If you haven’t paid any attention yet, the tiny house movement is advancing across the nation. It’s the preferred way for efficient living. Minimalists enjoy the pleasures of everyday life in homes that range from 100 to 400 square feet.
But the question remains, how do go about buying land for a tiny house?
With proper research, you can build a tiny home without much difficulty. The challenge comes in finding the right plot of land to build on.
Do you need a real estate agent? Can you build in a relative’s backyard? Should you put your tiny house on wheels and take advantage of temporary urbanism? Better yet, should you join a tiny house community?
You may build one from scratch or decide to transport a tiny home. Whatever the case, here’s everything you need to know about buying land for a tiny house.
Buying Land for a Tiny House: Tiny Home Communities
Many people go the DIY route and build their tiny homes by themselves. Before you start building, you need to check your state’s zoning regulations. Some local governments disfavor tiny homes, citing they bring down property values.
They increase zoning restrictions, making it hard to build in neighborhood communities. To avoid zoning constrictions, consider transporting your home to a tiny home community.
Tiny home communities allow you to rent land space short and long-term by the night or monthly. Some communities offer amenities like washer and dryers and fire pits. Others offer property insurance. A few great communities and sources:
- Green Bridge Farm. Green Bridge Farm allows tiny homeowners to buy 1.2-1.6 acres of land starting at $45K per lot. Leases are also available.
- Orlando Lakefront Tiny Home Community. This community features the use of a boat dock, laundromat, and green pet park. Owners can lease lots ranging from $350 to $550 per month.
- TryItTiny.Com. Try it Tiny is an online source that helps owners find land to rent all over the country for their tiny homes.
Tiny homeowners can rent land with all the amenities. They get the community experience as well.
Vacant Land and Free Land
Hunting down vacant land for tiny homes is the same as searching for residential homes. In some searches, you may find free land to build on. Stick to reputable real estate search sites to shop for the best plots of land.
Zillow is one of the top online search engines for finding property and land for sale. Real estate agents and private sellers present thousands of listings every day for areas all over the country. Search by location or price or both.
Land and Farm
A lot of people who join the tiny house movement are looking for a piece of land they can call their own. Land and Farm is the perfect place to start that search. This helpful resource allows owners to buy rural land to build on all across America.
The rural Midwest is home to quite a bit of free land for tiny homeowners to take advantage of. There are minimal requirements in some towns. But most places are looking for homeowners to move in and build them up.
- Kansas – Atwood, Marquette, and Lincoln have free lots to build on.
- Minnesota – Claremont is giving away free lots in hopes of building a taxpayer base. Richland is doing the same in exchange for help paying for street and sidewalk development.
- Alaska – If you don’t mind the cold, Alaska has acres of free and cheap land. Take a look at Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for in-depth information.
Looking for land is a daunting task. Take your time and only consider trustworthy sources.
While looking to buy land for a tiny house, there are few more things to consider. Unless you have a huge budget like tiny house owner, Tony Hsieh–CEO of Zappos. Take into consideration location, size, and price.
Every town has a cost of living. If your goal is to keep finances at a minimum, consider buying a small parcel in a small town. Keep the square footage of your tiny space close to 400sf, although some places allow up to 1000sf. Stick to what your budget can afford.
When you settle, join a network of tiny home buyers and sellers.
Circumstances happen that may force you to move and sell. Being a part of a network keeps you from going on exasperated searches for new a place to settle. An owner in your network may let you lease a part of their lot for a small fee.
Buy Some Land
Buying land for a tiny house can prove to be a challenging experience. Before you take the plunge, weigh all your financial options. Check out tiny home communities and local land lease and rentals.
Then expand your search for larger parcels and lots. Factor in your lifetime minimalist budget and choose a plot of land you can call home.
Read “Everything You Need to Know About Tiny Houses” for more facts about the movement.