In the real estate world, bigger is not always better. Within the last decade, a new trend of living in small spaces has emerged. These tiny houses, or micro housing, can measure anywhere from under 100 square feet to around 1,500 square feet,
while the average home measures around 2,600 square feet. But the tiny house movement isn’t necessarily about sacrifice. With innovative designs, many homeowners have discovered a small home actually leads to a simpler yet fuller life, and with housing costs constantly rising, living small means living affordably as well. If you have a client that is thinking about “living small,” here some benefits to micro housing that may clinch their decision.
Micro Housing Cost
One of the most obvious benefits to living in a micro home is that it’s less expensive. As compared to a typical home, a micro housing will cost less in terms of the price of maintenance, heating, cooling and property taxes. A tiny home can also help your client to save money in unconventional ways. Less pantry and refrigerator space mean less money spent on unnecessary groceries, while smaller closets and shelving units mean that your client will need to limit idle spending as well. Cutting back on these costs will open up room in your client’s monthly budget and give them the opportunity to pay off their mortgage sooner.
Micro Housing Mobility
With micro homes, moving can be as simple as turning the key to your ignition and driving away. Though there are micro homes that are constructed without the intent of being mobile, most people consider “homes on wheels” to be the quintessential tiny house experience. As our society continues to place a higher value on mobility, tiny houses become a more appealing option, particularly for young singles or couples. Micro homes can give your client the option of taking their home with them, allowing them to avoid the time-consuming moving process and providing them with the opportunity to travel and explore new places of residence
Mirco Housing Upkeep
While cleaning average-sized home can take hours, cleaning a tiny house can take a matter of minutes. This has everything to do with the efficiency of space that micro homes provide. Cleaning two to three small rooms takes far less time than cleaning six or seven large ones. Plus, when you live in a tiny home, filling it full of “stuff” is not an option… at least not if you want space to move around in. This means there will be less clutter to tidy and organize. With such small square-footage, the cleanliness of a micro home should never get truly out of hand unless your client severely neglects the interior.
Micro Housing Environmental Impact
Last but not least, investing in micro housing will allow your client to reduce their environmental impact. Micro homes use less energy, produce less waste and consume less resources. Because of the small size of micro homes, they require fewer materials to build and ultimately use less energy and create less waste once they’re built. More than 80% of the greenhouse gas emissions occur from electricity and fuel consumption in an average home. With a micro home, your client will not use as much electricity, water or gas, substantially reducing their carbon footprint. To learn more about going green in real estate, enroll in our course: “Give Your Clients the Green Light: Simple Ways to Green a Home.”