Congratulations!—you have finished or you’re nearly done with college. Or maybe you’re a post-graduate living in the apartment of your dreams. No matter what stage you find yourself in, you’re probably looking forward to the next step in your life. What job will you have? Where will you move? How can you even afford a place to live? If you are asking yourself any or all of these questions, then the tiny house movement is for you. Here are ten reasons why you should be considering choosing a tiny house over a traditional home or apartment.
1. It’s the perfect move after college has drained your resources.
The first rule of thumb that you need to follow when selecting any house is to not live anywhere that’s too big for your pockets. Think about it: all you really need in a home, for the most part, is a place to eat, sleep, and do laundry. When you’re away, it’s essentially a big box that stores all of your belongings and not much more. Tiny house, tiny price, tiny living space for your (hopefully) tiny amount of possessions is perfect for you.
2. You’ll spend money on something you’ll own.
This is an incredible reason why you should join the tiny house movement. Think about it. Would you rather pay for an apartment for a year (or more) at about 800 to 1,000 dollars or more a month or put a down payment on something you will actually own in 5 to 7 years? It comes down to this: do you want to throw away money or invest?
3. You’ll buy less.
Throughout the years, the size of the house and living space forces you to keep you from buying more junk—at least, not without selling things you don’t use to make room for more. There is no room in your tiny house to hoard useless belongings, and it makes you stop and think more about what you actually need and not just what you want.
4. You will waste less.
This goes hand in hand with buying less. By joining the tiny house movement, you say no to frivolous spending and waste because everything you own is something that you need.
5. You’ll have the freedom to move.
Tiny houses come on wheels. I know, isn’t it fantastic? It’s exactly like a traditional mobile home that you may be thinking of. And with this, you have the option to either move your tiny house with your own vehicle or hire a moving company to take it on the road for you. This is especially wonderful if you travel a lot for your job.
6. You can design a blueprint of your own or have your tiny house built in the span of a few months.
If you don’t like the look or interior of a house that you’ve looked at, you may have started thinking about the months of redesign and construction that it would take to make it the way you want. Fortunately, the construction and move-in for a tiny house can be completed in under six months (usually less). You can design the blueprint for a custom-made tiny house, and if you can’t build it yourself, you can have a tiny house construction company build it for you—exactly how you want it.
7. You have many options based on your budget.
This goes without saying for any house, but the tiny house movement goes a step further. You can order your tiny house constructed anywhere from a shell to partially furnished to fully furnished. Choose whatever you can afford and add to your tiny house as you earn more money.
8. You’ll spend less time cleaning.
For all you anti-neat freaks out there (like me), this is huge. You don’t have to clean this house for hours on end. It has very low maintenance. Perfect.
9. You’ll save a TON of money.
There are so many ways to save money when you join the tiny house movement. With fewer years to pay a mortgage, you pay much less interest, which usually costs a huge percentage of a house’s purchase. Also, because you have fewer expenses a month for your tiny house, you will be able to save more money toward other things and not just your living expenses.
10. You’ll learn contentment.
Living comfortably with minimalistic living teaches the heart to love what they have and the life they have built for themselves without groping for things that they don’t need. Of course, it takes a willing heart to learn to be content in all things, but this is a step in the right direction.
Need more convincing to join the tiny house movement? I encourage you to research tiny house companies to find your perfect tiny house today. Without all the beautiful designs out there, you’re sure to find something you love for a price that won’t break your budget.