Pros and Cons of Buying a Tiny Home

Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

What was once written off as a short-term trend has proven to have staying power. And, tiny homes are no longer being associated primarily with millennials, either. There are plenty of stories of families choosing to live leaner. Tiny homes are now increasingly the choice of seniors, as well.

Tiny houses ldquo;can be an attractive option for retirees who want to downsize after the kids leave the nest,rdquo; said TODAY. ldquo;For one thing, they can come with major financial advantages. One retired woman TODAY profiled ldquo;paid 65,000 for her tiny house, an incredible bargain compared to Portlandrsquo;s median home sale price of 394,100."

But that doesnrsquo;t make tiny living a breezemdash;especially for those who are used to more space. Here wersquo;re breaking down the pros and cons.

Pro: Yes, theyrsquo;re affordable

The price is right for tiny homes regardless of location.

ldquo;A tiny house costs a lot less to build than a full-sized one. According to The Tiny Life, itrsquo;s possible to build a tiny house for 23,000 on average. The average price for a full-sized house, by contrast, is 272,000mdash;more than 10 times as much,rdquo; said Money Crashers. ldquo;Cutting back on housing expenses enables tiny house owners to put more money toward luxuries such as travel, save for retirement, or simply work less.rdquo;

A tiny home also often means no mortgage, which, if the buyer can swing it, means they donrsquo;t have to pay interest and can own their home outright. ldquo;The Tiny Life reports that 68 of tiny house owners own their homes free and clear, as compared to just 29 of all homeowners.rdquo;

Con: Yes, theyrsquo;re small

Technically, this could also be a ldquo;prordquo; for those keen on tightening up their footprint, but, for most people, the idea of living in 100 to 400 square feet the average size of a tiny home, is a deal-breaker.

ldquo;Living in a tiny home means youll have to do a lot of sacrificing in order to downsize,rdquo; said Little House of Four. ldquo;More often than not youll have to give up your private office, art studio or home gym. Your washer and dryer will more than likely end up in your bathroom or kitchen and youll have to do some serious compromising when it comes to what you bring into the home. There are ways to remedy these lsquo;sacrifices,rsquo; but youll still be giving up your privacy and downsizing no matter how creative you get with storage.rdquo;

Pro: Theyrsquo;re portable

If you buy a traditional house, yoursquo;re not likely going to load it up on a truck and move it somewhere else when you desire a change of scenery. But, with a tiny home, thatrsquo;s part of the allure. ldquo;A tiny house can easily be fitted on a flatbed truck, which makes delivering them to buyers, as well as future resettling really easy,rdquo; said Millennial Magazine. ldquo;Whether they are stuck with a bout of wanderlust, seeking new job opportunities, or just want to spend a season living close to a beachhellip;millennials are sure to appreciate the fact that they can simply pack-up their house and go on their way.rdquo;

Con: Lack of personal space

Forget about that man cave or even a she shed. If you need a little space to yourself, thatrsquo;s going to be hard to achieve in a tiny home. ldquo;Living in a tiny home by yourself might be easy, but sharing a small space with one or more people can be a challenge,rdquo; said Little House of Four. ldquo;Theres no personal space to spend time alone or even roll out an exercise mat and get in a workout. Those of you that are extroverts may have no problem being in tight quarters with others, but introvertshellip;may miss the alone time that a larger house can offer.rdquo;

Pro: Theyrsquo;re clever

You think you have some smart storage solutions in your home? Imagine what yoursquo;d need to fashion if you lived in 200 square feet There are tons of great ideas out there. Wersquo;re digging the smart storage under the stairs here nbsp;and the cabinet walls here.

Con: They still lack storage because they lack space

No matter how many witty ideas you come up with, yoursquo;re never going to have an ample walk-in closet and tons of kitchen cabinetsmdash;both of which are ingrained in the ldquo;typicalrdquo; vision of the American dream.

Pro: Theyrsquo;re greener

Tiny homes are, by their very essence, more environmentally friendly simply because, ldquo;Their size means that they require substantially fewer building materials to construct, which makes it viable to use more expensive, eco-friendly components and still keep costs down overall,rdquo; said Millennial Magazine. Plus, ldquo;>

Con: Zoning Rules

ldquo;Although a tiny house doesnrsquo;t require much land, many towns make it difficult to build one,rdquo; said Money Crashers. ldquo;Zoning laws often include a minimum size for dwellings, and a 200-square-foot tiny house isnrsquo;t usually big enough to make the cut. To get around these rules, some tiny house owners buy a full-sized house, rent it out, and then park their tiny houses in the backyard as either lsquo;outbuildingsrsquo; or lsquo;vehicles.rsquo; Trailer parks can also provide a home for a tiny house.rdquo;

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