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Reasons Why Living In A Tiny House Would Be Utter Hell, No Matter How Trendy It Is

Updated September 18, 2017 15.6k votes 2.8k voters 229.7k views12 items

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Looking to move into a new home? Maybe you're considering jumping on the tiny house trend. They sound so appealing: you could simplify your life and really focus on the important things, like disposing of your fecal matter. You read that right. And that's just one of the reasons why tiny houses are hell. They're a lot of work, they don't come with great Internet options, and they are actually super tiny.

What's really behind this awful tiny house trend? Money, of course. Would anyone consider a tiny house if they cost as much as a traditional home? Of course not! The biggest appeal by far is the price tag. But here's the thing: they're pricier than you think. Sure, you could buy a shed from Home Depot and throw it on the back of the trailer, but that'll still cost a few grand, and you won't have a toilet. 

Living in a tiny house would be the worst. From limited water to questionable security, here are all the reasons why tiny houses are terrible.

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    You Can't Just Park Your House Anywhere

    You cannot simply park your tiny house wherever you want. There are all kinds of rules and regulations about where you can be, how long you can be there, building parameters, and more. For example, if you want to live the camping life, you can only stay in state and national parks for two weeks, and then cannot return for 21 days. That's a lot of bouncing around.

    But can't you just buy a plot of land? Yes, but you're still subject to building codes. A lot of tiny homes are too small to be considered habitable developments, and thus are frequently fined.

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    You Have To Haul Water

    Assuming you want a mobile tiny house, you basically have two options for water. If you decide to go sans plumbing, then you'll have to haul water regularly in jugs and buckets, and store it where you need it (in the sink or shower, for instance).

    You could also use a tank and pump, which would more closely simulate traditional home living. But, you still have to fill the system when it empties, so you're back to hauling water again.

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    Showering Is A Huge Production

    Sure, you can have a shower in your tiny house, but the options are, as with everything, limited. Let's assume you have the water part taken care of, which is a big assumption because that alone is no easy task. You either have a shower too small to turn around in, or your entire bathroom is a shower, introducing a whole new slew of moisture issues.

    Thinking of an outdoor shower? You'd better be comfortable with public nudity.

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    It's Not Really Secure

    Tiny homes require a lot of money, and banks think they don't have much resale value. In other words, you're going to sink a huge chunk of your savings into that mobile closet. You better hope you love it.

    The other issue is a more traditional sense of security. Your home is always with you no matter where you go, full of your personal belongings. It's like permanent camping, but all your stuff is there. Plus, your entire home can be stolen.

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