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Valdimar the Housecarl can offer his services as a steward.

For the political position, see Steward.

A steward is an individual who offers his or her services in protecting and maintaining a homestead in The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire.

Choosing a stewardEdit

Once a homestead includes a basic small house, the option to appoint a steward becomes available.

Once a steward has been chosen, they cannot be dismissed unless they die; however, they can be moved to a different homestead by recruiting them as a follower, then following the same recruitment procedure at the new homestead. If a steward is moved to a new homestead, you will not be able to hire a different steward in the homestead where they originally held that position. 

Several followers are available to serve as steward. They can only be appointed to three homesteads in Skyrim:

Stewards can also be recruited as followers again at any time, and this will not interrupt their stewarding duties. If a trainer or a quest-giver is hired as a steward, they do not lose these roles.

Followers who can become StewardsEdit

If a follower is in close proximity to the homestead, and they qualify for stewardship, they will initiate dialogue and remark that such a fine homestead needs a steward and will offer their services. Alternatively, a new dialogue option will appear for the follower while on the property if the follower qualifies for stewardship. Followers who qualify are listed below:

Companions College Mages Other followers
Dawnguard Members DG Housecarls


Once a steward has been chosen, they can perform several tasks that can be considered too trivial or time consuming for the master of a homestead.

Housing improvementsEdit

Stewards can arrange for several additions to be added to the homestead. These include:

Improvement Notes Cost GoldIcon
Carriage A personal carriage that can travel to several major and minor settlements. 500
Bard A personal bard who will live in the homestead and perform upon request. 1,500
Horse Requires a stable to be built first, where it will stay. 1,000
Cow Requires an animal pen to be built first. 200
Chicken Requires an animal pen to be built first. A maximum of three can be bought. 25

Buying suppliesEdit

Stewards will arrange for building supplies to be delivered to the main chest located next to the Carpenter's Workbench. These include:

Improvement Quantity Cost GoldIcon
Clay 20 bricks 20
Quarried Stone 20 stone 100
Sawn Logs 20 logs 200

Furnishing the homesteadEdit

Rather than buying materials and crafting all the furnishings in a homestead, the Dragonborn can request that the Steward of the homestead deal with the whole process for a flat rate. If this option is chosen, the furnishings won't appear instantly as they do when crafted, rather, each piece of furniture will appear over a period, depending on the number of times the property's cell is loaded.

Improvement GoldIcon
Small House 1,000
Main Hall 3,500
Library 1,500
Trophy Room 1,500
Bedrooms 2,000
Greenhouse 1,500
Enchanter's Tower 2,500
Alchemy Laboratory 2,500
Armory 2,000
Storage Room 1,000
Kitchen 1,500

The cellar is the only part of the homestead that is required to be personally furnished, as the Steward considers it to be the Dragonborn's private room, thus is not obliged to have anything to do with its furnishment.

The decision to have the Steward attend to all the furnishing matters is one to be considered.  Having the Steward do it is more expensive, but takes a lot less time which can then be devoted to adventuring.  Conversely, buying all the materials and crafting the furnishings costs only a fraction of what the Steward will charge; additionally, crafting the nails, hinges, locks and iron fittings raises the Smithing skill.

Dismiss by consoleEdit

If you want to dismiss a steward, you can do so using the console.

  • Dismiss the steward of Lakeview Manor in Falkreath Hold:
    SetConsoleScopeQuest BYOHHouseBuilding
    EmptyRefAlias House1Steward
    SetPapyrusQuestVar BYOHHouseFalkreath bHaveSteward False
  • Dismiss the steward of Windstad Manor in Hjaalmarch:
    SetConsoleScopeQuest BYOHHouseBuilding
    EmptyRefAlias House2Steward
    SetPapyrusQuestVar BYOHHouseHjaalmarch bHaveSteward False
  • Dismiss the steward of Heljarchen Hall in the Pale:
    SetConsoleScopeQuest BYOHHouseBuilding
    EmptyRefAlias House3Steward
    SetPapyrusQuestVar BYOHHousePale bHaveSteward False

If you put these commands into a bat file, then the EmptyRefAlias will fail, but the other 2 will work, allowing you to appoint a new steward at that holding, but your old steward will still have steward dialogue.


This section contains bugs related to Steward (Hearthfire). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.


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