The Tiny House
Is the tiny house for you? If you presently live in a studio apartment, the transition probably will not be difficult. If you live in a one-bedroom mobile home, you shouldn’t have any issues. However, if you live in a 1,800 square foot home, you might feel the change is a bit difficult. It is presently estimated that half of US citizens would “consider” buying a tiny house or a house less than 600 square feet.
The Tiny House Is Gaining Popularity
There is no doubt that the tiny houses is gaining popularity. This can be gauged by the growing number of tiny home communities. It is said that living in such a home makes for a simple life. Also, you save on mortgage payments, utilities, and other expenses. If you are thinking about “making a move” you will most likely need to get rid of your piano, a lot of your furniture, and most other things. You will also need to reduce your dishes, pot, pans, and the amount of groceries you usually have in your kitchen. Why you may ask? Simple, you will not have space. Most likely, you will be forced to decide what you want and what you need in your future. In other words, you will need to determine the essentials you want to have when you move.
The Tiny House Falls Under Different Zoning Codes
The Tiny House, with, or without wheels
One of the significant decisions you will need to make is if you want to travel, which means you will need to have a truck, or if you will want to park the tiny home. If you choose the latter, you will need to check county regulations as changes are being made, throughout the US, regarding zoning regulations. In some areas, a small house is considered an RV, so you will need to know and understand the black holes of the various zoning codes as well as deal with the red tape.
The Tiny House Requires Less Time To Clean
You will be pleased to find you will be spending less time cleaning your new home. However, you will most likely need to clean more often. This is because your tiny space can easily create disorganization. Still, the cleaning will take much less time. You will need to determine the total costs involved before you sell your present home, or give up your rental. It would be best if you looked at your current rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance, and other expenses. It seems logical that you will save money in your tiny home, even so, you need to determine this before diving.
Adjustments Are Required
Since the tiny house is considered to range from 100 to 400 square feet, you will need to prepare for less consumption, which means less unsustainable packaging. The positive is that you will be using more fresh ingredients for cooking, leading to a healthier lifestyle. You will not have your former central air and heat; instead, you will need to settle for either a small window air conditioner or one of the units built just for the tiny house. These can sometimes create undesirable humidity, so you need to understand and research this in advance. Another positive feature is that you can easily go solar with your small home; however, you need to determine the cost in advance as the upfront investment might be more than worth the return.
The interior requires good planning
Septic Tank, Washer/Dryer, Require Research
A pro is that you can do away with your septic system your present home uses. You can now use a composting toilet. It will help if you are prepared to remove the compost and clean the whole unit manually. Some of the newest toilets on the market are making matters easier and cleaning more simple. If you choose one of these units, you need to beware of the price tag. You won’t be able to take your washer and dryer with you; however, there are new combo washer/dryers which work great in your tiny home. Choose wisely, as some people complain that the dryer does not do a satisfactory job.
Leaving your house and moving into the tiny home is a huge step to take. You won’t be able to make such huge steps in your small home. It would be best if you never rushed into putting your house up for sale before you are one hundred percent sure of the move you are about to make. Before you make this move, you might consider renting a tiny home for a few weekends to see if it “fits” your needs. You can find them to rent on many of the home rentals such as Airbnb.
A tiny home is not for everyone; just like a huge home does not meet the needs of others. It would be best if you decided after researching, investigating, and sleeping in a few.