Tiny house living is a popular movement right now, but living small is not for everyone. Some people move into tiny houses and soon discover that it was a mistake. If you are unsure if tiny house living is the right move for you, here are some questions to ask yourself.
How Big Is Your Family?
If you are not moving into a tiny house on your own, you have to think about the other members of your family when making the decision. Tiny houses can sometimes mean little to no privacy. If you have older children, the lack of privacy could be a problem.
You also have to consider whether or not you want to live in such a small space with the others. Getting away from everyone when you need a break could mean venturing outside instead of simply moving to a different room like you would in a traditional home.
Can You Get Rid of Your Belongings?
Living in a tiny house means that you will have to seriously declutter. Even though there is some storage in tiny houses, there more than likely will not be enough to hold everything you have now.
For instance, it is unlikely that you can fit a full-size dining room table or living room set in the tiny house. Even your bathroom storage will be reduced to a few items. The reduction also applies to your family's belongings. If they are not willing to part with their belongings, you could face challenges with moving into a tiny house.
What Are the Local Building Codes?
Before settling on whether or not a tiny house is for you, you have to find out what the building codes are for your area. Some cities have restrictions on where a tiny house can be placed. If your tiny home is going to sit on a foundation, you could run into trouble when building it.
Depending on the area in which you live, you might be required to get the foundation. If so, you have to think about whether or not you want to buy the land for the house. At that point, you also have to consider additional factors, such as the quality of the neighborhood.
Your real estate agent can help you with assessing whether or not a tiny house or traditional home is best for you and your family. Even if you opt for a tiny house, your agent can help steer you to existing tiny houses in the city that might meet your needs.