Build off lot in the Sims 4: T.O.O.L mod quick tutorial

You can make some dramatic changes to worlds in The Sims 4 by using the popular TOOL mod. Here's how.

If you feel like the worlds in The Sims 4 lack personality or if you just want to liven things up a little, there is a way to build off lots. Yep, you guessed it, it’s thanks to a mod.

Sims 4 Basic Tool Mod Tutorial Step By Step

TwistedMexi’s T.O.O.L (Take Objects Off Lot) mod is a player favourite and it is super simple to use. We’ll just call it the Tool mod from here.

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While there is much more to this mod than what we’ll feature here, this tutorial will be helpful for Sims 4 players who are new to mods or who only want to make some very basic changes to worlds in The Sims 4.

How to use The Sims 4 Tool mod

First, you have to download it, obviously. You can do so on TwistedMexi’s Patreon page. Once you have downloaded and installed the Tool mod, it’s time to have some fun.

You have to enable cheats to get this cheat working properly (open the cheat dialogue box and testingcheats true then hit enter).

Depending on where you want to make enhancements to worlds in The Sims 4, you might also find the freebuild cheat and the moveobjects cheats useful.

The showhiddenobjects and the debugobjects cheats are always very helpful for adding some personality to your builds, too.

With these cheats enabled, head into build mode and find the item or items you want to place off the lot.

Toggle back to live mode (it is okay to keep the game paused) and shift-click the object you want to move. You should see the Tool menu pop up.

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We are only going to look at the quickest and easiest way to move objects off lot in The Sims 4 in this tutorial. More complicated builds and use of the mod will require another comprehensive tutorial.

Select “Toggle Active Object” from the Tool menu. It should turn green if you have done it correctly.

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Move to where you want to place the object in the world and click. You will see the object appear in green. Shift click and select “Toggle Active Object” again.

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That should be that. There are some really clever ways to use this mod to enhance worlds in The Sims 4 or to set up special photos for your Sim’s family.

Just remember that you use mods at your own risk – always make a backup of your game before using mods or custom content, especially if you are new to them.

Also remember to keep your mods and custom content up to date whenever there is a new Sims patch or whenever you add new DLC.

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