12 Things to Consider Before Building a Tiny Home
So you’ve had enough of the big house, big yard and the responsibilities that come with that. You’ve got your mind set on downsizing in a big way. Before you jump into building a tiny home there is plenty to consider outside of just picking the design you want and what you want to use to build it. You’ve got to consider the legality of a tiny home, how well the tires are going to hold up, plumbing and other waste disposal. Here’s a look at 12 things to consider before building a tiny home.
Know the Code on Where you can Stay in Your Tiny Home
Also, consider the zoning ordinances in the community you want to live. You’re likely going to need some land to settle into your tiny home and if you plan on living on the land of a friend or family member, figure out the specifics. Some towns allow accessory dwelling units. For the most part a tiny home is allowed to temporarily park places but you must remain on the move every two weeks or so. It might be best to seek out tiny home communities where zoning laws allow. Whispering Aspen Village in Colorado is one tiny home community that sells lots for tiny homes.
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Research What Others Have Done
Check out this list of items before you consider building a tiny home.
For a more comprehensive guide from the beginning, as in clearing land for a homestead, seek out this site.
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Check Your Tires
Tires will deteriorate over time because they spend so much time in the sunlight. Slow down the aging process by getting them out of sunlight, filling them with an inert gas or keep them filled to the recommended pressure level. Also, beware that if the wheels from a tiny home are removed, it’s no longer considered a recreational vehicle in some locations.
In addition to the tires, keep a close eye on the wheel bearings. Make sure they are properly lubricated, serviced and repacked. If a wheel bearing fails you suddenly don’t have a home that rests safely.
Figure out Power Options
Go for a Test Drive
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Get Ready to Get Rid of a lot of Possessions
It took Andrew Odom a year to downsize to the point where we could move into a time home. He shed more than 3,000 CDs and more than 1,000 DVDs.
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Will You Start a Family in the Tiny Home?
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Weight Restrictions for Car and Trailer
Reduced Cooking Space
Then there’s the preparation of food. You might have to sacrifice burners in a tiny home and that could increase cooking time.
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The price per square foot for a tiny home (500 square feet or less) averages $201 a square foot, according to realtor.com. A home between 501 and 1,000 square feet averages $96 per square foto. The average cost of building your own tiny house is $25,000, according to The Tiny Life.
How to Insure a Tiny Home
If you plan on building your own tiny home on wheels plan on documenting the whole process. Some insurance carriers require an on-site inspection or an inspection from an electrician.
Think about ways to save on home insurance now as you think about a tiny home.
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If you want a tiny home on wheels then it’s going to fall under RV requirements and need to be parked in mobile home zoned areas.
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