Are you planning to live in a tiny home? If so, you’re not alone.
An increasing number of Americans have already downsized their living or are planning to do so. People move to tiny homes for various reasons. It may be because the cost of an average small home is many times cheaper than the median price of an American home. Or you’ve had enough of the utility bills that come with a bigger house.
However, when starting your journey to owning a tiny house, you can easily be lost in the many choices available. From the type of floors, windows, nails, etc. – the list can be confusing. But don’t worry, many people have been there before and you can learn from their mistakes.
Here are the common mistakes that people make when buying tiny houses. Avoid these 8 mistakes, and you’ll make a huge difference in terms of livability and comfort.
1. Not Having a Budget
The question of money is critical when it comes to owning a tiny home. You should be honest about your budget when talking to your builders. Have a proper plan on how you’ll finance your small home before you get started.
We’d also recommend you plan with a buffer. Talk to anyone who has built a house before, and they’ll tell you there will be unexpected costs. Your tiny house is not exceptional. Don’t assume that because it is small, you won’t incur unexpected costs.
2. Not Doing Research
Some people fall in love with pictures of tiny houses and assume that they are the answer to their utility bills or high mortgages. After asking many questions, you may notice that small living does not suit you.
Do your research so you can know what tiny living entails. There are numerous blogs, books, and websites talking about people living in tiny homes. All of this will help you understand what to expect.
3. Purchasing Land in the Wrong Location
Avoid buying land for the location or view before checking local building regulations in regards to small homes. Some local zoning doesn’t allow the building of tiny houses in their area.
Also, some homeowner associations and communities don’t allow tiny homes in their neighborhood because they fear the houses will lower the prices of local real estate.
4. Buying the Wrong Heater
If you live in places that experience winter, you know how important a heater is. The same for an air conditioner for those residing in summer areas such as Florida.
Avoid buying a unit that is too small as it will not be sufficient. Choosing an extremely large unit will also bring excess heat in your house, not forgetting the amount of space it requires.
Check the unit’s specs before purchasing and be sure to install it in a position that allows sufficient airflow.
5. Not Following the Building Process
As more and more people turn to tiny living, many builders are learning the skills of building small homes. Most people, therefore, choose to hire a builder to build a tiny house for them instead of learning the process themselves.
But, even after hiring a builder, you’ll need to take seminars on tiny dwellings to understand the basics. The workshops will help you to determine whether your builder is qualified. It will also help you know the right questions to ask.
6. Choosing Wrong Windows
Be sure to buy windows that match the climate in your area. For instance, you may need a single-pane window if you’re located in a warmer area or multi-layered window if you’re living in a snowy area.
Also, don’t forget to buy the right finish for your windows too. If you’re lost, ask other tiny builders or from your window supplier.
7. Not Considering the Spaces You Need In Your House
It is essential to have a list of spaces that you want in your house and their usage.
If you work from home, you’ll surely need a working space. You’ll also need a larger kitchen if you like cooking. If you have frequent guests, you might need a fold-out sofa.
8. Buying the Wrong Fridge
Be keen when choosing the size of the fridge for your tiny home. Obviously, a large fridge will take up more space. Due to the small size of many tiny home kitchens, many people choose a mini-fridge.
You can still go for a larger fridge if want. Yes, you can accommodate it in your small house, but you must set aside enough space during the initial planning stages.