Why A Tiny House May Not Be The Answer

For many tiny house enthusiasts, the idea of a tiny house or a tiny house on wheels is akin to a solution to world peace. Not only can a THOW allow for financial freedom but they can lessen one’s footprint on the Earth, allow freedom from evil corporate America, let one travel the countryside, and realign a person’s understanding of need -vs- want. But for every pro- there exists a con-, or a reason why someone doesn’t see the answers to their worldly woes in a tiny house. That is okay though because one of the primary reasons behind the modern tiny house movement is that it allows people to discover their Home (with a capital H) rather than just floating from structure to structure. But for a moment, let’s just review some of the reasons a tiny house may not be for everyone.


A home doesn’t have to be extreme in one direction or the other. If more people lived in homes that were right-sized for their family, they may consume farm less, use far less resources, and be mentally and emotionally more satisfied. It is very hard to put a family of 3 or 4 or even 5 in something 300 sq.ft. At the risk of sounding indulgent, it just isn’t the American condition and it may cause more harm than good to any particular family unit.


While there is a growing number of tiny houses for sale, many are still built by the occupant. This sort of undertaking is stressful. From the sourcing of materials to finding a location and even the time to build the house, it can just be a stressful process. This can wreak havoc on a relationship (if you are building with someone), can cause undue stress to you, and even cause you to grow resentful of the house itself.


Did you know that in a large number of locations tiny house are still illegal? While they are becoming more obvious in their surroundings and more are being spotted each day, many municipalities still refuse to accept them. That causes homeowners to have to literally search high and low just to find a place to live. No one wants to constantly be looking over their shoulder to make sure they aren’t about to get a notice from the sheriff’s office or zoning inspector. Not even campgrounds are a sure bet. There are stories each day of tiny housers being turned away from campgrounds for reasons ranging from “our insurance won’t let us” to “we just don’t accept that kind of house here.”


One of the other initial reasons for the launch of the modern tiny house movement is minimalism is about keeping the things you love and eliminating the rest. And while most tiny housers are not concerned with room sizes, per se, many have hobbies or passions that require a bit of room. Quilters need sewing space. Authors like books and research materials. Chefs like room to prepare and cook. Even people who just like to entertain need a bit more room than most tiny houses on wheels allow. Just as much as McMansions aren’t for everyone, tiny houses aren’t for everyone.


Building a tiny house can be expensive. There are stories of DIYers building for $20,000 or less. At that price point, craftsmanship and safety always come into question. For those that purchase an already built tiny house, the price point for most has escalated well above $50,000. Only in the past year or two has any sort of identifiable financing come into sight. Even that financing is largely based on personal loans, signature loans or high-interest loans that require significant collateral inclusions. For those who could ordinarily take advantage of a VA loan or a “First Time Home Buyers” loan or even a HUD loan, a tiny house just isn’t an option. There is no established resale market (yet) and very few tiny houses that are 100% legal and can be sold on the open and MLS-controlled market.

None of the above are meant to be discouragements. Rather, they are to help lift the veil on tiny house living so that anyone interested can truly understand what to expect. That is why we are so pleased to offer the services of Try It Tiny. You don’t have to sell everything, become a vegan, take up yoga, and build a tiny house from salvaged pallets. You can try a few nights to a few months in a tiny house to see if it really works for you! Consider trying it tiny. We have a large number of listings that will help you find the perfect home.

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