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Is the Tiny House Lifestyle for You?

by Liza Vernazza 10/13/2019

Right now, one version of minimalism drives the tiny house movement. More than simplifying life and being mindful of excess, the move to a tiny home purports to be environmentally friendly, budget conscious, and somewhat Utopian. So, is it just a fad? Or, is it all that and a bag of chips? 

Accentuate the positives

For those living in tiny homes, either mobile or stationary, several advantages make it a great option. One of those is merely having less space in which to gather clutter. Of course, if you're a hoarder personality, the austerity required by most tiny homes might just drive you crazy, or it could cure your gathering habits once and for all. Since most tiny home dwellers subscribe to the "a place for everything and everything in its place" philosophy, making decisions on what and when to buy something filter through that lens. For example, if you buy this, you’ll need to sell that to make room, since they both won’t fit.

Another advantage is budgetary. In short order, full ownership of the tiny home becomes possible. If you build yours from scratch, you can build it debt free, so you end up owning your home outright. Of course, this concept—owning a home that is mobile—is not the same as owning a house on a property that you also own, but it does reduce monthly outgo in many cases. Most often, unless your home sits on your or someone else's property for free, you'll have space rent in an RV park (if your tiny house is on wheels, it’s legally considered an RV) or tiny-house community (several tiny houses built on foundations around a single more substantial dwelling).

There are negatives

As the movement grows, city, county, and state zoning laws need to adjust to allow for the differences in a tiny home from a typical dwelling before they're accepted everywhere. Some locales now have specific codes to cover where tiny houses sit, what connections they require, and other things like egress and ceiling height. So, before you follow the trend to build your own, make sure you know the rules in the location you want to live.

Living in tight quarters can stress relationships. If you're a person that needs time on your own, living by yourself in a tiny house might be perfect. But living with someone else means sharing space all the time. Even bathrooms aren't as private in a tiny home, and by nature, they're incredibly small. In inclement weather, those prone to cabin fever might find the confined space difficult. And when things go wrong (a broken composting toilet, roof leak, or broken appliance, the often feels magnified.

Before embarking on a permanent tiny space lifestyle, consider renting one or living in an RV for a while to see if it’s for you. If you know it’s what you want, then talk to your property specialist about where to buy with favorable zoning laws for your setup.

About the Author
Author

Liza Vernazza

Since 1988 Liza has assisted her clients and friends to realize their dream of homeownership. Whether it be a small condo or a large home, with her strong people skills and negotiating skills, she has assisted them to buy or sell the property of their choice. 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges, First Time Buyers, Move-up buyers and sellers, Probate and Trust sales are just a few of the types of transactions Liza is experienced in. Additionally, she has successfully represented investors, short sale transactions and bank owned or REO properties. If you are looking for a Realtor that is current with the market, give Liza a call and see the difference!

Education:

Liza recieved the Lifetime Million Dollar Club Award in 1990 only after two years in the Real Estate Business. As a graduate of Anthony's School of Real Estate and a member of the California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the local SAMCAR Board of Realtors, Liza is always actively pursuing educational opportunities to enhance and further her knowledge of the real estate business.

Professional Philosophy:

"I pledge to earn the loyalty of you, my client, and to be sensitive to your concerns and your needs. I will give you 100% of myself and I will share in your enthusiasm and excitement of finding that special home or marketing your old home. I have a love for my work and continue my education to strive for excellence."

Personal Background:

Liza has lived all her life in the San Carlos and Redwood City area. She is married with two beautiful children and one dog. Currently living in the Emerald Hills area of Redwood City, Liza has been an active volunteer and supporter of Roy Cloud School and and is a current volunteer and a member of the Parent's Association at Notre Dame High School.

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