Downsize and Declutter To Move Into A Tiny House

Downsize And Declutter To Move Into A Tiny House

Moving a tiny house on some land In East Texas – Photo by Canva

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Are you retiring or downsizing?

If you plan on downsizing to a tiny house when you retire and depending on how much equity you have in your home, you will probably have enough to pay cash for your tiny house, which will give you more freedom to travel or pursue a hobby or new adventure.

Do you want to downsize to something smaller and easier to maintain, and want the freedom to take your home with you when you travel? Do you want to move where there is land for your tiny house and additions when needed?

For several years before I retired I noticed the tiny houses that were showing up online. They were so cute and built to utilize the space wisely to make it a welcoming and comfortable environment. My husband is a big man so he was not interested.

You might want to start out by renting a tiny house for a while to see if it will be a fit for you or your family before you make the investment and move.

Most of us have moved several times in our lifetime, and throw out items we will not need or want once we move. Styles and color trends can change after several years and we might want different furniture to fit our new home.

It is easier to get rid of what you don’t want before the move. You can have yard sales, and sell on Offer Up, eBay, and Marketplace to get extra money to buy what you want to replace the old. You can also donate to thrift stores and certain charities and have a write-off on your taxes.

Our neighborhood has a FREE neighborhood pickup once a year, so instead of going to the dump, you can leave it at your curb, for a set date to be picked up.

Clean out your closets and see what you can sell, give away or donate that you haven’t worn in a while. There are many apps out there to sell just about everything you can think of.

Tiny houses are a popular trend

Tiny Houses are a popular trend. Many are several hundred square feet and can range from $10,000 to $100,000 depending on size, materials, amenities, and accessories. You can pay cash or pay through a mortgage company.

You will need good credit with a score of at least 700 to finance a tiny house and to be approved for an unsecured loan. A credit score of 640 or better, can get you a secured loan. Your interest rate will be lower with a better credit score.

Your cheapest option is to save up and buy your tiny house with cash. If you must use financing, ask about the different options available to see what would be better for your situation.

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Kitchen, bathroom, and loft in a Tiny House – Photo by Andrea Davis – Unsplash

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates

Popular builders

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

You can build it yourself, have one built for you, or buy a pre-owned house. The best-known retailer of tiny houses is the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, founded by Jay Shafer in 1999 and based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

You possibly could cut your up-front costs significantly by buying a tiny house plan and building the house yourself. Plans for any of Tumbleweed’s four models cost $759. In addition, Tumbleweed sells a how-to DVD for $60 and streams 3D tours on the website.

For more details click on numerous options that are included in the base price, but certain options add slightly to the cost, such as board-and-batten siding, front steps, replacing a window with a side door, or adding a screen door to your front door.

The delivery for a Tiny house if you live in Colorado is $1,160 and increases to as much as $4,560 on the East Coast. The trailer to put your tiny house on costs another $4,000 to $6,000, based on trailer length, regardless of the house model.

Tiny Home Builders

Tiny Home Builders, based in DeLand, Fla., and founded by Dan Louche, can sell you plans for a tiny house. If you want something between a DIY and a finished product they can sell you a shell of a tiny house that includes the trailer, framing and sheathing, and Rain & Ice Shield wrap and metal roofing.

For a little more money, your shell can include the windows, siding and trim, and electrical with a rough draft of your plumbing installation. You will have to finish the interior at an additional cost, on both shells.

Tiny Home Builders will also completely build a tiny house for you, right down to the appliances, which include air conditioning, an induction cooktop, a microwave, and a tankless water heater.

Finding land for your tiny house

A tiny house with a porch and fence on land – Photo by Canva

You will need to purchase land to put your Tiny House on, usually about a fraction of an acre. This could be a long process and as with a regular home, you will have ongoing expenses such as maintenance, utilities, and property taxes.

It is much easier to rent and you can always look for campgrounds and RV parks that are tiny house friendly. Talk to everyone and check all resources and connections you might have.

Be willing to work with the potential landlord and develop a good neighbor relationship. Try to find a spot that is not within sight of any neighbors or major roadways.

This way you have a better chance of staying good neighbors. Be patient and not overbearing if you have to wait to know if you are chosen as renters on the property.

Do research on living in the snow, places where tornadoes are prevalent, hurricanes, and flood zones. We live in California where wildfires are something we, unfortunately, have to deal with every year. Make sure you do all you can to prevent a fire from breaking out and have a plan for when this might happen.

The American Tiny House Association website is a good place to start learning about the local regulations that apply to tiny homes. You’ll need land to put your tiny house on. How much land you want, where that land is located, and whether you rent or buy the land will determine its cost.

Most cities’ zoning laws won’t let you purchase a piece of land to put such a small dwelling on, so you’re most likely looking at renting the land under your tiny house. The American Tiny House Association website is a good place to start learning about the local regulations that apply to tiny homes.

Good luck with finding your own land, if that is what you really want. Don’t give up and put out all feelers!

Saving space in a tiny house

You can use a ladder or build stairs to get to a loftPhoto By Andrea Davis – Unsplash

You won’t be able to accumulate clutter as living in a Tiny Home will force you to become organized, or you won’t be able to move around. Here are some ways to save space and stay organized:

Here is another link for more storage solutions, Tiny Living.

Downsize and declutter to move into a tiny house – Photos (Outside) by Canva and (Inside) by Andrea Davis – Unsplash

Closing thoughts

Make sure you do your research on all your options to see what works best for you financially in purchasing a tiny house and if you want to do the labor yourself or hire a contractor.

Go over your priorities and if time and peace of mind are more important, you might want to hire someone who is reputable, licensed, and bonded. I read the reviews and see if they are verified on every service or purchase we do.

Make sure you read and talk to other people who live in tiny houses to find out the pros and cons of uprooting and be willing to live on a smaller scale. As I mentioned earlier in this post, rent, or vacation in a tiny house for a week or two, to see if this might be the move you want to pursue.

If you found this post helpful and informative, please share it with family and friends and on social media. You can also leave a comment in the section below.

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16 thoughts on “Downsize And Declutter To Move Into A Tiny House

      1. Thank you, Alice, for liking the tips! Tiny houses can save you money when you retire, to enjoy other adventures you might want to pursue.

  1. Great post, Denise. I think that tiny houses are great and becoming they way of the house buying world. Young married couples are buying them too because of the cost. My husband and I plan to retire in 2023 and will be selling everything, house included! We will be purchasing a fifth wheel and traveling for two years! Can’t wait!! Keep up the great writing!! ❤️

  2. Thank you Brenda, I am glad you liked the post! Yes, people are ready to downsize and not be tied down when they retire and purchase an RV, trailer, or a house on wheels to travel and see the world! 2023 isn’t far off and I would love to see you in person in the future.

    1. Thank you for your feedback, Scott! Yes, there are many instances that can happen in life, besides retirement, where we might need to downsize.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Greg! I would love it too, but my husband is a big guy, so he wants to have room to move around in without feeling cramped, and like you to have his own space.

    1. Thank you for your feedback! Yes, they are tiny and my husband is a big guy, so he would not be comfortable living in something so small. I would love it, as you can save money and you won’t have a huge mortgage to pay off.

  3. This is such a cool post! I have always wondered what it would be like to live in a tiny home. I feel like they are much more cost-effective and will allow you to live more frugally. Thank you for the awesome post!

    1. Thank you, Tegan! I am glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, it will allow you to have more financial freedom to be able to do the things you enjoy in life, without being tied down with a mortgage and the maintenance that goes along with owning a regular home.

  4. I have always wanted to declutter and downsize. I used to think that having the big house, white picket fence, kids running around is the way to go. I really want simplicity and really drawn to Tiny House. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Lina, for your comment! I use to think like you too, but as I get older I want a simpler way of life, with less maintenance and upkeep.

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