Guest Post by Krista Peterson
Rising costs for utilities, high mortgages, and economic problems have brought on some popularity growth for tiny houses. The benefits of cutting costs are popular, but what are some other advantages to living in a tiny house versus a regular home? For those people who simply do not need the extra indulgences, possessions, extra expenditures involved with a normal house style, a tiny home may be perfect.
For one, an overall cut in cost and increased sustainability are some of the largest factors in the tiny housing boom. Living in less overall space triggers to less spending and consuming in general. Lower utilities and energy costs will definitely be an upgrade over larger houses and their need for more water, gas, and electric. The smaller houses should also take less time to pay off.
The less space will also mean less wasted time. With a smaller area to consume the time, simple chores such as vacuuming and cleaning take much less time off your hands. The size of the home is often directly connected with the amount of free time on your hands. If you have a smaller home, you will have more free time than with a larger space.
Some of the other common advantages involve the ability to move your tiny homes. Many times they can be bought or readily made and building permits aren’t required. In many cases moving costs are usually less, because often times, you can essentially move your own home with you.
Some of the major advantages involve the common problems that may come with an older (regular size) home and the building malfunctions that may come with them. Many houses are continuing to have problems like radon and asbestos, which can lead to possible health problems such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Radon is becoming more and more common as it’s a natural gas that often seeps into basements and ends in prolonged exposure. Radon is the largest non-smoking contributor to cases of lung cancer in the world. Asbestos exposure is common in many traditional homes’ insulation and an extended exposure can form cancer within the lining of the lungs and abdomen area.
The quality upgrade is probably the biggest reason to switch to a tiny home. With many of these construction flaws and risks that may come with older, traditional homes, the choice on quality goes to the tiny spaces. Cutting down on space could lead to better quality products within the home, as smaller items mean less money spent.
While jumping into a tiny home may be scary, it’s definitely something to think about in the future. The benefits and advantages are excellent and versatile. From less expenditure to more free time or the advantage over some of the common construction flaws of older homes, there are plenty of benefits to be had when living in a tiny dwelling.