10 Signs a Tiny Home Might Be for You
You might never have considered moving into a tiny home years ago, but now it just seems like the right thing to do. It’s good for the planet, and you are not too heartbroken over the thought of having less cleaning to do! Maybe you are thinking about it, but are not yet sure if a tiny home is right for you. Here are ten signs that say you are ready to make the transition.
- You Can Live Outside the City – You certainly can have a tiny home in the city – if you can find a place to put it. If a friend will let you rent their driveway then great! The best option for these homes is to buy a piece of land or rent land from someone with enough to spare.
- You Are a Builder – You don’t necessarily need to be a builder by profession, but if you are skilled with a hammer and nails, you might be able to build one. Keep in mind that tiny homes are a lot harder to build because you have less room to work with and everything needs to be precise.
- You Are Patient – Are you someone who has to act on a decision immediately or you lose interest? If you are not building one yourself, you may have to wait as long as two years to have one built. There are very long waiting lists.
- You Have Money Burning a Hole in Your Pocket – Some builders charge as much as $20K for a down payment.
- You Don’t Love to Cook – If you usually order takeout or throw a salad or sandwich together, you will have no problem adapting to the small kitchen in a tiny home. If you absolutely love to cook then this is something you need to think about. You won’t have a large island or an abundance of cupboard and counter space to work with.
- You Rarely Have People Over – Do you cringe when people drop by unexpectedly or when an old friend is coming into town and needs somewhere to crash? No problem! Now, you have an excuse to get out of entertaining.
- You Are Barely Home – If you are always on the go from morning to night it can make sense to have a smaller place. Why pay a big mortgage and high utility bills for nothing?
- You Don’t Have Pets – You can absolutely have pets in a tiny home, but you have to be selective. Three large breed dogs are not going to fit politely in a micro home. Depending on the size of the home, you might not have a place to stash the litter-box either.
- You’re Not Attached to Your Belongings – If you have a lot of heirlooms, furniture, and electronics that you are really attached to, you will need to decide if you are comfortable getting rid of these things. If you have camping gear or similar items, you could always put these things in storage or a shed.
- You Already Live a Fairly Simplistic Lifestyle – If you don’t need a lot of things to be happy, and you have no problem downsizing your wardrobe, if necessarily, then it shouldn’t be too big of an adjustment to simplify your life a little more.
Living in a tiny home is a pretty big change. Even if you live in a studio apartment, chances are good that your home will be smaller. Some are truly happy in their tiny spaces, but you should make sure you are 100 percent ready for the lifestyle change before you make it.