Tiny Home Builders Explain What to Look for in a Used Tiny Home

Tom at Tiny Home Builders explains what to look for in a used tiny house. Tom’s been on the tiny house bandwagon for years and has some good tips in the article. In a nutshell he suggests:

  • Get the scoop on who built the home.
  • Find out why it’s for sale.
  • Weight the price carefully.
  • Factor in the features and upgrades.
  • Check out Tiny House Marketplace for used tiny homes.

Some other things to think about:

  • Inspect the trailer. Look at the springs to see how much they are stressed under the weight. For example if the house is sitting on it’s suspension bump stops, that would indicate an overloaded trailer. Also check the hitch for any stamped weight ratings to make sure it matches the weight of the house.
  • Ask how heavy the house is empty and full. This will factor into your tow vehicle needs. Also ask about the tongue weight and if it’s well balanced. Ask if the trailer has breaks and corner jacks – definitely features you’ll want to have.
  • Look at the windows, skylights, and doors for signs of water penetration. Every opening in a wall or roof is an opportunity for rain and ice to penetrate and damage the home.
  • Ask about how the house is constructed and insulated and consider the climate you intend to use the house. Some types of insulation are better suited for extreme climate conditions with spray foam or SIPs (structural insulated panels). If the house has spray foam insulation the roof doesn’t need to be vented, so if it’s not spray foam look for soffit vents to make sure the roof is properly vented.

Read the full article about What to Look for in a Used Tiny Home. Photos are tiny houses currently available for sale at Tiny House Marketplace.

How to Pick a Tiny House Builder

The folks at Tiny Home Builders teach workshops, design tiny homes, supply some of the best tiny house trailers, and have some of the best DIY books on building tiny homes available. They know tiny houses.

In a recent blog post, they share some simple questions you might want to ask when interviewing a tiny house builder prior to building your home. Tiny houses are still very new and builders range widely in experience and quality. Doing some initial due diligence before hiring someone to build your tiny home can save a lot of time, money, and stress.

Read all about it at Tiny Home Builders.

If you’re looking for a tiny house builder, I suggest looking on the Tiny House Map and through the tiny house builders list at Tiny House Listings.

Exterior Siding is Going Up – Tiny Home Builders

Dan is making great progress on this tiny house and recording the entire building process in how-to videos.

“The siding is going up and I am starting to see what it’s going to look like. I hope to have all of the exterior siding done as well as the roof by the end of the week, but I’m thinking that might be just a bit much, especially since we have rain predicted. I have a tendency to set lofty goals which often leads to disappointment, but when I aim low it’s easy not to overshoot.”

via Exterior siding is going up | Tiny Home Builders.