Less Room, More Money: The Pros and Cons of Tiny House Living

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A word from V:

Even though I didn’t write this piece myself, I thought the list of pros and cons could be a good follow-up to my previous post: Tiny Houses: The Key To Live The Best? This is why I decided to share it with you!

 

Tiny homes have gained a strong following by those looking to simplify their lives and reduce their carbon footprint. Typically less than 1,000 square feet, a tiny house offers a number of benefits such as cheap running costs, freedom from mortgage payments and the chance to reduce your carbon footprint. However, living in such a small space also comes with disadvantages which are magnified if you share your home with another person.

 

A Small House Equals Small Running Costs

With rising house prices and shrinking wages, owning a house is now out of the reach of most young professionals. Tiny homes allow people to become homeowners for a fraction of the cost of a full-size house. Another added benefit is that most people are able to afford one without having to take out a mortgage and get into debt. Tiny homes cost anywhere between £20,000 to £40,000 depending on how much of the building work you are prepared to do yourself. The running costs of a tiny home are also minuscule compared to large houses as you have a much smaller space to heat and take care of.

 

Location Location Location

If you cannot decide where to live or have difficulty staying in one place for too long, then a tiny house could be the perfect solution. Due to their small size, tiny houses can easily be lifted onto the back of a trailer and moved across the country. A few tiny homes are even built with wheels allowing you to pull them behind your car like a caravan.

 

Downsize Your Life

The tiny home movement started as a way for people to save money on housing while also learning to live more simply. Many of us own more possessions than we need and live in large houses where most of the space goes to waste. All of the items in a tiny house are carefully chosen for their usefulness and every inch of the space is occupied in some way. Many people that live in tiny homes also claim that they are much happier after getting rid of most of their baggage and simplifying their lives.

 

Less House To Clean

Housework is a never-ending job, and most of us spend several hours a day cleaning work surfaces, mopping floors and polishing windows. A tiny home can be cleaned top to bottom in less than an hour without you even having to break a sweat. Having fewer possessions also makes it much easier to clean and organize your space allowing you more time to spend on recreational activities.

 

Zero Storage Space

Unless you’re looking for a walk in closet that you can actually live in, then tiny homes are not for you. In small homes, available floor space is precious, so all closets, wardrobes and kitchen cupboards are left out to provide more space to move around in. A lack of storage space can be a deal breaker for those that can’t bear to part with their possessions. Families with young children will certainly struggle with finding a place for all those toys, clothes and baby equipment and would be better off taking a look at Stratton Creber Countrywide for properties that offer separate living spaces.

 

Close Living Quarters

Nothing tests a relationship like moving in together, so moving into a tiny home is perhaps the ultimate test of a couple’s compatibility. If one person likes to dance along to show tunes of an evening while the other prefers to curl up quietly with a book, this could cause major problems in the relationship. Having friends over for the evening can also be challenging unless everybody is cool with sitting on the floor and windowsills.

 

Chemical Toilets

Many people underestimate the luxury of a flushing toilet until they have had to deal with an alternative. Mobile tiny homes cannot support a proper toilet, and those that are built in rural locations often do not have access to running water. There are many different options when it comes to toilets for tiny homes such as chemical, composting or dehydrating toilets, but none of them are particularly appealing to the average homeowner.

If you are seriously looking to change your way of living and don’t mind getting rid of 90% of your possessions, then a tiny house could be an economical and appealing option. Those that simply want to recreate their existing way of living but on a much smaller scale will struggle with adjusting to a tiny home and would be much better off looking at properties that offer a greater amount of space.

 

Hayden Burke works as a property adviser and often has to contend with issues such as downsizing and how to make use of the space you have available. He likes to share his insights online and is a regular writer for a number of different websites.

 

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