Tiny House Reality Check! Watch This Before Building or Buying One – Futureq YT Playlist



If you’re considering building or buying a tiny house, watch this video first! We’re talking about 5 really important things you should consider before you decide to start a tiny house project.

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1) Finances
Tiny houses can be a more affordable housing option than a full-sized house, but there’s more to think about than just the price tag of the actual house.

For example, how much will you have to pay to buy or rent land to put it on? Will you need a loan to buy or build your tiny house?
Will you be building the tiny house yourself or buying from a builder?

Make a long term budget for your tiny house lifestyle, and compare it to a long term budget for your current living situation.

2) Location
We would definitely suggest doing researching and securing a space to put your tiny house before you start building.

If tiny houses are legal where you live, then you should probably have a much easier time finding a place to put your it.

In places where the rules are less clear, you should probably think about having multiple options for locations planned in case things don’t work out at one of the locations.

3) Insurance
Find out if you can get house insurance before you build or buy in case there are specific requirements to qualify your home for a policy.

Maybe your insurance company will only insure a house that was built by a professional, or a house that has some kind of RV certification. Make sure to research this in advance, and find a company (or several) that are willing to insure your tiny house because you don’t want to be stuck with a brand new tiny house that you can’t insure.

4) Climate
Climate can have a huge impact on how you build a tiny house, and how enjoyable it is to live in one.

In warmer climates, tiny houses can overheat pretty easily. How will you keep it cool? In a colder climate, you may spend a lot more of your time indoors. Will it be enough space?

5) Inputs and Outputs
When we live in an apartment or in a house, we don’t often think about where our water and power comes from, or where our waste goes. In a tiny house, you’ll need to plan how you’re going to manage these inputs and outputs.

We hope you found these prompts helpful in your tiny house decision-making process 🙂

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

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39 Comments

  1. We're planning on turning a small storage shed into a house and we've been agonizing over the details, we found land that's really great, in the middle of nowhere, so now we have to think about water, electricity, waste, etc

    It's daunting, but we're gonna give it a go anyway =^-^= lots to think about

  2. Not to forget the costs of foods, if you have no space to store anything. You must pay for small amounts of food every day, which is expensive. Very realistic and un-sentimental video – the first of its kind.

  3. Slap some yellow and red tow lights on that succa, for travels.
    Also, pour some cheap vodka h20 mix down the pipes, if you are not occupying it, during the winter months-

  4. I have a space in my garden that will fit a van, rv, or small tiny House
    I own my home in Calgary, the by laws here are not really that strict
    So I don’t think it would be an issue to have someone park and live
    There in return for a low rent and or help in my garden, we grow food
    And we are expanding the garden this year, also just built a greenhouse.
    How do I find people who are looking for a spot to park? even if it’s only for
    the summer season.

  5. I think tiny houses really should be considered like any other major life investment where you need to sit down and think thoroughly through all the contingencies before launching into one.

  6. To get maximum square footage for the money while staying in just one location, I would go with a gently used, single-wide, park model house trailer either on a rented space in a well-maintained trailer/RV park or on a small piece of rural land I owned. Unlike a lot of tiny houses, modern park model trailers are well insulated and have a decent size kitchen and bathroom plus air conditioning. If mobility and seasonal re-location was important to me, I would go with a gently used RV and find both winter and summer location RV parks that specialize in long-term stays. If I could not afford either of these choices and was willing to live in cramped conditions, I would just go with a used cargo van and fit it for full-time camping until I could afford something better.

    If I had access to plenty of free scrap lumber and salvaged house parts and wanted to practice carpentry skills as a hobby, then I might start building tiny houses or one-room cabins/huts/shacks but I would not want to live in either one full time. Maybe for a vacation, but not full-time.

  7. The only thing I didn’t think of was insurance on the road part. Thank you for the video. I am planning to build one before I retire.

  8. 1:18 to 1:23. Tiny houses ( IF ON WHEELS) LOSE their value. Anything on wheels..loses a certain amount of value over time. That is the reality of it. Actual houses built on a foundation and have been screen through proper legal processes ( building inspectors..etc). begin slowly going UP in value ( unless the area it was built in has begun being invaded by black thugs. then crime goes up..and property values tank. Proof? Look up property value history of jackson ms, chicago il, Detroit Michigan, Atlanta Ga, Memphis Tn…literally most of the nation)

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