You might be wondering why you should opt for small living when you could live somewhere big and spacious? Well, it’s not just a better economic move because living in a tiny house is far cheaper than traditional housing, but it also has positive benefits on your mental wellbeing and helps the environment! Here’s a few of our top reasons why you should make the switch to tiny living, or at least smaller, today:
You save money!
If you want to save money throughout your life, buy smaller! Traditional sized houses carry mortgages that typically take up to 40 years to pay off. That includes a large portion of interest that has grown over time. Imagine what else you could spend that money on? Family vacations, an extra car, more fun and leisure activities!
Not only are small homes less expensive to purchase, they are much less expensive to run. That means you’ll be saving money your entire life. Three quarters of people live from pay cheque to pay cheque. There’s no economic security in living this way. What if you lose your job? Or encounter a serious illness or family situation? The last thing you want to be worrying about is paying off your mortgage, or those expensive weekly living costs. Life is there to be enjoyed. Living tiny means less time working and stressing, and more time living.
Small houses are easier to maintain
Anyone who’s lived in a large house will say the same thing: it’s hard to maintain. Think about it. All the extra painting, furniture, garden, plumbing and structural problems that occur over the years. Think of all the time, energy, effort and money it would take to maintain a large property over a lifetime. What else could you be spending that time and energy on?
Living in a small house takes a lot less work. And as you get older, you can keep up with daily duties. That means your lifelong house really can be your house for life! And you can spend all your extra time, money and energy on the things you love.
In addition, with a Park Home, already we’ve removed a lot of the maintenance work for you by building with superior materials to traditional homes, such as the SIP panels and the UPVC windows and doors - these frames don’t require sanding and painting, as with timber frames, after years of weather exposure, and because of their multi-locking systems, they’re less likely to require replacement opening/closing mechanisms or rubber seals, as with aluminium frames.
It’s mentally freeing
Living in a small space means you have to really look closely at your possessions and keep only what is actually important. Say goodbye to clutter and unnecessary storage! Studies show that reducing your possessions can lead to greater happiness and clarity. You house really is yours, only full of things that bring you joy and fulfilment.
With less clutter, debt, work and living expenses comes reduced stress and greater feelings of security and happiness. Without the burden of repaying debt or maintaining the property, you can wake up feeling energised, not overwhelmed. Tiny living doesn’t need to be restrictive, it actually opens up your life.
Your environmental impact is smaller
Smaller houses require less resources to build and maintain. The less resources being used, the smaller the environmental impact. As global warming continues to be a growing problem, more and more people will have to consider making the switch to smaller living. It produces less waste, uses few resources and saves energy both in production and in the running of the home over its lifetime.
Energy prices are continuing to sky rocket. Smaller houses save energy which means less emissions are being released into the atmosphere, AND you’re saving money. You’re saving the environment while saving money. There’s no down side!
There’s a greater sense of community
City and suburban lifestyles aren’t as glamorous as they seem. It can be very isolating. Many people living in communities are disengaged because they are too busy working and stressing about money. That means less time for the important things—family, friends and the community.
Living smaller allows more opportunity for active community participation. There’s nothing better than living in a community that is connected, engaged and built on community values. Even though a small house may seem isolating, it’s actually the bigger style of living that can lead so many people to feel alone. Small living = more community living.