What to Do When a Tiny House Isn’t Enough

by Carson BuckJune 28, 2017

Going Tiny Isn’t Always About Your Choice of Home

The tiny house movement is one of the hottest aspects of the real estate industry right now. Although it still isn’t mainstream, there are enough documentaries and television programs centered around the topic that it can pique almost anyone’s interest. After all, who doesn’t dream about no longer being burdened by monster mortgages?

But the truth is, making a change to the tiny lifestyle is a monumental transition, and one that shouldn’t be made lightly. Unless you’re really devoted to reducing your possessions and livable square footage by immense amounts, you’re not going to fare well in a tiny house. Unfortunately, a lot of tiny home owners only find this out after they went and purchased their new tiny homes.

If you’re in this position, don’t worry. There are some things you can do to live the life you really want.

#1: Sell Your Tiny Home

Because of the allure of tiny homes, selling your tiny home can provide a boost to your bank account. Today, tiny home prices are at an all-time high so if you can find the right buyer, you could possibly double what you put into it. With the money you make, you’ll be able to move into more appropriate housing for your lifestyle.

#2: Buy Smaller, But Maybe Not So Small

There are other housing options available that will help you live a more minimalist lifestyle without taking the drastic measure of living in a 120 sq. ft. home on wheels. For example, there are small apartments, compact cottages, and traditional mobile homes. You can even opt for a studio apartment if you really want to compress your living space. “Many folks don’t realize how many options there are when it comes to minimalistic living, and often times moving into a tiny home can be too big of a step for those starting out with the tiny living lifestyle,” says Matt Williams, owner of Straight Line Design, a tiny home builder in Portland, Oregon.

In fact, if you really look at it, a studio apartment is actually smaller than living in a tiny home but it is available without all of the zoning and land complications associated with owning a tiny home.

#3: Revise Your Plan

Minimalism is something that lures a lot of people to the tiny lifestyle. They want to reduce their possessions, which will ultimately wind up allowing them to save more money, live in the present moment, and enjoy simpler and more meaningful lives. But, this can be accomplished without actually buying and moving into a tiny home.

Sometimes, all it takes is for you to take a step back, review your lifestyle, and make the necessary changes you need to in order to live the life you want.

It all starts with de-cluttering the space you’re living in right now. The more things you get rid of, the freer you will feel. Then, once you narrow down your material possessions to include only those that you truly cherish and love, you’ll start making smarter purchasing decisions, too. What you buy will be based solely on whether or not it is something you really need, or if it will add value to your life.

Moving into a tiny home is a drastic measure that many people take without fully considering what goes into living tiny. While there are those who love their tiny homes and the lifestyle they provide, there are just as many who wind up abandoning their tiny homes because the reality wasn’t what they expected.

Ultimately, before buying any size home, you should weigh all of the pros and cons of the home so you can get a fuller understanding of what to expect. This is the only way you’ll wind up being happy in the space you choose.

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About The Author
Carson Buck
Carson is a real estate agent based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Carson loves data and market research, and how readily available it is in today's world. He is passionate about interpreting these insights to help his clients find and buy their perfect home. Carson got into the real estate industry because he loves the feeling of handing over the keys to a new home to happy clients. In his free time, he works on his backyard bonsai garden and spends time with his wife, Julia.