8 Things That Might Happen If You Buy a Tiny House
Are you ready to go small?
Unless you’ve been living under an SUV, you know that downsizing and reducing your carbon footprint is all the rage. Case in point: the “tiny house” movement, where otherwise reasonable people sell their homes and move into miniature (often adorable) abodes. Here, eight things that might happen if you give in to the tiny house dream.
You’ll Be Better Organized
When you’ve got only 400 square feet (or less!) to call home, you literally don’t have space for clutter. Small house living requires that all your stuff will have a designated place.
…But You’ll Have to Throw Out a Lot
Sometimes the greatest peace comes from donating old dresses.
You Won’t Be Able to Cook the Way You’re Used To
Most tiny homes feature half-sized fridges and ovens. And as for microwaves or dishwashers? Forget about it. Time to get creative, people.
Your Utility Costs Will Go Down
Less space means less heat and A/C. And when you’ve got only one bathroom, your days of 30-minute showers are probably limited, too.
You Might Be Able to Buy in Cash
The typical tiny house will run you less than $100,000—and sometimes as little as $5,000 for cabins on wheels.
…But You May Encounter Zoning Problems
Building codes sometimes require a “minimum size” in order to begin new construction. Check out your local codes before you buy that plot of land and begin doing battle with the permit office.
You Won’t Be Able to Have Houseguests
This can be a pro or con depending on how you feel about your mother-in-law.
And You Will Definitely Get Closer with Your Family
Nothing says lovin’ like two people using one closet. Bring on the sweater-sharing.