Monday, June 27, 2016 / by Extreme Home Selling Team
Many people have spent the last decade downsizing, more by the Force of Economics than by choice, so a good percentage have researched the interesting trend towards Tiny Houses. You know, those adorable little cottage-style houses in fairy tales? Yep, that’s what I’m talking about…
I’ve watched a couple of the shows and seen the tours, yet wonder how on earth can anyone with any possessions move into one of those things? Granted, I have enough furnishings to nicely fit in 1,200 square feet. I’m just not a person who can minimize my life to a shoebox. Not without a shoehorn and a tub of Crisco!
Take a gander at a couple of the HGTV shows like Tiny House Hunters or Tiny House Nation. Watch people shop for Little Homes that are admittedly Adorable, Ecological, Movable, Economical and just down right COOL! Then imagine yourself living in one that is 150sf to 400sf or 600sf in size. To put that into perspective, an average 1 bay carport is 10 feet by 15 feet approximately or 150sf. A 2 car garage is generally 20 feet by 22 feet or 440sf. The “larger” Tiny Homes are multi-level and longer, requiring a powerful towing vehicle, such as a fifth wheeler, while mounted on a trailer. Some owners opt to permanently install these “behemoths” on a plot of land versus hauling and navigating, which means an additional investment in real estate.
Now, who buys a Tiny Home? The product strikes a chord with the Millennials for certain. The Generation that wants to cut the apron strings but can’t afford the high cost of entering the Real Estate Market while paying off Student Debt! There are Baby Boomers who’ve had it all, lost it all and don’t want it all again. Then there’s the Existentialist who is looking for adventure and memories, not racking up debt, bills and a collection of possessions.
The problem as I see it is you don’t get to have much of anything living in a Tiny House! I mean really! You have to be a Tibetan Monk who swears off all Worldly Goods practically…
One Robe. Check!
One Meal Bowl. Check Check!
One Prayer, Memorized. Checkity Check Check!
Better keep that prayer short ‘cause you may not have room for a rousing Hallelujah inside.
Take a close look at the appliances. Room for 1 day’s of food supplies. You’ll be shopping daily. Is that ecologically sound? Maybe if you are a RAW Foodie. But if you want to cook, you’ll be BBQing frequently or eating out daily. Is that economically feasible? Now let’s look at that shower and toilet combo. YES, you read that right. Haven’t seen one yet that isn’t combined. Bleah!
There really are lots of great advantages to a Tiny House. Use them for Guests who think they’re staying for longer than a few days. They’re actually ideal for Transitional Living for the Homeless! It would make a great Granny Flat behind the Main Home for the Elders, growing Teens or returning Adult kids. Just don’t let it be TOO comfy for the latter two or they’ll never stretch their wings again and fly.
Tiny Homes are a 180 degree change in Lifestyle. You may want to rent one for a month and "pitch it" in your backyard for a month or two, using it versus your actual home. It can take a bit getting used to and you may find the change rewarding or simply not for you!
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