There’s a movement in America. It screams less is more and fights back against the societal norms of consumerism and greed. In an age where we place value on having the biggest and best of everything, many people are choosing a simpler path.
The small house movement is growing ever popular. People are giving up their traditionally sized 2,600 square foot homes in exchange for homes averaging between 100 and 400 square feet. Why? There are a number of reasons this lifestyle is appealing to many people.
The main reasons people are choosing to downsize include financial, economic, time and lifestyle concerns. Many Americans spend anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of their income just keeping a roof over their heads.
If a tiny house is built DIY the average cost is only $23,000! Plus, these homes cost much less to live in than a traditional home. Overall, you’re looking at some pretty big savings. 55% of tiny home owners have more savings in the bank with an average of $10,972.
Besides financial factors, many people love that the homes don’t take much work to upkeep. This means more time for family and the things you enjoy. Plus you’re a lot less likely to spend lots of time hanging out in a 100 square foot home.
But what if you’re looking for a more mobile lifestyle? Full-time RVing could be a good alternative to living in a tiny house. If you are retired or work from home this might be the perfect option! Since the average RV is around 450 square feet you’d be living the small lifestyle.
There’s a lot that goes into living in such a small space full-time, but many people find the trade-off’s are worth it. A less is more attitude can permeate your entire life and make your existence much more fulfilling.
Prices for new RVs can start at $50,000, but you can always buy a used RV and renovate it. Plus you’ll save money on rent, and other expenses you’d generally incur living in a home. The average yearly savings for a full-time RV camper versus a homeowner is around $4,467!
Although the small house movement comes with challenges, it’s definitely an increasingly appealing lifestyle. Do you think you could handle living in a small house?
Sources: http://thetinylife.com/what-is-the-tiny-house-movement/ , http://wandrlymagazine.com/cheaper-on-the-road/