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Pros & Cons of Tiny House Living

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The tiny house movement has become a big deal in the last couple of years.

I think one of the reasons for this is because we are rebounding from the way new homes seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Additionally, more and more people are looking for ways to save money and living in a tiny house can, no doubt, help you save.

But along with the savings you get from living in a tiny house, there are disadvantages too, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of tiny house living.

Pros of Tiny House Living:

1. Saves Money

Of course, I already mentioned the money savings, but now I will list some examples of how tiny house living can help keep money in your pocket. Maintenance and repairs on a smaller home will obviously cost you less when the home is smaller because painting or siding a smaller area is cheaper. If your tiny house needs a new roof, think of how much you could save when that project needs to be done.

But in addition to exterior maintenance there are other money saving features as well, such as lower heating and cooling costs, less furniture to buy, less décor to purchase, lower overall price, cheaper to clean, cheaper to move, and many others.

2. Saves Time

Another benefit of tiny house living is the time savings. When you live in a tiny home you have more time for doing things you enjoy because you have less to repair and maintain as well as clean or straighten. Plus, since you are saving money, you may not have to work as many hours to afford your home.

3. Allows for Mobility

Some tiny houses are built on a moveable bases, such as a flatbed truck. Because of this, you could move it whenever you wish, giving you the ability to own a home but take it with you wherever you go. If you have an occupation that allows flexibility in your location, you could enjoy living in many different areas of the country.

Cons of Tiny House Living:

1. Hard on Relationships

If you have ever lived in a small apartment or house you know that sometimes you feel like you get in each other’s space. This can cause arguments and bickering between couples or among families. It takes strong relationships to be able to handle living together in such close quarters, so tiny house living is more suited to less people living in the space.

2. Forces You to Sacrifice

There are probably going to be some things you will have to give up if you are going to live in a tiny house. For example, living in a tiny house means you can’t have a huge closet full of tons of clothes and shoes. You probably won’t have room for exercise equipment or materials for a hobby if you have one. You will have to give up having as much stuff if you decide you want to live in a tiny house. However, minimalism is not always a bad thing. 🙂

3. Can Make You Feel Closed In

Are you claustrophobic? If so, you may want to rethink moving into a tiny house. But, even if you don’t fear small spaces, tiny house living could make you feel closed in at times. You may end up bumping into walls, furniture, and each other more as a result of just not having much more room than to turn in a circle.

The bottom line is that there are both pros and cons in tiny house living. Each person considering moving to a tiny house should take into consideration both the good and bad points about it before making the many changes required by tiny house living.

Are there other pros or cons of tiny house living that would sway you one way or the other?

About Kayla Sloan

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

4 comments

  1. I think I’d have trouble with living in tight quarters with someone else, but maybe not. I live in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment with my boyfriend, but there are walls and separate rooms, so I think that makes a difference.

  2. The Tiny House movement fascinates me, but I don’t think I could do it. Mr. Picky Pincher and I rented a tiny house for a weekend getaway once and it was just a little too much (or, I should say, not enough). We love to cook, garden, and have our privacy, so a tiny house isn’t in the cards for us in the foreseeable future. We were tempted to buy a tiny house and live in the country on a plot of land, but that didn’t pan out.

    • I think it’s super interesting too. I am renting a tiny house with a friend for a trip we are taking next month and we’ll see how that goes, haha. Luckily, we will be out and about most of the time so will only be in there for sleeping. Otherwise, I think it would be cramped!

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