Pros and Cons of Tiny Homes and Regular Homes
JT one of my readers sat down the other day and wrote down pros and cons regarding living in a tiny portable house and a regular larger home. I asked JT to let me share them with you and would like you to use the comment section below to add in your ideas.
Below is a photo of Dan Louche’s tiny house on wheels that he designed and built himself.
Tiny Homes on trailers:
Pros: (in no special order)
- You save money on utility bills.
- If you don’t like where you’re living, you can hook up to your home and leave.
- Not as much (if any) yard to take care of.
- Since you don’t have a lot of utility bills you can save money for things you always wanted to do in life.
- You can have a new front yard anytime you like.
- You don’t have a lot in property tax to pay.
- You can clean your home in no time flat.
- You have a lot less house to maintain. (again, saving you lots of money)
- You don’t have a lot of useless stuff tying you down.
- You can build it yourself and pay cash, you you own it, not the bank.
- You don’t have a lot of room to get away from one another if you’re married.
- If you’re a guy who likes to putt around fixing and making stuff, you don’t really have enough room in a Tiny home.
- Not much storage space or closet space.
- It’s very hard to find a place to park your tiny home and live in it. (that’s a big one!)
Regular Home: (JT’s house is under 1,000 sq feet with a 1 car attached garage)
- You have plenty of room for all that useless junk you’ve collected over the years.
- If you’re into hunting and things like that, you have plenty of room to store all your firearms, bows, hunting gear etc.
- You never have trouble finding a place to put your regular home, it’s on its own property.
- You always have all your utilities right at your fingertips. (Water, Electric, sewer etc.)
- You have a yard and don’t have to ask permission from anyone if you want to park your camper there or other things you might own.
- You have equity in your home as the years go by.
- You have enough space to entertain your guest comfortably.
- You’re always close to your doctors office in case anything were to happen
- You can grow a big garden.
- Having a definitive place to go makes you feel safe and secure.
- Payments even on a small home like mine are high and if you loose your job, you loose your home to. (that’s a big one)
- Taxes are high as are water and sewer rates.
- Utilities bills cost a lot more in a regular home.
- Your always working to support your house (pay the mortgage, insurance, utilities, up keep, it never stops) and it eats up all or most of your fun money.
- You have a lot bigger house to upkeep and repair!
- If your neighbor sells his house who knows what your next neighbor will be like, but who ever it is your stuck with them.
Above is JT’s house. It’s under 1,000 square feet. Doesn’t have a usable attic, just a dirt floor crawl space under it, no basement. We have a kitchen, living room, three small to medium size bedrooms, a bathroom with a tub/shower, vanity, toilet and washer and dryer. And of course the one car attached garage that I keep my Honda Goldwing (that’s our old bike in this picture) Kubota lawn tractor, motorcycle trailer and tools in. It has a wood/coal stove in the garage if I want to warm it up in winter to putt around in there. We have a fenced in back yard for the dog.
we live in tiny and have solved some of the cons by having acreage and have separate tiny shop spaces for each of us. while tiny cleans up quickly, they just as quickly can get dirty. it’s an every day chore making sure everything is put away and wiped down. claustrophobia in winter. you really can’t do much to change the look, no rearranging. we do store art and other such in another tiny and change the walls and clutter on a regular basis.