If buying a home of your own has been on your bucket list for way too long, you are not alone. There are many people all over the world who, just like you, are not able to purchase a house. The combination of shelter crisis and fluctuating economy is the main reason why so many families are forced to rent rather than own. That is also why there is such a thing as a tiny house movement. The trend of living in homes that are smaller than 500 square feet originates from the US and it is now making its way to the UK. Even the most stiff-upper-lipped Brits cannot deny the advantages of living in a tiny home. These houses are:
- More affordable
- Eco-friendly and sustainable
- A great option for first-time buyers
- An excellent solution for people who need additional living space
Therefore, it is perfectly understandable if you are tempted to move to a tiny home yourself. Still, switching to a tiny house is a big decision which you should not take lightly.
Try it out before you commit to it
Not everyone can get used to living in an extremely confined space because, let’s face it, that is what you will be doing when you transition to a tiny property. You may begin to feel claustrophobic or you may simply get bored and tired for looking at the same four walls all the time. Also, this type of homes is not very suitable for tall individuals as they will struggle to feel comfy and cosy in their new mini house. That is why, if you can, ask someone who is already living in a tiny house to give you a tour or to let you sit inside of their home for a few minutes. In that way, you will get a glimpse into this lifestyle and hopefully be able to decide whether it matches your likes, dislikes and your personality in general.
Put some money aside
Yes, even when you are moving to an itsy-bitsy home, you will still need to have some sort of a relocation budget. Ideally, you will be able to find a cheap professional removal solution, like Domestic Move’s affordable home removals in Brondesbury NW6 but even then you may need to spend some money on things like packing supplies, rubbish removal and storage (we will get to that in a minute).
You may need a planning permission
Before you go and buy a tiny house, make sure you have a place where you can put it. Otherwise, you may need to get a special planning permission. It is best if you own the land on which you are planning to set your teeny-tiny property. If not, you will be forced to go through more hurdles than a professional hurdles runner. For now, in the UK, the only scenario in which you will not need a planning permission is if you place the house within your own property (if you have one) but only if you intend on using your tiny home as an additional living space – say a guest house.
Don’t just downsize – purge
The most important step of moving into a tiny house is decluttering or, shall we say, purging. You will need to let go of the Want mentality and adopt a Need mentality. But if have a lot of items which you don’t want to throw away, you can simply use a secure storage service in London. Tiny homes are generally not meant to be used as a long-term housing solution.