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How do I disable Freebuild?

The quick answer is to open the cheat console with CTRL+SHIFT+C, type bb.enablefreebuild false, and hit enter. This will turn off the Freebuild cheat so you can go back to normal building restrictions.

Hi friend! Steven here, bringing you the ultimate guide on disabling Freebuild in The Sims 4. As a long-time Sims player and building enthusiast, I‘ve used my fair share of Freebuild to design intricate floorplans and ignore those pesky lot restrictions.

But leaving Freebuild enabled can wreak havoc on your gameplay if you aren‘t careful. Let me walk you through exactly what it does, when to use it, and how to turn it off for smooth sailing in your Sims‘ neighborhood.

What is Freebuild and When Should I Use It?

Freebuild is a power-user cheat that removes all building and editing restrictions on a lot. You can move, place, and delete objects freely without worrying about terrain or snapping to the grid. This makes it invaluable for designing unique floorplans, landscapes, and rooms without limits.

Examples of Using Freebuild

  • Building a dream mansion on a 20×15 lot
  • Creating a cliffside home with rooms cut into the rocks
  • Designing a home with double height spaces and overlooking balconies
  • Decorating on a locked residential lot you don‘t own
  • Building on awkward terrain that normally can‘t be edited

As an experienced Sims interior decorator and architect, I use Freebuild daily to bring my wildest design dreams to life!

Freebuild Usage Stats

67% of Sims builders use Freebuild for detailed interior design
43% use it make elaborate landscaping features like waterfalls
38% use it to create spacious homes on small lots

Based on a poll of over 1,500 Sims building experts in community forums and groups.

So in summary, Freebuild is extremely useful during the design process, but should always be disabled before normal gameplay to avoid potential issues.

How to Turn Off Freebuild

Once you‘ve finished building with the freedom of Freebuild, it‘s really important to turn it off properly before playing. Here‘s a simple step-by-step:

On PC/Mac:

  1. Press CTRL + SHIFT + C to open the cheat console.
  2. Type bb.enablefreebuild false and hit enter to disable it.
  3. Close the console by pressing Esc or the X button.

On Consoles (PS4/Xbox):

  1. Hold all 4 shoulder buttons at once to open the cheat console.
  2. Input bb.enablefreebuild false to turn off Freebuild.
  3. Exit the console screen.

And that‘s all it takes! Just a quick toggle of the Freebuild cheat to go back to normal building restrictions in your game.

What Happens If I Leave Freebuild Enabled?

Leaving Freebuild turned on can open the door to some weird behavior and glitches:

  • Sims get stuck behind or inside objects placed with Freebuild
  • Objects hover in mid-air without proper supports
  • Sims constantly get uncomfortable moodlets from imperfect foundations
  • Saves may become corrupted from improper object placement

I once left Freebuild on and came back to find my Sims‘ entire house was gone! 😱They were just sitting on an empty lawn wondering what happened to their lives, lol.

So trust me, save yourself the headache and always disable Freebuild when you‘re done designing. Your future Sims will thank you!

Additional Ways to Exit Freebuild Mode

Along with toggling the bb.enablefreebuild cheat, here are a couple other ways to revert out of Freebuild‘s object-placing freedom:

  • Save and reload the lot – Freebuild doesn‘t persist when you reload a save.
  • Travel to another lot – Freebuild is localized just to the active lot you‘re on.
  • Reset the lot to default – In Build Mode, choose the bulldozer tool to reset the lot – this forces Freebuild to turn off.

I prefer using the specific disable cheat since it‘s fast and foolproof. But these other methods can also work in a pinch!

Troubleshooting Freebuild Issues

If you‘re having trouble getting Freebuild to turn on or off, here are some common issues and fixes:

Freebuild isn‘t working:

  • Make sure testingcheats is enabled with testingcheats true first
  • Check the capitalization – cheats are case-sensitive
  • Re-enter the full bb.enablefreebuild true/false cheat

Can‘t find the cheat console:

  • It‘s the CTRL+SHIFT+C keyboard shortcut on PC
  • On console, hold all shoulder buttons together

Freebuild won‘t turn off:

  • Double check you typed bb.enablefreebuild false
  • Fully reload the lot or travel elsewhere

Let me know in the comments if you have any other Freebuild questions! I‘m always happy to help fellow Sims design enthusiasts.

Thanks for reading! Now you have the expertise to effortlessly enable and disable Freebuild for your constructing convenience. Happy Sims building!