Are you looking to purchase a tiny home? I was just invited to a grand opening for Gold Country Tiny Homes in Auburn CA. This unique company owned by Eric and Mary Sartori develops tiny homes just like you see on HGTV. I walked into my first tiny home with mild expectations and was taken by its actual size among other things. The home I walked into was just 218 square feet but they can be built bigger. I think this is one of the tiniest of the tiny houses out there with a loft for a master bedroom, small loft for a child, bathroom with a shower stall, kitchen and dining area.
One of my first questions as a real estate agent is where can someone park this tiny house? According to Eric the laws in each county are different and when purchasing you should first figure where you want to live. In Placer County, the rules for tiny houses are the same as a travel trailer. You can park a tiny house (or travel trailer) for no more than 30 days before needing to move it. So, why not just have a 5th wheel I asked? There were a few benefits to owning a tiny house instead of a trailer.
- Tiny houses are fully insulted with R-13 insulation in the walls and floors
- They can have solar panels to run lighting etc…
- The toilet waste is composted into the ground versus needing to pump your septic tank
- It’s made very well so it feels more like a home than a vehicle
- You can utilize full hook-ups if you wanted
So, after seeing a tiny house I have to wonder if you had to move it every 30 days or so then how easy would it be to transport? Well, the answer is; it really is quite heavy and not meant to move around. You won’t see people driving down the highway with their tiny house hitched to their truck. I believe it is important for people to understand that the land they want to buy to perch this house on should be in an area where nobody will make you have to move it. Is it risky? Sure it is! Do people do it? Yes, and it is typically done on large acreage in the outskirts of town. Don’t get the idea you are going to find a cute little parcel near conveniences and have your tiny house near anyone!
I have had a few people from the Bay Area want to downsize and say they would be interested in buying a tiny house because it looks so cool. They like the idea but you need to go inside one and look into the county laws for parking it on vacant land before you begin to daydream. Oh, yeah and I suggest basketball players don’t bother looking at them. Tiny houses are for tiny people!