Moving to a simpler life
More and more people are making the switch to a simpler life. The tiny home movement allows people to cut down on their expenses and their personal property. These new home styles offer some advantages over larger traditional homes.
Being able to pick up and move to another location offers a couple a lot of freedom. But that freedom may come at a cost even with tiny homes.
Can you move your tiny home
The answer is yes and no. If your tiny home was built on a solid concrete foundation then it is treated as a traditional home and cannot be moved very easily. At least not without meeting some very expensive regulations.
But if your tiny home is built on a trailer, then you can move it from place to place just like you would move your trailer. There are some restrictions that will determine if your mobile tiny home can travel the streets legally.
Meeting the requirements
In order to move your tiny home, the first requirement is that it be built on a trailer. While some traditional homes can be moved, there are a lot of permits and planning that goes into that transition.
Those permits, etc., are not needed when your tiny home is on wheels. What your new small home has to do is be no more than 8 1/2 feet wide to travel the roads legally. Then it should be pulled by a U-haul type truck and the gas use gets very costly. Some figures place that expense up to $1 per mile.
Plus, you also have to watch out for height restrictions as your little home must go under overpasses, bridges, and even stationary canopies without touching them. On top of that, the high wind speeds that you will encounter could cause a lot of damage as you drive down the road.
You need to be prepared to repair your little house once you reach your next destination.
How often can you move a tiny house?
It may seem like a dream way to enjoy the great outdoors but you really shouldn't move your tiny house that often. Some experts say that you really shouldn't move your house more than once every 3 to 6 months. Depending on the construction materials used that would seem like very good advice if you can find a long-term rental situation for your little home.
The reason you shouldn't move the home frequently is that the wear and tear could degrade the house faster than if you left it in one spot for many years.
Some final words
Yes, you can move your tiny home but the question is, will it be worth it to do so? It might be worth it if you are not changing locales every week. If you do your costs will become greater than you imagined.
Sometimes it might be best to leave your home right where it is even if it is on wheels.