relocated a building, at this point in the game, means choosing a new location for the Museum, Nook’s Cranny, and if you’re one of the lucky ones, the Able Sister’s building.

The cost to relocate each one of these are as follows

Museum: 50,000 bells

Nook’s Cranny: 50,000 bells

Able Sister’s: 50,000 bells

It’s an even 50,000 bells across the board to move a building, and personally, I was really excited about this low price because I was expecting something a little closer to my new home loan of 798,000 bells!


If you’re far along enough in Animal Crossing: New Horizons; Tom will give you a campsite building kit. The campsite is for any tourists that would like to visit your island paradise, and potentially live there too! Moving the campsite is similar to moving a building:

Campsite: 50,000 bells



At this point in the game, I’ve upgraded my home 5 times, and have 4 villagers living in Rumrunners Isle; Rex, Apple, Biff, and Shari! Now it’s been a few years since I’ve played Animal Crossing, last played on the GameCube about 10 years ago, so I built my villager homes a little more congested than I would have liked. And if you did the same, don’t sweat it, they can all be relocated for a relatively low cost!

Your Home: 30,000 bells

A Villager’s Home: 50,000 bells

I still can’t get over the 30,000 bells it costs to move my home, because I did an oopsie and placed it in the perfect spot for the museum! But that’s an easy fix now that I have new options from Tom in the Resident Services Building!

After you’ve talked with Tom Nook at Resident services about which home or building you would like to move, he will give you a building kit which you can place in the new location of your choosing! And it’s that easy!

I hope this quick guide helped, and let you know that where you put your homes and buildings in the beginning of the game doesn’t mean its going to cost an arm and a leg to move them to a better location later!

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