You love the idea of living in a tiny house so you can have a maintenance free lifestyle with super low expenses.
I do too, but where are you going to park it?
If you’re like most people you prefer living in an environment where you can easily get to places like a park, grocery store, work, and neighbors.
It’s nice to be able to hop over to a coffee shop or something when you don’t feel like being home. After all, your house is tiny so you might as well be pretty close to the places you like to go to.
Those are my beliefs anyway and I am sure you have your own.
Finding your space to build and park
If you are buying your house ready made you really only have to worry about one spot which is where you are going to park it and live in it.
If you’re building it yourself you need to have another place where you’re allowed to construct it. Lots of times this might be the same place.
Here are some general ideas where you can start looking…
- Backyards where RV’s or sheds are allowed
- Renting your own piece of land (more on this later)
- RV parks
- Run a free Craigslist WANTED ad
- Newspaper classified WANTED ad
Renting land or bartering with business owners is a great way to find a solution. And don’t forget to ask whoever you talk to if they know anybody else who might be up for the idea. I’ve found the best and most honest people to do business with just by asking person to person.
You can also search your local craigslist and look in your newspaper but I recommend for you to explore areas of interest to get a feel for everything and talk to people about what you’re doing.
A profitable tiny house situation
I think that the smartest solution is buying a house where you can park your tiny house in the yard. Then you rent the big house while you live in your little one. If you can do this you might find yourself in a position where you make a monthly profit from your living situation.
Your own doubts
You’re trying to do something that’s completely different than the average person so of course you’re going to encounter doubts and fears.
When you are trying to build and live in your own tiny house you are going to face criticism. You are also going to inspire many as you build. And that’s when opportunities for parking your house usually manifest.
The most important thing you can do is keep a good attitude, ask the right questions to the right people and listen to your instincts. Avoid arguing about laws and instead focus on what you can get away with in your current situation. Generate that feeling within yourself where you know it’s all going to come together.
Whether that’s by focusing on the fact that it’s no different than an RV, small mother-in-law suite, or just a trailer with a valuable load on it that’s tucked away. Find your own spin for your situation and work through it.
Codes and zoning regulations
Arguing about stubborn code laws and regulations is not the right thing to do if you are trying to get your house built and lived in. These laws are the reason that the idea to build on a trailer has become so popular.
If you run into a situation where you literally must move, you can. And your next stop will be waiting for you.
Friends and family
Let’s face it some of your family and friends love your ideas for living simply while others think you have gone mad. This is expected.
If they are constantly bringing it up maybe they are a little bothered by the fact that you are doing something so drastically different and it has got them questioning themselves.
Bottom line is, don’t worry about it. It’s your life. They’ll live theirs and you’ll live yours.
This is one of my first ever videos so take it easy on me! 😉
Learn More About How to Find Tiny House Parking
If you’d like to go more in-depth as to where to find parking for your tiny house, consider reading Ethan Waldman’s book on the subject.
Tiny House Parking will help you navigate the confusing legal landscape that surrounds tiny houses so you can find exactly the right place for your tiny home.
Tiny House Parking answers these questions and more:
- Where can I put a tiny house?
- Where can I legally build a tiny house in my jurisdiction?
- Will it be legal to live in my tiny house?
- How do I find landowners willing to let me rent a place for my tiny house?
- How do I avoid brushes with the law or local authorities?
In Tiny House Parking, you also get:
- A crash course in zoning basics so that you know how to find your town’s zoning bylaws and make important decisions about your tiny house.
- Information about the legality of different types of tiny houses. Advice how to deal with the law (if you have to).
- Exact requirements of what you’ll need on the land where you live.
- General strategies (and a huge list of resources) for finding exactly the right place.
What are your thoughts? And if you are building one where do you think you’ll keep it? Speak your mind in the comments.