Living in tiny houses (usually considered homes with 200 square feet of space or less) has become a rapidly growing trend among property owners. People are shedding the supposed excesses of their lives and condensing their living situation down to something barely big enough for two people. Most people are putting their tiny homes on trailers, adding some solar panels, and purporting to be able to live in at-home comfort no matter where they go. But is the tiny home trend really all it is made out to be?
A Tiny House Does Not Mean A Tiny Price Tag
If your desire to own a tiny home includes thoughts of saving thousands of dollars every month on mortgage and maintenance payments, then you may want to take a closer look at tiny homes. The average tiny home can cost as much as $100,000.00 to build, which does not include gas and vehicle maintenance costs if you put it on a trailer to make it mobile. For that much money, in many parts of the country, you could buy land and build a standard size home.
Many of the residential areas of the United States are zoned for structures no less than 1,000 square feet. This means that if your plans are to buy a plot of land and put your tiny house on it, you might not be able to because of residential zoning laws. By the same token, you cannot designate your property an empty lot and then put your tiny home on it as that would be considered illegal as well. Some tiny home owners make arrangements with their family or friends to put their tiny home on a plot of land with a standard size home.
You could put your tiny home on a trailer and have it classified as a recreational vehicle (RV) and find a spot on an RV lot. In some states, tiny house communities are springing up that will allow you to buy your own plot of land for an average of $65,000.00. If you think you can get your tiny home classified as an RV and then put it on your own plot of land, you would be wrong again because and RV does not satisfy the requirements for a minimum residential structure. In most residential parts of the country, you are not legally allowed to live in your RV all year round on any property that is not an RV park.
Before you buy or build a tiny house, you should rent one first to see if you can actually condense your life down to a 200 square foot home. Some people try the tiny house life and wind up building, buying, or renting a storage container for their property that is bigger than their house. A tiny home does not have a lot of storage space, and that is something many people find almost impossible to adjust to.
A tiny home can generate its own electricity with solar panels and be the kind of home that can move wherever you want to move it. The problem is finding a place you can legally live in your tiny home and avoiding the zoning laws throughout the country that are giving other tiny home owners so many headaches.