If you've made a mistake with one of your buildings, or you're wanting to change up the layout of your island then you undoubtedly want to know how to relocate houses and buildings in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! It isn't too difficult of a process, however, it's going to set you back quite a few bells to do it. So, make sure you've fattened up your wallet quite a bit before considering moving builds and homes as an option!
How to Relocate Your Buildings and Houses
First thing you are going to need to do is upgrade your Resident Services building. This is that green tent that Tom Nook is hanging out in and where you can interact with the Nook Stop (ATM). It's pretty much the main hub of where you go to sell and craft things in the early stage of the game. To upgrade it, you will need to get five different characters to take up residence on your island!
If you're wondering how to get residents on your island, then we'll go over how that's done! You start off with two already on your island, so we're already ahead of the game. To get the other three, you will need to get the museum. To do this, you need to show Tom Nook five different bugs or fish! It can be any combination of the two, but each one needs to be unique. Bring those to him and he will give you a tent to place which will eventually be your museum. Wait a day for this to construct, and then you will have access to Blathers. Be sure to talk to him, he gives you DIY plans to craft a Shovel and Vaulting Pole!
Once you've got Blathers situated, you will now need to work on building Nook's Cranny. You need to payoff the first stage of your mortgage on your home, this will set you back 5,000 bells. Now that we've gotten that debt paid, we're going to now need to collect a bunch of resources! You need 30 each of iron nuggets, hardwood, softwood, and wood! Talk to Timmy at the Resident Services building about creating a shop. You can then donate the resources to him and he will then hand over the tent that you can place down to create Nook's Cranny!
You will now have access to the bridge construction kit! Find a good place to craft one of these and go ahead and set it up. It will take a day to create, but you don't have to wait for it. Go to Tom Nook and select the "what should i do?" option. He will then give you 3 housing kits! Place those three houses wherever you want, and wait a day for them to be constructed.
Once the fifth resident has their home built, Tom Nook will show up and announce that the Resident Services building is being upgraded! You will then need to wait another day for that to complete construction.
You can now finally head on into the newly upgraded Resident Services building. Go inside of there and talk to Tom Nook who is at the construction consultation counter. Select the "let's talk about infrastructure" option (or something similar), and then select "I want layout changes" choice. You can then select the building or home you'd like to move. Once you've got what you want to move selected, you will then need to pay 50,000 bells! Hand over the cash, and you will be given a moving kit that you can place in the new location you'd like to place the building!
That should be everything you need to know about moving houses and buildings in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!