Why in the hell would you want to live in such a small house??!!
This is a common response when you show someone pictures of the tiny houses that you absolutely love.
I will admit that it is hard for most people to get their head around. Most folks are wanting more space, not less. And certainly not less than 500 square feet.
But as I see it the world is on the verge of going to hell in a hand basket. Is there anything I can do to Reduce my environmental impact?
Go small or go home. Tiny home that is. So what are the benefits of living in a tiny house?
Here are ten advantages to tiny house living.
If you want to simplify your life, lower your monthly expenses, reduce your dependency on your paycheck and lower your environmental footprint then tiny houses may be the answer for you and your family.
- Less initial cost
- Less energy consumption
- Less water consumption and trash
- Less cost for maintenance
- Less land to purchase and upkeep
- Less shopping, less clutter.
- Less taxes
- Less insurance
- Less interest paid
- Less stress
A tiny house is certainly much smaller than a traditional house. There are less materials and the labor required to build it because of it’s size. The overall size of the house is so much smaller, the overall price is only a fraction of traditional homes.
Tiny houses require much less energy to heat and cool simply because they have much less interior air space. Since many tiny houses are on wheels, a tiny house owner could move their house under a large tree in the summer, and out into the sun during the winter. The appliances are usually smaller in a tiny house and consume far less energy. Another use of energy is your own energy. You may even choose to try off grid living. Solar panels, wood stoves, wind turbines, compost toilets, the list goes on and on.
Now you have a small shower and small hot water heater. This means your showers will be lot shorter. The people interested in tiny house living are also interested in generating less waste. Using less water and producing less trash is both good for environment and your wallet.
Repair costs for your tiny house are simply a matter of mathematics. The cost to replace the roof of a 300 square foot home will be alot less than the cost of a 2,000 square foot home. This is of course because of the reduction in materials and labor. This is true for any tiny house repairs that may need to be made.
A tiny house will require less land. You may be required to have land outside the city with no restrictions. Land outside the city is cheaper to purchase and the taxes are less. If you have a tiny house on a trailer you may be exempt from cumbersome building permits and restrictions that regular homes require.
You just cannot be out spending money on useless stuff. You simply will not have the space for it in a tiny house. Only the items that you really need will be present don’t think that tiny homes cannot be beautiful. Just look at the pictures.
Your tax bill is tied to the assessed value of your dwelling and land. Both will be less with a tiny house, so your tax bill will be less. The savings can go towards investments, retirement, college for your children, vacations, or anything else you want.
Insurance for a traditional home can add up quickly, especially when it comes time to use it. Tiny houses cost much less to insure because they are considered less valuable.
Most people borrow money from a lender to buy a traditional house. This means you are paying interest to that lender. Over a 25 or 30 your mortgage you will pay more for interest than you will the house itself. Ha ha. Sorry but this seems crazy to me. Most tiny house owners elect to pay cash for their tiny house, or to pay it off quickly. The amount you save by avoiding interest will a large amount of money.
So now you have a tiny house that is easier to maintain and manage. You have more money in your bank account. You are living out of the city so it is quiet. You may have more time for personal interests. You can spend more time in nature and found what you want and love. Life is just more simple. This equals less stress. Life should be about enjoying ourselves and actually living.
So there you have it. 10 benefits of tiny houses. What else do you think would be a benefit of tiny house living?
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