As someone who has lived in a tiny home for a long time, I know that it has some very impressive advantages. It’s a massive shift from the more traditional way of living, and this means that it’s not a decision you should jump to instantly. While I love living in a tiny home, I know it’s not the best idea for everyone. So, here are the top considerations and concerns of tiny house living. Read through them, and it will give you an idea of a few possible drawbacks to be aware of:
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Less space (obviously!)
Clearly, a tiny home will not have anywhere near the same amount of space as even a small home will. The clue is in the name, but this means you’ll have less living space, along with less storage space. It’s a big concern for people who have lots of belongings or perhaps have a large family. Usually, tiny homes are suitable for families of up to 3, maybe 4 at a push, people. Any more than this, and it begins to feel excruciatingly cramped. So, be well aware that you have to live something of a minimalist life if you want to enjoy the tiny home experience. If you can’t commit to this, then there’s no point in even thinking about moving home.
Bad weather becomes twice as bad
General life in a tiny home is not overly different from living in a normal house. You relax, have fun, but also benefit from way more freedom. However, you can experience some issues when the weather turns bad. A storm in a normal home probably won’t feel like much at all. But, a storm in a tiny home is felt twice as bad! If you experience storm damage to a regular home, then expect more extensive damage to a tiny one. So, if you live in an area with really bad weather and regular storms, then it might not be right for you. Or, you have to just prepare for quite a scary experience – it will get less scary the more you get used to it!
It can be hard to find a fixed place to stay
This is where things get technical, as you have to think about the legal ramifications of living in a tiny home. It is perfectly legal to live in one, but where you put your home can blur the lines a bit. You see, in some states, the zoning laws mean that tiny homes are too small to be allowed to stay in a fixed place. This means that you have to find suitable areas – like campsites or trailer parks – to keep your home. As such, many people choose to take their tiny home on the road as you can move from place to place a lot easier. If you want to remain in a fixed location, then it can be challenging to find one that suits your needs.
Keep all of these things in mind when you’re weighing up the pros and cons of this move. I personally believe it’s a fantastic way to live, but I appreciate it may not be for everyone. At the very least, you should now be a bit more informed on the subject!