As title states. They really do. We need to make them feel more important.
2 ideas that I would like to see. Give us npcs to buy and fill our homes with that have simple ai. Like walk around, and sit in random furniture or lay on beds. With simple voiclines if you pair 2 specific ones together.
The second one is guild hall system. I don’t know why we don’t have this already. Allow a guildmaster to declare a home as a official guildhall. And we can get guild furnishing items that have a purpose. One item is a interactive board with papers for odd jobs that gives us daily guild missions. Upon completing them we can get gold, prizes and points towards a guild point system that gives rewards to your guild for hitting certain milestones. Theses milestones could be unlocking stations like alchemy gardens to get farm rare valuable herbs daily from the house, grocer that gives rare ingredients, miscellaneous merchant, etc... or expanding them for larger capacities as you hit higher milestones.
We need to give a reason for people to visit or homes and npcs that will make them feel not so empty. I think these ideas would really help!