Would You Build or Buy a Tiny House in 2019?

Ten years ago, when the Tiny House Movement was new, it was most common for people to build their own tiny homes simply because there were so few other options.

Today there are many professional builders creating custom tiny homes and many used tiny homes on the secondary market, so the ‘buy’ option is gaining attractiveness each day as the availability of complete tiny homes grows.

The other challenge in the early days was that there were few to no options for financing. Today financing a professionally built tiny home can be as easy as getting an RV loan. While a debt free life is still a major draw to this lifestyle, taking on a small mortgage makes it easier for more people to get into a tiny home of their own and on their way to debt freedom.

But building one’s own tiny house is something many people want to experience and accomplish, so while building a tiny home is still a big project, it’s much more doable than building a normal house built on a foundation.

So today there are three options. You can built it yourself, buy a used tiny house, or work with a professionally builder and have one built for you.

Top 4 Benefits of Building it Yourself

  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Get exactly the tiny house you want
  • Save money on labor buy doing it yourself
  • Learn new skills

Top 4 Benefits of Buying Used

  • Move in as soon as you take possession
  • Lower cost than buying new
  • Fixed cost compared to building
  • Few unknowns about the quality since you can inspect the house carefully

Top 4 Benefits of Buying New

  • Move in as soon as it’s built
  • Get exactly the tiny house you want
  • Financing may be available depending on the builder
  • Possibly the highest quality

What Would You Choose?

So for you, which is it? Would you buy or build? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo of Michael Janzen by Julia Janzen.


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