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Buying a house in Whiterun

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During the Main quest line, after slaying the first dragon outside of Whiterun, the player is prompted to return to Jarl Balgruuf the Greater. During the return, the player may hear the thunderous call of the Greybeards summoning him/her to High Hrothgar. Jarl Balgruuf will subsequently recognize the player as Dragonborn and grant the title of Thane. As Thane of Whiterun, the Dragonborn will be granted a Housecarl. The title of Thane will also provide the opportunity to buy Breezehome, a house near the entrance to the city, from Proventus Avenicci for 5,000 GoldIcon. This purchase will unlock the Citizen achievement/trophy.

Decorating / UpgradingEdit


Breezehome with upgrades

After purchase, Breezehome looks empty and dull and there may be a squatter leaving the home after realizing it has been purchased. The Dragonborn must purchase the various room upgrades from Proventus Avenicci. The cost for the purchase of all the upgrades is about 1,800GoldIcon. Lydia, the Housecarl assigned to the Dragonborn following Dragon Rising, will remain at Breezehome if he or she does not ask for her help.


This section contains bugs related to Buying a house in Whiterun. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  There is a bug where, after purchasing Breezehome, the player is not given the option to buy decoration for the house from Proventus Avenicci. Sometimes this can be fixed by exiting and re-entering the game. Returning during "store hours" of 8 am to 8 pm may allow purchasing of Breezehome decorations.
  • After buying the alchemy lab, it still shows up on the list and isn't upgraded in your home, even if you buy it a couple times.

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