You may think buying a tiny house would mean less planning — after all, you’re buying less space — but this isn’t true. In fact, there may be even more planning when you buy a tiny house. Here are some things you should know:

Seasonality and Weather

If you’re buying land and building your tiny house, you don’t want to be building in the dead of winter or in the sweltering sun. Take into consideration how long building would take and how the pricing of contractors could be affected by the season. Even if you’re buying a pre-built home, you should check to make sure the tiny house is ready for all seasons—you don’t want to purchase something that doesn’t have insulation for the winter, for example. The climate can also be a big factor in your decision to purchase. With space being limited inside, most tiny homeowners find themselves outside fairly often. If this will be the case for you as well, you’ll want to make sure the area outside of your home is comfortable.

Location

In addition to the environment of your new home, the actual location of where you plan to buy or build should be considered. If you’re building your own or buying a pre-made tiny house, finding a spot to park it is a crucial step. First, make sure tiny houses are legal in your state. Tiny houses are illegal in some states because they can be difficult to regulate when it comes to zoning and safety. You also need to consider traveling capabilities if you plan on going mobile! Tiny houses will likely be heavier than an RV of equal size, so you might need a bigger trailer than what you’re expecting. In addition, make sure your house is able to clear overpasses and can be driven in your state.

Make Sure It’s Habitable

Just like buying a traditional home, you need to get the home inspected before you buy it— preferably by someone with experience in tiny homes! A few crucial tiny home necessities to consider are:
  • Water and plumbing access
  • Insurance policies
  • Electric set up
  • If the house up to code
  • If outlets spaced apart
  • If there is working plumbing
  • Smoke detectors

Is a Tiny Home Realistic?

The truth is tiny home living isn’t for everyone! If you’re thinking about going tiny, consider trying one out first. Find a tiny home rental or short-term lease to see if tiny living fits your expectations and hopes. Another thing to consider before buying your tiny home is the resale value. Typically, it will be low. You might want to buy a tiny house for its relatively cheap price, but remember, this will equate to a small resale price as well.
Buying a tiny home is a whole different ballpark than purchasing a traditional home. Speak with your realtor before making the decision to go tiny to avoid giant headaches in the future.

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