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How large does a house need to be for residents to move in?

I seem to not have made my first house correctly; the Guide is not staying inside. How do you correctly construct a house for an NPC?

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marked as duplicate by Raven Dreamer, Rapida, authenticgeek, StrixVaria, Arda Xi Jun 27 '11 at 22:11

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Hello itpres, and welcome to Gaming.Stackexchange! This question looks like it might be what you're looking for, and it already has some good answers. Link – Raven Dreamer Jun 27 '11 at 17:24
The NPCs do walk in and out of their home. Very annoying during a goblin invasion or blood moon. – Robb Jun 27 '11 at 17:38
A screencap of your house would help. – user7220 Jun 27 '11 at 20:07

Here's a good checklist:

  • Have you got back wall that isn't dirt? Make sure to cover up holes.
  • Have you built it out of dirt blocks? If so, build it out of wood or stone. lunboks has proven me wrong.
  • Do you have a door?
  • Do you have a chair and a table?
  • (Not sure, but this coincidentally works for me) Have you got a worktable?
  • Try building another house and waiting for another NPC. The Guide can be a little finicky - in mine he claimed his house, but stayed outside.
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I'm pretty sure Dirt blocks work just fine, it's Dirt walls that don't. And a Work Bench definitely isn't needed. – a cat Jun 27 '11 at 17:39
@The Communist Duck – itpres Jun 27 '11 at 17:47
@The Communist Duck Yes, I have all that but he won't stay in... D: – itpres Jun 27 '11 at 17:48
Oh yeah, and while I'm at asking questions, how do you know if an NPC has moved in? – itpres Jun 27 '11 at 18:03
@itpres — You can tell an NPC has moved in because they will stand motionless in the room at night (assuming they have a way to get to it). In addition to the items on TCD's list, you also need a light source (such as a torch) inside the house, and the house needs to be of a minimum size. I've found that the ceiling needs to be at least five blocks high (two empty spaces above your head) and that the walls need to be a minimum of about 9 blocks apart. – Ben Blank Jun 27 '11 at 18:04

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