10 Reasons To Buy a Tiny House

Want to simplify your life? Want to lower your monthly expenses? Want to reduce your dependency on your job? Tiny houses may be the answer for you and your family.

Below is my list of the many benefits of owning a tiny house. Here we go…

Less initial cost
A tiny house is obviously smaller than a traditional house. There are less materials and the labor required to build it because of it’s size. Since tiny houses often have most of the features a traditional house has (kitchen, plumbing, roof, flooring) the price per square foot is usually more expensive. But since overall size of the house is so much smaller, the overall price is only a fraction of traditional homes.

Less energy consumption
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. Two additional culprits for significant energy consumption are refrigerators and hot water heaters. Both are typically smaller in a tiny house and consume far less energy. Another use of energy is your own energy. It doesn’t take long to tidy up a tiny house. I have seen folks who have been very creative with reducing their tiny house’s energy consumption and making use of the fact that their home is very small. Solar panels, wood stoves, wind turbines, compost toilets, the list goes on and on.

Less water consumption and trash
If you have a small shower and small hot water heater, chances are your showers will be alot shorter. If you have a small trash can, chances are you will generate less trash. Using less water and producing less trash is both good for environment and your wallet.

Less cost for repairs
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.

Less land to purchase and upkeep
A tiny house will require less land reside on. Since many cities have restrictions on the size a home can be, you may be required to purchase land outside the city with no restrictions. Land outside the city is cheaper to purchase and the taxes are less. If you elect to buy a very small plot of land that your tiny house will reside on, you’ll spend less time cutting grass. If you buy a regular sized lot, you’ll have more room your garden.

Less food
If you have a small pantry, you’ll have a small amount of food in your house. If you can look through your tiny house kitchen window and see fresh vegetables growing in it, you’ll spend less produce. By eating less food in your tiny house, you’ll keep your food bill and weight down.

Less taxes
Since the value of your tiny house and land is resides on is less valuable (assuming you choose to buy your land rather than lease) your tax bill will be less. The savings can go towards investments, retirement, college for your children, vacations, or donations to tinyhouselistings.com :-)

Less insurance
Insurance for your home can add up quickly, especially when it comes time to use it. Tiny houses cost much less to insure because they are less valuable. Many insurance companies consider tiny houses on wheels to be an RV. Since insurance companies aren’t non profits and are in business to make money, you will often have difficulty getting the money from them. By owning a tiny house you can minimize the amount you give to them in the first place.

Less interest paid
When I bought my first house, initially I was paying more towards interest than the principle. It’s no secret that over the course of a 30 year loan, you will pay more for interest than you will the house itself. 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 ultimately be a huge amount. More than enough to buy the in-laws a tiny house and have it located on the back (way back) of your property.

More disposable income
All of the above reasons I’ve listed for buying a tiny house have been focused on “less”. Less consumption, less money out of pocket. All of this leads to having more money in the bank at your disposal. If you write a list of your recurring expenses, you’ll quickly realize that costs associated with your home represent the majority of your expenses. By owning and living in a tiny house, you are slashing your living expenses at every level.

More freedom
Ok, 11 reasons. I saved the best for last. When you own and live in a tiny house, you free up your two most precious resources, money and time, not to mention some of Earth’s most precious resources…water and energy. Does your current standard of living prevent you from working at the job you want? Does it prevent you from going on vacations and taking time off when you like? Do you have to sacrifice spending time doing exactly what you want simply to pay your bills? Are you worried about the Earth and environment and leaving it in good shape for those that follow us? By living in a tiny house, you free up money by cutting expenses in a big way. You use less natural resources. You free up time by spending less of it cleaning and maintaining your home. You trade square feet for freedom.

You may not agree with all of my reasons to buy a tiny house, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. So please share your thoughts below in the comments.

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26 Comments → “10 Reasons To Buy a Tiny House”


  1. joan nckeever

    May 17, 2011

    how much are the tiny houses are going for?

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  2. sarah avery

    Jun 26, 2011

    I residei n Massachusetts, any of these houses for salearoundhere? How so I get started, what do you suggest, I would need to buy a patch of land first , right? i would like to get a tiny house in the next 5 years, any instructions on the planning and preparation for this? Any suggestion would be apprciated. thanks sara,

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  3. marline

    Nov 12, 2011

    hi, i would love to own one of these houses. to bad they can’t do rent to own i live on a small budget with my husband passing. so all i can do now is pay rent that i can’t afford. maybe some day i will be able to get one i think this is a really good idea. it’s only me and my pets. if you know someone that would be willing to make payments hook me up.

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    • randy

      May 20, 2013

      a lot of yard barn companys will sell on contract no credit check required but then you would have to finish the inside and find a place to keep it. some trailer parks will let them in but not all. there also not built to be as sturdy as the plans for a tinny house make them so but that would get you started think of it as a verry good tent and camp until you can swing the real tinny house you want just insulate it a couple of windows and a portapoty. not ideal but moving in the right direction and when your done you got a nice shed to store extra stuff or sell.

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  4. Carol

    Dec 27, 2011

    Are these Tiny houses available in Australia? i live in a tiny little unit,which i pay rent for,but if i could own one of these,i would be so much better off.

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    • Donna

      Feb 27, 2012

      You can build your own. All you need is the plans which are available online.

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  5. Kat

    Feb 07, 2012

    Another good reason for a tiny house is the feeling of being “hugged” when in a small space. I love the idea that my home welcomes me home with a “hug” when walking in to it. The feeling of peace knowing that my home is ALL mine – not the bank and me – that in itself would be the best feeling of achievement. For many years I have gone by the nickname of GypsyKat ~ so a moveable home would be fantastic! Why should our normal be “leaving our home to earn the money to afford that home?” Now, if I could only come up with a moveable garden!!!

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    • mybluedaisies

      Feb 12, 2012

      Kat, You could always look into a living roof and make it an edible living roof! :)

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  6. Joanne Fitzmaier

    Oct 18, 2012

    Would like any and all information about Tiny Homes that you have. Very interested in the total costs ie, land, building, etc. thanks

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    • Steven

      Oct 18, 2012

      Hi Joanne. The costs of building a tiny house and purchasing the land it sits on is based on a sliding scale. If you purchase a tiny house pre-built then of course it will cost more. If you build it yourself then you have a very significant time investment. If you use the contact page to give me more details about your location, budget, etc, I can give you a more specific answer. Thanks for the question!

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  7. Mary Ellen

    Nov 12, 2012

    I so love this concept! I am currently renting a 560 sq ft cottage on a river in the forest, but still have things I really don,t need…………..is there anyone in Ontario who is doing this? I am not above being ivolved in the building process and would find a plot somewhere that no one else wants.

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  8. Sean

    Nov 17, 2012

    I agree! I’m currently researching and deciding on the style of tiny house I want to live in. Love all the great inspiration and tools your website offers!
    Sean

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  9. Desiree

    Nov 18, 2012

    another reason for living in a tiny house…”freeloaders” won’t even think about asking to live off of you…since there isn’t any space for them & hardly any leftover food for them.
    But you can always pull off an extra bed for “welcome guests”! Ha Ha

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    • Katie

      Jun 03, 2013

      Love your mindset. Adult kids need to go!

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  10. BRENT STATER

    Jun 03, 2013

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  11. Eric H.

    Jun 03, 2013

    You forgot that they are just plain awesome!

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  12. Christina Klyce

    Jun 03, 2013

    This article is less than accurate, I can do these things living in a traditional house and I cannot do these things living in a small house or non-traditional dwelling (currently remodeling a school bus into a “RV”) most of these things are a lifestyle or mindset, something that as a responsible person, I decide to do! Some of these ideas are true, yes, you will have a smaller trash can but that could just mean you have to empty it more if you don’t decide to recycle and compost! It’s a good starting point but these things don’t just fall into place because you buy a “tiny” house.

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    • Steven

      Jun 05, 2013

      Christina, thanks for your feedback. I think think of 1000′s of people that would disagree, including myself. However, we can just agree to disagree. :-)

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  13. Tracie

    Jul 13, 2013

    I am a disabled woman who currently left my low income apartment when the complex became infested with meth users and one blew up an apartment and many other not so pleasant issues. I know lady still stuck there also wanting out but what to do. Some days I dared to not go outside, So I put my things i storage and I’m living with my daughter and her bo. But now she is pregnant and I have to find someplace to go on my meagar income.Currently I’m pretty broke, I very possibly have a chunck of money coming my way, at this time I m not sure how much. I plan on paying off my bills, establishing a better car and where to live. I have applications in low income places but the lists are very long and the wait. I since have fallen head over heals in love with tinyhouses and would like one for myself. Yes my daughter of 23 thinks I’m nuts of course. Ahe thinks I’m just a dreamer. I think this is the best way for me to go and something I could afford to live in. BUT where am I to put it is the question? Trailer park pad fees are skyrocketing. Can I buy a cheap peace of land and live off my own land? But I still need a well and electric and spectic I would think, but once connected to the land then there goes your freedom.I read an existing home had to be already on the land, which to me defeated the purpose and the simple way of living. I live in CA and am in the Tuolumne County area, or Calaveras any ideas or info. and I need the bed to be downstairs as I cannot be climbing ladders to get in and out of bed. I also want to help build it if possible,,Is there such company that would allow this. and what would it cost in a ballpark idea, like a 300sq tiny house? I found cork flooring is ideal, if one falls you are 50% less likely to break something,it’s great insulater and stays warm in the winter and repels bugs too. I would want heat with propane or far-in-far-red heater it heats a 1000 sq home for .10 hour and also humidfies the air and filters it as well for 300.00 unit. I don’t understand the incinertor toilets and how they work. Or how I would get my water and what to do with the waste water. Please send me any information possible. I very well can pay someone or company to build one and transport it for me, and set it up but where to put it is the biggest question I guess. I need something I can afford to stay in that is affordable for woman on disbility. Maybe if some of us in this area bought some property and a group or community got started, with like a community garden and such,and a support system for us that might need people round but not be dictated by them in low income places. I know of one person who is disbled has an existing home and is in a trailer but very depressed, but he also planted what he said was a christmas tree farm around him and there are tons of trees too, That would be cool to like maybe rent from him and have several of us tiny house owners. It certainly would make his life different as well.

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  14. Anne

    Sep 04, 2013

    I found a number of typos in the article but plenty of great ideas to offset that. As an older American, I need to not only choose the tiny home idea for myself, but advocate for small communities of tiny homes for people of my generation. It’s a great idea to live out in the back of beyond, but from a practical standpoint, people our age need to have neighbors somewhere nearby in case of an accident, be close to hospitals and other locations which are necessary for life’s continuum. If a small community of, say, 20 tiny houses could go in together on a water and sewer system, it seems to me, it could save these income-restricted consumers a lot of money and struggle. Perhaps there is a tiny house community trend starting even now, but the only place I have seen them on the website is out in the Northwest. I love the Northwest probably more than any other location in the U.S. but my family esp. grandchildren are all on the East Coast. I do not want it to be difficult for my family to visit me, so must remain somewhere in the vicinity. If there are other like-minded Virginians, perhaps we need to form a coalition to achieve this worthy aim.

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    • Diane

      Jan 28, 2014

      Do you know how much acreage would be needed for 20 tiny houses?

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  15. Dave

    Sep 05, 2013

    Small is beautiful…less is more. No need to look after a lot of stuff! The stuff takes your time and money, so lose the stuff! Give it away!

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  16. annie hartman

    Apr 01, 2014

    i wiould like to see what they look like on the inside we can see the outside waht about the inside

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    • Kristy

      May 14, 2014

      Check out my blog, the inside is absolutely adorable!!

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  17. carol healy

    Jun 18, 2014

    I would love any info on land in BC. Thank you…………..love tiny homes

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