Welcome to the fantastic world of housing in Ultima Online.
There are many options to how and where you want to live in UO, so let’s dive right in.
A paid subscription UO account may own one house. A Trail Account is barred from house ownership, or co-ownership.
A house can be acquired in two different ways;
- Placing a house
- Buying a house
Once you received your house, be sure you check the house sign for all the important information.
The House Sign
The house menu is your means to manage your house. From there you can manage security, customize your house, demolish or sell it, and obtain additional information. You open this menu by double clicking the house sign.
In addition to the house menu, there are a number of spoken commands that you can use to lock down or secure items in your house, or ban persons from it.
This screen shows basic information about the house: the owner, its value, whether or not it is improperly placed or condemned, etc.
The Refresh Status shows one of three values:
- Automatic: this is a primary house and does not need to be refreshed. It will remain standing indefinitely as long as the refresh status remains automatic.
- Grandfather: this is a grandfathered house, meaning, it’s on an account with more than 1 house.
- Condemned: this house is condemned and will decay and fall within 5 days. See the Housing Rules for more information on these types of house status.
This screen allows you to add or remove co-owners and friends of the house, ban unwanted players and set the house to be public or private. See the section on house management for information on co-owners / friends and public/private houses.
This screen shows you the available storage space in your house, and how much you have used up.
Maximum secure storage is the total maximum storage of your particular house. Secure storage is comprised of:
- Items in the moving crate
- Locked-down items
- Secure containers
The available storage number tells you how much storage space you still have left.
The maximum and available number of lockdowns indicates the number of items you can have locked down in your house. The maximum lockdowns is always half of the maximum secure storage. Note that locked-down items also count towards the total secure storage.
More about secures and lockdowns.
This menu allows you to:
- Convert to customizable House: This converts a pre-built house into an empty plot on which you can then build a house of your own design. You will be refunded the value of your old home, and then charged the cost of the empty plot.
The empty plot will have the same footprint of your old house (except for Large Towers), and the same number of maximum lockdowns and secure storage. Any items, add-ons and vendors that were in your house will be stored in the moving crate (see House Customization).
Note that Castles, Keeps, and L-shaped houses cannot be converted into customizable plots, due to their odd-shaped footprints.
- Relocate moving crate: This will move the moving crate to the location on which you are standing.
- Change house sign: This allows you to pick the image on your house sign if your house is a public one. Private houses always have the same sign which cannot be changed. A full list of the available signs can be seen on the page All House Signs.
- Change Foundation Style: this changes the appearance of the edge of the dirt plot upon which your house is built.
- Change signpost: this changes the pole to which your house sign is affixed (if the sign is not fixed to an adjacent wall)
- Rename House: Allows you to change the name shown on the house sign.
Building your custom home
From this menu you can demolish your house or transfer it to someone else.
The ‘Make Primary’ option is active only for grandfathered houses. Setting a grandfathered house to Primary will cause it to be refreshed automatically, while all your remaining houses will become condemned.
Important house rules
There are a number of important rules that you, as a homeowner, should be aware of. If you are unaware of these rules, you could be inconvenienced or at worst lose your home!
The ‘7 day waiting period’
You can buy or place a house only once every 7 days on your account, regardless of the character or shard used to acquire the house.
This 7-day waiting period starts from the moment you acquire a house through trade or by placing one. During this period you will not be able to place another house, or receive another house in trade.
You will be informed of this fact when you try to receive a house in trade or place one.
The following actions are not subject to the waiting period, nor do they start or reset the waiting period timer:
- selling a house
- demolishing a house
- changing a pre-built house into a customizable plot
You can verify if and how long you’ll have to wait until you can acquire a house again, by using the House Placing Tool: the message shown in the image above will appear.
Note that the 7 day waiting period is supposed to apply only when you already have a house; if you place a house and then demolish it, you should be able to place a new one right away, without having to wait.
One House per Account
Unlike the old days, you are allowed to own and keep only one house per account. This rule is enforced across most shards; if you play on multiple shards, you will have to choose on which one to build your home as you can have only one. This one home is called your primary house.
You can obtain a second house on your account temporarily, but this will condemn any other house(s) you have on the same account,even those on other shards! You will have to sell or demolish these condemned houses, before they decay and fall down. You are allowed to keep the newly acquired house of course. Exception to this is placing a house on a test shard, this will not condemn your house.
Note that people who had more than one house on their account when this rule came into effect are exempt from this rule, with some limitations (see Grandfathered Houses).
Players may have a second house on a Siege Ruleset Shard (Siege Perilous and Mugen) without any detriment to the Primary House on another shard. This slight change to the housing rule was implemented with Publish 82 in June, 2013. This raised the housing limit to 2-houses per account.
A condemned house is a house that will decay and fall down after 5 days. If a house is condemned, this fact will be noted on the house menu. Once in the condemned state, all access privileges will be removed, including Friends and Co-Owner lists.
|“like new”||one hour|
|“slightly worn”||1 – 2 days|
|“somewhat worn”||1 – 2 days|
|“fairly worn”||1 – 2 days|
|“greatly worn”||1 – 2 days|
|“in danger of collapsing”||5, 10 or 15 hours unless rental-vendors are present (see below)|
Why do houses become condemned?
- If you own a house on any shard, placing or buying another house will condemn your existing one. You can only have one house per account. You can safely use the house placement tool to check spots and see if they’ll fit a house, as long as you do not actually confirm that you want to place a house.
- If your account goes inactive, your house(s) on it will be condemned after a 90-day grace period.
(Houses with rental vendors will fall once they cycle completely through two IDOC states.)
Note: The only way to un-condemn a house is to sell or give the house away to someone else, or demolishing and re-building it (but be careful of the 7-day waiting period!).
“Demolition Pending” Houses
If your house is scheduled to decay but still has contract-vendors with unexpired contracts, the house will list as “Demolition Pending” and the home will be owned by OSI. The house will not fully decay until 9 days after those contracts expire.
Houses with this status cannot be reclaimed, even by reactivating their accounts. These houses remain standing to allow the contract-vendor owners to reclaim their vended inventory.
Reclaiming a house in IDOC due to an inactive account issue is possible if the account status is renewed at least two hours before the house actually drops. This change was announced on April 02, 2015.
When a house collapses, items within the house will “fall” to the ground for anyone to pick up. Grubbers will also spawn, and take some of these items at random. Players will have to chase down the Grubbers to see what they have. Furthermore, players on a Trail Account will not be able to pick up loot from an IDOC house.
New houses cannot be placed on that lot for a random amount of time.
Improperly Placed Houses
The house menu shows whether your house is properly or improperly placed. If your house is improperly placed, it simply means that it violates the rules for house placement in some way. Since these rules change from time to time, it is possible that a house goes from properly placed to improperly placed. Also, if your neighbour turns a pre-build house into a customizable plot, your house and his may turn into improperly placed ones, under certain conditions.
There are a few minor drawbacks to having an improperly placed house:
- if you demolish an improperly placed house (for example: to try and place a bigger plot), you will not be able to re-place the same house in that location.
- some players will pay less for a house that is improperly placed.
If you own multiple houses from before the moment when the 1-house-per-account rule came into effect, all your houses will be grandfathered. The house menu will name them as such.
You are allowed to keep all your grandfathered houses, but they must be ‘refreshed’ regularly or they will decay and fall down. It takes about 11 days for a house to collapse, counting from the last time it was refreshed. You refresh a house by opening one of its doors.
When you perform one of the following actions, you will forfeit the privilege of owning multiple houses on your account:
- acquiring a new house through trade or placing. This will condemn all your other houses;
- designating one of your homes to be your primary house, through the house menu. This will condemn all your other houses.
- Using the ‘I wish to resize my house’ option. This will condemn all your other houses.
|Basic||+ 20% Inc.||+ 40% Inc.||Basic||+20%||+40%||Basic||+ 20%||+ 40%|
|Stone & Plaster
|Wood & Plaster
|Small stone workshop
|Small marble workshop
|2 + roof||489||586||684||244||293||342||10||12||14||52250|
|Small stone tower
|2 + roof||667||800||993||333||400||466||14||17||20||73250|
|Two story villa
|1 + roof||1265||1518||1771||632||759||885||24||29||34||76250|
|Two story wood & plaster*
|Two story stone & plaster*
|Large house with patio
|Marble house with patio
|2 + roof||1576||1891||2206||788||945||1103||28||34||39||160250|
|3 + roof||2437||2924||3411||1218||1462||1705||42||50||59||366250|
|Small stone keep*
The pre-built houses not marked with an * may be converted into customizable plots of the same size, through the house menu. The tower can be converted, but the space taken up by the ‘wings’ east and west of the building will be lost, and the resulting plot will be a 16×14.
The official UO playguide has images of these houses.
Footprint is determined by adding the width measurement to the depth measurement so, for example. a 10 x 10 house = footprint 20, likewise a 12 x 8, 11 x 9, 13 x 7, 8 x 12, 9 x 11, or 7 x 13 house.
|If width+ depth=||Basic||+ 20% Inc.||+ 40% Inc.||Basic||+20%||+40%||Basic||+ 20%||+ 40%|
|14||2 + roof||489||586||684||244||293||342||10||12||14||33000|
|15||2 + roof||667||800||993||333||400||466||14||17||20||37000 – 37500|
|16||2 + roof||748||897||1047||374||448||523||16||19||22||41000 – 42000|
|17||2 + roof||805||966||1127||402||483||563||16||19||22||46000 – 47000|
|18||2 + roof||863||1035||1208||431||517||604||16||19||22||52000 – 53000|
|19||2 + roof||920||1104||1288||460||552||644||19||23||27||55000 – 57000|
|20||2 + roof||1265||1518||1771||632||759||885||24||29||34||62000 – 63000|
|21||2 + roof||1265||1518||1771||632||759||885||24||29||34||70000 – 72000|
|22||2 + roof||1265||1518||1771||632||759||885||24||29||34||77000 – 81500|
|23||2 – 3 + roof||1323||1587||1852||661||793||926||24||29||34||77000 – 81500|
|24||2 – 3 + roof||1380||1656||1932||690||828||966||26||31||36||85000 – 89000|
|25||2 – 3 + roof||1438||1725||2031||719||862||1006||26||31||36||90500 – 94500|
|26||2 – 3 + roof||1495||1794||2093||747||897||1046||28||34||39||101000 – 102000|
|27||3 + roof||1553||1863||2174||776||931||1087||28||34||39||107500 – 109000|
|28||3 + roof||1576||1891||2206||788||945||1103||28||34||39||12000 – 16000|
|29||3 + roof||1576||1891||2206||788||945||1103||28||34||39||123000 – 124000|
|30||3 + roof||2437||2924||3411||1218||1462||1705||42||50||59||130000 – 135000|
|31||3 + roof||2437||2924||3411||1218||1462||1705||42||50||59||150000|
|32||3 + roof||2437||2924||3411||1218||1462||1705||42||50||59||150000|
|33||3 + roof||2437||2924||3411||1218||1462||1705||42||50||59||158500|
|34||3 + roof||2437||2924||3411||1218||1462||1705||42||50||59||168000 – 168500|
|35||3 + roof||2437||2924||3411||1218||1462||1705||42||50||59||177500|
|36||3 + roof||2437||2924||3411||1218||1462||1705||42||50||59||187000|
The numbers given for ‘Storage’ and ‘Lockdowns’ given in these tables and shown in the House placement tool menu, mean the following:
Storage: The total amount of items that can be stored in your house: items that you have secured using the ‘I wish to secure this ‘ command, items in the moving crate, locked-down items, etc.
Lockdowns: The maximum number of items that can be locked down in your house. These are items that you have locked down using the ‘I wish to lock this down’ command, and items inside locked-down (but not secured) chests. Note that the locked-down items count towards your total storage count as well!
The Storage page on the house menu gives you information on the maximum storage and lockdowns, as well as the amounts currently in use in your house.
There have been three 20% storage increase available, making a total potential increase of 60%.
- The first comes from the Mondain’s Legacy Expansion, released Autumn 2005
- The second is available for purchase from the Origin Store
- The third is included in the High Seas Booster pack, released Autumn 2010